Bluefin LED and the Perfect product

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It was an innovation of Bluefin LED that surface mount headlights are applied with a small hole, we tell this corner of the story today.

Bluefin LED at the top of surface mount headlight technology

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The staff of Bluefin LED is made up of the staff that in another company decreed the beginning of the underwater lights market in the early 2000s'. But it was only in 2014 that these inventors created their own company Bluefin LED. The intent is to present itself with a totally new project, thus was born the Piranha series which is characterized by surface mount headlights that require a hole on the boat of only 13 mm.

This idea propagated an unprecedented initial success, in fact, yachtsmen more and more attracted by the charm of this technology, were however restrained by the usual worries that are feared in drilling the boat. Well, the Piranha series allowed the sailor to get rid of these doubts because the 13 mm did not raise the same concerns.

Some competitors then ran to the shelters, making products with similar characteristics, but in the meantime a problem was arising and that we told in these two old articles:

We value the quality of Bluefin LED products

The tricks in the installation of headlights "Surface Mount".

In practice, these beacons, although characterized by a simple installation, required different processes to which they were not accustomed. It was enough to read the instructions, but the craftsmen, with several decades of experience in the nautical field, found it difficult to take this step.

Bluefin LED and we tried to activate awareness campaigns, but there was not the same initiative from the competitors, who accused the same problem. So somehow Bluefin LED found itself alone, but with a singular determination to solve the problem.

We needed underwater headlights that would be proof of the most evil installations, this was the target of the work that Bluefin LED has intensely continued in 2018.

Well, with the production of 2019 Bluefin LED comes out of this technological battle with its head held high. From 2019 to date, Bluefin LED has no longer received any beacons in service due to a bad installation.

Bluefin LED certainly does not have the honor of having won in the awareness campaign, but it has won in what is most important for a technology manufacturer, namely innovation, producing underwater lights that can boast reliability even in the most disastrous installations.

With this we absolutely don't want to push the shipyards not to put their masters in the field, their work remains fundamental, also because the 13 mm hole remains and with them the possibility of water infiltration in the boat. So at the same time we are not giving up in raising awareness in the shipyards.

We also recommend that yachtsmen follow the work as much as possible and above all not to require the installation on the same day as the hauling and launching. The underwater lights are installed during the winter work and not in the summer when we get invaghire from the friend's boat, because the sikaflex needs more than a day to be able to properly settle.

Bluefin LED and the Perfect Lighthouse

In the previous paragraph we explained the intensive work that went on in 2018 to achieve the coveted result of a beacon that resists the most disastrous installations. In this paragraph we want to document how Bluefin LED has achieved this excellent result.

  • The entire bronze structure has been redesigned, making it thicker and wrapping the lens structure better. The result is a more powerful structure, less chance that the lighthouse is deformed during installation and that the conjunction with the lenses is not deteriorated. A beacon that is deformed during installation leaves more room for water to penetrate.
  • Because of the problem of humidity in the bilge that went up the electric cable and then condensed on the headlight, in 2016 was introduced the GEL connector that then proved to be insufficient because construction sites sometimes forgot it, then in 2018 was introduced the water stop that appears as a core on the cable and has the ability to further block moisture.
  • Insulated fixing of the screws. In practice now the screws do not rest directly on the bronze structure, but on the plastic material of the lenses, this minimizes the need to dissipate galvanic currents to the bronze only, that is the surface of the lighthouse that adheres to the boat.
  • Reworking the lenses to present itself with a more generous joining edge, for better sealing even if the lighthouse is deformed. In addition, additional multi-level seals have been added. Two positioning and tightening grooves have also been introduced so that the lens naturally positions itself in the correct position and tightening is improved.
  • The generous new bronze construction also allowed for better heat dissipation, which is translated into better cooling and greater possibility for the underwater spot light to emit maximum brightness.
  • On the back of the bronze structure, a groove at the screws has been added to facilitate adhesion with the sikaflex and create an additional barrier to water ingress.
  • New hand-crafted gasket for lens/structure coupling resistant to any chemical action.

If you compare a Piranha series luminaire from today and one from two years ago you can immediately see the difference, the structure of the new one being much more powerful even at first glance. However, the dimensions of the installation have remained identical, thus maintaining full retro-compatibility.
In short, a set of high engineering works that have pushed these lights to such a level of quality that a Bluefin LED underwater beacon has been placed in a separate category.