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Product Spotlight: Vehicle lighting

Nov. 7, 2023
A look at the latest offerings from 10 companies that light up the trucks and trailers rolling across America's roadways.

Betts Industries

Betts Industries’ lighting solutions include custom lamp kits, work lights, modules, remote testers, harnesses, cable and electrical components, and lighting accessories. The line consists of stop, tail, turn lamps, back-up lamps, clearance and side marker lamps, identification/bar lamps, license lamps, junction boxes, sealed-beam work lamps, cabinet, meter and dome lamps, beacons and strobes, nose boxes, modules and brackets, replacement lenses and bulbs, plug and seal lamp options, lighting system testers, and other miscellaneous accessories.

See also: FleetOwner 2024 Equipment Specs Guide

Grote Industries

Grote Industries developed the Auxiliary Strobe & Stop Lamp, a supplemental brake-activated warning lamp, to help fleets achieve the visibility they need to stay seen and safe on the road. Real-world testing has shown that a flashing brake light can help reduce the frequency of rear-end collisions by more than 33%. With Grote’s Auxiliary Strobe & Stop Lamp, braking initiates a sequence of five amber flashes in four seconds, followed by a solid red burn to draw the attention of following traffic without long periods of strobing.  

Heavy Duty Lighting

Heavy Duty Lighting features three products: its three-quarter inch mini LED Livewell clearance marker, its 9006 LED replacement bulb Pro Series, and its side marker light with an amber lens with fitment for 2018 or later model Kenworth T880s. HDL’s LED solutions fit various vehicle types, including heavy-duty trucks, work trucks, trailers, and off-highway equipment.

See also: Grote acquires Star Headlight & Lantern Co.

Maxxima

Maxxima manufactures forward lighting, work lights, interior lights, warning and safety illumination, stop/turn/tail signals, LED back-up lights, and license lights. Popular items from the Maxxima lineup include the Lightning Series DryFit 6-inch oval red stop/turn/tail light, a new model of the company’s Round 9 adjustable 4,200-lumen 12/24-volt adjustable work light, another brighter Rectangular 15 1,300-lumen 12/24-volt LED work light, and a new version of the company’s 4-inch Round 56 stop/turn/tail light with a new lens design.

Optronics

Optronics’ new MCL2300, MCL20, and MCL16T marker/clearance lights provide trailer OEMs and owner-operators with several customization options; they come in round, oval, and rectangular configurations. These lights offer an increased light size while fitting into a standard 3/4-inch hole, courtesy of the included grommet. The PC-rated lamps can be used as a combination side marker and front or rear clearance lights when mounted on an angle. The new marker/clearance lights work for various vehicles and applications, including work trucks, dry vans, reefers, and box trucks.

Peterson

Peterson’s new M925-12 work light features an integrated connector design, a frosted lens, and 12 diodes. Its voltage can be regulated for a 9- to 32-volt operating range, and the M925-12’s sealed lens and housing meet the IP67 ingress protection level. The included grommet fits material up to 6 millimeters thick. Peterson also makes LED and incandescent stop, turn, and tail lights; LED and incandescent combination rear lights; LED and incandescent trailer light kits; clearance, marker, and ID lights; back-up, license, utility, and dome lights; specialty lighting; warning and emergency lights; mounting accessories; and electrical accessories.

Phillips Industries

Phillips Industries, in partnership with Innotec Group, manufactures exterior trailer lighting with Boardfree technology, which is patented and frees lighting design from the limitations of other LED products, according to Phillips Industries. Their construction eliminates the use of printed circuit boards, resulting in a range of benefits, including water, shock, corrosion, and impact resistance, according to the company. BoardFree technology offers 3D flexibility, integration capabilities, a thin and durable design, optimal thermal management, and water-sealed protection, according to Phillips Industries.

TecNiq

TecNiq’s T40 4-inch round stop/tail/turn lights with stainless steel trim rings are designed with the latest in LED technology, according to the company, and the T40 is a standard in the fleet, heavy-duty truck, and large-haul trailer DOT light market. Each T40 fits standard 4-inch round holes, is available with various connector types, is IP68-rated for dust resistance, and is waterproof. The T40 also is FMVSS 108 compliant and is 100% sealed to protect circuit boards. TecNiq offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty on all parts.

Truck-Lite

Truck-Lite, a subsidiary of Clarience Technologies, makes lighting products for commercial trucking, vocational, waste and recycling, final-mile delivery, and defense. Its commercial trucking products, for example, emphasize lights and reflectors that maximize on-road visibility, while its lighting for the final mile attempts to maximize uptime. Some of its products include lighting with heated lenses for low-temperature conditions, turn signal lights, marker and clearance lights, warning lights, back-up lights, beacons, pedestal lights, and combination box lights.

See also: Truck-Lite names new president of U.S. operations

United Pacific Industries

United Pacific Industries in August announced its Double Fury line of LED lighting, a range of color-changing stop, turn, tail, clearance/marker, and cab lights, all featuring UPI’s signature LEDs. They fit any truck with a 12-volt DC power supply, no matter which make and model, according to UPI. The Double Fury line of lights are all DOT/SAE- and FMVSS 108-compliant on the primary red or amber light, and they are IP67-rated for water resistance. All are vibration-resistant, and they feature simple wiring for easy installation. All Double Fury lights come with a three-year warranty. The lights are available in nine styles and multiple color combinations.
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