Home | About Us | Our History

About Truck-Lite


Advancing the Safety of Transportation Worldwide

Let There Be Light


Truck-Lite began with an ingenious idea that sparked a revolution in truck and trailer safety lighting. Tackling the industry problem of the short life of trailer lights, founder George Baldwin designed the first sealed marker light, using his kitchen sink for quality control. That first light was a commercial success, and Truck-Lite released the industry’s first sealed stop/turn/tail light soon after. Since then, Truck-Lite has grown into an international company with over 1,000 employees.

Original Truck Lite BuildingOriginal Truck Lite Building

Original Truck-Lite Location, Jamestown, NY



We are no stranger to innovation- creating the first sealed light in 1955, which led to the next 65 years of delivering consistent world and industry first’s product solutions to commercial transportation.

  • Truck-Lite Established

  • World’s 1st Independent Ground Wiring System

  • First company in the transportation industry to use polycarbonate material for light housing and lenses

  • World’s 1st Sealed Wiring Harness System

  • Acquired Do-Ray

  • Introduced the Super 40, the industry’s first sealed and shock-mounted stop/turn/tail lamp

  • Introduced the first full-system lighting and harness written warranty

  • Introduced world’s first LED S/T/T lamp

  • Offered First Lifetime Harness Warranty

  • Introduced the first white LED license, dome, and back-up lights

  • Introduced LED lighting to military market

  • Acquired Raydyot (Birmingham, UK), entering the mirror market

  • Truck-Lite acquired the assets of Signal-Stat Lighting Products, gaining manufacturing processes for sealed and bulb-replaceable lighting, turn signals, emergency lighting and vehicle accessories

  • Acquired FER (Eisenach, Germany), establishing European lighting manufacturing

  • Acquired Rubbolite (Harlow, UK) increasing European OEM and aftermarket lighting

  • Introduced first LED Headlamp System

  • Acquired Davco (Saline, MI), entering processor business

  • Introduced world’s first DOT-compliant 7” round LED headlight

  • Introduced the first LED mini marker clearance light

  • Introduced world’s first custom-designed LED headlight for Class 8 trucks

  • Acquired Rigid Industries (Phoenix, AZ), expanding LED lighting presence

  • Introduced the ROADMAX™ custom LED headlight system for the medium-duty market

  • Clarience Technologies Parent Company established

  • Introduced A2Z for eMobility Initiative for the electric future

  • Introduced Next Generation Technology LED Projector Headlights