Optronics International announced Tuesday it plans to reveal a family of 4 in. round LED stop, tail, turn and back-up lamps for the first time next month. Each of the lamps uses Optronics patent-pending Light Guide technology, a remarkably new method of transferring light, which is unique in the way it works, and in the way it looks, the company says.
Using a technique that is similar to fiber optic design, Optronics says Light Guide technology precisely channels LED light to create shapes and patterns that were previously unachievable in commercial vehicle lighting. With this introduction of a family of four-inch round LED stop, tail, turn and back-up lamps, Optronics is continuing to meet the trend toward automotive-style lighting for commercial applications.
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, the company adds.
“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,” says Brett Johnson, president and CEO of Optronics International. “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.”
Optronics says the new 4 in. 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 new lamps are targeting the heavy-duty trailer, light-duty trailer, RV, transit and marine markets that Optronics currently serves. The new Light Guide backup and supplemental tail lamp part numbers are BUL602CRB and BUL603CRB. New Light Guide LED stop, tail and turn part numbers include STL602RB and STL603RB with red lenses. The part numbers for the new Light Guide LED backup lamp with clear lenses are BUL602CB and BUL603CB.
The company says 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. Like all new and many older models of Optronics lighting, 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, the company says 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.