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Wed Apr 19, 2017
Tri-Lynx Corporation is about to release a new cordless, LED light to the RV market that the company officials say is going to be the king of versatility.
The new light, called the Lynx Work Rite Lite was introduced to distributors and dealers within the last couple of months and will be hitting the market over the next few weeks.
Tri-Lynx Product and Marketing Manager Lance Bubalo says the company has continuously improved its lights and this product is the seventh light to hit the market.
“Tri-Lynx is always about designing with the user in mind,” Bubalo says. “We are always trying to improve the features. The trademark of most of the lights that we have is trying to make them as bright as possible, to stand out while using the products. We made this cordless, so the market conditions for this can be for anybody with any emergency need, whether it’s home use, RV use, camping.”
The Lynx Work Rite Lite was developed with the RV and automotive owner in mind, but it is designed to be versatile and can be applied to a wide variety of situations and applications.
While the light hasn’t reached the consumer market yet, Bubalo says the industry response has been positive and one of the largest businesses in the industry has already signed on to distribute the product.
“So far, distribution has been very favorable,” he says. “There are a lot of early orders. Just from the shows, there has been a great response. We’re starting a social media awareness campaign for consumers and that’s going extremely well.”
The product is being marketed on a six-unit Point of Purchase display, with the suggested MSRP of $34.95. Keystone Automotive Operations has signed on to distribute the product, Bubalo says, while others have put in orders as well.
Bubalo says the light has some potential on the OE side as well, but while there could be applications for that side of the industry, the light is currently being marketed only to the aftermarket, but the chance to move in to the other side is always a possibility.
“We’re always open for OE interest. If people are interested in the OEM market, we could see how putting this in at the front level of production could be beneficial,” Bubalo says. “However, this one is a more versatile light that won’t necessarily fit the original equipment. It can be an essential emergency need for everyone. Could it be essential at the OEM? Probably. It’s creative and it solves problems.”
The light is rated at 450 lumens, or the light measurement that is equal to the amount of light emitted per second from the specified number of candles.
Most LED lights will measure in the range of 250-300 lumens, Bubalo says. With this light rated at 450 lumens, it exceeds standard expectations. Additionally, there is no bar cover over the lights that is included on some in the industry that would cast shadows over the area intended to light up, giving a nicer glow to the area, Bubalo says.
The lights come with 4 AA batteries and uses only 5 watts. It is mounted through a strong magnet that is designed to attach to metal without any problems. Two brightness settings are included on the lights and the handling is designed to be safer, because there is no glass or bulb that could break and it is cool to the touch, even while in use.
“It’s something very handy that the RVer can use,” Bubalo says. “One of our slogans for Lynx Lites is ‘Bright where you need it.’ We’ve always emphasized the point that we make sure things are extremely bright so they can use it in multiple practical situations.”
For more information, visit http://trilynx.com/lynx-lites-home-page/.