Meeting Federal Standards
Driving with the proper trailer lights could be the difference between a safe drive from point A to point B and a devastating accident. Think of it like this, numerous studies since 1970 have concluded that having automatic daytime running lamps on cars has decreased two-vehicle crashes by 5.7%. Imagine what having poorly lit lights could mean to a car carting a large boating trailer behind it. Not good, to say the least. Trailer lights need to be operable enough for safety standards, able to easily alert your intent are no matter what the visibility. To meet with federal standards boat trailer lights need to be permanently affixed in the location specified by the Federal government. A trailer must have proper lighting in the following locations: red stop lamps (2), red tail lamps (2), red or yellow rear turn signal lamps (2), red rear reflex reflectors (2), red rear side marker lamps (2), red rear side reflex reflectors (2), yellow front side marker lamps (2), and yellow front side reflex reflectors. These are the minimum federally required amount of lights to be placed on a standard boat size, not exceeding 9.1m (30 feet). Each type of trailer light, to meet the set standards, must be a certain height from the ground.
A Tough Life
Trailer lights have a rough life, being submerged when the boat is launched into the water, leading to corrosions of the connections, especially in salt water with high salt content. They also become encrusted by road grime which like salt, can cause all sorts of wiring defects. Lights are actually only a small percentage light, most of the energy is used to generate heat; the sharp change in temperature when submerged can cause the plastic to crack as well as a sharp change in pressure due to the sudden influx of water. Regular wear and tear, running into things by mistake, all cause damage to these important lights.
LED Stands for for Reliability
In the market of trailer lights, Led have become infinitely more popular for a multitude of improvements. Where incandescent lights provide 3000 hours of service, LED lights can reach up to 100,000 hours. There are no filaments in LED lights; therefore vibrations do not cause damage like they do to incandescent lights. Your trailer light will outlast the life of the trailer, given the 100,000 hours life. Unlike other kinds of lights, LEDs do not generate as much heat so the difference in heat when the boat is being launch is minimal. Components of the LED lights have virtually no place to corrode or short due to its sealed, welded polycarbonate lens. LED lights do not protrude, so accidents rarely result in damage to the trailer lights. Choose submersible or non-submersible based on what type of boat trailer you have; if your boat is not required to be in the water, non-submersible trailer light would be a better choice. Submersible for any interaction with water is advisable.