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Peterson Trailer License Plate Light - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens

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4" x 1-3/4" x 2-1/4". Incandescent trailer light illuminates your trailer's license plate. Vibar socket absorbs road shock and vibration. Durable ABS housing. Surface mounts to trailer. 1-Wire design. (1) 168 bulb. Lowest Prices for the best trailer lights from Peterson. Peterson Trailer License Plate Light - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens part number PM436 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Peterson Trailer Lights - PM436

  • License Plate Lights
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  • Incandescent Light
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  • Surface Mount
  • Non-Submersible Lights
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4" x 1-3/4" x 2-1/4". Incandescent trailer light illuminates your trailer's license plate. Vibar socket absorbs road shock and vibration. Durable ABS housing. Surface mounts to trailer. 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
  • Internal parts are constructed with stainless steel or tinned-brass to resist corrosion
  • Clear screw-on lens over incandescent bulb
  • Compatible with 12V DC systems
  • Surface mount to trailer - hardware not included
  • Single wire design grounds through mounting hardware
  • Made in the USA


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

Peterson 436 License Plate Light 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.

24X436 Peterson License Plate Trailer Light - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Surface Mount - Clear Lens

Alternate Part Numbers: 436, M436, and 434400

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Video of Peterson Trailer License Plate Light - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Review of Peterson Trailer Lights - License Plate Lights - PM436

Today we're taking a look at a Peterson license plate light. Now this unit mounts to your trailer and illuminates the license plate. It contains one incandescent bulb, bulb number is 168, and that is replaceable if and when needed. The base, which is this black portion here, this is made from a durable steel construction and it has a nice powder-coated finish on it to help resist rust and corrosion, housing, which is the gray portion, that's plastic. It's a single wire design so that your power wire and then it grounds through the mounting hardware. Mounting hardware not included.

It is department of transportation compliant. We're going to go over a few measurements real quick and then we'll hook up the power that way you can see what it looks like with some power running to it. The mount holes on the unit are separated apart from one another on center by three and a half inches. Edge to edge, the base measures 4 inches by about 1 and 5/8 inches.And then from the very back of the unit to the very front of the unit gives us an overall depth of about 2 and 1/4 inches. All right, we're going to go and hook it up the power.

We'll also turn off our overhead light so you can see it in a low-light setting. So here you can see the light sends out a nice consistent signal. Again, we have light that shines at a downward angle, which will illuminate a license plate mounted directly below this light. And it contains a total of one bulb, and again that is an incandescent bulb that is replaceable. One more time, bulb number is 168.

That's going to do it for today's look at the Peterson license plate light.

Customer Reviews

Peterson Trailer License Plate Light - Incandescent - Gray Housing - Clear Lens - PM436

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (21 Customer Reviews)

4" x 1-3/4" x 2-1/4". Incandescent trailer light illuminates your trailer's license plate. Vibar socket absorbs road shock and vibration. Durable ABS housing. Surface mounts to trailer. 1-Wire design. (1) 168 bulb.


It works great! The product arrived on time and in good condition.


The license plate light arrived in great condition, packing was very secure. It was just as advertised. It was exactly like my old light which was original equipment on my motor home. Fit was perfect. Thanks !

Its still working fine and looks like new.
Fred L - 09/08/2017


Direct replacement for the factory installed license plate light on my 20+ year old trailer - I was really worried about finding the correct replacement parts but had everything I needed. The ordering process was a breeze and my order arrived quickly


The license plate light arrived several days earlier than I expected. Exactly what I needed fit perfectly. I would order any additional supplies from


This is exactly the same product as my old one that was on my Horton horse trailer, I just have to get someone to hook it up as I am not a electrician. I don't want to mess anything up.

Thanks for the product


Broke my light on my trailer and this one works great and the price is right.



BOB K - 07/27/2016


Repeat customer, very satisfied with products, prices and promptness of delivery.


great customer service ,parts as ordered. Quick shipping


Was as described would buy from again


Fast service, great service, and A GREAT PRODUCT!!


Exactly what I needed to replace the broken one.


has performed just fine.


Everything that I ordered came in good shape and was easy to install.


