Truck-Lite, a known leader in heavy-duty lighting innovations, announced it will showcase the world's first custom LED headlights for the truck market at the Mid-America Trucking show, March 21-23, 2013 in Louisville, KY. Located at booth #24070, the high-performance, custom-engineered LED headlights offer superior nighttime visibility and enhanced safety for Class 8 trucks.
"Our strategic mission to innovate and manufacture the best lighting to increase our customer's safety, coupled with our cutting-edge optics design software has enabled us to grow and strengthen our forward lighting portfolio," said Brian Kupchella, Truck-Lite president. "Our new LED technology delivers lighting performance far and above the traditional halogen systems, adding increased visibility and safety. 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 offer increased durability, visibility and safety. Manufactured in the USA, Truck-Lite's forward lighting technology has been proven on vehicles serving in the Iraqi and Afghan theaters since 2007.
Truck-Lite's LED headlights offer improved driver visibility through its more natural light, leading to improved object recognition at night and increased daytime visibility. Truck-Lite's LED beam pattern also reduces eye-strain for drivers and reduces 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. Vigorous field testing, subject to extreme weather and environmental wear, substantiated the lamps ability to far outlast today's halogen option.
Beth English, Truck-Lite VP of Marketing stated, "The overwhelmingly positive response to our LED forward lighting products has opened the door to the heavy-duty commercial transportation sector. Our goal is to provide customers with the highest performing visibility systems available on the market."
Truck-Lite's current custom headlight is designed for the Freightliner Cascadia model, available as an aftermarket retrofit option from Freightliner dealers across North America. Due to the need for overall increased safety for additional Class 8 truck platforms, Truck-Lite's mission is to develop new custom headlight options suitable for other models.
5,000 rental semi-tractors making the transition.
LEDs to be standard on their Freightliner Cascadia tractors.