Truck-Lite used the recent Mid-America Trucking Show to showcase what it calls the world’s first custom LED headlights for the truck market. These high-performance, custom-engineered LED headlights are said to offer superior night-time visibility and enhanced safety for heavy trucks.
The first such headlight is designed for the Freightliner Cascadia model, now available as an aftermarket retrofit option from Freightliner dealers. Truck-Lite says its mission is to develop new custom headlight options suitable for other truck brands.
This new LED technology delivers lighting performance “far and above the traditional halogen systems,” the company says, adding that the lamp’s proven durability also provides a significant cost-savings from a maintenance standpoint.
The new Truck-Lite LED headlights were initially developed for military use and have been used on vehicles serving in the Iraqi and Afghan theaters since 2007.
The headlights are said to offer improved driver vision through their more natural light, leading to improved object recognition at night and increased daytime visibility. The beam pattern is also claimed to reduce eye-strain for drivers and reduce harsh headlight glare to oncoming traffic. An additional benefit is a significant reduction in amperage draw on the vehicle’s electrical system, freeing up power for other uses and resulting in a 50-times longer lighting system life than conventional halogen technology, says the company.
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