How to Choose the Right Dock Lights

Dock lighting is one of those things that not only adds to the functionality of your dock but also the aesthetics. Adding lighting may also help ensure other boats don’t collide with your dock in low light conditions. In this blog, we will look at dock lighting ideas, the importance of green lights at the end of the dock, and what the dock lighting requirements are to keep your boat and dock safe. 

Dock Lighting Ideas: Illuminate Your Waterfront Paradise

Below, we list the types of lights you can add to your dock to keep your boat and dock safe:

Pathway Lighting

Pathway lighting is where you place lights down your dock’s paths to serve as a guide for people walking to the dock. This can add a charming atmosphere, too. 

Underwater Lights 

Something most don’t think of is the opportunity to add lights under the water line. This can add a magical feel to any dock at night, but it will also attract new marine life. 


If you have a large dock that needs a lot of lighting, it may be best to opt for floodlights. These powerful lights can keep a large area lit to make tasks easier to perform when the sun starts to go down. 

Pendant Lights

Hanging lights are great if you have little shelters or swinging seats on your dock. This can be a subtle way to light up a pathway whilst ensuring you can still see when relaxing by the water. 

Solar Lights

If you’re looking for lights that will be environmentally friendly and have less impact on your electric bill, try solar-powered. These lights will absorb the energy of the sun and keep things lit when it gets dark. 

Dock Lighting Requirements and Compliance

Every State is different when it comes to requirements for safety, but there are some things you can do to find out what lights you will need to stay compliant:

  • Check with Authorities: Talk to your local authorities or marina management to find out what the requirements are. 
  • Use Approved Fixtures: There are some dock lights that do not live up to safety standards and regulations. When purchasing your lights, check out the specs to be sure. 
  • Avoid Light Pollution: Light pollution is another thing to consider when installing lights around water. The last thing you want to do is affect the marine life in the area you put the lights. 

The Green Light at the End of the Dock

The green light at the end of the dock is not there just for looks; it is a navigational aid. It helps show where the right side of the channel is when you enter a harbor or marina via boat. 

What Are Docking Lights on a Boat?

Docking lights are mounted lights on your boat exterior, almost like headlights to help dock the boat. 

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Always adhere to local regulations and safety guidelines when installing dock lights or making any alterations to your dock or boat.

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