I'm curious how others transom lights are mounted. My goal for mine was to have them deep enough that they were under the water for most of the speeds I'd be going.
I achived that goal, but now I'm kicking myself because the 4 center lights are going to be behind a FAE when I get around to buying/building one.
So if you have pics of where yours are mouted, I'd appreciate seeing them. And also hearing how they work in that location. I can certainly move my lights up, but I worry about them being completely out of the water when I'm up on plane.
I think height really wouldn't matter on a planing hull. Anything over 8-9 mph and the entire transom will be out of the water aside from a little wash. No biggie, the aerated water in the wake lights up pretty cool.
It probably wouldn't matter much but if you made the FAE out of polished stainless and kept it maintained it would reflect light around under there and minimize the shadow effect.
That's what my thoughts were if it were a polished FAE, but if it ends up being one of PVC/ABS or similar that would cast a shadow. The polished part might actually make it look brighter because it would reflect from the 4 center ones and also reflect some from the sides as well throwing light off to the sides of the platform.