All About Truck & Trailer Lights
Why Should I Be Using LEDs On My Truck Or Trailer?
Switching to LEDs over traditional incandescent bulbs provides a number of benefits to your truck and trailer. Everything from reductions in maintainence cost, to improvements in fuel efficiency, and durability.
Technology & Terms
LED (Light Emmitting Diode)
IP Rating (Ingress Protection)
Measures how much the total lumens sent into that component come out of it, through the optical surfaces. The higher the rating the greater the amount of light being broadcast. (See Raw vs. Effective Lumens)
LED Watts vs. Power Consumption
LED Instant-On = Increased Safety
For the trailing vehicle, the 200 milliseconds faster illumination of LEDs over incandescent bulbs, means a braking distance response increase of an additional 19.1 feet, which is equal to a full car length of extra stopping distance at 65 MPH.
LED Shock Resistance = Durability
Every element of an incandescent bulb is fragile, from the thin glass housing, to the wire filament. Even a small amount of shock or vibration can compromise the filament, and even break the glass, exposing the internal components to environmental conditions, which ultimately leads to failure.
LED’s do not respond to changes in pressure, vibration, shock, or power surges the same way that incandescent bulbs do. LED lamps are filled with an epoxy compound that encapsulates the internal components, keeping them from moving, and provide stability during sudden shock, or impact. The sonically sealed polycarbonate lens and housings protect the LEDs from road and weather conditions, while providing increased impact resistance over glass or acrylics.
Fully Potted Components Provide Ultimate Protection
LED Efficiency = Fuel Savings
Incandescent vehicle lighting, while suitable, is very inefficient. It draws a lot of power from the engines electrical system, requiring the engine to work harder, which increases fuel consumption.
A vehicle equipped with all LED lighting, uses 65% less power than the same vehicle equipped with incandescent bulbs. The lower amp draw not only improves fuel efficiency, but helps to extend the life of the battery and charging system.
It requires 12 LED S/T/T to equal the current draw of 1 incandescent S/T/T
The Real Cost of Replacement
|Lamp Cost (based on avg retail price)||$1.50||$24.95||$24.95|
|Labor (based on $45/hr)||$11.25||$11.25||$22.50|
|Downtime (based on $60/hr)||$30.00||$11.25||$45.00|
|Life Expectancy (hrs)||1,200||50,000||100,000|
|Replacement over 100,000 hrs||55x||2x||0x|
Less Maintenance = Big Savings
Super Bright LEDs, Inc. warrants that products carrying a Lifetime Warranty will be free from defects in the material and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. If an LED or other internal component fails, return the product to Super Bright LEDs, Inc. for inspection. If, after inspection, Super Bright LEDs verifies that the defect was not caused by negligence, abuse, unauthorized repair or disassembly, we will replace the product with the same product. In the case the exact product is no longer available, a product of equal value may be substituted.