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LED Truck Lighting vs. Incandescent Truck Lighting

leds1The lights on trucks and work vehicles take a lot of abuse.  They are exposed to the elements and are subject to heavy vibration from bad roads.  It’s not unusual for truck lights to crack and break or for the lights to burn out.  The adoption of LED truck lights can help to significantly reduce these causes of light failure.  Incandescent truck lighting is quickly becoming a thing of the past and is being replaced by far more efficient LED truck lights.

LEDs draw about 1/10 the power of standard lighting which means less fuel burned and less draw on the electrical system.  Incandescent lights waste 95% of their current draw generating heat, whereas LEDs generate very little heat.

One of the factors leading to LEDs growing popularity is their long life.  LEDs last about 10 times as long as incandescent bulbs with a 100,000 hour rated life (or about 10 years).  This is because they run much cooler, do not fail due to heat buildup and are less susceptible to vibration.

LED Lights are going to cost you more initially than incandescent lighting.  However the 10 year warranty along with lower maintenance, repair and replacement can make this investment well worth it.  Not to mention the long list of performance benefits of LED truck lights.

 LED truck lights can also improve safety out on the road. According to an E-Roadstar article by Bette  Garber published in 2006, Incandescent lights take 2/10 of a second to reach 95% of full brightness.  LEDs produce 100% brightness instantly.  A vehicle following a truck with LED lights will see the brakes come on 2/10 of a second faster and so can respond that much faster, equating to 18-20 feet improved stopping distance.  LED truck lights also produce a more intense light than incandescent lamps, making your truck more noticeable to other motorists.

Owner-operators have been some of the quickest adapters to LED lights because they can trick their truck out with a lot of lights while still maintaining a low current draw.  One of the hot new products in LED Lighting is white/colorless LED cargo lights to light interior spaces.  We gave a couple to a local repairman who installed them in his work vehicle.  Here is what he had to say:  “These lights are so bright and provide such thorough light I even use them during the day. All this while not having to worry about running my battery dead. “

At PartsSystems we offer a full range of Maxxima LED truck lights for all your needs, from Stop/Tail/Turn Lighting to Clearance lights, to work lights and interior lighting.  Give us a call if you have any questions about your LED lighting application.