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Truck-Lite unveils world’s smallest LED (March 31, 2004)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Truck-Lite has introduced what it says is the world's smallest LED lamp to meet clearance, side...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Truck-Lite has introduced what it says is the world’s smallest LED lamp to meet clearance, side marker and identification applications.

Measuring less than 3/4″ in diameter and depth, the Mini-Marker lamp is virtually flush with the trailer which reduces the chance of damage due to contact.

“We estimate that 40 per cent of fleet clearance marker lighting costs are a result of physical damage,” says Brad Van Riper, Truck-Lite president of research and development. “The majority of damage results from tree limbs hitting the front and passenger side of the vehicle. Another major factor is heat entrapment or physical damage resulting from extruded dock seals on the back at freight terminals when loading and unloading. With only one powerful LED in the new Mini-Marker lamp, you can significantly reduce these costs.”

Recent NHTSA rulings require rear identification lamps on new trailers to be mounted near the top of the vehicle. This is easy to achieve on even narrow top door frames with the Mini-Marker, the company says.
Two mounts are available – a grommet mount and a more permanent and theft-resistant flange mount. All that’s required for installation is a 3/4″ mounting hole – no tools are required to mount the light to the trailer.

Tim Walker, senior vice-president of worldwide sales for Truck-Lite, demonstrated the Mini-Marker at the Mid-America Truck Show.

He said the LED is “one of the most innovative and exciting products that we have ever introduced.”
Rod Ehrlich, chief technology officer with Wabash National, was also on-hand at Mid-America to announce the Mini-Marker will be standard on new Wabash trailers.

“It’s the most durable thing we’ve ever seen,” said Ehrlich. “LEDs themselves did not resist corrosion and damage, but this, I’m happy to say, finally does that. I can put it on for a lifetime and the maintenance guy can forget about it.”

Although the price has yet to be determined, Walker says it will be comparable to other LED lamps currently on the market.

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