Flashing LED Brake Lights

 

Flashing LED Brake Lights

Hello fellow Fleet Managers! 

Our Safety Department have asked that Fleet install flashing LED brake lights on our vehicles.  Have any of you installed flashing LED brake lights on your Fleet vehicles?  If so, have you seen a significant reduction in rearend collisions?  What are the lifecycles of these lights?  Have you experienced high maintenance?

I would apprcieate any feedback that any of you might provide.

 

Thanks,

Manager Fleet & Facilities

Vectren Corporation

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ptyring said:

Hello fellow Fleet Managers! 

Our Safety Department have asked that Fleet install flashing LED brake lights on our vehicles.  Have any of you installed flashing LED brake lights on your Fleet vehicles?  If so, have you seen a significant reduction in rearend collisions?  What are the lifecycles of these lights?  Have you experienced high maintenance?

I would apprcieate any feedback that any of you might provide.

 

Thanks,

 

Manager Fleet & Facilities

Vectren Corporation


Hey,

As part of our vehicle installation package on fire vehicles, we install Whelen's vertex lights. These are installed in addtion to the OEM lighting.  You must make sure that it is approved by your state police regualtions. Depending on the model of vehicle that you are configuring, Whelen carries front and rear LED solutions to OEM fit. 

Flashing rear lights do help in warning traffic of problems, so, yes, there is much success in it if you are in public safety, road work maintenance, or road assist.

I hope this has helped you.

 

Sincerely,

Alexandria Fire Department

Alexandria, VA

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Greetings,

              Just to add my two cents worth, The State of Ohio prohibits flashing lights on motor vehicles (Ohio Revised Code 4513.17) with the usual exceptions, public safety, road service/construction vehicles, funeral service vehicles etc. Be sure and check with your legal department or the local authorities before you put the time and effort into installing the lights.

                                                                                            

Mechanic/Assistant Fleet Manager

 

 

                                                                                                                        

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To add another "take" on your question:

In 2003, we purchased and added a warning light system to our 3/4 ton utility services trucks. The intend was to be a visual "attention getter" to drivers following your vehicle.

This was a system utilized a controller and an amber oval grommet mounted light. We installed the light in the vanity panel below the tailgates on our fiberglass service bodies. The controller went under the hood.

When the foot was lifted off the accelerator, the light would come on steady. If the brakes were applied, the light flashed.

After a driver complaint to and review by the Illinois State Police, they requested that we stop using this system due to it being to confusing. That was because on trucks with single tail lights on each side, if the brakes are applied and a turn signal is activated; there was a red flashing light on one side, s teady red light on the other side, an amber flashing light in the lower center, and a steady red light up high.

In 2005, all controllers were disconnected and the amber light connected to the CHMSL circuit on the chassis.

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ahartley said:

To add another “take” on your question:

In 2003, we purchased and added a warning light system to our 3/4 ton utility services trucks. The intend was to be a visual “attention getter” to drivers following your vehicle.

This was a system utilized a controller and an amber oval grommet mounted light. We installed the light in the vanity panel below the tailgates on our fiberglass service bodies. The controller went under the hood.

When the foot was lifted off the accelerator, the light would come on steady. If the brakes were applied, the light flashed.

After a driver complaint to and review by the Illinois State Police, they requested that we stop using this system due to it being to confusing. That was because on trucks with single tail lights on each side, if the brakes are applied and a turn signal is activated; there was a red flashing light on one side, s teady red light on the other side, an amber flashing light in the lower center, and a steady red light up high.

In 2005, all controllers were disconnected and the amber light connected to the CHMSL circuit on the chassis.


Thank you for your response!  It sounds like there are alot of issues to consider from a legal perspective before we jump into this.

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jcroop said:

Greetings,

              Just to add my two cents worth, The State of Ohio prohibits flashing lights on motor vehicles (Ohio Revised Code 4513.17) with the usual exceptions, public safety, road service/construction vehicles, funeral service vehicles etc. Be sure and check with your legal department or the local authorities before you put the time and effort into installing the lights.

                                                                                                              


Mechanic/Assistant Fleet Manager


                                                                                                                        


Thanks!  We do have service territory in Ohio so this is good information.

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jsaputo said:

ptyring said:

Hello fellow Fleet Managers! 

Our Safety Department have asked that Fleet install flashing LED brake lights on our vehicles.  Have any of you installed flashing LED brake lights on your Fleet vehicles?  If so, have you seen a significant reduction in rearend collisions?  What are the lifecycles of these lights?  Have you experienced high maintenance?

I would apprcieate any feedback that any of you might provide.

 

Thanks,

Manager Fleet & Facilities

Vectren Corporation


Hey,

As part of our vehicle installation package on fire vehicles, we install Whelen's vertex lights. These are installed in addtion to the OEM lighting.  You must make sure that it is approved by your state police regualtions. Depending on the model of vehicle that you are configuring, Whelen carries front and rear LED solutions to OEM fit. 

Flashing rear lights do help in warning traffic of problems, so, yes, there is much success in it if you are in public safety, road work maintenance, or road assist.

I hope this has helped you.

 

Sincerely,

Alexandria Fire Department

Alexandria, VA


Thank You!  We use Whelen lights also.