The 10 Best Stern Lights

This review has been updated 4 times since it was first published in June of 2019. If you enjoy taking your boat out for a spin after the Sun goes down, it’s important to make sure you’re as visible as possible. These stern lights will alert other vessels of your presence before it’s too late, while also helping you spot potential dangers in the water behind you. We’ve included a variety of options, such as pole-mounted, portable, and lantern-style models. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 Stern Lights

10. Shoreline Marine Snap Adjustable

  • Globe is frosted to reduce glare
  • Anodized aluminum pole
  • Requires hardwiring

9. Seasense Folding

  • Stays cool when lit
  • Reliably water-resistant
  • Not as bright as other options

6. Shoreline Marine All-Round

  • Two-mile visibility
  • Suitable for craft under 39 feet
  • Fits somewhat loosely in socket

5. Pactrade Navigation

  • One-year limited warranty
  • Sturdy plastic casing
  • Runs on standard 12-volt dc power

4. Bright Eyes Portable

  • Perfect for pontoon boats
  • Good budget option
  • Come with four batteries

3. Shoreline Marine

  • Comes with mounting adapter
  • Prewired pigtail harness
  • Ideal for canoes and kayaks

2. Total Marine 304

  • Installation template provided
  • Mounts flush for a smooth profile
  • Heavy-duty gasket keeps water out

1. Perko Inland Series

  • Doesn't attract too many bugs
  • Easy to fish around
  • Painless bulb replacement

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