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Three Types Of Specialty Forklift Lights You Can Buy

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    Nov 27, 2019 - By Admin
    Three Types Of Specialty Forklift Lights You Can Buy

    Forklift lighting, as you likely know by now, is a category all of its own. Like warehouse lighting and other forms of indoor lighting, lights for forklifts need to be well-maintained and taken seriously. If you are new to using a forklift, or it’s been a while since your duties have involved one, there is a lot that one needs to know about today’s forklift lights.

    According to regulation 1910.178(h)(2) by the OSHA, forklift lights are mandatory in indoor areas with insufficient lighting and outdoor areas as night time. Basically, anywhere forklift lights are necessary is where they are required.

    Forklift lights, of course, will always provide users with basic lighting so that you can see right in front of you, like other vehicles. Today’s lights, however, are LED lights that don’t burn as hot and last a very long time.

    Some people might assume that red zone lights aren’t necessary, considering that it’s very easy to spot and avoid a moving forklift. But with many warehouses with loud machinery, it is nearly impossible to identify a forklift as it moves past an area as people around are hard at work.

    Aside from that, you’ll need a specialty light for your forklift, and for many models, you can only install one. Each light works to notify people around you to step away as you operate your vehicle, and will be useful in one certain situation over the others. Here are the three types of specialty lights that you can buy for your forklift:

    Red Zone Warning Light

    Red zone lights are side-mounted lights, and they form thin, narrow beams all around the forklift that is currently being operated. In dark areas at night and in your warehouse, they are super bright and are visible to you and people around you. These lights are typically side-mounted lights.

    These lights are not made for forklift operators in mind, but rather people who are working in the same area as them. Red zone lights are used to let other workers be aware that a forklift is being used and they need to step away from the red light to avoid a possible injury. These types of lights are also available in other colors, such as blue and green. Green is arguable a color that people can identify better in a warehouse setting.

    Top Mounted Flashing Light

    Also known as safety strobes, these lights are installed on top of the forklift and illuminate inside of a dome for a flashing, alarming effect. These lights are also known for their easy installation, and people working nearby can easily notice them. This light is typically a white, amber, or yellow color.

    Top mounted lights are the most inexpensive specialty lights you can buy, but if you do not install them on tight enough, they can fall off while you are operating your forklift. Be very certain that your lights are mounted properly.

    Blue Light

    Blue lights are often installed alongside your standard forklift lights; they shine at the ground behind the forklift. How these lights work is that when you put the forklift in reverse, the lights come on and people in the area can know to get out of your way.

    Blue lights are great for when you are working in narrow pathways where turning and maneuvering can be rather difficult, so backing up is the only means of getting your forklift where you need to go.

    Summary

    These types of lights are very useful to not only help operators, but also people working around them. Without these lights, it can be very dangerous to drive a forklift, so be sure to choose a specialty forklift light depending on what you most need in one.

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