Ford has done it again! As committed as ever to their goal of remaining a taste-maker of the automotive industry, Ford has become the first company to start fitting Warning Strobe Lights on their vehicles. This safety feature upgrade proves that Ford is passionate about giving you -not just what you want- but also what you need.
These Warning Strobe Lights were already a fixture offered on Ford’s 2016 F-Series Super Duty and it will soon be an optional addition to the 2016 F-150 fleet. The Ford F-150 has been one of the most dependable and best-selling vehicles in the company’s long history; as well as automotive history over-all. These additional safety strobes push the F-150 right to the top spot for meeting your work vehicle needs.
Ford has always been held in the highest regard where safety and dependability are concerned. “Built Ford Tough” is their timeless slogan for a reason. Adding these strobe lights to their trucks is just another drop in the massive ocean that is Ford’s promise to never stop working to bring you the best they have to offer. Ford recognizes that you have an important job to do, and they want to keep you safe and well-lit while you do it.
When mounted on the edge of the F-150’s cab, and near the brake light on the back window, these warning strobe lights provide 180 degrees of LED illumination output. LED’s -or Light Emitting Diodes-is a two lead semiconductor light source, which emits light when it’s activated. LED lights use less energy but give off more light than their predecessors- meaning you have to replace them less often. This technology allows the lights to be seen from up to 1000 feet! This means better visibility, no matter what time of day it might be. The circle of light produced by this warning strobe light set-up is incredibly wide, giving workers more room and visibility to do their job to the best of their ability.
Never resting on their laurels, Ford has been working to improve the F-150 with every passing year and iteration. They already lowered the weight of the F-150 by 700lbs when they switched to a military-grade aluminum alloy frame. This lightness of frame allows the F-150 to be one of the most agile light-duty pickup trucks on the market currently. This means not only better handling, but also improved gas mileage.
Light in weight, this vehicle still manages to pack quite the punch, seeing as it can haul and tow more than any other half-ton truck out there. Safety is of the utmost importance to the engineers over at Ford-and they are confident in the F-Series as a fleet vehicle. The F-150 was honored with several awards in 2016 including:
Worried that all this quality comes at a price? Fear not! According to industry information, the 2016 F-150 has the lowest cost-to-own in its class. That’s right; it beat out Dodge, Chevy, and Toyota. If you’re in the market for a light-duty pickup truck-even if you’re working with budgetary constraints- the Ford F-150 is -hands down- the best option for safety, durability, and affordability.
In fact, Ford out performed the Dodge Ram, the Chevy Silverado, and the Toyota Tundra in safety tests last year. The F-150 rarely dips below four stars on its safety ratings. Putting Ford that much more over-the-top are these new LED strobe light upgrades, which are soon sure to be mimicked by competitors just trying to keep up.
Warning strobe lights are often used by municipality crews and utility road construction to warn motorists that a worker is present and that work is being done in the area. But, this safety feature can prove just as useful to average driving joes like you and me and, thanks to Ford, we now have the option of adding them to our automobiles.
These LED strobe lights are not an everyday driving condition type of tool, but they can prove life-saving if you have an emergency on the road, or if your vehicle should break down, especially at night. We’ve all been there. While warning strobe lights on the F-150 is a new addition to Ford’s repertoire, that does not mean that you need to purchase a new truck to experience this LED emergency lighting upgrade.
Do you already own and love a Ford F-150? Would you like to add LED warning strobe lights to your treasured vehicle in case of a breakdown or emergency? Ford has got you covered! Now it's easier than ever to add aftermarket strobe lighting to your vehicle. Check out our website to peruse our wide selection of popular grille and surface mount lights for civilian use. If you have any questions, a dedicated and informed member of our staff would be more than happy to help you find what you are looking for.
Finding the perfect spot to mount your LED Light Bar is integral to the lighting process; for the correct placement can ensure that your lights are working to their full potential. That’s important to us and we’re here to help. There are many factors to consider when deciding the right mount location(s) for your needs; intended lighting use, budget, technical abilities, and last but certainly not least- personal preference.
