Thu, Oct 18, 2018

New underwater lighting for yachts

A new innovative underwater lighting system for yachts and boats has been unveiled at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS), which opened today (October 17).

Developed to reduce the potential damage caused by drilling into the hull of a boat, the BGB Submersible Inductive Lighting System (SILS) is showcasing its new induction contactless exterior lights at the BGB SILS stand (A03) at the show in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Operated through an app on any smart device, yacht owners can control the colour and brightness of the lights, depending on the water conditions, fishing patterns, or general mood.

BGB SILS is a newly formed company within the BGB Group, an engineering specialist that manufactures components such as slip rings, FORJs, hydraulic rotary joints, along with underwater lighting, for a wide range of industries.

Through the use of electromagnetic induction (near field), BGB SILS wirelessly transmits electrical energy between two coils that are tuned to resonate at the same frequency, which is then attached to the yacht with marine-grade adhesive.

One coil – the primary unit that houses the electronics and communication control – is fitted inside the boat, while the second coil, which contains the luminaries and drives circuitry, is attached on the outside of the vessel.

James Tupper, marketing manager at BGB, comments: “We are particularly delighted to be attending ADIBS this year to launch our latest product, which has been in R&D for over five years now.

“Our marine division, BGB Marine, has been operating for almost 14 years, so the next step was to leverage our expertise from both this, and our other brands, to introduce an induction lighting system for yachts.

“Although some people in the industry were sceptical that we could produce something that requires no drilling on the surfaces such as the hull, we were more than happy to rise to the challenge.

“The main goal for BGB SILS is to provide a cutting-edge lighting system in the luxury yachting market. As well as choosing a colour to match their mood, users can also adjust the lighting on their yacht to attract fish and navigate safely at night. Its Wi-Fi zone is around 50 m, providing excellent coverage wherever they are on board. If the boat already has Wi-Fi, SILS can be controlled through that from anywhere.

“These lighting units give owners reassurances that their yacht is not going to be damaged and cause a leak, which can happen when an electrician has to drill holes.”

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