He July 1, 2021 The DGT approved the use of emergency lights for the car (V16) along with the triangles responsible for signaling a breakdown or accident. Connected lights have been sold since January 2023, but this connectivity will only be mandatory then January 1, 2026. Until then, traditional triangles or unconnected V16 beacons can be used.
Connected and offline. Which one to buy?
There are also two models of V16 lights currently available on the market “connected” O “not connected”. The main difference between the two functions is that the former can connect to the DGT 3.0 platform to transmit their location in real time while informing other road users of our situation.
Despite the existence of these two models, it is DGT, which recommends purchasing a so-called “connected” model. The reason is simple. Although currently connected and offline models can coexist, the aim of connectivity is to transmit the activation, deactivation and geopositioning of the signal to the national access point in terms of traffic and mobility.
Thereafter, this information will be sent every 100 seconds until the deactivation notice is sent. In this way, the DGT is able to receive the coordinates of our position and this helps us to protect ourselves by communicating the fact that it is an accident car to the rest of the vehicles approaching the scene of the accident . And the most important thing is that we don’t have to make a double investment As of January 1, 2026, connected V16 lights are the only legally permitted danger signaling element.
V16 models are now offline and ready to use
As already mentioned, the emergency lighting models V16 (offline) can be used as a natural replacement for the warning triangle from July 2021. The disadvantage is that the useful life ends on December 31, 2025. On the other hand, the price is much lower than the connected models, making it a good choice to use now.
We are faced with one V-16 beacon approved by LCOE and approved for use by the DGT. This allows immediate signaling of the vehicle in the event of a breakdown or accident that we suffer on the road. Its job is to emit a high-density flash with a 360-degree radius of action. This allows other drivers to see us at a distance of more than 1 km when the car stops on the side of the road or on the road. Quick and easy to use, it allows vehicle signaling in less than 8 seconds and without leaving the vehicle. It is easy to attach with its powerful anti-slip magnets.
The device works on 3 AAA batteries included in the beacon and allows us to Autonomy of 2.5 hours. It also has shock protection and can be used in adverse weather conditions such as rain, wind and dust IP54 certification. The price is approx 11€.
NK SOS Road
This V16 light features a high-intensity LED light and is specifically designed for use on all vehicles. Its casing consists of durable materials, It is designed to withstand adverse weather conditions such as rain, humidity and snow all year round IP54 certification. It is equipped with 9 LEDs with a light intensity of 40-80 candela at 0° and a light beam angle of 360°.
The light has one powerful neodymium magnet This ensures lightness and maximum grip on the car roof without damaging the vehicle’s paint. 3 AA batteries are required for operation, which are included in the scope of delivery. The price is usually approx 15€.
OSRAM LED monitor ROAD FLARE
This is a V16 car warning light meets the requirements of DGT Spain. Thanks to the light distribution, it is clearly visible 140 lumens and 2000 Kelvin in 360 degrees for a better view into the distance. This means that in the event of a breakdown we are visible to other drivers within a visibility range of 1 km. This is placed on the roof using a Magnet for quick attachment And all this without having to put on a safety vest or even get out of the vehicle.
Another important section is that your Design is very compact This allows us to store it in the glove compartment to always have it at hand. It is made of hard plastic, is floating, robust and can be installed IP54 certified. This means it can withstand weather conditions such as water, dust, heat, cold and falls. The price is approx 16€.
Help Flash V.2
Is about a very compact model, which can be conveniently carried in the glove compartment and attached to the upper part of the roof using a magnet without having to leave the vehicle and without putting yourself in danger. He can emit a 360° light intermittently with high intensity and an autonomy of two and a half hours, while operating in emergency mode with flashing light visible within a radius of 1 km.
All you need to operate is a 9V alkaline battery. Furthermore, too An additional light in a white tone is included that can help us illuminate any direction, Use it like a flashlight. Thanks to its flat base we can place it on any surface and have complete freedom of movement. Aside from that, meets all approval requirements required by the DGT to ensure the maximum reliability and safety of the device. The price is approx 15€.
