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High-performance LED headlamps available on Freightliner Cascadia

Truck-Lite’s LED forward-lighting headlamps offer improved driver visibility through its more natural light spectrum, leading to improved object recognition at night and increased daytime visibility, Freightliner officials said. (Courtesy: FREIGHTLINER)

The Trucker News Services

1/21/2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner Trucks has announced the availability of high-performance LED headlamps custom-engineered for the Freightliner Cascadia by Truck-Lite Co.

The new headlamps will also be available as an aftermarket retrofit option from Freightliner dealers across North America.

 “We’re proud to add Truck-Lite LED headlamps to the Freightliner aftermarket parts offering,” said Todd Biggs, director, aftermarket parts and service marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “The new LED technology delivers lighting performance far and above the traditional halogen systems currently in use on most heavy-duty trucks.”

The new Truck-Lite LED headlamps were initially developed for military use and offer increased durability, visibility and safety to the heavy-duty truck platform.

Manufactured in the U.S., Truck-Lite’s forward-lighting technology has been proven on vehicles serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2007, Freightliner officials said.

“The overwhelmingly positive response to our LED forward-lighting products from military and light-duty operators opened the door to the heavy-duty commercial transportation sector and this new partnership,” Brian Kupchella, Truck-Lite president, said. We’re looking forward to providing Freightliner’s customers with the highest performing visibility systems available on the market.”

For trucks other than the Freightliner Cascadia, easy-to-install aftermarket retrofit options include traditional 7-inch round and 5-inch by 7-inch alternatives.

Truck-Lite’s LED forward-lighting headlamps offer improved driver visibility through its more natural light spectrum, leading to improved object recognition at night and increased daytime visibility, Biggs said, adding that the beam pattern also reduces eye-strain for drivers and reduces harsh headlight glare to oncoming traffic.

An additional benefit is a significant reduction in amperage draw on the vehicles electrical system, freeing up power for other uses and resulting in a 50-times longer lighting system life than conventional halogen technology, according to Freightliner.

To find a Freightliner dealer, visit www.FreightlinerTrucks.com.

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