MATS REPORT: New Mini-marker from Truck-Lite

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Less than three-fourths of an inch in diameter and depth, Truck-Lite’s two new Mini-Marker trailer lights build off of the company’s innovative Model 33 LED Mini-Marker light first introduced in 2004.

Physical damage, not burnout, is why many trucker still refuse to use LEDS on their trucks and trailers. But now the Amber Model 33 lamps provide protection from trees and flying debris at all forward and side lamp positions, says Truck-Lite. Patent-pending Amber Model 33 PC Corner Lamps can be flush mounted on trailer corners at a 45-degree angle. They shine in a wide arc, exceeding both forward and side lighting requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

“Trailer builders can now offer their customers more durable, damage resistant lighting,” said Bob Ives, Truck-Lite vice-president of marketing. “The small size and ability to be mounted flush with minimal interior protrusion provides carriers with greater protection. Fleets that previously avoided premium LEDs on trailers because of exposure to damage can now enjoy the benefits of LED lighting with greatly reduced replacement costs.”

Trailer builders can now design lamps into areas protected by top rails and structural members. By mounting lamps flush with trailer surfaces or recessed behind protective structural members, lamps are supported and damage from occasional contact is minimized.

Three Mini-Markers are available hard-wired to a harness specifically for use as a marker/identification lamp assembly. The sealed harness has ultrasonically welded wiring where the three leads are joined, leading to a sealed two-pin connector. Individual Mini-Marker LEDs are available with hard-wired, sealed, two-pin connectors for use as clearance, side marker, or identification lamps. The internal lamp components are completely sealed in epoxy to prevent corrosion and are backed by Truck-Lite’s exclusive Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Trailer manufacturers will require no special tooling, Truck-Lite says, and the Mini-Marker LED lamps require less assembly time. The lamps are so small, they can be carried into protective extrusions or mounted below mechanical features, unlike larger traditional style lights.

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