Boat Tip: Blue Water LED Dimmer Helps Light the Way

The Blue Water LED Dimmer offers the right range of illumination

Blue Water LED Dimmer
The Blue Water LED Dimmer lets you control the intensity of your instrument lights simply by turning a dial.Jim Hendricks

Manning the helm at night calls for strong night vision. Yet bright lights from instruments can temporarily blind you. A device such as the Blue Water LED Dimmer (about $40) can help. Easy to install, this waterproof rotary switch lets you fine-tune the instrument-panel lighting from full illumination to no lighting at all simply by turning the dial. It will work with LED and incandescent lighting. If you would rather have a rocker switch, the Blue Sea Systems Deckhand Dimmer (about $53) uses a Carling-style rocker to dim both LED and incandescent lighting.