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Flashing lights have already infiltrated the automotive world and are here to stay. They can be seen as visibility enhancers on various types of vehicles, including SUVs, trucks, and RVs. However, LED flashing lights aren’t positioned in the same way to serve as cookie-cutter pieces on all vehicle sizes and body types. That’s where things may get confusing, whether you own one off-roader or manage an entire fleet of utility vehicles.

There are many varieties of LED flashing lights based on their position. In this blog, we’ll discuss the purpose of each as we walk you through interior, side, tail, and top options.

Choosing LED flashing lights for vehicles

Flashing lights are lauded for impressive visibility and broad coverage, which makes them a great helper for operating a vehicle when you can barely see anything on the road. But should you lodge side strobes or go for roof-mounted options? Can you add flashing lights to your vehicle interior, or will they perform better at the rear?

Let’s ward off the confusion.

Interior lights

Interior lights are awesome for RVs, family sedans, or trailers. They enable a dimming option to adjust the lumens and can be controlled on your command. Small yet powerful, interior lights usually include the main and ambient modes for illumination. They are positioned as strip lights and can be easily added to any vehicle interior.

Side lights

When it comes to aesthetics, side lights improve the outer look of your SUV, trailer, or heavy-duty loader. They are often represented by thin plates or single LED flashing lights to radiate in red, white, or amber. You can use them as turn or hazard signals in foggy or rainy conditions, but they shouldn’t be considered the only visibility-improving lighting system. Side lights are auxiliary for headlights and should be used for an additional flashing effect.

Tail lights

Tail LED flashing lights are activated as you go into reverse or park in the middle of the road for maintenance or emergency. They can be small – like hamburger lights – or huge with multiple units mounted at the rear of your truck or trailer. Tail flashing lights infuse safety as they can be seen by other traffic participants even in dense fog.

Top-mounted LED flashing lights

When you think of top lights, you think of roof-mounted options like beacons and warning bars. No emergency vehicle can do without those, but you can also install them to accompany your driving patterns with a flashing effect. Light bars and beacons can go to the top of high-sided trucks, 4x4s, and other vehicles to mark their dimensions.

Safety with modern flair

LED flashing lights are easy to mount to keep you and other drivers safe. To choose the best for your vehicles by position, you should:

  • Factor in the body type and purpose of your vehicle
  • Determine available installation space (on the roof, above the bumper, etc.)
  • Ensure you aren’t violating your local laws by installing LED flashing lights 

Finally, you want your flashing LEDs to look supreme. That’s probably the easiest thing to ensure by shopping with CM18.