We’re going to do some of the work for you and list and review all of your mounting options -from least to most difficult to mount and wire- below. This will help you to make the best and most educated decision for your vehicle.
First, lets discuss the simplest LED LightBar installation location- the front bumper. Most front bumpers already have holes in them so you won’t have to purchase any additional mounting hardware or do any drilling. No muss no fuss! Even if there aren’t pre-existing holes, drilling a few into your bumper is quick, easy, and low-risk. This allows you to be in complete control of where you put your LED light bar. The front bumper is also very close in proximity to the engine compartment, so wiring should be a breeze!
Now let’s discuss the drawbacks of placing your LED light bar on the front bumper. The most important is that the light source will be coming from exactly the same direction as your stock headlights. This is not a huge deal, it simply means that you won’t be utilizing the advantage of the increased visibility that having multi-directional light sources would give you.
The lower windshield Pillar Mount is the second least difficult LED light bar mounting option. Let’s discuss some of the positives of this mounting choice. This would be a great spot to place a couple of 12" Razor Linear Mini LightBars or even two Tactical Mini LightBars. This spot ensures the better visibility that multiple mounting locations has to offer- it succeeds where the Front Bumper Mount position fails. If you’re on a budget, however, keep in mind that this location does require some extra mounting hardware, but it is relatively reasonably priced and installation is easy. It simply mounts on using your vehicle’s pre-existing holes.
Wiring from the Pillar mount may prove a little difficult and does require some drilling on your part, but it's all downhill from there. Also, if you’re worried about doing permanent damage to your vehicle-worry not- those holes can be plugged up in a jiffy using a cheap plug you can find at any hardware store.
The final option we are here to discuss is the above the windshield LED light bar mounting position.This spot provides- hands down- the best visibility as it allows you the most flexibility in angle differentiation from the headlights. Multiple angles allows other drivers on the road to see you better, which makes you all that much more safe. Another perk of this mounting location for your LED light bar is that it has room to accommodate some of our most substantial light bars. If you think bigger is better, we invite you to check out 40" Razor TIR LightBar, or the even larger and more powerful 48" Chrysler TIR LightBar, or our big honkin’ 55" Saber TIR LightBar- all of which come with a five-year warranty.
Much like the lower windshield mounting option, this one does require the purchase of some additional hardware. The wiring will also require you to do some drilling on your vehicle, but if achieving your maximum lighting potential is your goal, this is definitely the best mounting location option for you. It is also aesthetically the most ostentatious, so if you’re in the market for an LED light bar solution that looks as good as it works, you have come to the right spot.
Still not sure which option is the best one for your vehicle’s lighting needs? We’ve got great news! You don’t have to limit yourself to just one choice, in fact, a combination of mounting positions makes your lighting system that much more effective. A combination of LED light bar mounting options allows you to take advantage of all that our products have to offer. As stated before, multiple lighting angles ensure peak visibility, and what is the purpose of all this LED technology if not to be seen? Multiple mounting locations also allows you to choose a look that works best for your vehicle’s aesthetic.Choosing a mounting location is almost as important as choosing the LED light bar or mini light bar itself. You must consider what you are using the lighting system for, any and all budgetary constraints you may be working with, your level of technical ability, and your personal preference. At the end of the day, you have very specific needs and it’s all about making you happy. Do you still have questions or concerns? Are you still not sure which product or LED light bar is right for your vehicle? Contact us! Our dedicated and informed staff is standing by to help you.
When you are as passionate about Emergency Vehicle Equipment as we are, it’s hard to narrow down the list of favorite products to just a few. But we’ve managed to do it again for this week’s Products of the Week! We have chosen to feature the LED Outfitters Matte Black License Plate Bracket, the SEM4 Grille Light, and Rocket-X Head 4TIR Series Warning Light.
