Perko Trim Tab Underwater Lights

Perko Trim Tab Lights Simpler underwater lighting comes in the form of Perko’s trim tab LED lights. Striking underwater illumination always improves ambiance but it’s not just for the megayacht crowd anymore.  Smaller, trailerable boats can ligh...

22nd July 2010.
By Zuzana Prochazka

Perko Trim Tab Lights

Simpler underwater lighting comes in the form of Perko’s trim tab LED lights.

Striking underwater illumination always improves ambiance but it’s not just for the megayacht crowd anymore.  Smaller, trailerable boats can light up like the big guys and sportfishers can attract fish at night with Perko’s 0178 Trim Tab Surface Mount lights. 

The great part is their small and can be mounted without adding holes below the waterline.  They’re easy to install and mount on existing trim tabs – which move the beams as the tabs move.  The LEDs come in blue or white and produce less heat and use 1/10 the power of standard bulbs.  With a 15° beam angle, the white version produces 75 lumens, 324 CP, while the blue supplies 27 lumens, 207 CP. 

The 12V, 7W lights are rated for a service life of 50,000 hours and have a completely-submersible, non-corrosive, molded black polymer housing.  The lights come with 8’ of electrical cable and removable brackets for mounting.  Measuring roughly 4″ x 11/4″ W x 11/4″, they come with 8′ of electrical cable, as well as removable brackets for horizontal or vertical installations.  A mounting riser is included for lipped trim tabs and they retail for $499 a pair. 

Last time I checked, they were not up on the web site but contact Perko to ask for more information.


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Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.
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