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Hunting lights?

Postby radtech » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:03 am

Who is the goto for a good, strong, long lasting gator light these days? I tried to locate Kenny at Lightheaded, but his website seems to not exist anymore. Need to get a good one ordered this coming weekend for gator season. TIA

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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby Sniper » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:29 am

Got a buddy named Alex Vasquez has intensity light corp he builds all kinds of high quality Marine Lighting and he built some Green LED lights for a buddy of mine that's the top gator Guide for Georgia and Chris told me they were the best lights he ever used because the gators can't see the green light so it does not scare them and he also said once they had the gator hooked and up to the boat they were much calmer than with white lights his ph # 561 389-8606 he lives in WPB, I have his LED's on my SAR boat and love them
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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby radtech » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:21 pm

Does he maybe have a site or a FB page where you can see the products?

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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby Sniper » Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:46 am

I really don't know I would just give him a call
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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby radtech » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:41 am

Will do, thanks!

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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby Slidin Gator » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:56 pm

I use a 50 Watt spotlight unit with the dimmer from Gator Pro. I have never used or seen the green LED products for gator hunting, it does sound interesting. I would be interested in any input from users.

I keep the light on high power when spotting, but once I see a potential target I immediately dim the light down and keep the beam from pointing directly at the gator until I get the boat close. Normally my rider is throwing the Harpoon, and they use a very dim battery headlamp to keep track of the eyes. Right before time to throw I turn the beam on high and shine the gator to give my rider good lighting for the harpoon throw.

https://huntinglight.com/Ultra-Light-Headlight-Products/Ultra-Light-Headlight-Products-ULTRALIGHT-Headlights

I like this light for frogging too, I use the same general dimming plan to keep the frogs from ducking on me. I have a real bright LED headlamp to that provides a nice flood, but I only use it for navigation on plane at night. I find the spot light helps me focus better on individual spots when frogging, with the LED the whole scene is lit up and their eyes get drowned out by all the light.
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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby radtech » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:00 pm

I was actually looking at their products the other day, gator. Looks like nice lights

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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby Slidin Gator » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:28 pm

Old school but simple. Whatever you do, do not go with a white LED system for gators. Even if they are dimmable, the light remains white. With the halogen bulb, dimming them makes the light yellow. Some quick googling says gators are green-red color blind. Since yellow is right between red and green on the wavelength chart, I guess that explains why this scheme works.
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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby radtech » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:47 pm

Makes sense. I was considering the 48000 one. Wouldn't buy an led. Not for gators

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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby Slidin Gator » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:07 pm

The 100 watt is too much for frogging and gator hunting, but better for navigating. The dimmer lets you turn them all down either way, but you have to resist going to max on a 100 W when hunting, it kills your vision when time to dim it. Talk to them, they will mix and match reflectors for different beam angles and the bulbs. Bulbs are cheap so you can get a range.
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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby Slidin Gator » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:10 pm

P.S., my LED is from Lightheaded. He sold the business 2-3 years ago but the new guy has not seemed to advertise and push it. I might have the number somewhere.
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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby radtech » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:02 am

I was certainly wondering about that. Was wanting to buy from Kenny.

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Postby airboatman631 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:49 am

Simple Heritage Outdoors LLC. I took over the business from Lightheaded 3 yrs ago. I still build the same lights he did with some new extras. My advertisement is mostly by word of mouth. Advertisement can be expensive and complicated sometimes so I chose to just let the lights sell themselves. That being said, We haven't had to raise prices in over 6yrs. And yet we still provide high quality lights, both LED and Halogen, plus the OLD SCHOOL aircraft. There is no "big Company" so I am able to build the lights one at a time with attention to quality. AND, we have the best customer service in the business!!! When you have an issue you talk directly to me, and we resolve any problems as quickly as possible. I have many great dealers all over the state: Central Florida Trophy hunts in Cocoa, Fast Break Marathon in Okeechobee, Southern Enterprises in Alva and GTO Airboats in Ocala. They all stock SHO lights. Or you can call me direct at 352-222-0449 8-5 M-Sat. I offer shipping anywhere in the US and take all major credit cards. You can also e-mail at simpleheritage@bellsouth.net. Simple, high quality lights with no hassle. That's what I'm about. Give me a call and Ill help any way I can. Thanks, James

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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby radtech » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:48 am

sent you an e-mail, airboatman

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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby Slidin Gator » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:42 am

airboatman631 wrote:Simple Heritage Outdoors LLC. I took over the business from Lightheaded 3 yrs ago. I still build the same lights he did with some new extras.

AND, we have the best customer service in the business!!! When you have an issue you talk directly to me, and we resolve any problems as quickly as possible.

Thanks, James

James,
Thanks for providing your contact info, now I don't have to look through 3 years of notes!

For the record, I had an issue with my light about the time James took over. Called Kenny and he gave me James' number. When I called James, about it he was willing to warranty the product and fix the issue, even though I had not bought it from him. But, while on the phone I gave the power cord a good look over and found a place it had gotten pinched, so I just repaired it with the soldering iron and heat shrink saving hassle for all.

Put me down as a satisfied customer, the light is great for riding at night, it is one bright white light. I don't expect one product to do everything great, so I do swap to the old school lamp for frogging and gator hunting. It's good to have a spare on hand either way. I just double checked that and I use a narrow beam reflector with a 55 watt bulb and dimmer.

I did make one modification to the LED light. I kept adjusting the light up/down (up to ride, down to look around boat). The metal bracket finally fatigued and broke. I used a thumbscrew out of a bag of GoPro stuff and made an adjustable bracket.

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Re: Hunting lights?

Postby airboatman631 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:55 am

Radtech, give me a call at your convenience, 352-222-0449 Thanks, James


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