Great product for the price & super fast shipping



Same as original, perfect fit






Ask the Experts about this Peterson Trailer Lights

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 # 40376, to find the wire that is hot with the...
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  • License Plate Light for Camper Special 1969 Ford F-250 Bumper
    The Peterson License Plate Light # PM436 referenced in your question has mounting holes that are 3-1/2 inches apart on center. If you are needing a light with a 3-1/4 inch mounting dimension, I recommend the Optronics Ear Mount Trailer License Plate Light # LP51CB. The outside dimensions of this light are 4 inches long x 1-3/4 inches wide x 2-5/16 inches deep. I have also attached a link that will take you to our available selection of license plate lights for you to look through.
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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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  • 2010 Mini Cooper S Clubman Relocated License Plate Bracket and Light Recommendation
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Mount Bike Carrier Without Obstructing Rear License Plate from View
    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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  • Is License Plate Relocation Kit Needed if Cargo Carrier on 2002 Ford Explorer Blocks License Plate
    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
    On the Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier, part # 63153, you can use the Optional Light Kit, part # 20174. This light kit will install on the Pro Series cargo carrier and plug into a 4-flat connector on your vehicle. This will give you operating taillights on the back of your cargo carrier. To mount your license plate on your vehicle and illuminate it I would recommend using either the Optronics License-Plate Light w/ Mounting Bracket, part # LP55CB, or the Peterson License Plate Light with...
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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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  • Availability of Peterson LED Trailer License Plate Light
    The LED version of the # PM436 is part # M296XC but the screw holes are spaced a bit differently, at 3-1/2 inches apart rather than the 3-1/4 of your current lamp. However, Optronics offers an LED license plate light, part # LPL41CB that has the same 3-1/4 inch bolt spacing as the lamp you have now, and it looks very similar. I've linked to an installation video.
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  • Cargo Carrier, Light Kit, and Wiring Harness for a 2000 Honda Accord
    I will be happy to help you out. First, since all of the trailer hitches for the 2000 Honda Accord are Class I hitches you will need a cargo carrier that is rated for a Class I hitch. I have included a link to the available options for you. You will need to have a 4-Way flat connector on your Accord to activate a license plate light. If you do not already have a 4-Way you can add one using # 43105. Then you could use license plate mounting bracket and light # PM436B. The power wire can...
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  • Do I need Left and Right Side Trailer Tail Lights or Can I use 2 Right Side Trailer Lights
    Yes, if your trailer has a license plate directly below the left side tail light, you will need to order the Submersible LED Trailer Tail Light, # STL57RB, for the left side. This light has lighting to illuminate the license plate. For the right side you will need the light you referenced, # STL56RB. If your trailer has a separate license plate light assembly, like part # PM436B, you can use a right side light, # STL56RB, on both sides of the trailer.
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  • Is there a Bike Rack Available that Will Not Block the License Plate
    That really depends on where the license plate is located. Since you were looking at the Surco bike rack, # SP501BR, I assume you have a van or RV that has a ladder with the license plate in close proximity. What I recommend is to use the bike rack you want to use (trailers and RVs can only be equipped with certain racks, see link) and relocate the license plate to an area of the vehicle, trailer, or RV that is more visible. For a license plate bracket, if you need one that has a light...
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  • Replacement Tail Light with License Plate Light Lens Integrated
    The side marker light lens like # 56-15R you referenced normally does not have the clear license plate lens attached. We do not have any lenses like that. We do however have the Over 80" Wide, Square Trailer Tail Light with License Plate Light, 8-Function, Left Hand # ST3RB which has a side marker like that but has the license plate lens on the bottom of the tail light assembly. Another option is to run a separate license plate light like # PM436B.
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  • Replacement Round License Plate Light with Ear Mount Bracket and 2-Prong Plug
    Hi Dave, I have an option for for you, however, I wasn't able to cross reference the number you gave me so you'll just need to take a couple quick measurements to confirm the following option will work as a direct replacement. If the distance on mounting hole centers is 1-3/4 inches and the mounting hole used for the old lights is around 1-1/8 inches, then you can use the LED Trailer License Plate Light # LPL12CB along with the Ear Mount Bracket # A11GLPB. The light features a 2-wire...
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  • Recommended Cargo Carrier and Lighting for 2014 Acura MDX
    Everything looks perfect! Starting with the wiring harness, the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118628 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2014 Acura MDX and is exactly the harness that I would recommend. This custom-fit harness will install by connecting directly to the built-in port behind the driver side trim panel. This will give you a 4-Way at the rear of your MDX to connect with and power a trailer's signal lights. I have attached an installation video on your...
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  • Recommended License Plate Mount For Fender of Car Hauler Trailer
    Yes. I recommend using the License Plate Mounting Plate - Black # CR79150 or the CE Smith Trailer License Plate Bracket - Tail Light Mount - Aluminum Tread Plate # CE26053A to add a little more style. If you need a light with your mounting bracket, I recommend the LED Trailer License-Plate Light w/ Mounting Bracket, 2 Wire, 5 Diode - Clear # LPL55CB or the Peterson License Plate Light with Bracket # PM436B.
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