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Interior and exterior lighting and controls are critical elements in the design of your trailer. And it is difficult to retrofit, so you've got to get it right when designing the trailer upfront.
There has been significant innovation and technological improvement in LED lighting recently to create a bright environment for your driver to work inside the trailer.
Automatic Timers and Passive Infrared Sensors.
In the old strategy, you would go around the nose box on the trailer's front, hit a button, and the lights would come on. When done, you would hit that switch again to turn the lights off.
We now recommend a series of timers and passive infrared sensors for turning your lights on and off.
- The Electronic Timer: The lights turn off with the electronic timer setting or when the physical activity stops inside the trailer.
- Infrared Sensor: The light will turn back on when the heated physical body is detected and stay on for the length of time they're programmed to stay on.
Rear Work Area Lighting.
Rear exterior lighting options are available for safe loading and unloading operations.
- Work area lights: Work area lights can be put outside the back of the trailer or at the trailer's side doors.
- Reverse Lights: Some work area lights can serve the dual purpose of work and reverse lights. Be sure to ask your trailer salesman about wiring these rear work lights to assist your driver in backing into docks at night and in difficult situations.
Rear light power controlled with the braking and ABS systems
- Typically with a rear liftgate, you’ ll have a header light used as a work light.
- If you use a passive infrared sensor to turn on a rear work light, you must be sure the light is turned off while driving, or you'll be in violation of the law.
- Wiring the rear work lights to the GPS's braking system gives your driver control in turning off a rear passive infrared sensor light.
* These are issues that you need to discuss and finalize before you build your trailer.
Read more in this series, How to Buy the Best Reefer Trailer.
- How to Buy the Best Reefer Trailer
- Spec'ing a High Cube Trailer
- Deep Frozen - Spec's and Options
- Spec'ing a Reefer Trailer for Hauling Produce
- Standard Reefer Trailer Spec's
Options and Upgrades to a Standard Reefer Trailer.
- Insulation, Lights, and Stainless Steel Options
- Wearband, Securement, and Side Panel Options
- Tires, Wheels, Suspension and Brake Options
- Heavy Haul Specs
- Lightweight Savings
Multi-Temp Design Strategies and Perspectives for Single Temp Operators.
- Temperature Ranges and Zones in a Multi-Temp
- Heat Evaporator - Placement and Airflow
- Multi-Temp Remote Control and Shore Power
- Dimensions of a Multi-Temp Trailer
- Driver Safety For Multi-Temp Operations
- Interior and Exterior Lighting
- Bulkheads and Dividers
- Product Safety Features
- Backhaul Restrictions