We are in the midst of a truck lighting revolution in the automotive industry that started with the proliferation of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). More dramatic lighting innovations are fast emerging, such as laser diodes, organic LEDs, and dynamic bending light headlamps. Historically, new automotive technologies have always first manifested themselves in luxury brands, then migrated downward to lower trim level models and non-retail customers such as the vocational work truck market.
Truck lighting is an important productivity and safety feature in the vocational fleet market. Think about it; a work truck may be equipped with the latest auxiliary equipment, but the value of these assets is diminished if they cannot be used productively in a safe, well-lit work environment. Traditional lighting options in vocational trucks are incandescent and halogen lights, along with high-intensity discharge (HID) xenon lamps. However, during the past decade, there has been an ongoing migration away from traditional 12-volt incandescent lights to LED truck lighting in upfit packages because they are less expensive, have a 10-year lifespan, draw a smaller electric draw to consume less energy, produce increased lumens for greater luminosity, and are almost maintenance-free. When wired directly into the vehicle’s electrical system, LED truck lighting options can be rated for 100,000 hours, far surpassing the 25,000-hour rating for incandescent lights.
On a total lifecycle cost basis, LED truck lighting is extremely cost-effective. For instance, a four-inch round stop lamp with an incandescent bulb uses about 2.1 amps to meet lighting requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108, while LEDs meet the same requirements with only 0.5 amps. When first introduced, LEDs produced fewer than 5 lumens per watt, requiring many diodes. However, output is now about 70 lumens and projected to reach 180 to 200 by 2020, according to the Department of Energy.
The upfitting industry is expanding the palette of LED truck lighting options for vocational trucks by finding more and more places to use LEDs in truck upfits. It is increasingly common to find truck caps and tonneau covers equipped with LED lighting, or in dome lamps to illuminate the interior of truck cabs, or mounted inside a toolbox to illuminate interior contents. From a driver perspective, an LED light mounted inside the truck interior provides the needed lumens to allow workers to perform close-up detail work, such as paperwork, without the need to hold a flashlight for additional illumination. In addition, LEDs are rapidly proliferating into other segments of the fleet market. For instance, approximately two-thirds of all new trailers are now equipped with LED lighting. Similarly, a growing number of OEMs are making LEDs standard equipment or going with all-LED headlamps.
ECCO is committed to continuous improvement in their operations, and consistently delivering the highest quality warning products. All ECCO products undergo rigorous electronic, particle ingress and vibration/shock testing. Several of their back-up alarms are so robust they carry a “life of the vehicle” warranty and many of our LED products have 5 year warranties.
Applicable standards are dependant upon customer requests, market requirements and legislation, and may include some or all of the following.
- SAE J845. J994, J1318
- Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
- California Title 13
- ECE Regulation 65
- Directive 95/54/EC
- Directive 89/336/EEC
- IP Rating
ECCO demonstrates its dedication to quality, customers and a desire to continuously improve efficiency by maintaining ISO9001 certification. Their objective is total customer satisfaction by providing quality products, competitively priced, delivered on time with full technical support.
Whelen designs and manufactures reliable and powerful warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers, and high-powered warning systems for Automotive, Aviation, and Mass Notification industries worldwide. Whelen has the largest design staff in the industry and over 1,500 employees, all dedicated to producing products that people count on when lives are on the line. Every part of every Whelen product is proudly designed and manufactured in America and is tested on-site to meet the toughest industry certifications. All Whelen products are proven in the harshest environments, to make sure everyone goes home at night.
On the road, in the air, and around the world, Whelen is trusted to be seen, trusted to be heard, trusted to perform.
FRC - Fire Research Co
Founded in 1968, Fire Research Corporation (FRC) has been manufacturing innovative products designed for the Fire and Safety Industry for over four decades. Safety equipment, controls, instrument displays, scene lights, and station accessories are shipped to truck builders, dealers, and fire departments throughout the world. Whether it is used at the scene during operations, for training, or in the station house, each product is specifically designed to promote a safer working environment.
Dedicated to innovation and excellence, pride goes into every part assembled. A highly trained and knowledgeable professional staff make sure that strict standards are met for every product. Only then does the FRC name go onto it, because only then will it meet your total satisfaction.
In the summer of 1994 Jerry Gohl boarded a plane bound for his home state of Nebraska, and in the cargo hold of that 747 sat 18 Golight, model 5149s. Those 18 lights were the first ever Golights produced, but they represented more than a first production run, they carried with them the fate of a fledgling company. In December of 1992 the idea for a remote controlled spotlight was spawned. Jerry parlayed a connection with a design engineer, Al Gebhard, into engineering drawings and eventually a prototype and by late 1993 tooling had been completed. With 18 lights in tow, Jerry set about explaining to buyers across the country what they had been missing prior to the Golight. The task was vast as was the implication; 5000 additional Golights were being manufactured and they needed shelf space.
Since then, Golight has set the industry standard in remote controlled lighting. Their lights are in service around the world; lighting the way for everything from MATVs in Afghanistan to snow plows in Alaska. Over the course of the 2+ decades that Golight has been in existence, numerous updates have been made to the original Golight, new technologies have been utilized and new models have been added to the line. However, the commitment to quality and durability that Jerry demanded of his first 18 lights has remained unchanged.
Truck-Lite’s market leadership is born from its deep commitment to research and development; they’ve revolutionized lighting and LED technology for commercial vehicles, introducing many industry firsts and innovations. Truck-Lite’s commitment to innovation includes over 135 engineers and a portfolio of over 250 patents worldwide. As lighting becomes more integrated into the full vehicle electronic system, Truck-Lite’s ability to program software, design and print circuit boards and manufacture in-house is a unique advantage.
When it comes to research and development, Truck-Lite is second to none. Their combination of in-house engineers and industry-leading technology allows us to bring new products to market faster than our competitors. New products that are designed to work hard and keep drivers safer on the road.
Inside Truck-Lite’s fully equipped environmental testing laboratories located in North America and Europe, they put their products through rigorous testing. Truck-Lite products are subject to extreme temperatures, harsh chemicals, real-world elements and much more to ensure top-of-the-line quality and performance.
Federal Signal Co
Since their first outdoor siren in 1917 to their first police car beacon in 1948, Federal Signal Co never stopped seeking better ways to improve safety and reduce risk for their customers. Today, a combination of product innovation, expertise, and a commitment to deliver superior service and support is what they work towards to make them unique.
Federal Signal Co’s global reach and commitment to safety and security is what drives their innovative spirit. The experience of their product design teams, engineers, customer and technical support staff makes them a trusted partner around the world. FedSig’s mission is to be a world leader in innovative products and solutions to keep workers, first responders and our communities safe and secure.
“We operate with the highest principles and deliver results through customer focus, innovation, continuous improvement, teamwork and investing in our people.”
North American Signal Co
At North American Signal Company, they’re dedicated to the pursuit of perfecting LED, Strobe, and Revolving Light technologies. For over 50 years, they’ve manufactured highly reliable and extremely efficient light warning systems.
NASC continues to seek out quality distribution through traditional markets as well as striving to serve those niche customers who can take advantage of their “hands on” approach to customer care and service. The company goals and business principles that began over 40 years ago with Julius Neiman haven’t changed. They look forward to continuing to set the market trend for warning lights and traffic control systems well into the twenty-first century and to make their customers’ experiences good ones.