TRP Aftermarket Parts now offers a special line of LED lighting products manufactured for use in all Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks, tractors and trailers.
“TRP light emitting diode (LED) lighting products are tested for durability and long service life,” said Everett Seymoure, global manager for TRP. “The manufacturing process uses ultraviolet resistant polycarbonate lenses and a high diode count. This results in stop, turn and tail lamps that make vehicles easier to see.”
“TRP LED lights are brighter and much easier to see than incandescent lights, which enhances detection of the vehicle when it’s parked in a dark or dimly lit parking lot or on the side of a road,” Seymoure said. TRP LED lights are available through authorized Kenworth and Peterbilt parts and service distributors throughout North America for all make of trucks, tractors and trailers.
The circuitry on TRP LEDs is compact and uses 85 percent less electrical power than equivalent incandescent lamps, which means operators can add additional lights without overtaxing the electrical system, Seymoure added. Since the diodes are mechanically connected to the light’s foundation and not soldered on, LEDs don’t have issues associated with the intense heat generated during the soldering process.
The circuit board effectively dissipates heat from the diode producing a more intense light without risking damage to the diode. “In fact, if a TRP LED lamp were left on constantly for a full 100,000 hours, it would still meet safety regulations for brightness after 10 years,” Seymoure said.
TRP LEDs have no filament to break and the lens and housing are completely sealed, keeping dust and water out. Durable polycarbonate makes the lenses resistant to impact damage.
TRP LED lights come in a variety of colors including clear — (white), red and amber and green, blue and purple for interior lighting and will not fade or change color over time. TRP LED Lights are provided with a 10-year limited warranty.
Tips for Retrofitting Trucks and Trailers with LED Lighting
Generally, any standard incandescent light can be replaced with an LED lamp of the same kind. For example, any 4-inch round stop, turn and tail light can be replaced with an LED lamp that’s the same size.
Since LED lights look very different from incandescent lights, truck owners and operators will get the best results if they replace them in groups, for example: all tail lights, all clearance lights or all cab marker lights, Seymoure said. Headlamp housings and front turn signals cannot be replaced since they are generally designed as proprietary for specific vehicles.
“When you retrofit a vehicle from incandescent lighting to LED lights, be sure to change the flasher,” Seymoure said. “Flashers designed for incandescent lamps will not function properly in an LED system.”