Truck lighting is an important way to ensure the safety of your truck, other drivers, and of course, your own personal safety. In addition to basic headlights, taillights, and interior lighting, your upfitter can add supplemental lighting to keep you safe and visible, especially for those who work in the evenings or during times of decreased visibility.
Lighting is one of the fastest and easiest ways to stay safe on the road and make your job easier on the worksite. Below is an outline of different types of optional safety lighting and when you should consider adding them to your existing work truck.
Depending on the size of your work truck, you may already be required to have roof-mounted lights. Even if your truck is smaller than the required size, there are a lot of benefits of having additional lighting on your roof.
The purpose of these roof-mounted “clearance lights” is to warn other drivers that a wide (wider than 80 inches) truck is on the road and coming toward them. The lights indicate to other drivers to pay extra attention to how much space they allow on either side of their vehicle.
In addition to warning other drivers, these lights increase visibility for drivers loading materials onto a dock or entering a confined space like a garage or tunnel.
Bed lighting is a great way to work easily and efficiently no matter what time of the day you’re working. Perhaps your truck bed is upfitted with several different toolboxes, storage containers, equipment, and more. Or, perhaps, you just need to keep your truck bed visible for easy loading and unloading. Whatever your situation, bed lighting can be a great addition to your truck to increase visibility and make your job easier.
Speaking of storage compartments, if you’re a contractor who uses and stores a lot of small equipment, consider adding compartment lighting to your work truck. This lighting can reduce your eye strain and help you quickly grab or store your equipment and tools. Lights can be installed in each compartment or around a group of compartments to illuminate several spaces at once.
BUMPER & BALL MOUNT
Lighting at the back of your truck serves several purposes. If you have a work trailer and tow equipment, it can help illuminate your space as you hook up or unhook your trailer. Additionally if you frequently go in and out of your truck bed, it can help to illuminate your steps to ensure you are safely stepping up or out.
If you work in construction, you know the importance of strong external (scene) lighting. This type of lighting is often designed to be flexible, so lights can be placed wherever you need them the most. In winter months when the day ends earlier and earlier, external scene lighting can keep you working safely into the evening.
Warning lights help keep you and your crew safe when working in a public environment. These lights have to warn the public of your presence so drivers can slow to appropriate speeds before reaching workers. If you don’t work in secured worksites and instead work on roadways or highways, the extra illumination can quite literally be lifesaving.
THE RIGHT PARTNERSHIP
There are so many ways to increase your visibility and safety by incorporating additional lighting into your work truck. One work truck light manufacturer, Monroe Truck Equipment, believes in not only providing the right products but the right partnership that leads to long-term success.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Smith is the director of sales at Monroe Truck Equipment. Find out more, visit www.monroetruck.com.