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Recommendations for bullet-proof LED trailer lights?
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posted 08-31-2005 08:52 AM ET (US)
I'm going to replace the square stud mount lights on my trailer with a new LED set. Among the various manufacturers, is there one that is considered the most durable?
posted 08-31-2005 10:36 AM ET (US)
Nothing electric likes water, especially saltwater:-(
I learned long ago that the best way to keep lights from being destroyed is to put them up high on the trailer guideposts where they will stay dry.
posted 08-31-2005 10:58 AM ET (US)
I don't disagree with Bob, though the advertising indicates that LEDs are hermetically sealed units that are submersible plugged in. I have all LEDs on my trailer, and have had for 3 or 4 years, and I have the full array down low (stop/turn/run, clearance and over 84" W lights), as well as stop/turn/run and clearance lights up on stalks. I started out with Piranhas when they were in the range of 40 or 50 bucks each, and have had to replace a couple of the combination lights from partial diode failure; when I bought replacements, I bought them at a local truck stop, and I can't recall the brand name but they were like 20 bucks each, and have operated as well as the remaining Piranhas. I understand Piranhas are less costly these days. I leave the lights plugged in and running when I drop and pick up the boat (they look pretty cool under water at night!)
posted 08-31-2005 04:11 PM ET (US)
I found LED's in the Boater's world catalogue that are about 1 1/2"W x 15"L. I don't think they're water tight but they fit nicely, mounted vertically on a guide post. Keeps me from backing them into something. We're on our 2nd season with them on both boats, they work great.
posted 09-01-2005 02:06 PM ET (US)
Nobody can say they can't see them from behind:-)
Bob on Tampa Bay
posted 09-01-2005 03:12 PM ET (US)
I had looked at your photos earlier, but until I read robob's post, and went back and looked again, I didn't see the lights - they are really nice for guide posts! Are they combination tail/turn/brake?
posted 09-01-2005 09:15 PM ET (US)
For additional longevity, wire all 3 wires to each (brake/tail) light rather than using the trailer frame for the ground wire. Use 2 conductor wire to each side marker light, and the over 80" clearance lights (if required).
I have had one "Road Warrior" LED light partially fill with water on a trailer that was NEVER dunked. The manufacturer happily replaced the light with a redesigned model. After receiving a light that looked completely different, I contacted them again, and they sent a replacement light for the opposite side of the trailer so the lights would match.
Not much complaint when the Mfg stands behind their product. No complaints after using 3 conductor wire to the brake/tail lights, and 2 conductor to the side marker lights.
posted 09-02-2005 08:20 PM ET (US)
Whaler replaced the led lites on my new 15' with a set of WESBARS, which I installed, very nice!
posted 09-10-2005 10:11 PM ET (US)
I'll agree with Bob: "Nothing electric likes water, especially saltwater."
I use a removable light bar. I mounted a set of trailer lights to a 6' length of perforated steel channel. I bungee it to the trailer and remove it before dunking so it never gets wet. After years of replacing trailer lights, this is much easier for me.
posted 09-14-2005 08:26 AM ET (US)
Watch out for the complete LED trailer rewiring kits available at most boating/trailer places. It is an unusual experience in boating that you can't pay enough for something decent. I found that, while the light units themselves may have been sealed and of reasonable qaulity, the wiring, connectors, and other parts of the kits I looked at were pretty much crap.
You are better off buying the lights separately, and then using marine grade wiring and connectors.....
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