No matter what your professional or personal safety light needs, we are sure to have what you’re looking for. We are equally proud of all of our high quality products, but here are a few Products of the Week we would like to highlight.
The LED Outfitters Matte Black License plate bracket is made of sturdy aluminum and fits most vehicles for a hassle-free installation. Sleek and modern in appearance-with a posh matte black finish, this license plate bracket will simultaneously look great while still being strong enough to withstand the elements. The license bracket comes with hardware and mounting instructions -everything you need- to make installation a breeze! The LED Outfitters Matte Black license plate bracket is long-lasting, attractive, and cost-effective; making it the perfect accessory to any emergency or personal vehicle.
The surface-mount LED Outfitters SEM4 Grille Light is sure to meet all of your professional public safety needs. Highly reliable and affordable, this grille light is also SAE approved. It has been created and tested to withstand all weather and driving conditions, making sure you are always safe and well-seen. Available in both solid and split-color styles, each LED unit contains 4 1-watt LEDs. Featuring 22 different flash patterns- which are able to flash both simultaneously or in alternating patterns- the SEM4 makes sure other drivers see you coming, so they can safely get out of your path in a timely manner. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us.
This light can also be synchronized to work with many other LEDs for a more cooperative, effective, and visible emergency vehicle lighting solution. For something that packs such a punch, the design is very compact, giving this surface-mounted grille light a wide selection of places to be installed on your vehicle. Every light comes standard with a black mounting flange and hardware for a sturdy, durable mount. Discreet, bold, and budget-friendly, the LED Outfitters SEM4 Grille Light might just be precisely the grille light you’re looking for.
Efficiently built and with unprecedented light-output, the LED Outfitters Rocket-X 8 Head 4TIR Series Warning Light will truly blindside the competition. This light is powered by Generation III TIR technology and contains 4 LEDs per head, which is why it is able to produce such an abundance of light. Low-profile in design, this warning light’s 30 brilliant flash patterns guarantee that this unit does not need any aid from external flashers to truly shine bright. The Rocket-X features the latest in plug-and-play technology, making this light extremely user-friendly; ensuring you can customize or even repair your own lights with little-to-no frustration.
Every unit comes standard with 2” brackets, suction cups, an on/off cigarette plug and sync wire for simple synchronization with other Rocket-X units. This unit is 100% waterproof and resistant to vibration, moisture, and corrosion damage, making it suitable for both interior and exterior purposes. If you are in the market for an incredibly bright, sturdy, and functional light, the Rocket-X Head 4TIR Series light is just what you’ve been waiting for. We are so confident in this product, it even comes with a no-questions-asked five-year warranty.
LED Outfitters is committed to bringing you dependable, cost-effective Emergency Vehicle equipment. We encourage you to check out our website for more information on our products; including the science behind them.
If you need more assistance finding the LED light bar or accessories you need, or you have questions about this week’s Products of the week: the LED Outfitters License Plate Bracket, SEM4 Grille Light, and Rocket-X 8 Head 4TIR Series, contact us and a knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to assist you!
The NYPD reported that there were 38,000 hit-and-run incidents in 2015 in New York City alone.
Think about it.
This means that there were 38,000 people in the driver’s seat who struck another human being but didn’t care. These 38,000 people were willing to let another person die rather than having to face any responsibility for the action – even if accidental.
Have you ever seen a body in the street after a hit-and-run? I have – twice. The questions that came to mind right away were the same:
“Why would someone do this?”
“Why wasn’t that pedestrian more careful?”
“Are the police going to find the driver?”
The point is I found myself wishing that I hadn’t seen those scenes, and yet hoping that there was some way to repair even a bit of the damage. But a life was lost. The damage was done.
The NYPD reported that only 48 of those 38,000 cases involved death or serious injury, but only 28 arrests were made. This is a staggering issue, and here at LED Outfitters, we want to do everything in our power to keep the hit-and-run numbers down and the arrests for the guilty up.
We work hard to provide the most advanced LED vehicle lights in the industry for law enforcement, emergency, and private vehicles.
