LED IS A TECH­NOL­OGY THAT IS STILL EVOLV­ING AND GROW­ING IN POP­U­LAR­ITY

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JUST HOW POP­U­LAR?

LED tech­nol­ogy may have evolved to fill a pocket left open by halo­gen and HID tech­nol­ogy, but does this trans­late to higher sales?

“Here at Light­force, we’ve found that our hy­brid HTX, with the com­bi­na­tion of both HID and LED tech­nol­ogy, sells the best,” Gamtch­eff told us. “Whilst the pop­u­lar­ity of LED is def­i­nitely in­creas­ing, halo­gen and es­pe­cially HID still have a strong mar­ket share.

“Halo­gen lights are com­pet­i­tively priced and re­tain a warmer colour tem­per­a­ture of about 3300 Kelvin, which some driv­ers pre­fer. HID lights will al­ways pro­duce the long­est beams (over 1 lux at 2km with a Light­force XGT), which some driv­ers value. LED, how­ever, seems to be fill­ing a gap in the mar­ket – whether it be a flood beam for broad close-range light­ing, or a driv­ing beam for for­ward light­ing, LED is a tech­nol­ogy that is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity.”

Great Whites’ Steve Mitchell told us that since the in­tro­duc­tion of its first LED driv­ing lights in March, 2012, the sales of HID and halo­gen lights have seen a steady de­cline in Aus­tralia. “This ef­fect can be seen across the board from truck­ing and four-wheel drive ap­pli­ca­tions, to work lights in the min­ing and in­dus­trial sec­tors,” he said.

Brett Tun­ley at Ul­tra Vi­sion reck­ons, across the in­dus­try, HID and halo­gen sales have dropped 40 per cent per year for the past three years. “This seems to have lev­elled off now, but over­all the mar­ket has ex­panded with many peo­ple buy­ing light bars for smaller ve­hi­cles that would never have run halo­gens,” he told us. DIY

ALL of the man­u­fac­tur­ers agreed that fit­ting a set of lights is a pretty straight­for­ward af­fair for those handy with tools, but it’s rec­om­mended that the av­er­age punter get the LEDS fit­ted by a qual­i­fied auto elec­tri­cian – es­pe­cially when it comes to the wiring.

“The fit­ment of the phys­i­cal lights them­selves is def­i­nitely some­thing the end user can do with­out the need for an ex­pert fit­ter,” Narva Aus­tralia’s Jo Banks said. “The wiring up of LED lights is no harder than other lights. Many lead­ing light­ing com­pa­nies sup­ply a range of Plug and Play Wiring Har­ness which makes the job nice and easy. We sup­ply premium qual­ity har­nesses that are tagged for easy in­stal­la­tion, A goes to B etc.”

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