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#10955774 - 07/03/15 04:00 PM Bulbs keep popping
Gmann Offline
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Registered: 03/09/04
Posts: 722
Loc: Allen, TX
Have submersible lights, but after every 3-4 trips, the bulbs pop. Growing tired of this.

Without spending too much, what kind of light should I get?

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#10955780 - 07/03/15 04:06 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
Samsonsworld Offline
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Registered: 12/12/08
Posts: 3059
Loc: Oeste Del Tejas
My dad used to unplug his trailer before backing the boat in. Seemed to do the trick. Have you tried that?

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#10955858 - 07/03/15 05:10 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Samsonsworld]
Gmann Offline
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Registered: 03/09/04
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Loc: Allen, TX
Originally Posted By: Samsonsworld
My dad used to unplug his trailer before backing the boat in. Seemed to do the trick. Have you tried that?

Yep, used to do it all the time, gotten lazy lately. . . hammer

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#10956509 - 07/04/15 08:56 AM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
ChuChu1 Offline
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Registered: 03/08/10
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Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Next time you back in look for bubbles coming up from the lights. If so you have a leak that allows the water to displace the air that supposed to keep them water proof. Unhooking the lights is the best.
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#10956740 - 07/04/15 12:35 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
Shadetree Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
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Loc: Port Neches Texas
Some of the supposed "submersible lights" are not really that. The oval shaped units where you have to replace the whole thing have worked for me. b
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#10961658 - 07/07/15 12:12 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
Stump jumper Offline
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Registered: 04/19/04
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Loc: Rockwall
In 30 years of owning the same trailer I have only had one of the submersible lights leak.

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#10961967 - 07/07/15 02:25 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
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Loc: texas
Ours were submersible and we always unplugged them. owned the boat from 1993 to this year and probably never replaced more than 2-3 bulbs. Unplug them.

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#10976111 - 07/14/15 10:58 AM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
Waco Crappie Offline
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Registered: 06/06/13
Posts: 232
Loc: Waco TX
I had the same problem, until I followed these guide lines.

A- Replace your bulbs for led lights. More expensive but last longer and less prone to burning out.
B- Clean the edges around your lights where the two pieces come together and silicon the [censored] out of it. I even took the screws out put some silicon on the threads installed the screws and siliconed around the heads of the screws. Use alot of silicon and try to wipe it smooth. I never unhook my lights as the ramp I go to isnt at risk for water touching the plug. Your setup may very so unplug to be sure. This should solve your problems.

If that doesnt work then you have an exposed wire somewhere on your trailer and its shorting out.
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#11025699 - 08/06/15 07:13 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
bbassfishes Offline
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Registered: 09/30/12
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Loc: Granbury, TX
I had the same problem, took some GOOP marine sealant ad stuck it around anywhere water could get in and it solved the problem. The other option is like mentioned above, put the money into some LEDs and problem gone.
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#11060763 - 08/24/15 12:21 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
lcbl75771 Offline
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Registered: 03/20/03
Posts: 1292
Loc: Lindale, TX
Boat trailer used to do that so I just swapped them out the whole housing for LED's. no problem since. Pontoon trailer started doing it so I switched them out this past weekend. Have never had any problems from any of the side marker lights


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#11149167 - 10/06/15 07:13 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
Chemdawg Offline
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Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 1236
my other boat use to do this i had to unplug them but after a while water still got in the bulb and it would pop i put led;s on it 40$ and took me 30mins

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#11149484 - 10/06/15 09:34 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
Mudshark Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 37581
Loc: Midlothian, TX
I'm convinced trailer lights are not supposed to work all the time. Sounds like you have cool water hitting hot glass though. Silicone is your friend.
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#11149536 - 10/06/15 09:54 PM Re: Bulbs keep popping [Re: Gmann]
Anchorman Offline
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Registered: 03/02/15
Posts: 1186
Loc: Small Town NE Texas
I agree with everything above. But if you don't want to go LED buy the LL bulbs (long life). They have a more durable filament. Water proof the housing, go with LL bulbs, use dielectric grease on the bulb bases, and if you remember unplug them so they can cool before you back in.


Edited by Anchorman (10/06/15 10:08 PM)
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