Forklift Tricolor Rear Light
Forklift safety lights are important tools that can help improve warehouse productivity. However, they are not a substitute for regular safety inspections and training.
Whether or not you need forklift safety lights will depend on your operation’s unique environment. There are several types of optional lights that may benefit your operation.
Pedestrian Warning Lights
Forklifts are very heavy machines that can easily run over or crush pedestrians. Installing red LED pedestrian warning lights creates a visual cushion of safety or halo around the vehicle that warns people not to stand inside it. Multiple light configurations are available to cover different applications including front and rear facing arcs.
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) are Forklift Tricolor Rear Light effective at increasing driver yield rates to pedestrian crossings on 2-lane roadways in 45 mph speed zones. They are not recommended as a standalone treatment, but can be combined with advance pedestrian warning signs and other proven countermeasures such as curb extensions, parking lot reconfigurations, lane shifts, and overhead lighting.
Pedestrian warning lights mount easily to forklifts and other battery powered equipment. They are ideal for warehouses, shopping malls, and other large facilities where pedestrians and forklifts frequently intersect. The lights illuminate the surrounding area and reflect off of floors to improve visibility and alert people that they are in danger. Using the proprietary Enlighten1 flash rate, IRWLs illuminate the crosswalk lines to reinforce the message of warning and increase driver yield rates.
Side Spotter Lights
Mounted on either the left or right side of the overhead guard and aimed at the ground by the customer, these lights flash a red strip of light to alert pedestrians that your forklift is approaching. They’re ideal for blind corners, dock areas, and general forklift use in dark environments where a bright blue safety light isn’t as effective. Typically wired into the backup alarm, these lights are on when the forklift is in reverse and turn off automatically when the truck is turned off.
Pedestrians are crushed by forklifts 36% of the time. Installing safety lights helps lower this number by showing pedestrians the safe distance they must maintain between themselves and a moving lift truck. These lights are simple to mount and include all necessary wiring. They’re also UL rated and work on regular forklifts, EE forklifts, and LPS forklifts. They’re not rated for EX trucks used in high hazard environments.
Strobe lights emit intermittent flashes to alert pedestrians and other vehicles of the forklift’s presence. They can be color coded to suit specific applications with the use of specialized gels. They also feature a “continuous” mode which produces a bright beam of light continuously.
These lights are typically mounted on the rear overhead guard or mast of a forklift and can be either headlights or work lights. They can be combined with other safety indicators like backup and stop/tail lights.
Unlike strobe lighting in photography, which is used to create illumination and effects like feathering or blurring, forklift strobe lights are designed to be highly visible. This means that they can often be seen from further away than speedlights and other flashes. They also usually have higher guide numbers, making them more powerful than their speedlight alternatives. Forklift strobe lights are an affordable and effective way to increase the visibility of your vehicle.
Blue Pedestrian Spotlights
Blue forklift safety lights are one of the newest and most effective ways to reduce accidents and injuries due to pedestrian-forklift collisions. These LED work lights project a bright, highly concentrated blue beam pattern directly on the ground, giving pedestrians a larger window of warning before the forklift begins moving toward them.
Unlike backup alarms which get quickly tuned out or lost in noise and other ambient sounds, the piercing blue light of a forklift spotlight grabs the attention of anyone within range and is impossible to ignore. It also helps eliminate the estimation that pedestrians often must make in order to maintain the required safe distance from a forklift.
This particular forklift spotlight is equipped with twin 5 watt solid-state LED lights that yield 600 lumens and mounted on a stainless steel bracket that can be angled up or down. It operates on vehicle electrical power and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Red Side Pedestrian Lights
Red LED pedestrian warning lights provide an additional safety zone around your forklift. They Forklift Tricolor Rear Light work similarly to blue pedestrian spotlights but with the added benefit of a visible red line that shows the safe distance to keep from your forklift when it’s in operation. These warning lights can be mounted on either side of a forklift or even in the front to create a 3-sided zone.
These lights help to prevent foot injuries and collisions from rear end forklift swing by showing a clear area that pedestrians need to stay away from. The red line can be adjusted to the desired height for your facility.
These forklift warning lights use shock-resistant, IP68 LED technology and a polycarbonate lens. Unlike halogen lights, these LED units do not require a bulb change, are less likely to be damaged by vibration or shock and have a higher runtime than traditional forklift bulbs.