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Optronics LED Trailer License Plate Light with Bracket Installation

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How to Install the Optronics LED Trailer License Plate Light with Bracket

Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Optronics LED license plate bracket. A license plate bracket on a trailer is just one of them things that ends up getting beat up over time. You end up backing up and hitting a curb or hitting something or going down the boat ramp and getting hung up on a stick or a log or something when you're pulling it out. And eventually they just get mangled and you just need to replace 'em. And so this is a good option.

The bracket's made from metal. And then of course we have our license plate lamp. It's five LEDs. This part's made out of plastic, but the LEDs are cool, 'cause, I mean, they're so much better than an incandescent-type bulb. They don't have any of those filaments in there that will just go bad over time.

These things are gonna last a lot longer. They take less amperage to run and they're a lot brighter. They look cooler too, it's a lot cleaner light. So it'll keep it legal when you're going down the road just like the bracket itself. Obviously it's a license plate bracket.

It's not very glamorous, but when it comes to staying lawful it's something you gotta pay attention to. With that said, this is gonna be submersible. So for a boat trailer like we have today, not gonna have to sweat on getting it wet. I do always suggest so probably unplug your lights, make sure there's no power to 'em, at the very least, before you submerge any type of light, just to be on the safe side. And other than that, I mean, pretty straightforward.

Not a whole lot to it. I do like that it's metal. I feel like them plastic ones, they just get sun-baked over time and they just crack and kind of fall apart. This one, it doesn't come with any hardware. That've been kind of nice if they would give you some license plate screws and stuff, but not a huge deal, use what you got. Or you can also pick some up here at etrailer. We have tamper-proof type nuts and bolts too, that you can use. So if you have, I know some states, you can get a permanent trailer plate. Probably not a bad idea to get some tamper-proof screws for it so those don't run off and end up on someone else's trailer. On the back of the bracket, it's a little tricky to see, but they give you a foam seal that goes around everything, just to help keep it sealed up. So that should help out a little bit, especially if you're putting this in water. And as far as getting it installed, I mean really not much to it. It bolts into place. And then you got two wires to hook up, your ground wire and then of course your power wire, which will go to your taillight signal. That way, whenever you turn your taillights on, the license plate lights up. So if you'd like to see how we did it, feel free to hang around. We'll go ahead and put this one on together now. To begin our installation, we're gonna be here where our license plate bracket is on our trailer. So in our case, it's over on the driver's side. It's usually where it is. But with that said, we can start to get this mounted up. Here's our actual license plate tab that's welded onto the trailer where this is gonna get mounted. With this one being essentially a direct replacement of the one that was on there, we don't really need to drill any holes or anything. And chances are pretty good if you have this style to begin with, they're all pretty much the same. So, ours is gonna bolt right up. If you need to, you just need to use this is as a template to drill out your holes and then obviously drill a hole in the middle there for your wires to pass through it. So we'll get our wires fed through here, and I'm just using some stainless steel hardware. This isn't gonna come with it, but you can use your old stuff if it's in good shape or source it wherever you need to. So I'm just gonna feed that through and get it started hand-tight now. All right, so I got that one hand-tight. We need to ground out this white wire and you have a few choices what you can do. You can, if you have a ground nearby, you can attach to it. You can use the self tapping screw, or I'm just gonna use our bolt here that we're using to attach our holder to the bracket. So I'll just take this nut back off and make sure wherever you choose, make sure the surface is real clean and free to contaminants and stuff that way we get a good ground. So, you can probably tell, I scraped that one clean. I'll slide the ring terminal over it. And get our hardware started here. Then I'll come back with my screwdriver and my socket and tighten everything up. So once that is done, we have our other wire here. This is the power wire. So you want this to come on when you turn your taillights on and that's where this wire is, this one here, that's coming from our taillight signal on our trailer. And I'm just going to cut this to length and then strip back the insulation. Give that wire a good twist, try to keep it tight. And I'm gonna use a heat shrink butt connector that's gonna slide over the bare end of the the wire. Crimp it down. And then put it over our black license plate wire. Crimp it. And, being heat shrink, I will come back with my heat source and seal up the ends. So I went ahead used some electrical tape to tape up our connection there just for a little extra protection. Some zip ties to clean up our wiring and then where our wires pass through our actual frame bracket, since I didn't have a grommet thick enough to put in there before we ran our wires through. I just took some RTV Silicone and packed it in that hole just to not only help keep it sealed but prevent the wires from rubbing up against bare metal. But with that hooked up, we're ready to turn our power on and make sure our license plate light actually turns on. To test this, I just hooked up to test box. You can also use your vehicle, but keep in mind if your vehicle side has issues, could mislead you into thinking it's something you did back here But that said we'll turn on our taillights. And that should power up our license plate light. And, of course, now that everything's working, we can secure our license plate. Doesn't come with any new hardware. You use your old stuff, or if you need some hardware, we actually carry some here at etrailer, just some tamper-proof type ones and everything else, so that's an option for you. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Optronics LED license plate bracket..

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