Not all LED lights are the same! More on why your "waterproof" lights fail.

Last week we posted "The Real Submersible! Not all LED Lights are the same!" We explained the casing/lens, the silicone glob that is haphazardly injected into the wire cavity and the lack of rating by the international electrotechnical commission (IEC). We also explained what to look for in a Truly Submersible LED light. 

Here we will go into further detail the reasons your waterproof LED lights fail and where to find The Real Submersible! 

When you purchase an LED light for your trailer, it typically includes a ring terminal on the ground wire that is intended to ground the light to the frame using the mounting hardware. The most common reason LEDs fail is poor grounding. Now imagine all of the LED lights on your trailer, side marker lights; clearance lights; ID Bar and tail lights each having an exposed ground to the trailer frame. Each point is highly susceptible and corrosion is bound to happen especially in salt water environments and in areas of the country where salt is used on roadways. 

Why Ground? The term "ground" refers to a connection to the earth, which acts as a reservoir of charge. It provides a conducting path to the earth which is independent of the normal current-carrying path in an electrical appliance.  More importantly, LEDs will not work without a proper ground!


Kraken Wiring Harness & Light systems include ground wires that are tied directly into the harness and protected from the elements in our heavy duty marine grade jacketed wiring. Each light plugged into the Kraken Wiring harness is made with our IP68 Rated waterproof connections. When you plug in your Vehicle Connection on a Kraken Wiring system, the complete circuit is grounded and all lights will work without further grounding. 

We go a step further because while our harness/light system is properly grounded, some vehicles may not be. For this reason we include an additional single ground wire with a ring terminal that is installed on the trailer frame near the tongue and out of the way of submersion. While this may seem redundant, it ensures that you always have a proper ground regardless of your vehicle.




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