Lights for backing up with a trailer at night?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Aaron's Lawn Care, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. Aaron's Lawn Care

    Aaron's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Do you guys know where I can get some lights for backing up with my trailer at night? I keep my trailer on a friend's farm and sometimes I end up dropping the trailer off late at night when it is pitch black. I want something that mounts under the rear bumper. Would a pair of foglights do the trick or is there anything made especially for this purpose?
  2. Ole Green

    Ole Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

  3. Aaron's Lawn Care

    Aaron's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92


    anyone else?
  4. kingofbling

    kingofbling LawnSite Member
    from dallas
    Messages: 64

    I used a foglights from Northern Tool, total cost to install ran about $30. That inlcuded two lights,switch,wire. You can probably find the lights cheaper at walmart or something, when i bought them they were regular $18.99 on sale for $9.99
  5. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    A pair of fog lights, running lights, or utility lights on a relay switch would work just fine. I have a set of KC low profile fogs and they work great!
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    I have a pair of hella 55w fog lights on the back of my f350, it really helps with the tint'ed windows at night.
  7. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    im a truck driver, i drive a rolloff semi, and often back up down alleys, and in dark landfills. i switched the turn signals on my trailer to amber. when i back up, i put on the 4 way flashers, does a pretty good job of lighting the way, cheap but not as good as the other replies here.
  8. man of stihl

    man of stihl LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    i just got a set of 55w lamps at auto zone and added them right above my 3 way led lights on my trailer. i have a 10 guage wire running from my battery back into a relay. so when i put my truck into reverse and i have the trailer.. it triggers it and they light up. i also have a set in my landscaping box on the front of my trialer. at night i turn my cargo light on and they light up on my trailer, so i can unload at night. they are set up the same way.

    oh ya i have a 30 amp inline fuse in my wiring for my trailer.. just to protect everything
  9. green814

    green814 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    I have the Pilot back up lights from Meijer's for $20. I made 2 brackets for each side out of 1" 1/8 thick flat stock steel & mounted them directly below my trailer brake lights. I cut a thick mud flap up & mounted that in front of the lights on the front side of the bracket to protect them. Wired them up & played with the aiming a touch. They work great.

  10. "Ground Control"

    "Ground Control" LawnSite Member
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