With the entry of the month of July, the commissioning of the new V-16 lights for the car will begin. This element, which will coexist with the emergency triangles until 2026, has a lighting system faster and safer with which to indicate an emergency to other road users.
To use it, just place it on the roof of the vehicle by sticking your arm out of the window. Immediately it will stay fixed thanks to the magnet it carries and it will active. The fact of having to leave the vehicle to signal the incident generated in turn a risk situation, both for the driver himself and for the rest of the vehicles that were circulating on the road.
One of the biggest doubts that it generates in users is know if the light is approved or not. In case it is certified, you have to present the homologation code engraved on a visible place, will consist of documentation that testifies to it and may not be modified.
It will be done with an alphanumeric code, where the first characters belong to the initials of the authorized laboratories followed by its approval date and serial number:
– LCOE XXXXXXXXXXG1, issued by the Central Official Electrotechnical Laboratory.
– IDIADA PC XXXXXXXX, issued by the Official Accredited Laboratory Applus IDIADA.
According to Instruction 18 / V-132, the main characteristics that the device must meet are as follows:
– The light must cover a 360 degree horizontal field of view and 8 degree vertical both up and down
– The intensity has to be between 40 and 80 candela effective for at least 30 minutes
– The frequency of flash will be between 0.8 and 2 Hz
– The degree of protection IP will be at least IP54
– The design must allow it to remain stable on a flat surface
– The light operation at temperatures of -10ºC and 50 ºC
– Food should be autonomous by means of a cell or battery which must guarantee its use after 18 months.
Where to buy
They can be purchased at all kinds of large surfaces (El Corte Inglés, Carrefour, Alcampo …), or on e-commerce sites such as Amazon. There is a wide variety of models and prices that vary depending on their qualities. Some of the most outstanding are as follows:
It is one of the most popular models and has been developed by two civil guards Galicians. Your purchase includes the emergency light, a flashing beacon and a flashlight in case its use is necessary. It has a 360º fixed white light with 5 hours of autonomy and another light both flashing with more than 2 hours of use.
Can be used with rain or snow when having IP54 certificate. They are indicated for the signaling of both vehicles and motorcycles, it takes 30 seconds to put on and starts from the car itself.
NK SOS Road
It works with 3 AAA batteries, it is waterproof and has 9 high-brightness LEDs. To adhere, it has a noedimium magnet.
iWotto E Light
Have a radius of action of up to 1 kilometer and 360º which serves to highlight the position of the vehicle. It has magnets that they prevent slipping and have up to 2 and a half hours of autonomy.
Osram LED Guardian Road Flare
The brand of bulbs V-16 devices have also been launched on the market. Thus, it has in its catalog a model that works with a 9-volt battery and contains powerful LEDs at 140 lumens and 2000 Kelvin.