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MATS Report: Truck-Lite introduces LED headlamp

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Truck-Lite has unveiled what it claims to be the world's first 12-volt, seven-inch round LE...


The 10-diode LED headlamp provides better visibility for drivers as well as a longer life and greater impact-resistance, Truck-Lite claims.
The 10-diode LED headlamp provides better visibility for drivers as well as a longer life and greater impact-resistance, Truck-Lite claims.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Truck-Lite has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s first 12-volt, seven-inch round LED headlamp.

 

A 24-volt design has been used by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, where it’s been known to take a bullet without going dark, Truck-Lite officials said at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

 

Brad Van Riper, senior vice-president and chief technology officer with Truck-Lite, said the 24-volt variation has saved lives, allowing soldiers to identify roadside bombs at night. The 12-volt version of the light boasts a life expectancy 50 times greater than incandescents, officials said. It’s also 30 times more impact-resistant than glass headlamps, according to the company.

 

The new LED headlamp provides a whiter, crisper light than traditional incandescents – a claim that was backed by a demonstration at a press conference here. The 10-diode lamp also meets or exceeds all DoT requirements, according to the company.

 

The new lamps cost US$350 each, or US$700 for a pair. However, company officials said the improved durability and extended life – not to mention safety benefits – will provide value, even at that price.

 


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