Options For Emergency Lighting On Your Recovery And Tow Vehicle

Posted on: 25 February 2018

If you operate a recovery or tow truck business, you know that there are times when you will need to work in traffic and it is important that you can be seen from a distance by motorists on the road. Likewise, once you have a car or truck in tow, you need to be sure people see you. The safe operation of your tow truck might just come down to the lighting you choose for the vehicle

Beacons and Flashers

Smaller beacons that are installed on the roof or rack of the truck might be enough to warn people you are on the side of the road. The position of the lights can make they farm more effective than you might think and since they are very common in the market, they offer the benefit of a lower cost light and added visibility for the truck as you are working along the road edge or in the travel lanes.

LED Flashers

Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs for short, are another great option as a warning system on your tow truck. The new LED light bars are extremely bright, draw very little power, and last a long time. The LEDs are available in many colors and often an LED light bar is rated by the number of LEDs in the bar. If you are looking for a way to reduce power consumption and increase efficiency, an LED light bar might just be what you need. 

Strobe Lights

Traditional strobe light bars are another very bright alternative to your truck. They use more electricity but the strobe tubes are the brightest lights in the list. They will get drivers attention as they pass your work site but the downside is that at night, they can become blinding to drivers. On busy stretches of road after dark, with no other lighting sources, the strobe can be piercing but this is a situation where sometimes brighter is not always better

Traditional Rotator Light Bars

You might consider an older style tow truck light bar that has 2, 4 or even 6 rotating light assemblies inside the bar itself. As the lights spin, they reflect off a mirror, or several mirrors, inside the bar to create the impression that there are many lights in the bar.  The traditional rotator is probably the cheapest of all of these bars but it still works very well for warning oncoming traffic that you are working on the road. Which bar or warning light you choose is up to you. Visit your local auto parts store to get a better idea what you can choose from and what will fit your vehicle.