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Peterson License Plate Light w/ Steel Mounting Bracket - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens

Peterson License Plate Light w/ Steel Mounting Bracket - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens

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8-7/8" x 2-7/8" x 2-1/4". Incandescent trailer light illuminates your trailer's license plate. Vibar socket absorbs road shock and vibration. Surface mounts to trailer with powder-coated steel bracket. 1-Wire design. (1) 168 bulb. Great Prices for the best trailer lights from Peterson. Peterson License Plate Light w/ Steel Mounting Bracket - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens part number PM436B can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Peterson Trailer Lights - PM436B

  • License Plate Lights
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  • Incandescent Light
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  • 8-7/8L x 2-7/8W Inch
  • Surface Mount
  • Non-Submersible Lights
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8-7/8" x 2-7/8" x 2-1/4". Incandescent trailer light illuminates your trailer's license plate. Vibar socket absorbs road shock and vibration. Surface mounts to trailer with powder-coated steel bracket. 1-Wire design. (1) 168 bulb.


  • Compact light illuminates your trailer's license plate
  • Vibar socket absorbs road shock and vibration to prolong bulb life
  • Incandescent bulb can be easily replaced
  • Durable ABS housing and polycarbonate lens
  • Clear lens over incandescent bulb
  • Compatible with 12V DC systems
  • Surface mount to trailer with powder-coated mounting bracket - hardware not included
  • Single wire design grounds through mounting hardware
  • Made in the USA


  • Dimensions: 8-7/8" long x 2-7/8" wide x 2-1/4" thick
  • Distance between mounting holes (center on center): 3-1/2"
  • Bulb type: 168
  • Power draw at 12V: 0.35 amps
  • Limited 1-year warranty

Peterson 436B License Plate Light with Mounting Bracket Dimensions

Surface-Mount Light

Surface-mount trailer lights install using a flange or bracket with mounting holes. These lights lay flat against the trailer surface and only require a small, often pre-existing hole, for wiring. Mounting hardware is used to secure the light to the trailer.

24X436B Peterson Trailer License Plate Light w/ Steel Mounting Bracket - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens

Alternate Part Numbers: M436B and 436B

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Peterson License Plate Light w/ Steel Mounting Bracket - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens - PM436B

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (175 Customer Reviews)

8-7/8" x 2-7/8" x 2-1/4". Incandescent trailer light illuminates your trailer's license plate. Vibar socket absorbs road shock and vibration. Surface mounts to trailer with powder-coated steel bracket. 1-Wire design. (1) 168 bulb.


This license plate light was what I anticipated. When I installed it, it wouldn't light up. I had to screw around with it to get it to light up. I have not used the trailer. I hope it works in use.


easy to install and it worked the very 1st time. Thank you for fast shipping.

Carolyn C.


It is still working, no problems at all. I highly recommend it.

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@CarolynC Happy to hear that!


I got a backup camera for my RV. My license plate holder/ license light were bad, I took the number off the light case Google it and it came right up. I ordered it less than 5 days ago and it came today. The quality is better than my factory one. So happy with the low cost, quality and fast shipping.


Searching for a license plate light, I found etrailer and liked that they had lots to choose from.The pictures and the video were great, I decided to buy the light with the license plate bracket. It was well made, easy to attach and included the bolts to attach the plate. The light was exactly what I wanted and fit perfect for my application. I would recommend this company to any one looking for these kind of products.

by: 09/11/2023

Nice like that it a steel Bracket


In Michigan any steel will rust given time. Rather than relying on the bracket's mounting screws for ground I ran a wire through the rubber grommet in the rear and terminated it with a ring terminal. Easy and probably worth while.


right part thanks


I ordered the same one that came with the trailer so it fit like a glove.


ordered a cargo trailer light was shipped to my house very fast very happy with my purchased this company is great will order from them again



Still working great after a year


I ordered a number of items for a trailer that I am bringing back to life after leaving is stand at the beach for nearly 12 years. I got great advice on what parts I needed to match the original Haulmark lights and license plate bracket/light and also ordered a new breakaway system and safety chains. Everything was priced reasonably, shipped in a timely fashion and was a cinch to install as it all fit right to the original footprints.
I also found answers to my questions on some electrical issues by browsing the Q&A sections here.
Happy customer.


