“EOS brings exciting, new capability to create the most beautiful and individual underwater lighting effects that were simply not available before,” says Evans. “Boat owners can now take full advantage of the potential offered by LED lighting, including personalised colour sequences and scenes, full light intensity control, Wi-Fi control via smartphones as well as sound-to-light integration for ultimate light synchronisation.”
The system also claims to allow individual control of each light and intensity, though this is not something that is new to the market, reveals Zack Savage, superyacht refit manager at OceanLED. “All of our drivers and controller can individually control each light also allowing for complete custom integration based upon the owners expectations,” explains Savage. “I am currently working on the first refit boat in the USA to go for a complete wrap around color-change lighting effect and the lights will chase themselves because each light will be its own 'zone'.”
"I don't think the market is crowded for the larger style vessel which require detailed lighting designs, classed approved products."
OceanLED’s underwater LED lighting systems also allow wireless integration with smart devices, but this must be connected via a router on board. “Our Wi-Fi DMX controller has this functionality once you are connected to the boats router and download the free app to your iPhone, iPad or android device,” Savage says. “We have also completed a sound integration on one yacht so far - motoryacht Domino. The sound integration was handled through the Crestron system where again each light was its own individual zone and the lights changed colours to the beat of the music. This is not standard in our controllers but the functionality is available should a customer request this add on.”
If there are other underwater LED lighting manufacturers offering similar capabilities, does this mean that the market is becoming too overcrowded? “I don't think the market is crowded for the larger style vessel which require detailed lighting designs and class approved products,” says Savage. “However, for the smaller boat market, the lower valued product market is becoming heavily sedated.”
“Competiton is always good for customers and manufacturers,” adds Eifron. “Even if some perceive there to be ‘too many’ players, eventually customers deciding on what are the best products and best value will dictate who the winning manufacturers are. The offerings will themselves become ever more ‘boat’ and customer oriented – whilst EOS from Lumishore has set totally new standards for the underwater lighting experience, any company wanting to be in the superyacht colour change market will have to step up to those standards.”
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