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01-16-2013, 08:47 PM #1
BD LED Lighting Solutions!
We are new to Tractor by Net so I wanted to introduce myself and give a little history about Baja Designs. BD starting manufacturing primarily off-road lighting over 20 years ago, built for the toughest driving conditions possible. BD lights have always strived to use the latest technology, highest quality components and make the overall best performing products on the market. Over the years BD lights has grown into other industries such as, Military, Industrial, Bicycle, Safety and Law Enforcement. Baja Designs is dedicated to manufacturing all our products in the USA; currently we are working with local farmers to provide the best possible lighting setup for the agricultural industry. Baja Designs is owned by our head engineer Alan Roach which has allowed us to keep our quality and innovation one in the same for over 20 years. This also ensures that each BD employee truly knows the technology and what goes into making a quality lighting system. We will always be open for questions about LED and HID lighting, so please let us know if you ever have any lighting questions for any vehicle or light system. Also we like to post informative tech articles and white papers to give everyone an understanding of how the technology works, below is our first on LED color temperature and why it’s important. We hope you enjoy the article and again please feel free to let us know if you have any questions! –P.S. All forum members will always receive 10% off on BD lights
Color Temperature: Why it’s important
We would argue that color temperature and optics are as important as lumen output in determining your choice of an LED light. Today we want to talk about Color Temperature:
In the simplest of terms, color temperature indicates the color of a specific type of light source.1 Let’s keep it simple and take the sun at its highest and brightest point in the sky: high noon. At noon, assuming no additional effects from weather and atmospheric conditions, the sun has a perceived color temperature anywhere between 5000K and 5400K.2 Since the sun is our only external light source, our eyes have evolved to see best at this color temperature.3 So, doesn’t it make sense to use LEDs that mimic this color temperature, thereby allowing our eyes to perform at their optimal level of receiving and processing light? We sure think so. In fact, once the color temperature surpasses 6500K, which many other LED light companies use, it now actually looks like twilight or the light that the sun would produce through cloudy conditions.4 At Baja Designs, we not only select LEDs out of the highest lumen output bin but also accept only those LEDs with a color temperature of 5000K, thus producing a light that truly shines like the sun at midday.
Now, this selection doesn’t come without a price (literally). LEDs come in a wide array, and one of the sorting criteria is by color temperature. 5000K is more expensive than the bluer LEDs used by most other lighting companies. Here is what Chuck Hovey, BITD and SCORE champion has to say: “When driving at night, fatigue is certainly a factor. With a bluer LED, it is more difficult to process terrain at speed. Baja Designs has the perfect color temperature, therefore making it easier on the eyes and brain. When doing 120MPH down a dirt road at night, you need every advantage you can get.”
Bottom line, a light with the proper color temperature allows for optimal terrain recognition and less driver fatigue.
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