Phillips Interior Corner Lights with Motion Detection

Phillips Industries


Irvine, CA – (Trailer Technician) – Phillips Industries is pleased to introduce PERMALITE™ Apex and PERMALITE™ Apex Motion, the next generation of bright, interior corner trailer lights for dry vans and refrigerated trailers. The lights are designed to be energy efficient, built to withstand harsh trucking conditions, and work with optional passive infrared motion-sensors that activate with body heat. Because of their low profile and durable design, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company selected them as their standard interior trailer lights for their refrigerated trailers.

Phillips Permalite Apex Motion
Phillips Permalite Apex Motion

BoardFree™ Technology

The lights are manufactured with BoardFree™ technology that eliminates the need for a Printed Circuit Board (PCB), enhancing the resilience of our products against damage caused by liquids or chemicals. Additionally, the overmolded and BoardFree™ design guarantees that our lighting solutions maintain exceptional resistance to corrosion, water, shocks, and impacts. The lights meet the highest IP67 and IP69K standards, and deliver unmatched performance and longevity in any environment.

Durable, Efficient, & Simple to Install

As trailer manufacturers produce equipment with thinner and thinner roof designs, ceiling lighting is more susceptible to impact damage from forklifts and other loading and unloading events. The PERMALITE™ Apex and PERMALITE™ Apex Motion are mounted in the interior upper corners of the trailer placing them out of the way from this type of damage. Each light has over 600 lumens, and draws .5 amps of current, making it possible to put 10 or more lamps on a standard circuit.

Food Safety Regulation Compliant

PERMALITE™ Apex and PERMALITE™ Apex Motion are the only interior trailer lights that can withstand the intensive cleaning guidelines as defined by the highest IP67 and IP69K rating which is based on a product’s ability to withstand the intrusion of solids and liquids. The lights were designed from the ground up to withstand the impact of high-pressure and high-temperature pressure washing, ensuring that the trailer is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. IP69K standards are crucial for fleets handling food-grade products. The standards meet the strict Food Safety Modernization Act regulations, which are enacted to prevent contamination in the food supply chain.

Phillips Motion Sensor
Phillips Motion Sensor

PERMALITE™ Apex Motion Dual Zone Sensor

The PERMALITE™ Apex Motion’s sensor, with a 5-minute shutoff, automatically controls the on/off function for a single or multiple light modules wired in series utilizing a plug-and-play design. The motion sensor has a maximum continuous current of 11 amps and overcurrent and over-voltage protection. The placement of the sensors is customizable to meet a fleet’s unique needs. LED status lights indicate incoming power to the sensor as well as 12V output when motion is detected for easy setup. Motion detection angle is 120 degrees.

The 14” light strip modules can easily be installed on new or existing equipment. There is no requirement for ceiling pans or conduit installation, and wiring can be hidden or exposed depending on the preference of the customer.

Increase Efficiency – Advance Safety – Maximize ROI

“The development of our new corner lights is significant in continuing to offer our partners meaningful solutions. It was important to us to get the IP69K rating. Many fleets need their equipment to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected without being damaged, to meet these rigorous standards, and we are happy to provide a durable solution for them,” commented Dan Forthoffer, Vice President of Corporate R&D.

The PERMALITE™ Apex and PERMALITE™ Apex Motion are efficient and ideal for dry and refrigerated vans, and help fleets to increase efficiency, advance safety, and maximize ROI. They deliver superior visibility when needed with efficient power usage and are the most durable interior trailer lights on the market. The ability to withstand frequent aggressive cleaning makes them especially ideal for fleets subject to food safety regulations.

“We are thoroughly impressed with the durability, efficiency, and functionality of these new corner lights. We are always looking for innovative solutions, and we look forward to adopting this new technology, and watching it impact our bottom line,” said Steve Bennett, President and COO, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company.


Based in Irvine, CA, USA, Phillips Industries is a leading innovator and manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake system components for the commercial truck and trailer industry. For nearly a century, Phillips Industries has been the benchmark for quality and innovation. Phillips products are standard position on nearly 100% of Class 8 trucks and on more than 80% of all trailers manufactured in North America. The evolving needs of commercial vehicle operators continue to drive product development to address the changing dynamics of the industry. Phillips has manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Its manufacturing facilities have earned top-quality accreditations, including ISO/IATF 16949 and ISO 14001, and have received multiple prestigious customer awards. Phillips maintains active membership in key industry associations, including TMC, SAE, ATA, Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association, and various state trucking associations.

Phillips Industries, Phillips Europe, Phillips Asia Pacific, Phillips de Mexico, Phillips Innovations, Phillips Connect, and Phillips Connect Motorsports are entities under the Phillips Family umbrella. Together, they provide comprehensive solutions that meet the evolving needs of commercial vehicle operators, with a focus on safety, security, cost reduction, and asset utilization. Phillips continues to set industry standards through its unwavering commitment to research, development, innovation, and customer-centric collaboration. For more information, please visit our website:


Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company is America’s oldest privately owned, family-operated trailer manufacturer. Founded in 1914, the company designs and manufactures dry freight vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, and aerodynamic technologies. Utility currently operates six trailer manufacturing facilities across North America. Utility’s 3000R® and the 3000R® multi-temp refrigerated trailers are manufactured at the Atkins, Virginia, Clearfield, Utah and Piedras Negras, Mexico plants. The 4000D-X Composite® series dry vans are manufactured at the Glade Spring, Virginia and Paragould, Arkansas plants. The 4000AE®, 4000S®, and 4000AE® Drop Deck flatbeds are all manufactured at the Enterprise, Alabama facility. Utility is also the exclusive distributor of Cargobull North America TRU products. Utility has an extensive dealer network with over 100 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. Visit: for more information.