Optronics International, America’s largest offshore vehicle lighting manufacturer, announced that its newest generation of GloLight LED stop, tail, turn lamps will be more advanced, while costing significantly less than the original GloLight products it introduced in 2012. Optronics was able to drive material and manufacturing cost out of its new product by rethinking its internal design.
The new lamp’s most unique feature, its circuit board, is not visible to the casual observer. Industrial designers at Optronics reduced the size of the lamp’s printed circuit board by 50% by reengineering it to incorporate LEDs on both its front and back surfaces. LEDs on one side directly form the lamp’s illuminated central array, while LEDs on the opposite side use special reflective optics that further enhance the smooth, glowing outer band that gives GloLight lamps their signature look.
“Even though they glow more smoothly now, the most obvious difference between the original GloLight and our new GloLight Gen II lamp is the cost reduction,” Brett Johnson, President and CEO of Optronics International, says. “This new product exemplifies our commitment to both continuous product improvement and price competitiveness.”
The GloLight Gen II lamps meet all FMVSS 108 and SAE photometric requirements for visibility and safety. The lamp’s electronics use solid-state, surface-mount device (SMD) construction that protects them against moisture, shock and vibration. All GloLight Gen II lamps use highly durable polycarbonate lenses and housings that are sonically sealed.
In designing the GloLight Gen II lamp, Optronics set out to deliver more for less. With their unique appearance, advanced technology and lifetime warranty, the ultra-high-style GloLight lamps compete toe to toe with other premium LED stop, tail, turn lamps on the market, but are now priced comparably to lower-echelon LED lamps.
“Optronics’ new GloLight Gen II lamp gives fleets and owner-operators alike the opportunity to own a top-quality LED lamp at an entry-level LED lamp price,” Britt Lancaster, Vice President Product Management & Replenishment for TruckPro, LLC, says. “Optronics continues to give our customers more choices and access to advanced, high-quality LED vehicle lighting technology."
The new GloLight lamps are available in 4-inch round and 6-inch oval flange-mount and grommet-mount versions and will begin shipping on or about August 1, 2014. The lamps are available with standard PL-3 and weather tight termination options and can use existing harness connections for installation, flexibility and retrofitting.
“The original GloLight stop, tail, turn lamps have been a very big seller for us since its introduction in 2012,” Ron Brandt, Director of Sales for Penn Commercial Vehicle Solutions, says. “With an even more refined look and the price reduction associated with the new GloLight Gen II lamps, I predict a renewed surge in interest and sales.”
The GloLight Gen II stop, tail, turn lamps are designed for applications in the heavy-duty trailer, light-duty trailer, RV, transit and marine markets that Optronics currently serves. Product information is available and may be obtained by contacting Optronics or members of its North American distribution network.