I ordered seven front lights seven rear lights and7 tail lights and a tag light. All of them were thrown in the box and we’re scratch on shipping. None of it was Wrapped 1

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Sierra K.


Sorry to hear about this. Customer Service will reach out to you.


I purchased the Peterson License Plate Light w/ Steel Mounting Bracket - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens for my camper. Easy to order, great price, received quickly, easy to install, quality construction, just what I needed. Super service, I couldn't be more pleased or impressed with your company. A true pleasure doing business with you!


This bracket solved my problem of the lower factory mounted one so i mounted this one on the gate of my 5x8 carry on utility trailer used some washers and bolts to sandwich them together and ran a wire from my running light on the tail light on the trailer and it stays on when my lights are on so all in all this saved my day ill never lose another license plate again


Purchased this lighted license plate holder to replace the original on my 1994 car hauler which had become corroded and stopped working. New one fit perfect and restored the light function, so my trailer is legal once again!


A quality product at a good price with fast shipping.

Solved the problem of my low hanging license plate which was originally installed on the factory mounting location. This product allowed me to move it higher off the ground and prevent the plate from being bent or ripped off.

Also the illumination of the plate was brighter than the factory bulbs.


Needed a new bracket for my trailer as the old one was under the frame and got knocked off and lost due to hitting high ground. Placed it on the back ramp so it would not get damaged close to the ground. Welded a cross piece and then bolted your bracket to it. Perfect for what I needed. Would recommend to anyone who needs a similar item.


Full after a year of having that trailer like the bulb burned out and the plastic on the bracket broke it's not really worth the money that you're asking for it I'm sorry but the product doesn't hold up to what it should hold up so if you buy one can buy it for 6 months and I live in Stuart Florida and the weather down here I guess is more extreme than any place else in the country so it is a product that it's good for 6 months only after 6 months can throw it in the garbage can


Great price, simple easy installation, perfect for a custom made or utility trailer that does not have one. Just have to add a ground wire to ensure proper grounding if mounting to frame like those on folding trailers which don't always have good ground contact.


Trailer light and license plate bracket, had a how to video made it easy for me to install on my trailer.
One year later it still works and looks like new.


Needed a license plate light with plate holder. This was the only one with a metal holder and that was exactly what I wanted since this will be below the deck on a tile bed sled trailer.

Mounting holes are lower than I can use in my application. Nothing a simple bracket can't fix.


Could not find license plate holder locally. Google search led me to etrailer and with Sherry’s assistance was able to obtain the part I needed. Thank you for your help.


It was exactly as described. Due to the nature of my installation location I needed to add a ground wire but I knew that based on the item description. The 168 incandescent bulb is just enough light to illuminate the license plate without unreasonably lighting the ground.


I'm putting it on to replace the similar assembly on a 1964 camper trailer. This unit is a little lighter weight than the original, but it should be good enough for a bunch more years. I would have liked a heavier, galvanized license plate holder part. The light assembly is fine.


I used the license plate bracket and light on my snowmobile trailer, it fit perfectly and works well.


Nice looking as license plates go. Works very well, just as advertised and yes I
would buy again.
Best prices , fast shipping , and they also have a customer service department
that is a customer service that works with people.......
THANK YOU etrailer

