Boating operations are mostly limited to large bodies of water. But before the vessels are deployed at the shore or dock, they must first be transported to the location. Due to the size of boats, most individuals use trailers, trucks or other heavy-duty hauling equipment, or even a large vessel. Like boats, these units utilize trailer & truck lights for navigation, visibility and safety.
Keep reading to learn more about choosing a set of luminaries for your trailer or truck for supporting marine operations at the dock.
Compact and Reliable
LEDs are the way to go for illumination during deployment and preparation at marine sites. They are compact and won’t get in your way when trying to fit in between tight spaces. The lights also consume less power, streamlining compatibility with low voltage requirements typically observed in automotive and marine systems. Furthermore, LEDs are solid state and offer better resistance against rough handling and outdoor elements.
It’s important to point out that individuals residing in the US or Canada must adhere to some of the same set of guidelines for trailer lighting systems. Such configurations include the application of an amber and red light close to the front axle (for side clearance), as well as conventional turning and stop lights. The size of the trailer being used, which depends on the size of the boat being hauled, will determine the application of other lighting configurations.
There are several types of mounting options for truck lighting systems. For supporting boating operations, a remote-controlled LED light can be mounted on the roof of trucks, via a mounting plate. Such elevated positions allow the unit to illuminate the entire target area, from a safe distance. Handheld variants are also useful for setting up vessels near docks. A pistol-grip LED spot light is ideal for inspecting the water before deployment, with the use of intense, sharp beams capable of reaching far distances.
Lastly, because trailer and truck lights for boating operations are exposed to saltwater, they should take on corrosion resistant builds.