Phillips Industries debuts interior corner lights with motion detection

A strip of Phillips lights with a motion sensor.

Phillips Industries introduced Permalite Apex and Permalite Apex Motion lights, motion detector lights for the interior corners of dry vans and refrigerated trailers. 

"The development of our new corner lights is significant in continuing to offer our partners meaningful solutions," says Dan Forthoffer, vice president of corporate research and development. "Many fleets need their equipment to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected without being damaged to meet these rigorous standards. We are happy to provide a durable solution for them." 

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The lights are energy efficient, built to withstand the harsh conditions of trucking and work with optional passive infrared motion-sensors that activate with body heat. Utility Trailer selected them as its standard interior lights for its refrigerated trailers. 

"We are thoroughly impressed with the durability, efficiency and functionality of these new corner lights," says Steve Bennett, president and COO of Utility Trailer. "We are always looking for innovative solutions and we look forward to adopting this new technology and watching it impact our bottom line." 

Phillips used BoardFree technology that elminates the need for a printed circuit board (PCB), which the company says enhances the resilience of our products against damage caused by liquids or chemicals. It also guarantees that the lights maintain resistance to corrosion, water, shocks and impacts. They meet the highest IP67 and IP69K standards, Phillips says, meaning they can withstand the intrusion of solids and liquids, meeting intensive cleaning guidelines required for food safety regulations.

Each Permalite Apex and Apex Motion light has more than 600 lumens and draws 0.5 amps of currrent, making it possible to put 10 or more lamps on a standard circuit. 

The dual zone sensor includes a five-minute shutoff and automatically controls the on-off function for a single or multiple light modules wired in series. It has a maximum continuous current of 11 amps with overcurrent and over-voltage protection. The placement of the sensors is customizable to meet a fleet's unique needs and include status lights to indicate incoming power to the sensor. The motion detection angle is 120 degrees. 

The 14-inch light strip modules can be installed on new or existing equipment. There is no requirement for ceiling pans or conduit installation. Wiring can be hidden or exposed depending on the customer's preference. 

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