Choosing the best yacht lighting

The Grand Prix is over for another year. As you sit down for supper in Monaco’s harbour, darkness falls and you appreciate your wonderful yacht lighting installation. Whether it’s for decoration or practical illumination, the correct choice of yacht lights makes every night aboard a more enjoyable experience. Navigating the massive choice of marine lighting With so many types of onboard lighting and potential suppliers, finding your way around the market can seem daunting. There’s yacht interior lighting for staterooms, crew accommodation and other parts of the vessel; then there’s exterior lighting, ranging from discreet lighting for the decks, to ‘thru hull’ underwater lighting or helipad lighting. Whether you specify everything yourself or draw on the expertise of your hull builder, a designer who specialises in lighting for boats, or a specialist lighting supplier, it pays to understand what’s available. Exterior yacht lights Exterior lighting ranges from practical floodlights to decorative lighting that makes al fresco dining so enjoyable. From unobtrusive recessed lights to the latest LED marine lighting and underwater lights, properly designed and installed exterior lighting helps you get the most out of life afloat when the sun sets. And of course, the correct external lighting, such as recessed courtesy lights and companionway lighting has important practical benefits too. Designer interior lighting for yachts Designer interior lighting sets the mood in every stateroom. Just as you carefully plan the lighting in your homes, so you can create perfect bespoke ambiance in different parts of your yacht. Whether you plan your lighting, then commission the lighting installation through your yacht management team, or you appoint a specialist designer interior lighting expert, the result will reflect your personality and give you years of pleasure. Getting advice on interior and exterior yacht lighting So how do you set about getting the ideas and information you need to make the right lighting decision? Whether you’re planning a minor upgrade or commissioning a 130m yacht, you’ll need ideas and inspiration. Perhaps you’ve seen yacht lights on friends’ boats, or in the sailing magazines. The Super Yachts Directory has dedicated sections for onboard lighting – perfect when time is limited and you need to quickly identify reliable, experienced suppliers and lighting consultants.