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An LED is a solid-state, semiconductor device that has been specially designed to emit light. In fact, "LED" is an acronym meaning "Light Emitting Diode." At the heart of the LED is a tiny diode that generates light when a small electric current is applied.





Unlike traditional, incandescent lights that use bulbs, LED lamps do not use delicate wire filaments that stretch, weaken and eventually fail.
  • LED lamps last longer because they withstand road vibration and shock much more effectively than bulbs.

  • The life expectancy of an LED is 100,000 hours or six times that of an average incandescent bulb.

  • Besides the longevity, LED lamps consume significantly less power than incandescent lights. The amp draw of an LED can be as low as 1/10th that of an incandescent light. The lower amp draw means more power for other critical electrical needs.

  • LED units are also growing in popularity because of greater emphasis on safety issues.

When a vehicle’s brake lights are applied, LEDs respond instantaneously and provide a brighter, more focused illumination. Incandescent lights take about a quarter of a second to get to 90% full brightness.

A study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found that LED lamps respond on an average 2/10th of a second faster than standard incandescent lamps. Using test results at 65 mph, LEDs improved reaction time and decreased braking distance by 16 feet.






When the vehicle safety lighting industry first introduced lights using LEDs a few years ago, manufacturers of truck bodies and trailers were among the first to recognize the benefits of this newer technology. Numerous OEMs began to spec LED lamps for their new models and fleet owners began retrofitting. Now, as the awareness of LED lighting is increasing and costs are decreasing, aftermarket sales are showing steady increases of these brighter, longer-lasting, premium lights.





  1. Peterson’s Piranha® Brand Lights are Unsurpassed for Cutting-Edge Design, Quality and Optical Brilliance.

    Peterson Manufacturing implements cutting-edge design and uses only the highest quality components. Our lenses are meticulously produced on site at our very own plastics molding company, Mission Plastics North which also serves as a quality supplier for other well-known companies such as Hallmark, Husqvarna, Electrolux Home Products and Code 3, Inc.

    Because we do not specialize in producing the intricate electronics that are critical in LEDs, we have developed a strategic partnership with Pacific Insight, a quality supplier to Caterpillar, Ford, GM and Meritor WABCO. Peterson's knowledge and expertise in safety lighting combined with Pacific Insight's superior electronic manufacturing capabilities give our customers the maximum value in LED lighting.

  2. They Meet or Exceed Federal Lighting Standards.

    Not all LEDs lamps are created equal. Peterson Manufacturing takes great pride in its Piranha® brand LED lighting products. Every Piranha® you buy is a premium product and is manufactured to the highest specifications.

    We take extra care to ensure that each Piranha® meets or exceeds the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards section 108 (FMVSS 108).

    FMVSS 108 details all the photometric and physical requirements of all exterior automobile lamps in all 50 states. It details aspects such as color, light intensity, stress tolerances, heat tolerances, etc. for all vehicle exterior lighting equipment. It is the definitive standards that all automotive lamps, OEM or aftermarket, need to adhere to when they are sold in the United States.


  3. Our Piranha® Brand Lights Provide Fuller, Brighter-Looking Patterns Making Them a Top Choice Among Owner-Operators.

    When it comes to looks, owner-operators want lights that will make their rigs turn heads. That’s why many prefer Peterson’s Piranha® brand LED lamps. Our optic and lens designs takes advantage of LED technology by diffusing the diode-produced light in unique, eye-catching patterns. The results are lights that not only perform well, but have fuller, brighter-looking patterns.


  4. Our Designs Increase Lamp Performance and Protect Against Road and Weather Conditions for Longer Life.

    Peterson has always sought to implement innovative design approaches that enhance product performance. Many of our LED products have been redesigned with features that increase lamp performance and protect against road and weather conditions. These include “skirted” weld joints and potted terminals that keep moisture out, and linear welds that provide a stronger, more robust seal.





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