What are clearance lights? – Spirit Fire Lights

What are clearance lights?

In most states, clearance lights, also known as marker lights or identification lights, are designed to enhance the visibility of a vehicle, especially when it exceeds certain size or weight parameters. While the specific regulations may vary slightly from state to state, there are some common characteristics of clearance lights that typically qualify them as such:

  1. Amber or Red Color: Clearance lights are often going to be either amber or red in color. Amber lights are typically used on the front and sides of the vehicle, while red lights are used on the rear. These colors help indicate the vehicle's width and provide information to other motorists. The big thing is that they are not flashing and are not too bright to be a distraction. The name of the game is a calm, steady visibility on the road. 

  2. Individual Units: Clearance lights are typically individual light units, often mounted on the vehicle's roof, front, sides, and rear. They can also be found on trailers and the sides of larger vehicles like buses and commercial trucks. Usually these are wired installations, either factory or aftermarket and again, Spirit Fire Lights gets rid of this hassle. 

  3. Specific Placement: Regulations often specify the precise placement of clearance lights, especially for vehicles with oversized loads. They may be mounted at specific intervals along the vehicle's width and length to indicate its dimensions. Every state is going to have different but similar stipulations regarding clearance lights so it's important to double check wherever you are. Sometimes these are side markers that are deployed on the sides of trailers but they can also be placed on the sides of your truck or SUV for a more visible function or simply to look more like the badass you are. 

  4. Steady Illumination: Unlike flashing or blinking lights, clearance lights typically emit a steady, non-flashing light to provide a constant indication of the vehicle's presence and size. They are almost like a perma-reflector allowing you to be seen from a variety of angles. This steady emission of light is what increases your chances to be seen by others and allows them the chance to be mindful of either a wider/heavier load than usual.

  5. Low Intensity: Clearance lights are generally lower in intensity compared to other vehicle lights, such as headlights or brake lights. They are designed to be visible from a distance but not to blind other drivers. The intention is to be seen versus using them to see. Choosing the right cab lights for you depends on what your needs are and how much time you have. Truthfully, it also depends how patient/stubborn you are because that installation is a BEAST. 

  6. Weather-Resistant: Given their external mounting, clearance lights are typically designed to be weather-resistant to withstand exposure to the elements. Rain, snow, sleet, hail, hot and humid, whatever it is, clearance lights should be build to last. Proper automotive attachment is paramount. 

  7. Wiring and Electrical Connection: Clearance lights are typically wired to the vehicle's electrical system and may have specific requirements for proper installation and connection. This is an important one to get done right even though it's an amazing hassle. Typically this will be done by either a motivated and stubborn DIY guy or at a garage for a few hundred bucks. 

  8. Compliance with Regulations: Clearance lights must comply with state and federal regulations, which may specify the number of lights required, their color, their visibility angles, and other technical details. This will vary from state to state with some states being more lenient and others being more stringent. Whatever it is make sure to hop on Google to find out. 


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It's essential to note that while these characteristics are common for clearance lights, specific regulations can vary from state to state, and some states may have additional requirements or variations. Therefore, if you are in a state that requires clearance lights for your pickup truck based on size or weight parameters, it's crucial to refer to your state's specific regulations in the vehicle code or consult with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or a qualified legal expert for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Additionally, if you plan to install or modify clearance lights on your vehicle, it's advisable to ensure that the lights you use comply with your state's regulations.

By the way, Spirit Fire cab lights are an awesome way to get the visibility and customization you're looking for without drilling holes or rewiring your truck. Because they're solar powered and charge their own batteries, these lights do not need wires. An automotive-grade 3M adhesive allows just peel and stick application. And just like that, you're on the road with great-looking cab lights to show off your awesome lifestyle. You spend all day working hard, so why should cab lights make you work even harder?