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Tue Nov 7, 2017
TULSA, Okla. – Optronics International, a leading manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, unveiled a family of four-inch round LED stop, tail, turn and backup lamps for the first time at the 2017 AAPEX Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each of the lamps uses Optronics patent-pending Light Guide technology, a method of transferring light, which the company says is unique in the way it works, and in the way it looks.
Light Guide technology uses a technique is similar to fiber optic design, which precisely channels LED light to create shapes and patterns that OPtornics says was previously unachievable in commercial vehicle lighting. The technology is used in the introduction of a family of four-inch round LED stop, tail, turn and back-up lamps.
The distinctive new 12-diode lamps have a smoothly lit horizontal, x-shaped feature in the center of the lens, surrounded by a more traditional LED pattern. The repetition of the x-shaped style element across a vehicle's stop, tail, turn and back-up lamps creates a unique, standout look, Optronics says.
"The expansion of our Light Guide technology continues to change the game by disrupting preconceived notions about what commercial vehicle lighting has to look like," Brett Johnson, president and CEO of Optronics International, said. "Lighting components are among the most visible aspects of a vehicle, and with Light Guide lamps, design engineers can use that visibility to significantly enhance a vehicle's signature look and feel."
The technology also allows the design engineers of original equipment manufacturers to think outside the box, and to pursue their own lighting visions. The flexibility of Light Guide technology allows symbols, text and logos to all be potential design features that can be incorporated into future lamps.
"With the introduction of our new four-inch round LED stop, tail, turn and back-up lamps, we're providing the industry with yet another tool to bring style and distinction to vehicles," Marcus Hester, vice president of sales and marketing for Optronics International, said. "These lamps are not for everyone, but they are for those who understand how important the lighting equation is to branding, marketing and product perception."
New four-inch round LED stop, tail, turn and backup lamps with Light Guide technology will come in flange-mount and grommet-mount versions and are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2018. The lamps can be purchased with standard PL-3 or Weather Tight terminations, allowing them to connect to existing harness systems for easy retrofitting.
The lamps meet all FMVSS 108 photometric requirements for visibility and safety. Lenses and housings are made of tough polycarbonate material that is sonically welded. The new lamps will employ a solid-state, surface-mount device (SMD) design that protects their electronics against moisture, shock and vibration. Like all LED products from Optronics, lamps with Light Guide technology will come with a no-hassle, one-diode lifetime warranty protection that will replace the lamp if even one diode fails.
Vehicle and trailer manufacturers interested in a demonstration of Light Guide technology may contact Optronics directly by calling (800) 364-5483.