Light is an important aspect of photography, and although built to withstand exposure to water and water pressure, photography dive lights require proper cleaning and maintenance to ensure their longevity and maximize light quality.
Photography dive light care involves the following:
- The user should always read the instruction manual, especially when purchasing a dive light with rechargeable batteries. The manual contains beneficial information necessary in ensuring that the batteries last for as long and offer the best performance.
- One should rinse the dive light in clean water immediately after every use. This act is necessary to ensure that the dive light is free of damaging contaminants such as mud or salt. After the cleaning, it is important to dry the light before storage.
- An individual should store the light away from direct sunlight. A cool, dark, dry area is ideal.
- It is of utmost importance that you always carry out an inspection of the battery contacts prior to your dive. If they require cleaning, you can use a pencil eraser to perform the task. Additionally, one should inspect the O-ring(s) so as to check for any wear, nicks or cuts and to remove any dirt. After cleaning, always lubricate the O-rings with silicone grease.
- The user should store the batteries separately from the dive light in case the light is not in use for an extended period of time.
- One should prevent the dive light from falling so as to avoid damage.
- One should turn the light off immediately if it floods with water. Later on one should unscrew the bezel and then rinse it with fresh water.
- The photographer should always tighten all the connections on light before he or she goes underwater.
The proper care of the dive lights can give photographers the best images possible, and reduce the need for buying new equipment.