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Discussion in 'Owners Chat: Options and Upgrades' started by MrsClark, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. MrsClark

    MrsClark Well-Known Member

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    Well we thought we had gotten the lighted bimini option but apparently did not. Can they add it afterward now? Or is it a whole new bimini?
     
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    You would need a new piece of the frame. You can only see the lights with the bimini open and at night you don't need the bimini open. Just my $.02
     
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    Havasu Well-Known Member

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    I would think the lighted bimini coming from the factory would be the cleanest (and easiest) but the ones I've seen are just little LED lights spaced evenly around the frame. So, adding them to an existing frame might not be that be a deal as long as the wires can be fished to terminate under the helm. I'd ask the dealer and/or a local bimini place.
     
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    Look at your invoice ,if it is listed the dealer may owe you for it
     
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    Ha! Never thought of that......
     
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    scubadad Well-Known Member

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    Just my 2 cents but my current boat and previous boat both had the bimini lights. We didn't custom order our boats, they just came with them. Other than seeing them on the showroom floor we have never turned ours on. At night when we would theoretically use them we always have the bimini closed up. Even the few times it's been open we never use them. In my opinion you should get the dealer to give you a refund/credit.
     
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    adkboater Well-Known Member

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    We have the lighted Bimini and we hardly ever use it, we enjoy the stars and the moon rather than the blue led overhead. I turn it on sometimes as I’m waiting on our pub crawlers, even then I’m sometimes to lazy to open the Bimini for the mood lighting!
     
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    We didn’t use ours the few times we boated at night this past summer. However, we didn’t get out much after dark - only 3 times. If I had it to do over, probably wouldn’t have gotten them. If they are on your invoice, I’d get a refund from the dealer. If they haven’t built the boat yet, then the dealer should be able to get the invoice/build order updated with them if you for sure want them. Agree with the above. Cleanest look will be from Bennington originally vs. adding them on later if you want them.
     
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    We ordered them, but I'm the type that would rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it. Same with our table. The wiring goes down throuh side panel fencing, then into helm to the lighting switch. Eventually I hope to have a enclosure made for ours, so the bimini would be open at night, and I'd have use of them.
     
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    I have the lighted bimini and we are night cruisers. At night we always put the bimini up and turn on the lights as for us it is mood lighting. Most especially like the nice effect it has on my white hair; Old Lady purple
     
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    We have them. Only used twice in four seasons of use.
     
  12. MrsClark

    MrsClark Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the input. They are not on the order sheet so we didn't pay for them. I think we will wait and see before we decide. We are going to do our own interior lighting around the seats and I am sure that will be plenty of lighting!
     
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    And "technically" they too can be a source for LEO to ride up on you. SOME, not all, tend to stick to the letter and think the ONLY lights should be the nav lights. Any others on the water could be taken as emergency vehicle lights. I know, I know, but it's what I heard and experienced myself. Again, this is not in every state, and also not how every LEO responds. It's a grey area. But thought I'd throw it out there.
     
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    That is a very good point.
     
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    weve got em, but they are white. havent been out after dark yet
     
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    I never use mine at night, either.
     
  17. MrsClark

    MrsClark Well-Known Member

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    I am thinking they aren't necessary.
     
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    Spoiledrotten Well-Known Member

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    On my last boat, I installed them in the bimini, but installed them to the bow, through the curves and down about a foot. They were usable with or without the bimini open. I have the factory installed, blue ice in the new boat. They are useless unless the bimini is open.
     
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    We have them, but never use the Bimini lights as the top is always down when there is no sun (night). We do however enjoy the RGB toe kick and exterior lights for night time cruising.
     
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