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Peterson unveils 'bigger and brighter' single-diode LED trailer lights


Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Peterson engineers used the company’s exclusive LumenX lens technology to nearly double the visible surface area of the Dot XL to 1-3/8 inches, while still fitting ¾-inch mounting holes. (Courtesy: PETERSON MANUFACTURING)
Peterson engineers used the company’s exclusive LumenX lens technology to nearly double the visible surface area of the Dot XL to 1-3/8 inches, while still fitting ¾-inch mounting holes. (Courtesy: PETERSON MANUFACTURING)

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Peterson Manufacturing has introduced a bigger and brighter single-diode LED clearance/marker/mid-turn lighting for heavy-duty trailers.

The new model, USA-made and called the Dot Light XL, is designed to solve a complaint by drivers of rigs equipped with popular compact LED marker lights: poor visibility due to the build-up of diesel soot, road grime and/or snow pack, according to Tim Gilbert, Peterson’s director of OEM and heavy-duty feet sales.

All current compact models feature ¾-inch single-diode LED lights sized to mount in the ¾-inch holes of many OEM trailers.

Peterson engineers used the company’s exclusive LumenX lens technology to nearly double the visible surface area of the Dot XL to 1-3/8 inches, while still fitting ¾-inch mounting holes.

The result is a PC-rated, single-diode LED light big and bright enough to retain excellent visibility despite road and weather conditions.

“When trailer lights get dirty or snow-packed they appear dimmer,” Gilbert said. “That’s especially true of the small LED marker lights so popular today. The superior optics of our Dot XL offer a brilliant solution: greater visibility plus multi-function versatility.”

Dot XL lights are lensed in LumenX red or amber, and feature specially designed rubber grommets for easy mounting in standard ¾-inch holes.

All models have a 9-16 VDC operating range and are available with stripped wires or Defender-approved .180 bullet terminals. Options include a hardwired, two-wire design with 8-inch leads, and a three-wire version for auxiliary brake or turn functions, a Peterson news release stated.

“Our fleet customers were looking for something bigger and brighter in LED marker lights,” Gilbert said, adding that the new product would be ready to ship January 1.

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