Definition: Reflector

What is a reflector?

Reflectors are sometimes still confused with LED marker lightsbut a reflector is really something else. A reflector reflects light but does not emit it itself. There are different colours and shapes of reflectors. Each colour is for a different place on your vehicle. On some vehicles, such as trailers, certain reflectors are mandatory. The reflectors TRALERT® can be fixed in two different ways. Firstly, by means of screw mounting. In addition, it is also possible to attach the reflector with a 3m adhesive strip. Reflectors that can be seen in traffic are retroreflectors. This means that a reflector reflects the light in the same direction. A reflector ensures that you are clearly visible in traffic.

Different reflector colours

Different colours of reflectors are available. In total, three different colours are possible: orange/amber, red and white. Each colour is for a different spot on the vehicle.

Red reflectors: Red reflectors are intended for the rear of a vehicle. They may never be placed on another side of the vehicle. This has to do with traffic safety. By the colour, a fellow road user must be able to see which side of the vehicle it is. The red reflectors come in three different shapes: rectangular, triangular and round.

Amber reflectors: Amber reflectors are intended for the side of your vehicle. The colour amber is jargon for the orange colour that is often seen in traffic. The orange reflectors should only be used on the side of your vehicle. This is also to ensure road safety.

White reflectors: A white reflector is intended for the front of your vehicle. Just like the red and orange reflectors, the white one is not allowed on any other side.

Obligatory reflectors on trailer

Every vehicle has its own rules and laws. When looking at reflectors, the trailer is a good example. All the different colours are compulsory on a trailer. Before a trailer is allowed on the public roads, it must be fitted with at least one of the following:

  • Two white reflectors on the front, these may not be triangular. They must be mounted at least 250 mm from the ground with a maximum of 900 mm.
  • One orange reflector on each side. Again, it should be between 250mm and 900mm from the ground.
  • Two red reflectors at the rear. Different minimum and maximum heights apply. At the rear, they must be at least 350 mm from the ground and no more than 1500 mm.

In addition to the reflectors are there any other rules for the lighting on a trailer.

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