Grote Industries is set to deliver a “superior” LED forward lamp in the coming months, like that used in a massive 6000-lumen lighting array that competed in the brutal Baja 1000 off-road race.

The development of an auxiliary off-road driving lamp created for last fall’s Baja 1000 race was a groundbreaker. The company crafted three, 2000-lumen, blazing-white LED lamps and installed them on a race team’s truck. Never before had more LED lighting horsepower been bolted to any vehicle, the company says, adding that they did a better job of slicing through the dust than the truck’s overhead incandescent lights. They also outlasted the vehicle itself.

Equally significant, the crew was able to demand the most from the lights in part because Grote found a way to dissipate the lamps’ internal heat without resorting to primitive technology, such as fans, as other manufacturers have done.

“The heavy-duty, off-highway market has been waiting for LED, forward lighting and work lamps, and Grote will deliver them in a matter of months, not years,” vice president Domenic Grote promises.

Not incidentally, the Indiana-based company recently opened a state-of-the-art electronics center in Waterloo, Ont.

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