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Led Trailer lights

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by chuck bow, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. chuck bow

    chuck bow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 701

    Thinking of putting or replacing stock tail lights with LED lights , How much more are they compared to reg lights ( my trailer has the oval shaped lights with the rubber gasket) and do they last longer than reg tail lights
     
  2. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    regular lights are about $7.00 LED's are about $25.00 apiece more upfront but they will last for years. just make sure you have a VERY good ground. the LED's dont use alot of power so if the ground is bad they are very dim.
     
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I love the LED's! I don't have any though... On my trailer I'm smacking and breaking the lenses about once a season. LED's are built into the lens so one smack and I'm out 30 bucks :cry:

    I like them because there's no bulb socket to short out or corrode and loose contact. Plus they are instant on and off and BRIGHT! :eek: If someone misses seeing them light up they shouldn't be on the road in the first place! :dizzy:

    I was going to put them on the back of my new dump bed (4" rounds) but they were $28 each and, well, this is just a work truck. Plus there's usually a trailer on the back that would block those lights anyway.
     
  4. chuck bow

    chuck bow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 701

    Thanks jason you gave me something to think about , i too break at least one or two light a year somehow so i may have to ponder this longer . Iam like you tho the LED are sure bright and sharp looking .
     
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,068

    Our dump trailer and tilt bed trailer have LED's, we ordered them both with them. They last forever, they look great and the added visibility over incandescent is incredible. Our dump trailer is white and when the lights are on it lights up like a christmas tree.
     
  6. Triple L

    Triple L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 503

    I got my trailer completely outfitted with led's. Cost about $200.00 total now, I got completly clear lights in the back and when you touch the break on signal switch they turn red. Real slick lookin on a yellow trailer. And then all amber and red 8 diod 2.5" lights around. Not to ofte you can find 8 diod in 2.5". Usually the cheap ones are 1 diod. I love the leds. Parking on a street, pop on the 4ways and if you can't see this trailer you gots a problem. Plus very low energy draw. Ill try to take some pics tomarrow, if I can get some. My trailer is packed away pretty good.
     
  7. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    Once you go LED you never go back..Check heavy duty truck part dealers they might be alot cheper than you think and hve a good variety!
     
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    I just mounted items 1 and 2 on the list from the link yesterday. At first look, they seemed much brighter on the "stop" light, especially when looking from directly behind the trailer (the only direction that counts!).

    The service from this company was great -- put in online order in the morning, got confirmation via e-mail of the order in a couple of hours, and another e-mail near the end of the afternoon providing shipping information. The lights arrived in two days, just as stated.

    The pigtails are a bit shorter than on Peterson fixtures previously used. It does have a white ground wire coming from the fixture, with a loop end for putting on the bolt to fasten the fixture. This makes the grounding a more certain than merely running ground through the bolt.

    I made the change because I was burning out bulbs too often (6-8 over the season). Several times, I learned I was running without a stop/turn light, and for how long ....?

    http://shop.easternmarine.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=catalog.catalog&categoryID=282
     
  9. mason dude

    mason dude LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    I love em, Hard to put a price on safety. sometimes I wish I had one flashing on the back of my blower when I am out in the street with earplugs in. Anybody know how to wire this????
    buytruckstuff.com has these for around $55 a pair (ovals) the swap out is pretty simple but keep in mind that new led's require the pigtail, no wires hanging from them, so if you are fitting them to an older trailer you have to buy the pigtails separately,5-8 bucks I think. My haulmark factory pigatils worked on the new led's, just check your trailer before ordering
     
  10. tcls83

    tcls83 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    If I didn't go through a set of trailer lights every year due to breakage I'd buy them. If I ever decide to get them, I'd have a metal case welded around it to protect them.
     

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