Ever tried plowing in the dark? Yeah, it sucks. While it seems like a no-brainer, being able to see (and be seen) while you’re plowing is a big deal. You need lights that can cut through the darkness – and blizzards. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced expert, we rounded up our favorite go-to plow lighting to outfit your plowing rig.
Strobes & Flashers
While strobe lights and flashing lights don’t necessarily help you see any better, they can help others see you. And trust us, when you’re out before the butt crack of dawn plowing a parking lot, you need to be seen. While the chances of people being out and about that time day are low, the last thing you want is someone not being able to tell where you’re plowing.
There are several prime spots for flashing lights and strobes. Place one on top of your cab to maximize your visibility to others. While you can find some options out there that require drilling into the cab, we prefer to use high-strength magnets to get the job done. This LED light bar won’t burn out on you and easily attaches with included high-strength magnets. It even comes with a 12’ power cord that easily plugs into your 12VDC accessory socket. Install can’t get much easier when you go with this option. Plus, if you drive your truck year-round, you can easily remove the light when you’re not using it.
You can also place a set of LED Oval Amber strobes strategically on your truck to enhance your visibility. This versatile set of lights features two different flashing patterns (alternating or synchronous) and an industry-standard plug.
These little guys are nice because you can choose where to place them. You can also integrate multiple sets of them on your truck, depending on how much visibility you need. Keep in mind that you’ll need to do a little bit of hardwiring with these, so you’ll either need to brush up on your DIY skills or hire a professional to do it for you.
It isn’t enough to just be seen – you also need to maximize what you can see while perched in the cab of your plow truck. Looking for lights to light up your plowing path? Here are our favorite options for getting the job done.
Go big, or go home, right? If you’re like us and you believe that there’s no such thing as too much light, then this 52” LED Double Row Light Bar is what you’ve always needed. With this baby, you’ll get all the lumens.
Well, okay, maybe not all, but a whopping 20,000 raw lumens to blast your path with bright, beautiful light. And you won’t have to worry about it draining your battery. This lightbar only draws about 17.6 amps when in use. Can it get better?! Obviously. If you’ve already got one of our headache racks installed, it can easily attach to your headache rack with the included mounting hardware.
And if you’re not a lightbar fan, you can go with a more subtle (but just as bright) option with an LED 5” x 2” Rectangular Utility Flood Light.
This smaller format light still packs quite a punch. With 2,000 raw lumens, a pair of these can easily flood your plowing work area with light. The polycarbonate and die cast aluminum housings are corrosion-resistant and durable, so you’ll be able to keep using these lights year after year. Plus, they’re compatible with both 12 VDC and 24 VDC systems for installation flexibility.
When you’re plowing, staying safe means staying visible. Plow lighting comes in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to understand exactly what you need before you make your final decision. We hope this plow lighting 101 guide helped you with everything you need to know about plow truck lighting.