Can I use a Halogen Spotlight as a Reverse Light to See Better Behind my Horse Trailer

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I need back-up lighting on my large horse trailer that will provide enough light to see where I am backing due to other trailers and fences near-by. I now have lights wired into my trucks reverse lights, but they do not give off enough light. Do you think 2 of these lights one on each side will provide the light I need? Thanks.

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These will certainly provide enough light. My concern would be that they provide too much light and would considered rear-facing headlights. There are DOT restrictions about how bright rear-ward facing lights can be so as drivers behind you are not blinded. The Custer Halogen Light you were looking at does not comply with this regulation.

I would suggest instead, using brighter reverse lights. We have several backup LED lights that will be brighter than standard incandescent lights, but are purpose built for use as reverse lights.

They are all from Optronics and are DOT FMVSS 108 compliant, the backup light regulation. I have added links to them below.

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