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I am setting up my boat with some 300 watt halos, and just wondered if they need to be aimed down or if strait out works fine. i noticed in the pics of everyones boats most lights look like they are almost strait out.
 

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I've read lots of discussions on this and most seem to put HPS & MH perpendicular to the water, but most halos I've seen/used are aimed down some. Even with that being said, I built my HPS mounts with the possibility of angle changes built into them.
 

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I aim mine down, but they are higher from the water than most of the boats I've seen on here.
 

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mine are set in angle faceing the water.
 

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I have my halos angled down you can see down and out pretty well. I made them so I can change the angle tho they work great
 

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I angled my halos down just a tiny bit, and I wish I would have made them perpendicular.
 

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i angle mine down just a little bit but i know of a few people that have them straight out..
 
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I like halogens angled down. MH or HPS can be straight out. I guess that after fishing over HID lights (HPS/MH) for so long, when I fish over halogens, they are so dim looking to me, that I want them angled down into the water...
 

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I run my 350 halos slightly down.
 

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my 500w halos are angled down a bit and on a buddy of mines boat his mh are straight out
 

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Mine are just barely angled down, but they way I mounted them I can change them easily. I really dont think it makes much of a difference at all
 

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Dont make much difference as long as they're not pointing up.Up would be ok if you were shooting clay pigeons.Since we're fishin we want to point them at the fish.:tu:
 

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Before I mounted my lights I went out on the water and tried different reflector angles and locations. I couldn't tell that anything was accomplished by angling them down with my reflectors so we mounted them straight.

 

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I run 8 225 Ultra's under the deck. I built my mounts so you can change the angle. when I started I had them pointed on a 35 degree angle but found that it did not cast light out as far as I wanted from the boat now they are set on a 8-10 degree angle and that about perfect. This spring I am toying with the idea of mounting 2 more on the Knee rail to the left and right of the troller to cast more light out in front of the boat.
 

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The boats I have fished off of have the lights slightly angled down towards the water. I would rather have the ability to see deeper in most cases than farther out.
 
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