Really bright solar lights that are perfect as dinghy lights, in the cockpit, emergency anchor lights and more!

Luci Lights

We have two of these Luci lights and absolutely love them. They’re a very lightweight solar light that give off a lot of light. Ten LEDs put out more light than almost any other solar option I’ve seen — 80 lumens.

They have a switch — not a photocell — and so are great for applications where you want to control when the light is on and when it’s off. The switch toggles between on-bright-flashing-off.

A sunny day will charge them for 12 hours of use.

Luci lights come flat and you have to blow them up (easy — and I’m not good at balloons). They’re 5″ in diameter and 4″ tall when inflated.

Little straps at the top and bottom make it easy to attach them anywhere. I wondered how strong those straps were — would they break and I’d lose our light? — but they’ve done well in the squalls we’ve had. They’re waterproof and will float.

Here in Boot Key Harbor, it seems like half the boats are using them for dinghy lights. We changed ours shortly after we saw other boats using them (the prior owner of our boat had been using a solar yard light which didn’t put out nearly as much light). They are much cheaper than the commercial dinghy lights, brighter, and don’t take any batteries.

Luci Lights: Really bright solar lights that are perfect as dinghy lights, in the cockpit, emergency anchor lights and more! Add one to your ditch bag, too.

A few dollars worth of PVC and we had a nice pole screwed to the back of the dinghy to hang the light from so that it was above our heads and could be seen all around.

Luci Lights: Really bright solar lights that are perfect as dinghy lights, in the cockpit, emergency anchor lights and more! Add one to your ditch bag, too.

I just used a couple of cable ties to hold the light to the PVC. And even though the solar cell is right below the PVC and thus gets some shade, it still fully charges.

We use the second one in the cockpit as a “bright light.” If we’re finishing up a project after dark, or as Dave is hoisting the dinghy on the davits, the “bright” setting is great. Dave also finds it helpful for grilling.

For eating dinner, the regular “on” is good for us (we like to see what we’re eating). If we’re sitting out later, we usually turn the Luci off and only have the Solar Kandle Rail Lights — they’re not bright enough for eating for us, but Luci is a little too bright to just be mood/safety lighting. I’ve also been known to tie a bandanna around the Luci to soften the light a bit.

Luci Lights: Really bright solar lights that are perfect as dinghy lights, in the cockpit, emergency anchor lights and more! Add one to your ditch bag, too.

Note: since we bought ours, they’ve come out with some that are a softer light (Luci Lux) — that would be great for just sitting out, but sometimes we need that bright light . . . hmm, decisions, decisions.

If your cockpit mounting place is under a bimini, you can put a carabiner on the Luci and hang it from a lifeline during the day to charge, then move it in the evening.

In addition to the white lights that we have, you can get Luci lights with colored LEDs. Some boats use these as an easy way to find their boat at night — turn it on before you leave, then just look for the boat with the blue (or green or red or whatever) light when coming home.

Others hang one from the bow and stern as extra anchor lights (not the legally required ones) to make it easier for fishing boats coming in and out of anchorages in the dark to see them. Another related use is as an emergency anchor light. While Luci probably isn’t visible quite the 2 miles that the regs specify, if your primary anchor light has a problem or you lose power, it’s a lot better than nothing and can easily be hoisted with a halyard.

The flashing setting on the switch is good as an emergency beacon. If you have a medical emergency, go aground, are taking on water or have another emergency, a flashing light lets those coming to help find your boat quickly and easily.

West Marine carries the basic white Luci lights for the same price as you can get them elsewhere. The colored ones are a bit cheaper on Amazon, and Amazon also offers a wider selection of models.

NOTE: Luci also makes what they call a “Emergency” light with only 4 LEDs. It’s a little cheaper, but not as sturdily built and doesn’t put out nearly as much light.

P.S. These would also be fantastic lights for camping trips!

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  • McTug McGahee
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    These are FANTASTIC!!!! We have two on our boat – they last for several hours and are very bright!

  • Nikki Marie
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    We love our Luci!!!.

  • Kathy Brunjes
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    Great as “signature” lights to help identify your boat in a crowded anchorage at night.

  • Maureen O'Rourke O'Keefe
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    This is great Carolyn going to get some. Do you know what the difference is between the orginal and outdoor ones?

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

      According to the manufacturer website: “Luci Outdoor is the same great light as Luci Original, but packaged for the outdoor enthusiast.” Not sure what that difference is — maybe a carry case? — as we use ours all the time and the packaging wasn’t a big deal.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

      Their website says the only difference is in the packaging — I assume a carry case. No difference in the light itself.

    • Maureen O'Rourke O'Keefe
      Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

      Thanks much…

  • Nikki Dowden
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    We have one in the heads ‘just in case’, and it gets taken on trips away as well. Fabulous and worth every penny.

  • Desserine Williams
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    Bryan Cooley check these out!!!

  • Julie Anderson
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    Just wish they didn’t have to be manually turned on after sundown. We have the multi colored light. Great light but it only last maybe 3-4 hours even with lots of sun. Our solar rope lights were still on at 6:30am today.

    • ChrisW
      Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

      HI, who made your rope lights?