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  • Does the Peterson License Plate Light Come with Hardware
    The Peterson License Plate Light part # PM436B does not come with hardware. It will require a few screws to attach to bracket to the trailer and then a few nuts and bolts to attach the plate to the bracket. This is very common hardware that could be obtained locally without issue.
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  • Peterson PM436B License Mounting Hole Distance to License Plate Mounting Holes
    The vertical distance you are looking for from the mounting holes of the # PM436B to the mounting holes for the license plate is 1-3/8 inches.
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  • Recommended Replacement License Plate Light
    We don't have an exact replacement for that license plate bulb. I recommend replacing the entire unit with the Peterson License Plate Light with Bracket, # PM436B. The internal parts are all stainless steel or brass to extend the life of this unit. I've attached a video for you.
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  • How Does the Peterson License Plate Light # PM436B Ground
    The Peterson License Plate Light # PM436B that you referenced grounds through the mounting hardware. Since you have a cargo carrier you would need to run the ground back to the ground wire of your trailer connector. Since hitch cargo carrier don't have ground wires that run to them the fact that yours is aluminum would not matter.
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  • How Does Single Wire of Peterson License Plate Light # PM436B Function
    The Peterson License Plate Light w/ Steel Mounting Bracket # PM436B grounds through it's mounting hardware so the single wire is the power wire for the light (attaches to running light circuit).
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  • Troubleshooting Installation of Peterson License Plate Light PM436B
    Thank you for your recent purchase. Single-wire license plate lights such as # PM436B use the metal frame as the ground, so this means that the bracket must be mounted to a metal surface on the cart to establish the ground. Without this ground connection the light will not function. It can help to sand off some of the paint from the mating metal surfaces, but if this is not possible (as when mounting this item to a non-conductive surface like plastic) you will need to run a separate ground...
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  • How To Wire License Plate Bracket from Peterson Part PM436B
    Make sure you attach the bracket to the trailer frame directly. This particular light is grounded to the trailer frame via the hardware. Make sure there is good metal to metal contact. Once you have the bracket mounted, all you have to do is splice the wire lead to the running light circuit of the trailer. This is typically a brown wire. To be sure, hook up the trailer to the truck, and turn on the headlights. Use a circuit tester, like part # PTW2993, to find the wire that is hot with...
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  • Recommended Replacement Trailer License Plate Light for 2005 Layton Travel Trailer
    We offer a wide range of replacement trailer lights as well as replacement lenses. The linked page will show you all trailer lighting products and you can use the filters on the page to narrow the product results by type of light, such as license plate lights. The part number that you provided, 457011, did not return any matches so it may be a DOT code rather than a part number. Usually the actual part reference number for a trailer light will be on the base, not the lens. If you cannot...
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  • Hardware Only for Peterson License Plate Light with Bracket
    We do have hardware only that you could use with license plate light and bracket # PM436B. Take a look at # LP52HP. But, all stainless hardware is not available.
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    The part # PM436B that you referenced is a license plate bracket with a light on it that should work well for you. Basically it would install between your current license plate bracket and the top license plate mounting holes and it would be mounted. A better and very similar product that would be easier to install would be the part # LPL55CB since this has a two wire setup. The black wire would need to tap into the running light circuit of your vehicle and the white wire would need to...
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  • Mounting Hole Dimensions on Optronics LED Trailer License-Plate Light #LPL55CB
    The center to center mounting hole measurement on the Optronics LED Trailer License-Plate Light, part # LPL55CB, is 3-3/8 inches. The center to center mounting hole measurement on the Peterson License Plate Light, part # PM436B, is 3-1/2 inches. I am including pictures of the measurements.
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    In many states if your rear license plate is obstructed from view by a bike rack, luggage rack or a similar device, a vehicle owner has the option to obtain a temporary license plate. This third license plate is a paper document that is placed on the interior of the vehicle's rear window in a manner clearly visible from the outside of the vehicle, but doesn't obstruct the driver's view out of the rear window. Another option is to use the bike rack you want to use and move the plate to...
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  • Potential Grounding Issue When Installing Peterson License Plate Light # PM436B
    Thank you for your recent purchases from etrailer. A bad or insufficient ground is among the most common causes for issues with trailer lighting. The Peterson License Plate Light # PM436B that you have does use its steel mounting surface to make the ground connection required for proper operation. Connecting the lead wire to the brown wire for the running light circuit as you did is correct. Please see the linked video for reference. You can sand off paint from the trailer frame where...
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    It would be a good idea to get a license plate mounting bracket and attach it to the cargo carrier, especially if it is required by law in your area. A duplicate plate should not be required since removing the plate from the back of your 2002 Ford Explorer should just involve a couple of screws. For a bracket we have several options but I would go with # PM436B. This is a bracket and light. The light will need to wire into the running light circuit from a trailer connector. If your Explorer...
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  • How To Install License Plate And Light Kit On The Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier # 63153
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  • Is there a Bike Rack Available that Will Not Block the License Plate
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  • License Plate Mounting Bracket with Built-In Light
    We do have a few different license plate brackets with built in lights that you could use. We have # PM436B, # LP55CB, or, if you want an LED light use # LPL55CB. I have linked some videos featuring these products to the right for you.
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