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If you have two 12v batteries, look into going with an led . 25-60 per light, cut they run for hours on a 12v system. Plus no gas costs or genny noise.
 

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How clear is your water?
The cheap way to go is with some 300w halos and a genny. LEDs let you run silent but the color makes muddy water a little difficult to see fish in, and they are a little pricy. HPS lights are great for muddy water but you need a generator and they are on the expensive side. Are you looking to spend $50....$100....$500. The sky is the limit when it comes to lighting.

And welcome to the forum!!!!
 

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I started with a spot light hooked up to a battery. And have graduated up to hps light with custom housings and digital ballasts

Its all a great start as long as you get started!

You can tweak your setup as much as you want to find what works for you. But you won't know what to tweak till you get started!
 

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I was thinking 5 50 watts with a light rack made from a local guy around here. Good start?
If you know of anybody around that shoots at night it would be really beneficial for you to go out with them and see how you like different setups so you get an idea where to start. Most guys would be more than happy to bring you along for a trip if you throw in a few bucks for gas.
 
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