    • Ellie Ibel Smith
      Posted at 10 April 2015 Reply

      Where did you buy your solar rope lights!? Brand pls.thx!!

    • Julie Anderson
      Posted at 10 April 2015 Reply

      Home Depot. We have 3 sets, the rope lights on our bow are over 3 1/2 years old & the other 2 are about 2 1/2 years old. Still working great!

      • Rita Balaam
        Posted at 06 November 2015 Reply

        How did you attach the solar reciever for these lights to the boat? It looks like they have a pin to stick into the ground attached to thm.

        • Rita Balaam
          Posted at 06 November 2015 Reply

          I forgot to click the notify me of follow up button!!

  • ChrisW
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    Their listing in Amazon only advertises 65 lumen vs 80. Have they upgraded the product but not the listing?

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

      The original is 80 according to the company website, the Lux model (frosted globe) is 65.

      • ChrisW
        Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

        Thank You. Looks like a great idea.

  • Kerry Gorman
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    We use these in the cockpit attached by carabiners and have had a strap break, so we only hang them when we’re using them now. Love them.

  • Debra Macbrair
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    Found one floating on Norman Island. And it works brilliant. I will be ordering more for sure.

  • Michelle Rene
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    Love it, thanks for the review

  • Steve Stucko
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    We have three on our boat and LOVE them. great for cockpit lighting, dark dock walks, extra anchor lighting and for finding your boat in busy anchorages (flashing mode). Believe it or not, they are a quality product and at least in the middle latitudes they last all night long.

  • Gloria Rooney
    Posted at 09 April 2015 Reply

    Have 3 now!

  • Salty Kisses
    Posted at 10 April 2015 Reply

    We LOVE our Luci’s! We use them as night lights for the girls, cockpit light and we even have one in our ditch bag.

  • Gil Lhotka
    Posted at 10 April 2015 Reply

    We love ours. In addition to the ideas above, we also hang one on our lifeline near where we board so if it is dark, we can just light up the boarding area. We keep one hanging from the mizzen near the companionway entrance too. It is always charged from the sun and available if needed. Love these things.
    We even have 2 we keep deflated on a shelf near one of the ports, so they get charged in the event we needed another in an emergency.

  • Vala
    Posted at 10 April 2015 Reply

    Love ours and have used them for many of what you mentioned.. Only problem is one of mine has a slow leak.. When the inside cools it collapses back down.. It still works, and charges while collapsed, I just have to blow it up every time I want it on. Very useful product though

  • Bart Trish Masker
    Posted at 12 April 2015 Reply

    Love Luci Lights. We have one in the cockpit that recharges during the day and lights up at night. Awesome! 🙂

  • Tom Samuelson
    Posted at 21 April 2015 Reply

    Thanks Carolyn,
    After your review I ordered the Luci Lux and a Luci Aura. Can’t wait to bring them to the boat and try them out. They seem to be just like your review! Thanks again….

  • Susan Parker
    Posted at 23 April 2015 Reply

    These are great! I bought the kind that have different colors.

  • John Jenks
    Posted at 02 June 2015 Reply

    Hi Caroline.
    We bought one of each of the Luci lights and have them under our bimini on the fly- bridge of our cruiser and use them in the salon as well. We have been using them for the last 5 weeks and love them.
    Thanks for the recommendation.
    John Jenks Sydney Australia

  • Ed Robinson
    Posted at 29 March 2016 Reply

    Greatest invention ever!

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 29 March 2016 Reply

      Hey Ed — we missed saying goodbye to you this morning! Hopefully our paths will cross in the Bahamas!

  • Grand Illusion 373
    Posted at 29 March 2016 Reply

    Agreed!

  • Laurie Hopkinson
    Posted at 29 March 2016 Reply

    We bought some for gifts at Christmas and 1 for us!! Love them. The multicoloured works well in the cockpit on a light blue which makes a soft filtered light.

  • Albert J K III
    Posted at 29 March 2016 Reply

    Bought one before I left for Panama. Should have bought a couple more. Friends have ordered them online.

  • Kathy Orr
    Posted at 29 March 2016 Reply

    We love ours – hang it off our solar panel/dinghy davit arch at night when we are out – helps us find our boat at night. We just ordered a colored one to make it even more distinctive.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 30 March 2016 Reply

      The colored ones are a little softer light, too, which we really like in the cockpit.

  • Mary Beth
    Posted at 29 March 2016 Reply

    Rachel Eveleth

  • Darcy Soeters
    Posted at 30 March 2016 Reply

    We are luci lovers!!

  • Wheels To Keels
    Posted at 30 March 2016 Reply

    Cool! Where’s the best place to buy them?

  • Connie Smith
    Posted at 30 March 2016 Reply

    Agree, we love ours too! Free safety.

  • Carolyn Brown Fuller
    Posted at 30 March 2016 Reply

    They are great for other uses as well. Using one now on a backpacking trip.

  • Keith Davie
    Posted at 30 March 2016 Reply

    Hmm… We were given one, and I thought it was a gag gift! Guess I should look at it again?

  • Kathy Belanger-Barber
    Posted at 30 March 2016 Reply

    Best lights ever!

  • Lesley Feeney
    Posted at 30 March 2016 Reply

    Michael Feeney

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