LED Snowplow Lights

The NHDOT snowplow fleet currently uses halogen lights mounted on the push frame for night time snowplowing operations. Due to the excessive vibration, frequent bulb replacement is necessary. LED bulbs are less susceptible to vibrations and could reduce long term maintenance cost. Plow drivers have suggested that LED lighting improves their visibility while operating as well as reducing the fatigue experienced during extended hours of plowing. Mechanical Services does not have a firm policy on the use of LED headlamps and needs to determine if the fleet would experience benefits by using LED bulbs. The proposed project will entail comparing the use of halogen bulbs to heated/non-heated LED bulbs. The in-house research project will target District 1 and 3 because of the available interstate and rural routes. Six operators and trucks per district will be equipped for the trial. The operators will include a variety of drivers who have preference to stay with halogen and those who favor LED. Through social media and/or online surveys, the Department’s Districts will solicit feedback from the traveling public. Snowplow operators and supervisors will track the effect and collect feedback. The results of this will support whether converting the NHDOT snowplow fleet from halogen bulbs to LED bulbs reduces maintenance requirements, increases service life, and improves operator visibility for safer snowplow operations. Additional benefits may include increase of employee morale and traveling public safety

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $15,000
  • Contract Numbers:

    26962X

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    New Hampshire Department of Transportation

    John O. Morton Building
    P.O. Box 483
    Concord, NH  United States  03302-0483
  • Managing Organizations:

    New Hampshire Department of Transportation

    John O. Morton Building
    P.O. Box 483
    Concord, NH  United States  03302-0483
  • Project Managers:

    Nash, Deirdre

  • Performing Organizations:

    New Hampshire Department of Transportation

    John O. Morton Building
    P.O. Box 483
    Concord, NH  United States  03302-0483
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fogg, Daniel

  • Start Date: 20181101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01686176
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 26962X
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 20 2018 12:16PM