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No lights when backing up???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by timtpa, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. timtpa

    timtpa Member
    Messages: 56

    Anyone have any suggestions for lights to put on the back of my truck? I have a 98 GMC 3/4 ton & cant see squat when I am backing up. Almost thinking about mounting a spot light or something back there. Any suggestions are welcomed! Any easy fixes???? Thanks.
     
  2. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    Back rack with lights pointing back there?
     
  3. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,984

    Go buy 2 tractor lights at an auto store and get some big washers Mount the lights to the chain holes with washers to hold Run wires up to backup lights and spice in and heat shrink and tape them also can add a dab of elec grease if you want. Thants what I did I also put a conector at the light so I can dismount. I have also seen some mounted back on frame of truck just behind where trailer hitch is.
     
  4. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    Go to napa and get some Grote rubber spotlights and a trailer plug. Mount the lights, wire them into you're reverse (auxiliary) terminal. Plug it in and you've got instant reverse lights without cutting and splicing you're OEM stuff.
     
  5. Pert Snow

    Pert Snow Member
    Messages: 58

    they sell lights u plug into your trailer hitch.
     
  6. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    <a href="http://s206.photobucket.com/albums/bb252/timmy1_010/?action=view&current=Reverselights.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb252/timmy1_010/Reverselights.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    I circled the lights.
     
  7. http://www.whitenight.com/

    Saw them at a plow industry show. Pretty slick setup.
     
  8. Pert Snow

    Pert Snow Member
    Messages: 58

    actually right on this site click the showcase button and the top left advertisement is the trailer hitch lights
     
  9. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Timmy,
    The one light mounted on your spreader for your salt throw...Is that wired right to your spreader so when you start your spreader it lights up, or do you just have a toggle right to your truck?
    Also, to Timtpa,... With these newer style trucks (Chev., especially), it is actually necessary to mount auxillary lights for backing up, as the factory lights aren't worth a darn for putting out candlepower as backup lights. I'm about to hook up a couple of new ones on a truck, myself. I am just going to put them into the bed rails at the rear - one on each side.
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2009
  10. timmy1

    timmy1 Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 470

    I wired it into the solenoid on the hydraulic unit, this way when the conveyor/spinner are running, the light comes on.:)
     
  11. timtpa

    timtpa Member
    Messages: 56

    This looks perfect except my 7-prong doesnt stick out straight like the one in the picture(it kinda sticks out to the side). Should this still be effective?Thanks everyone for the great ideas!





    http://www.mototrixonline.com/
     
  12. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    lights

    here's mine just set up to plug in to the seven wire plug ,tractor light's from grote ,mounting bracket's bolted to existing hole's in the bumper bracket's

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  13. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    I also have a picture of mine in my thread under equipment pics I think. They are mounted behind the bumper, controlled from a switch in the cab, and light the area behind the truck very well.
     
  14. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i generally found that those plug in style lights break , or short

    same with the hitch lights
     
  15. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    lights

    i have all the connections heat shrinked ,and the plug full of fluid film ,a year of bad weather so far so good!
     
  16. F250 Boss v

    F250 Boss v Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Be careful with the White Knights, I had them, initially worked great, good lighting, nice switch on the back of the housing to turn them on if needed, etc. I even sealed them, pretty well I thought. But after the first season they started to corrode. It seems I backed into a snow bank, and the cheap plastic housing cracked and the lights corroded! Note: I did not 'Crash' into the snow bank, it really did not take much at all. I am not saying don't get them, -or get them, it's YOUR MONEY do whatever you want. I'm just telling you what happened to me. I now have the lights that were discussed on this site, which have the steel frame all around them, slide into my receiver hitch, and plug into my trailer connection (7 pin). They work great for me! Do a search here for back up lights and you'll find many discussions and info on back up lights, hope this helps you. :salute:
     
  17. whiteowl

    whiteowl Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I have a Wrangler (with tinted rear window) with the spare tire mounted externally on the rear gate. Now, this is a quick, easy and inexpensive fix but not universal so bear with me and you might get your own idea. If you are handy at all, try this: I got some 3/4" PVC pipe and put together a rack that fits snugly over the spare tire, ran wiring through my new frame to an halogen light I purchased at Northern tool mounted to the top of the PVC frame, and put a cigarette lighter adaptor on the other end. When I need it I just plop the PCV frame over my spare, plug it into my lighter socket and I am ready to go. All you have to do is find a place to affix a PVC frame assembled to fit an attachment place available on your vehicle, run the loose wires to your cab, plug it in and you are ready to go. Very simple to make and is as inexpensive as you can get. It won't necessarly work for everyone, but it might get you to thinking how something like this might work for you.
     
  18. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    I picked up a cheap set of driving lights at AutoZone, they work just fine. Sure, I could get some that last longer or put out more light, but these were like $10 for the pair, haha. I mounted them on top of the bed because I back into snowbanks on occasion and didn't wanna lose them that way. They make it a million times easier to see when backing up.

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  19. I use this on my truck. Paid $7.00 each for them and mounted them on my backrack. They work awesome.