Truck accessories: Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a provider of heavy-duty lighting, mirror, telematics and visibility systems, has added the ROADMAX™ headlight system to its line of custom LED headlight products. The first-ever custom LED headlight system for the medium-duty market is now available as a factory-installed option on new Freightliner M2 models 106 and 112 and the Thomas Built C2 bus as well as for retrofit on previous generations.
The ROADMAX LED headlight system builds on Truck-Lite's trusted history of producing high-quality, long-lasting safety and visibility products. Truck-Lite developed the technology that was used for custom headlights in Class 8 trucks and adapted it for short-haul applications.
"Truck-Lite brought the first LED headlights to market in 2007, followed by the first custom LED headlight system for heavy-duty truck platforms," said Paul Sniegocki, vice president of research and development for Truck-Lite. "We're proud to continue this tradition by expanding into the medium-duty market."
Truck-Lite's LED headlights offer improved driver visibility by utilizing a state-of-the-art beam pattern and producing a color temperature identical to that of sunlight, leading to enhanced object recognition at night and increased visibility by day. In addition to reducing eyestrain for drivers, Truck-Lite's LED beam pattern increases reach while reducing potential glare to oncoming traffic. Coupled with Truck-Lite's exclusive Diamond Shell 2.0™ lens coating, the hazing and crazing that plague typical headlight lenses are virtually nonexistent. Eliminating the need for buffing and polishing can ultimately boost a fleet's bottom line over the life of the truck.
The ROADMAX system is rated for 30,000 hours compared to a typical halogen system's rating of 1,000 hours. Light output of a halogen bulb can decrease by as much as 25% in the first 100 hours of use while ROADMAX LED headlights may experience only a 7% drop in output over 25,000 hours. Finally, the ROADMAX system exerts far less draw on a vehicle's electrical system, freeing up power for other energy-hungry devices that a crucial for a fleet's success.
"Our mission is to innovate and manufacture the very best lighting systems to enhance our customers' safety," said Mark Hurley, Truck-Lite's global OEM sales director for truck and military. "We continue to strengthen our forward-lighting portfolio while offering these benefits to an even broader market."