Video Answering FAQs About Work Lights

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Take a look at this video to find out the answers to the most commonly asked questions we get about Work lights...

Bright ideas - getting the best out of work lights.

Short days, long hours, unmissable deadlines, challenging conditions: We're all familiar with them. What they have in common is that they demand fit-for-purpose work lighting. That's whether it's for civil contracting, building, farms, vineyards or the repair of overhead lines, roads, and other essential services.

The right work lights can make a massive difference to safety and worksite and worker productivity - making sure you get the most from every hour and the best from staff and equipment. But how do you choose the one that best meets your needs?

TransQuip's tough, sturdy, vehicle-mounted work lamps are the ideal way to light up your worksite. Because they use the vehicle as a power source, the lights will go anywhere a vehicle can. With no need to lug around batteries, or set up and pack up extension cords - often not only impractical but potentially dangerous.

Why choose LED?

While halogen work lights are still available, most people now go for LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). These have no filaments to blow so you'll have a long maintenance free life. And they're suitable for car and ute work lights, truck work lights, and lights for other equipment including forklifts. An LED work light also has the advantage over halogen in that they draw less current, saving vehicle batteries. You can leave the light going without having to idle your vehicle all the time, saving fuel and emissions. LED work lights also provide clearer, brighter, and typically, whiter light.

Entry-level to extreme performance

LED work lights come in various shapes and sizes, and to suit every budget and application. They range from entry-level units that'll light up a few meters on the back of your truck when loading up, to very bright, superior-quality lights that can handle extreme conditions; like the dust and vibrations, an excavator is subject to working in the mines. (More on that a bit later.)

For a light to be practical, it needs to provide a beam wide enough to light-up the target work area. That means looking critically at what beam pattern you need for your application. It's fine seeing a few metres ahead but if you're towing a wide implement you need to see where the fence posts are too!

Spot or flood beams?

Most of the LED work lights TransQuip sell are flood beams rather than spot beams. What's the difference? A flood beam has a wider angle beam so it lights a wider area.
A spot beam is a long, thin, very focused beam - so it comes into its own for long distances and for working at height (e.g. putting the lid on a silo or for working up power poles).
The brightness of the LED work lights is measured in lumens. The brighter the light, the higher the lumens. To give you an idea, a standard H1 halogen bulb (used for high-beam car headlights) is 1300 to 1400 lumens.

TransQuip has many different lumen options for both Flood and Spot beams. Examples are the 1300 lumen #4730F which is used in untold positions all over a commercial vehicle, and the extra heavy-duty 1900 lumen #4637F which are very popular with manufacturers of machinery for rough use like forestry.

Volts and versatility

The most common LED work light voltage in New Zealand is 10 - 30 volts (so they work with 12 - 24 volt vehicles). That means lights are versatile enough to be used as car work lights and truck work lights.
But up to 80 volt options are available for electrical forklifts and some of the later-model trucks - which may also require them.

Mounting options

The TransQuip range of LED work lights has two mounting options which are flexible enough to suit all worksite needs. The popular pedestal mount has a swivel which allows the light to be adjusted from side to side, or up and down, so the beam can be directed exactly where it's needed.

The alternative is the fixed, flush mount which is great for attaching directly to the side of a vehicle or a toolbox. This is also available for both flood beams and spot beams.
All brackets are solidly made to withstand vibrations which can affect the longevity of other electrical vehicle-mounted products.
Your local auto electrician will be able to help if you need lights fitted and wired in.

Coming through loud and clear

One thing to make especially sure of when buying work lights is that they meet the EMC or CISPR15 standard. This means the lights won't interfere with the vehicle's radio or RT causing "crackling" or even signal "drop outs". These can not only be really annoying but very dangerous - causing miscommunication on site. For safety reasons, all your equipment must be radio interference-free.

Standing up to the conditions

Most LED work lights are manufactured using aluminium - so they're strong, durable, lightweight, and won't rust. Typically, they're finished with a black powder coating.
They're built to handle everything from rainstorms to dust storms. With a few provisos.
Always check the waterproofing and vibration rating (IP). These affect how long the units will last, their durability, longevity, and whether they are fit for purpose. (e.g. are they likely to be cleaned down using high pressure? Or exposed to water blasting?)

All lights in the TransQuip LED range are vibration resistant and waterproof to at least IP67.

Comfort and control

Tired of getting out of the cab to adjust a light's angle? There's a solution for that too! Some lights in the TransQuip range feature 360 degree movement horizontally and 120 degrees vertically, all achieved by remote control from the warmth and safety of the cab.


The length of warranty on work lights reflects the quality and cost of the light. While most have a 12 month warranty, very high quality lights can have up to 5 years.

Want to know more?

Now you have an overview of what to look for in a work light, you can check out the full TransQuip range Here

If you still have any questions please contact us - we're always happy to help.