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Truck-Lite Installs First High-visibility LED Headlights on Freightliners

April 20, 2013 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment, Safety

Truck-Lite is now offering what it calls the world’s first custom LED headlights for the heavy-duty trucking market on Freightliner’s Cascadia model. The custom headlight is available as an aftermarket retrofit option from Freightliner dealers across North America. The company says its mission is to develop new custom headlight options suitable for other Class 8 truck models.

Truck-Lite describes this new LED technology as delivering illumination that is far and above the traditional halogen systems, adding increased visibility and safety. In addition, the company says the lamp’s proven durability provides a significant cost-savings from a maintenance standpoint.

Truck-Lite’s LED headlights improve 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. There 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.

Initially developed for military use, the new Truck-Lite LED headlights are manufactured in the USA. Truck-Lite’s forward lighting technology has been proven on vehicles serving in the Iraqi and Afghan theaters since 2007. As a result, field testing in extreme weather and environmental conditions substantiate the lamp’s ability to far outlast today’s halogen option.