Wireless Tow Lights live up to their name
So you let the kids water ski until almost dark and you couldn't see very well as you were backing the trailer down the ramp to load the boat and, well, you shorted out the trailer lights and now what do you do?
Or maybe you have a big recreation vehicle and you pull your car along behind it, but you don't what to go through the bother or expense of getting the car wired up so its tail lights and turn signals work while its being towed. Or some weeks you pull the old Jeep and other times you tow a compact SUV and it would be nice not to have to limit your options.
Wireless Tow Lights provides a $140 (suggested retail price in 2006) solution.
"Often a person is in an emergency when they need towing lights," said Joe Tarver, who owns Wireless Tow Lights, which is based in Lubbock, Tex. "This is a quick and easy way, and without need of tools. We think it of as an accessory, just like a spare tire."
Tarver didn't come up with the idea for the wireless tow lights, but his company licensed the patent held by Steve Seaburg of Traverse City and hired an electrical engineer to make the devise practical and affordable. Tarver has started several companies that have helped develop someone's idea. Wireless Tow Lights was organized in 2003 and has been in production for 18 months.
The lights use light-emitting diode technology. The company says they meet all Dept. of Transportation lighting regulations and can been seen at distances of more than a mile.
The kit includes a transmitter that mounts on the towing vehicle as well as a pair of lights/turn signals, magnetic mounts and straps to secure the lights on the towed vehicle, and a power source that plugs into the standard power outlet that's part of a tow hitch receiver setup.
"I believe that anyone could put them in and set them on the vehicle and be off in four or five minutes," said Tarver, "and without using any tools."
The wireless lights are sold through retail outlets or through the company's website (www.wirelesstowlights.com).
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