Is your trailer ready for this year’s highly anticipated boating season? Replacing one’s incandescent trailer lamps with robust submersible LEDs trailer lights could help boost safety while towing vessels on the road and decrease headaches at the dock.
Read on to learn about the advantages of submersible LEDs for trailers.
Benefits of Submersible LEDs
Low quality, non-submersible trailer lights can cause issues at the dock, during deployment. It is best practice to unplug one’s trailer lights before backing up into the water, to ensure they don’t get blown out.
This recommendation is only applicable to incandescent lamps, as the units can burst due to the rapid change in temperature during exposure to cold water. It is important to consider that this type of lamp generates large amounts of heat, which contributes to the concern.
Submersible LEDs address this issue by operating cooler. Furthermore, the units are extremely compact and sturdy. With a solid-state build, LED trailer lights can withstand rough contact at the dock. From a cost perspective, boat operators spend less on spare parts (bulbs and fuses) when leveraging LEDs. Less time is also spent on disconnecting the lights and inspections before packing up for the day.
LEDs and Safety
Interestingly, LEDs can improve safety on the road while hauling one’s boat from the home or shipyard to the dock. According to a recent study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, because LEDs are capable of instant toggling (instant illumination), human drivers react noticeably faster to them, compared to incandescent variants.
During the study, the researchers concluded that the braking response rate of LEDs is up to 2/10th faster than outdated incandescent units. This translates to increased safety and reaction. When traveling at a rate of 65 mph, braking distance can improve by up to 16 feet.