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Use of Equipment Lighting During Snowplow Operation

Started: November, 2014 Ended: November, 2015 Project ID #4W5243 Status: Completed

Objective

The objectives of this research are to summarize the state-of-the-practices of light use and configurations and make recommendations on the use of various lighting technologies and mounting techniques on winter maintenance vehicles. Final project documents and research brief http://clearroads.org/project/use-of-equipment-lighting-during-snowplow-operations/

Abstract

Automotive lighting has made significant advances in the past several decades. In addition to programmable strobes, improved incandescent sealed beams and individual bulbs, xenon, halogen and LED technologies are quite common now and provide a wide range of capabilities and configurations for working and warning lights. Daytime visibility has greatly improved but at night (or in dimly lit tunnels) the brightness of these lights can make it difficult for approaching motorists to safely see. Additionally, solid-state circuitry allows for an endless number of flash, sequential and steady mode combinations on light bars and arrow boards. These rapidly changing and inconsistent patterns tend to confuse motorists. The goal of the proposed research project is to summarize the best practices used by state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) with regard to headlights, working lights, and warning light technology used on maintenance vehicles, specifically but not limited to snow plows. The objectives of this research are to summarize the state-of-the-practices of light use and configurations and make recommendations on the use of various lighting technologies and mounting techniques on winter maintenance vehicles.

Contacts

Sponsors & Partners

  • Clear Roads Winter Highway Operation Pooled Fund Sponsor
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Sponsor

Related Information

Part of: Winter Maintenance and Effects

Project Tagged In: winter maintenance, snow and ice control

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