Ok guys. I've been telling you that I had a new light on my boat and here it is. Its a camo 30 inch LED light bar made by Baja Designs. Around the first of August (2012) they found me through this forum and contacted me about putting one of their lights on my boat and giving it a review. They are trying to enter into the hunting market and wanted feedback on the design and engineering as it relates to putting their lights on boats, and duck boats in particular. I researched them a little bit and found that they started out making lights for motorcycles and trucks for off road, Baja 1000 and stuff like that so they have been in the business for quite some time.
This light is 10,500 lumens pulling 126 watts. If you guys remember I had 2 100 watt KC Off Road lights on it. Those were pulling 200 watts (obviously) so this LED light is pulling half the power. I can't even begin to tell you how bright this light is. The pictures below and the video do not begin to do this light justice. The light has a very low profile at 1 1/2 high x 3 inches wide. This particular model (30 inch) has 30 LED's in it and each are the size of a quarter. They can be configured differently from the manufacturer between spot or flood according to what it's being used for. Mine is configured with 6 spot LED's (3 on each side) and the rest are flood. The light has 3 functions. It has 100% power, 50% power and a strobe function, which is really cool by the way. The light can be operated with just the on/off switch without the functions, if desired, or both switches to operate the functions.
Once I received the light I figured out that I would need to make a mounting bracket. The bracket they sent would not work for my particular setup. Not a big deal as I had some material to make it with. I got it done and got the light mounted. The camo dipping, even though it's not the same pattern, matched the boat really well. I did find that it wasn't quite as tough as I'd hoped but nonetheless, it will hold up to the duck hunting environment and it's rigors. It will match any camo pattern and it's low profile design will look awesome on any duck boat. I also noticed the wire going into the light was on the side. I did not like this at all. As duck hunters we are going through flooded timber and shallow water. If this wire get's caught on a limb and breaks it then the life of the light is over. I recommended to the company that they might want to consider moving it to the middle of the light as this would offer much better protection.
Next I moved on to installing the wiring. The light came with a complete wiring harness that is basically plug n play. I mounted it with both switches to keep the functions. I figured it this way. If I ever run into trouble on the water and need to get someones attention, I can use the strobe function and get them heading my way. This wiring was initially made for a truck and not designed for a boating application so it wasn't long enough. It was easily rectified with an extension they provided and I was able to finish it up. The harness comes with waterproof connections, a relay and everything needed already installed. I wired it direct to the battery vs. wiring it into my switch panel. The on/off switch uses a 3 prong switch to operate the light functions. The switches on my panel are 2 prong so I couldn't do it that way. I drilled a couple holes next to my existing panel and installed both switches.
Once I got it on the water and tried it out I was completely amazed at how bright this light actually is. I was able to take it out several times before I made the video below. I could see navigation markers almost 1000 yds away. It turned night into day with no exaggeration. As I navigated into coves and came up on land masses, I could see them long before I got to them, whereas before I had to get close before I could see the land and could only see nav markers 300 or 400 yds away. Another thing is I no longer have to worry about running my battery dead. I have an extremely low profile light that I don't have to worry about trying to conceal.
This light, while may not fit all applications, I highly recommend for any duck hunter, bow fisherman, or any other hunter's boat. It provides enough light to navigate shallow water at night without wondering about not seeing what's in front of you. Even though there is room for improvement to better fit the duck boat application, this light isn't far from being a "perfect" light to have on your boat. Take a look at the pictures and watch the video in 1080p HD and see what you think. Leave a comment letting me know.