Truck lights are designed for both practicality and warning. A truck headlamp has two light bulbs, one to the left and one to the right of the headlamp housing. The tail bulb serves as a tail-light on a car. Truck lights designed for added protection and warning.
Lights for trucks come in a variety of designs, shapes, sizes, shapes, and colors. Tail and cab light designs provide high visibility at night. The ability to have both daytime and nighttime running lights is also available. Smaller truck lights, such as those that attach to the bumper of the truck, are designed for added functionality. Full-sized truck lighting regulations allow for lighting on both sides of the vehicle.
The use of truck lights has increased dramatically over the years due to safety, cost effectiveness, and portability. Lights are required by law for trucks above certain specific sizes. Light bars and fixtures are standard on new trucks and must be installed by a certified installation technician. Some trucks are manufactured with factory installed lighting. The use of warning lights is prohibited because they distract drivers from their driving and can be deadly. These lights provide essential function but sometimes are used excessively.
Many state and local laws have been developed to govern the use of truck lights, warning lights and beacon lights. Most trucking companies adhere to these regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSAA) requires that every vehicle be equipped with appropriate warning lights.
Most truck lights consist of five main parts: Lighting, warning lights, indicator lights, break light and sonically sealed brake lights. The most common truck lights are the warning, intermittent beam. Warning lights are red in color and warn of an impending brake failure. Intermittent beams are yellow and allow you time to make an evasive maneuver while the brake light remains on. Break lights and sonically sealed brake lights are used to maintain your brakes and provide for a safe driving environment.
All truck lights should meet FMCSAA guidelines for both the driver and truck. FMCSAA also specifies minimum vehicle performance and bulb specifications. Most truck lights are certified by a third-party organization such as Automotive Lighting Inc. (ALI). Special inspection procedures are conducted to ensure that truck lights are safe for use. Once certified, truck lights are made as per FMCSAA guidelines to comply with federal and state law.
Truck tail lights and headlights also fall under truck lighting accessories. Tail lights, like all other lighting accessories, must meet or exceed FMCSAA guidelines. They have to be properly vented for safety and to prevent overheating. Lights need to be mounted in a way that will protect them from damage and prevent light from escaping from them. Horns, headlights, taillights and brake lights are some of the truck lighting accessories used on pickups. These work together to keep you visible when traveling the highways.
Lighting is very important on pickup trucks. It adds safety and makes your vehicle visible to other drivers on the road. Your vehicle should be well lit so that you can see pedestrians, hazards and oncoming vehicles clearly. Horns, brake lights, tail lights and LED lights are used to make your vehicle more visible to the driver.
Tow trucks are another form of transportation that require truck lighting. Tow trucks are designed for moving large, heavy objects. Truck tail lights and headlights are installed on tow trucks to increase their visibility to other drivers. Towing lights and brake lights are commonly used on towing trucks to ensure safe travel.
There are also specific truck lighting regulations applicable to passenger cars and trucks. Passenger cars, mini trucks and station wagons must have headlights and brake lights fitted as standard equipment. The bulbs used must be DOT approved. Horns, flashing lights and underbody lights are other important elements to passenger cars and trucks. Underbody lights help to illuminate the area below the car to assist in parking or stopping. They are important for towing cars and are also used in emergency vehicle.
Reflectorized lights are the most important and widely used type of truck lights. These are generally made of fiberglass, aluminum or chrome plated stainless steel. Chrome plated reflectorized reflectors reduce internal reflectance losses and increase brightness of the light source. These types of lights are especially valuable during low-visibility periods. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlights are another important feature for many passenger vehicles such as sedans, SUV’s and mini trucks.