I received a call the other day letting me know that Grote Industries’ Trilliant Technology Tour would be in my area and asking if I’d to attend. I figured what the heck. I’m always game for an opportunity to get out of the office. The tour consists of a custom-designed vehicle with an inflatable mobile theater, multi-media experience, mobile work lamp comparison platform and lamps - lots of lamps. The tour is traveling around the U.S. and Canada to demonstrate the differences between Grote’s Trilliant LED WhiteLight lamps - in particular its work lamps - and other lamps. I couldn’t help but notice the tour vehicle upon arriving at the designated spot. It is a 2009 Ford E350 van and Knapheide utility body with eye-grabbing graphics and paint and a wide variety of lamps covering it. I counted 100 lamps total. The 34 exterior work lamps cover the complete line of Trilliant work lamps. I was told by Grote tour guides Paul Schumann and Thomas Koppel that the purpose of the tour is to take the company’s LED WhiteLight story to OEs, distributors, fleets and end-users in ways not possible through traditional means. I think that like most people, I often take lighting for granted. When Schumann and Koppel demonstrated the differences between the Trilliant work lamps and incandescent and fluorescent lamps, I must say, I was surprised, and impressed. It’s one thing to hear the sales pitch that Grote’s advanced, warm, “ergonomic” LED WhiteLights are engineered to reduce stress and provide optimum viewing comfort. It is quite another to actually experience it up close and personal. With lighting, there is a difference between “brightly lit” and “optimally lit,” explained Schumann. Brightly lit mean well lighted. Optimally lit means providing visual comfort while reducing fatigue, stress and visual errors, plus optimizing the lighting conditions so those using the lighting can perform to the best of their visual abilities. The Trilliant work lamps shine brighter with lower energy requirements draw, noted the Grote tour guides. They provide a more uniform beam pattern and color evenness, with no dark spots. These lamps are also engineered for longer-pasting performance. With service ratings from 30,000 to 50,000 hours, the Trilliant work lamps reduce repair and maintenance costs. Thanks to the Grote’s most interesting Trilliant Technology Tour I know now much more about lighting. To see if the tour will be heading your way, visit: http://grote.com/TeamTrilliant/.