February 29, 2016 11:00 AM, EST

Truck-Lite Introduces Light-Out Detection System

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Truck-Lite Co. has introduced its Light-Out Detection System, which alerts drivers when there is a problem with the trailer’s LED safety lighting.

The product is designed to help fleets improve safety and prevent violations under the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

During pre-trip inspections, drivers can hit a switch to check that all of the lights are functioning properly. The system also uses an indicator light at the front of the trailer to notify the driver when a fault occurs.

The system integrates with a trailer’s electrical system and is mounted on the nose of the trailer.

Lighting violations accounted for more than a quarter of all CSA infractions in 2014, said Brad Van Riper, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Truck-Lite.

These lighting failures also can lead to more comprehensive inspections of other components on the vehicle, he added.

“When you have a light out on your vehicle, it’s like placing an ‘inspect me’ sign on the side of your trailer,” Van Riper said.

Truck-Lite made the announcement here at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council.