Our LED emergency lights provide a level of awareness to all onlookers so that no one gets hurt while the law enforcement or other emergency response vehicles are rushing to help at the scene as fast as possible.
LED vehicle lights give drivers a brighter view of the road ahead, enabling them to avoid obstacles, pedestrians, or cyclists who might be on the road, even in unexpected areas. Sometimes it’s unavoidable to hit a squirrel that runs into your tires, but most accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists could easily be avoided.
10 things that you should never do while driving:
There probably other things to avoid while driving, but this is a good start.
Even better, if you outfit your vehicle to help out other drivers, you’ve taken driving safety to the next level.
LED vehicle lights help you to see more clearly, but also help other drivers to see you more clearly. They help pedestrians and cyclists to know that you’re coming. This means that LED vehicle lights can actually save lives.
Reach out to us here at LED Outfitters to let us help you save more lives today!
Recently, pioneers in the field of LED technology and lighting came together to discuss industry trends, LED developments and advancements, and how LEDs are changing the way our lives function on a daily basis. These industry professionals came up with a few major points on how LEDs have changed in recent months and years, and will continue to evolve in the near future.
In the past, replacing traditional fluorescent lightbulbs with energy-saving, innovative, and long-lasting LED technology was a major selling point for homeowners and businesses to save money maintaining their homes. Now, the capabilities of LED technology are widely varied.
The benefits of using LEDs to save energy won’t be going anywhere any time soon – however, the benefits are rapidly increasing. Of course, LED lighting products use less energy, but it also uses less of your time when it comes to installation, maintenance and repairs of the lighting fixtures at home or at your office. Time is just as valuable as money for so many of us, so this is just another benefit of the long-lasting light supply provided by LEDs.
Industry experts in LED technology use the term “circadian rhythm” when they refer to the manner in which LED lighting creates a more comfortable environment and calming ambiance – especially in hospitals, extended care centers for seniors, and other assisted living facilities.
Rowan Larson, VP of CREE, a leading LED lighting company who recently assisted in the design of LEDs that create this type of relaxed atmosphere, described the rise of LED technology like this: LED technology aims to design not just light, but light that works for you. Today, LED experts are not focused on simply designing a “better” version of the traditional lightbulb. Innovators in the field consider various factors like hue and heat emitted when they designed a new type of LED.
Additionally, advancements in LED tech have made their way into the wireless niche, too. Several speakers at LightFair 2016 referred to the fact that LEDs are now one of the major key mechanisms for IoT in commercial properties.
LED technology has been implemented in homes and offices all over the world for the flexibility they provide when it comes less energy and time spent on maintenance, the comfort of less heat being emitted from the bulbs, and for the variety of unique colored light filter options. How will you make innovative LED technology work for you?
This year, wireless LED technology played a major role in the lighting design at the Billboard Music Awards. Held recently in Las Vegas at the end of May, LED technology helped magnify performances for various artists. Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Meghan Trainor and many more artists lit up the stage with the assistance of high-tech LED lighting while the audience joined in with LED wristbands that were designed to sync with the artists’ performances.
This high-tech wireless LED technology allowed these artists to perform a dynamic set in honor of Prince, complete with audience engagement via the synced light-up wristbands. The innovators behind this wireless LED technology, Glow Motion Technologies, are the pioneers behind a variety of LED light-powered functions that have found their place primarily in the entertainment world. Live performances are supercharged by the wireless LED lighting, and artists such as Ariana Grande, 21 Pilots and many more trending musicians have recognized the power and allure of using LEDs to light up their live shows. Coming up next for this unique wireless LED creation is Keith Urban’s summer tour, where this technology will be utilized in every show.
By illuminating the stage with Glow Motion’s wireless LED lighting, both artists and their audience can take advantage of the incredible advances in technology and create a performance they can remember. In addition to creating an incredible live show, this wireless LED technology also documents the artist’s set for fans to listen to later on. By pursuing the entertainment industry, these LED pioneers are changing the way fans and musicians experience live music.
