Flashing Light Fitting Regulations for NZ

Posted 23rd January 2019

Amber Vehicle Flashing lights are used to warn of hazards around the vehicle or work site. There are becoming smaller, brighter, tougher and smarter as the LED technology evolves and better materials like polycarbonate are developed, but it is important to know NZ regulations around fitting them.

The transport rule states that the light emitted must be a consistent cycle of light with a frequency of 2 to 4 Hertz. A ‘Hertz’ simply means ‘one cycle per second’ so the light pattern must cycle between 2 - 4 times per second. Also the light should be fitted so that the main direction of the light emitted is approximately parallel to the ground and to give maximum visibility to others. These are key points to consider when fitting them; will it be able to been seen by anyone approaching? Whether they are driving an low MG sports car or a big truck? And will it be visible from a reasonable distance – will it be bright enough for the conditions, but not to bright to dazzle people? For example: if you are working in full daylight on an open road with a 100km speed limit, you need to have a lot brighter light (with something like a SAE Class 1 or E65 standard light with 3 watt LEDs) so cars can see it in the distance and can slow down in reasonable time. The contrast to this would be if you are inside a warehouse driving a forklift when people are working at closer quarters and could be dazzled with a very bright light.

Various different configurations are available including barlights, beacons and directional flashing lights, and these can also have various different mounting options. To help you choose what would suit your needs see this blog: What kind of Flashing Lights are Best to Suit your Application?

Transquip have developed a range to suit the demanding conditions and current applications as shown on their website: www.transquip.co.nz and the friendly team are always keen to help you get the right light for your needs.