Goodyear safety light
This is a DGT approved light for use in cars and motorcycles. It has a strong light Yellow emergency LED This makes it visible at a distance of 1 km, for more than 6 hours and with a viewing angle of 360 degrees. It can also Use in flashlight mode with white LED light with an autonomy of up to 5 hours. It has a highly grippy magnetic base that allows it to be placed on the roof of the vehicle.
The beacon has one Magnetic base with great hold We can place it on the roof of the car or other metal surface without leaving the vehicle. It has no cables, is compact and durable and can be easily stored in the glove compartment of the car. In addition, it works autonomously with an included standard 9V 6LR61 battery. The price is approx 17€.
It is a V16 emergency light that is approved by the DGT for warning of danger and is suitable for both cars and motorcycles. There are two usage modes. In the first case, the rotating yellow light provides luminosity a radius of 1 km in poor lighting conditions. The second offers a Flashlight mode with white light and two intensities available.
It can be placed easily and without getting out of the car as it has an integrated holder strong magnet For a perfect attachment without damaging the vehicle’s paint. It can withstand wind speeds of more than 80 km/h as well as heavy rain or snow. In addition, it works with temperatures of between -10º and 50º C. This requires 3 AAA batteries and two units are included.
Mandatory connected lighting from 2026
Since connected lights will be mandatory from January 1, 2026, we can choose a model now and not have to make the change on that date, avoiding double investments. These models are more expensive than models without connectivity, but are approved for use from this date.
PF Led One V16
It is a V16 emergency light that consists of a flashing light transmitter and a geolocator. It also contains a SIM card and has Double magnetic and adhesive fastening system. It works on a 9V battery and lasts more than 2 hours. It is connected to the DGT 3.0 platform and meets all the requirements set by the DGT for its commercialization visible from 1 km away.
It is suitable for use in various weather conditions: water, wind and snow. This avoids dangerous situations and increases our safety on the road. The beacon There is a 3-year warranty and a 15-year line and data maintenance warranty. The price is approx 50€.
SOS ROAD connected
We’re looking at a V16 light with geolocation that was Designed to DGT specifications. It has successfully passed the demanding certification process and has carefully complied with all the provisions of Royal Decree 2822/1998. It has a strong light that allows us to Can be seen 1 km away by other drivers and thus avoids being run over and accidents.
Its light is sent and placed from inside the vehicle, avoiding the risk of being run over. Besides, his compact and portable design allows transport and use on any motorcycle. The device has 12 years free data service from Orange from 2026. If you buy it now you get free data until 2038. The price is usually in 50€.
FLASH LED SOS
This is a beacon that meets the specifications required by the DGT. It has a wide field of vision 360 degrees yy, its range extends up to one kilometer. It also has connectivity to the DGT 3.0 platform included and until 2038 without additional costs. It is also important to include protective measures IP54 It is both dust and water resistant and ensures operation at temperatures between −10ºC and 50ºC.
This beacon anonymously reports the location of our vehicle. It has a SIM card and access to the NB-loT network with Telefónica Tech. Connectivity The implementation takes place without subscriptions or additional costs. Thanks to its magnetic fastening system, it remains attached to the vehicle roof even in strong air currents. The price is approx 64€.
As we have seen, we have a whole range of V16 beacons. These devices can be used as a replacement for the warning triangle from 2021. There are two variants: the “connected” devices with GPS geolocation, which will be mandatory from 2026, and the “non-connected”, cheaper devices, usable from today until December 31, 2025.
If we want to be proactive and go for an emergency light with a connection, we would go for the beacon SOS ROAD connected. However, if we don’t mind spending a little less in exchange for a shorter period of use, we go for the model iWotto E-light, offline, and the price is usually around €11.