We all know what WiFi is. Chances are, you need WiFi on a daily basis – but according to industry experts, the wireless data space will become so crowded that WiFi networks will not be able to handle it. This is where LiFi comes in – LiFi uses LED technology to transfer information at ultra-fast speed. So, could LiFi really replace WiFi in the coming years?
Instead of using radio waves to transport data like WiFi does, LiFi makes use of light waves. LiFi technology uses these light waves as a mechanism to transfer the input commands, which have been switched to binary code. The light waves then decode these messages and carry out the action required.
An initial study on the LiFi concept showed that this form of data transmission could transfer data at a rate of 1 GPBS – that means it is about 100 times faster than WiFi. Some of the uses for LiFi will likely include aviation, solar panels, schools, nuclear power stations, hospitals and in emergency situations all over the world.
Li-Fi tech may be used in cars, planes, solar panels, around schools and lecture theatres, during disasters, on oil rigs and in nuclear power stations, around hospitals, or in homes and workplaces.
LiFi runs with the power of an innovative technology called VLC, or visible light communication. It works by monitoring how many photons LEDs emit, all in a way that humans cannot see or detect in any way. One of the companies that is currently expanding the concept of LiFi powered by visible light communication include Qualcomm, which has technology called Lumicast that may be used in the LED fixtures inside your home, serving the double-duty of charging your devices from a lightbulb – while saving energy.
We know that make the change from traditional fluorescent bulbs to LEDs is greatly beneficial for the inside of your home. You will save money, energy, and enjoy the vibrant, natural hues that LED lighting provides. But what about outdoor LED lighting? Is it necessary? What are the benefits of installing LED lights outside your home?
Top quality outdoor LED lighting is so important for a variety of reasons. Besides the obvious allure of saving money, having a brightly lit exterior at your home can help safeguard your property and keep your family secure. First off, burglaries are far less likely to occur at a home that is lit up with a great outdoor LED lighting system (plus, it makes your property look incredible). In addition to warding off potential burglars, properly lit yards and decks outside your home help prevent your loved ones from falling due to the inability to see in the dark. So, LED lighting in your yard and other areas of your outdoor property can prevent injuries as well.
When you install an outdoor LED lighting system at home, your property value will increase. By adding outdoor LEDs to your home’s exterior, it’s later considered an amenity by realtors and buyers if and when you choose to sell your house. A well-lit home is considerably more attractive to those looking for a new home, plus, it will save the buyer money since you have already made the investment to install an outdoor lighting system.
Choose a quality outdoor LED system for your property, either residential or commercial. A properly lit home or office space is more visually appealing, and it creates a safer atmosphere for your family and employees as well.
If you are a small business owner or if you own a home, you have likely heard of the great benefits of installing LED lights to replace your old ones. LEDs save money, energy, and of course, LEDs look great in any environment. But the capacity of using LED technology is quickly becoming apparent for purposes far beyond saving energy.
Recently, the US Marines stated that it will replace their tubular lighting systems with new LED printing technology. Instead of the military’s previous tube lighting systems, which usually weight up to 45 lbs, these flat panel LEDs only weigh one pound each. What’s more, this LED technology allows for the exact same power capacity and better lighting. It also helps decrease the amount of weight carried for the soldiers.
The LED print technology produced by HDT Global is specially crafted for the tough conditions that the Marines endure every day. These shelter tube LED lights are packaged safely with airtight cases, cushioned for security and protected transportation, regardless of the current setting. The Marines will also benefit from the simple manner in which these LEDs can be set up, saving valuable time for the soldiers.
The functionality of this new LED technology is flawless – but they provide some options when it comes to ambiance, too. When it comes to shelter lights, the Marines can set this LED filter to emit blue, red, or blackout settings. So whether they need to set up their shelter lighting to hide out or relax, this LED technology offers many options that can be configured easily.