Along with LEDs drawing less power from the battery, they are also much more environmentally friendly and the illumination is much brighter than older lighting technologies. “It was daylight inside the truck, it was so bright!” says PacLease’s Hunter. “LED lighting is also more resilient to road vibration or vibration caused by the truck sitting there with the engine on.” LEDs can also work in cold and harsher environment, whereas florescent bulbs wouldn’t be able to turn on properly.
Ryder is currently experimenting with motion sensor LED lights. “One of the issues that we have is drivers leaving the lights on,” says Trahan. Although LED lights run on much less power, the power is still being wasted. d