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November 20, 2016

LED Lights: Better for Health and Safety

LED lights have been around for 30 years, but recent improvements have made them affordable and practical for wider application. You may have heard that LED bulbs last longer and use less energy than conventional bulbs.  Increasingly, industry professionals also recommend LED technology because of its health and safety benefits.

How do LED lights improve health and safety for drivers?

  • LEDs are completely different from conventional lightbulbs with burning filaments. These mini-circuits do not burn anything to produce light, which means they operate at lower, safer temperatures.  These lower temperatures make them safer to handle during installation and operation.
  • Warmer, yellow light from conventional bulbs contributes to driver fatigue. Because LED light is a natural white, the brain perceives it as sunlight, which increases alertness. 
  • LED headlights improve visibility in several ways. Because they illuminate a longer distance and a wider path, drivers can see obstacles sooner and have time to avoid them.  LED lights are also better at illuminating colors, which means obstacles (like deer) stand out from the background and are easier for drivers to see.
  • LEDs last 10 times longer than conventional light bulbs, and they are better able to withstand vibration and shock better than conventional bulbs.  This means warning, signaling, and indicator lights consistently work as designed with fewer burned-out bulbs. When lights work properly, drivers are safer.
  • LEDs work with new technology like the Light-Out Detection System.  This system continuously monitors trailer lights and instantly informs the driver if one stops working. The system also simplifies pre-trip inspections by cycling through light circuits automatically. This new technology can have a huge impact on driver safety, but it does not work with conventional lighting systems. 

LEDs are worth the investment not only for their longevity and energy efficiency. They improve driver health and safety.  Making the switch to LED systems allows you to keep your drivers healthier and safer, and makes it possible to take advantage of new technology.

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