Penske Truck Leasing announced it will make Truck-Lite custom LED headlights its standard spec on the Freightliner Cascadia tractors it offers for full-service lease.
"These headlights provide exceptional nighttime visibility as compared to other headlights that we have tested," said Art Vallely, Penske Truck Leasing executive vice president of operations. "We believe that these LED headlights provide the driver with enhanced safety through greater reaction time and reduced driver fatigue. The driver acceptance by our customers has been overwhelmingly positive."
Last November, Penske announced that 5,000 of its 2012 and 2013 semi-tractors currently within its commercial truck rental fleet would be retrofitted with these LED lights, and that they would be core standard specifications for all the semi-tractors in its commercial truck rental fleet.
The Truck-Lite LED headlamps were initially developed for military use and offer increased durability, visibility and safety. Manufactured in the U.S., Truck-Lite's forward-lighting technology is battlefield tough and tested on vehicles serving in the Iraqi and Afghan theaters since 2007.
Bob Ives, Truck-Lite executive vice president of business development said, "Our new commercial heavy duty LED technology delivers lighting performance far and above the traditional halogen systems, adding increased visibility and safety. The lamp's proven durability also provides significant cost savings from a maintenance standpoint."
Truck-Lite's LED forward-lighting headlamps offer improved driver visibility through its more natural light spectrum, 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.