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Phillips debuts lighting solution for refrigerated, dry van trailers

Oct. 31, 2019
Phillips Industries revealed an ultra-compact, high-output LED system for refrigerated and dry van trailers.

Phillips Industries recently revealed an ultra-compact, high-output LED system for refrigerated and dry van trailers that it says represents a breakthrough in interior lighting technology.

The solution was displayed on multiple Utility trailers at the North American Commercial Vehicle show.

The Phillips PERMALITE XB Corner Cargo Lamp is the first complete interior lighting solution designed specifically for dry vans, the company maintained, and it’s expected to be “widely” available in the market starting in November. 
The new PERMALITE XB lamp is easily retrofitted to the inside of a dry van because it does not require a ceiling pan or conduits, Phillips said. Until now, interior lights were impractical in dry vans because of their thin roofs, so loading and unloading relied on flashlights, cell phone lights or “porch lights” mounted on loading docks to see inside the trailer. Now, with PERMALITE XB lamps installed, dry vans can be fully illuminated while requiring low power.
“Corner lights are an exciting trend in the refrigerated trailer industry, which started several years back in Europe,” said Steve Bennett, vice president at Utility. “They are ideal for multi-temp applications, especially with multi-temp and center-divide applications. Low profile and high output provide an excellent light source for both refrigerated and dry van trailers. They are also easily retrofitted.”
The PERMALITE XB Corner Cargo Lamps have high-power diodes, 1200 effective lumens and can work with body-heat activated motion sensors. The lamps are angled for best light projection over the load and floor, and the corner mounting protects them from potential damage. The circuit boards have a waterproof coating to protect the lamps from moisture. The design allows daisy-chaining the lamps to fully illuminate a trailer while minimizing voltage drop.

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