Advantage Of Led Trailer Light Than Incandescent Trailer Lights

Date:Jul 11, 2017

      Many boat trailers now come equipped with LED lights, and there are several companies that offer kits to allow you to upgrade to LED lighting. Other than the initial cost of LEDs, which is higher than that of traditional incandescent bulbs, there are few downsides to the new technology, especially for boat trailer applications.

      An LED is a solid-state, semiconductor device that has been specially designed to emit light. LED stands for light-emitting diode, a tiny diode that generates light when a small electric current is applied. Unlike traditional, incandescent lights that use bulbs, LED lamps burn cooler and don't use delicate wire filaments that stretch, weaken, and eventually fail. This feature means LED lamps last longer because they withstand road vibration and shock much more effectively than bulbs. In fact, studies show that the life expectancy of an LED is 100,000 hours — or six times that of an average incandescent bulb.

      LED trailer tail lights are brighter, which means other vehicles will see your brake lights better in the daytime. But make sure you purchase LED trailer lights that are waterproof because there are similar lights designed for cargo trailers, and that's not what you need. And because these lights use a fraction of the energy of regular bulbs, they're a smaller pull against your battery, which means you'll also improve your battery life over the long haul.

     LED units also illuminate faster; when a vehicle's brake lights are applied, LED lights on the trailer respond instantaneously and provide a brighter, more focused illumination. In comparison, incandescent lights take about a quarter of a second to get to 90-percent brightness. A study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute found that LED lamps respond, on an average, 1/5-of-a-second faster than standard incandescent lamps. Using test results at 65 mph, LEDs improved reaction time and decreased braking distance by 16 feet.

     LED bulbs that are designed to fit into traditional incandescent bulb fixtures are available. However, it's not recommended to mix LEDs and incandescent lights on a boat trailer. Incandescent lights draw much more amperage than LEDs do, and if they pull that current through the LED fixtures, the LEDs can burn up. Therefore, it is recommended that all lights on a conversion be replaced with LEDs. 

  (excerpt from Dan Armitage‘s ArticleThe Trouble With Trailer Lights》 published in Fall 2012 issue of Trailering Magazine)

LED Trailer Stop Turn Tail Light

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                            4 inch round tail light                                                  6 inch oval tail light      

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                           17 inch tail lightbar                                            Combination Stop Turn Tail Light

LED Truck Trailer Side Marker & Clearance Lights

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     0.75 inch round marker light      2 inch beehive marker light           2 inch round marker light

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    2.5 inch round marker light             2.5 inch oval marker light                     2 inch stalk light

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