Cleaning Luci Up

Got a Luci Light?

We love ours! We have two, one in th cockpit and one as our dinghy light. We also used one as a work light for some projects inside the boat.

After a year of use, they’re still going strong but were in definite need of a cleaning. In the photo above, the light on the right hasn’t been cleaned yet; the one on the left has).

I figured this would be simple with a rag and a bit of dish soap. Unfortunately, that did nothing to remove the salt and water stains.

After trying a few other things, I hit on what did work, very easily: Krud Kutter. It took that gunk off in just no time.

Once clean, I wrote our boat name on both lights. That way, if the hanging strap should break in a storm some night, there’s a chance we might get it back if someone finds it.

Cleaning our Luci Lights wasn't quite as simple as I thought it'd be. But one of my "old reliable" cleaners did a fine job!

If you’re not familiar with Luci Lights, you can read more here, and read more about Krud Kutter here. You can buy Luci lights on Amazon and at West Marine.

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21 Comments
  • Deb Perfitt
    Posted at 04 November 2015 Reply

    One of my lights hasn’t recharged have you found where the battery can be replaced? It’s only one season old!!

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 04 November 2015 Reply

      Hmm, haven’t looked for it. The company says they should last about 3 years on their web site. Have you tried contacting them to see if they’ll replace it?

      Here’s their contact info:
      https://www.mpowerd.com/contact

      • Lesa
        Posted at 05 November 2015 Reply

        The company is great. They will replace a non charging ones. I had them replace a couple old ones that the switch failed on.

        Aren’t they just the kewlest lights!

  • Jonathan
    Posted at 04 November 2015 Reply

    I love the image of your Luci skittering across the harbor on a dark and stormy night ;-)) I think you have found a new boaters game: Luci races. Dress them up with little sails and keels, oh just think of the possibilities.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 04 November 2015 Reply

      And there are lots of good songs to have playing . . . “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucille” seems especially appropriate. Of course, if it gets picked up by an updraft you might want “Lucy (Luci) in the Sky with Diamonds”

  • Michelle Rene
    Posted at 04 November 2015 Reply

    So excited to know about Krud Kutter, seems everything that really works is harmful to our sea. And thanks to your original Luci lights post we really enjoy ours

  • sami bolton
    Posted at 04 November 2015 Reply

    Have been using Krud Kutter for about 8 years now and love it. I have not found one thing that it does not help me clean.

  • SV Matilda
    Posted at 04 November 2015 Reply

    Nice to know. We love our Luci Light and want to keep it clean.

  • Diane Loring Aiken
    Posted at 05 November 2015 Reply

    I didn’t know about Luci Lights. Ordering some now…& now I know how to clean them! 🙂

  • Cindy
    Posted at 05 November 2015 Reply

    Speaking of Luci lights, we just got ours delivered and there was a small hole in one of them so it won’t remain inflated. REI reimbursed us so that is not the point, but we are in Mexico so replacing it is not that easy. And I hate to throw away an otherwise good light. Any ideas on how to patch the plastic? We tried super glue but that just dripped through the hole, and tape didn’t stick.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 05 November 2015 Reply

      I’m surprised at tape not working. Not sure what type you tried, but if you haven’t already, try some good duct tape. A boat near us last winter wrapped some around theirs just to make a weird pattern so it was easy to spot their boat.

      • Cindy
        Posted at 06 November 2015 Reply

        Thanks, Carolyn

    • Tony
      Posted at 10 January 2017 Reply

      Try a patch kit for an air mattress, similar materials…

  • McTug McGahee
    Posted at 05 November 2015 Reply

    Those lights are fantastic!

  • Tony
    Posted at 10 January 2017 Reply

    I love my luci light, got one thanks to Carolyn, had it two camping seasons now, works great!

  • Samantha Kahn
    Posted at 10 January 2017 Reply

    Love our Lucis!

  • Dave Tew
    Posted at 11 January 2017 Reply

    Ours won’t keep a charge.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 11 January 2017 Reply

      How old is it? We’ve found that somewhere between 18 months and two years, ours have started having problems — not holding a charge and/or the seams coming apart and water getting in. We can’t change the battery but usually it’s having other problems as well and so needs to be replaced (and the 18-24 months is with it left outside all the time — sun, rain, wind and everything else.

    • Dave Tew
      Posted at 11 January 2017 Reply

      Six months old.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 12 January 2017 Reply

      There’s a one-year warranty — write to either cs@mpowerd.com or SUPPORT@MPOWERD.COM (both are given as support contacts — I’d send to both!

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