KC Hilites have been developing off-road lighting from years of design and research and with the introduction of LEDs, they saw a new challenge ahead - how do you make a small dot produce ample light for off-roading. Sure LED Light bars have been around for years, but the early bars wouldn't be as good or as efficient as they are today.
The normal light bar faces an LED forward surrounded by chrome lenses which gives a spot or spread depending on the size of the chrome opening or the depth of the LED from the lenses.
But just how efficient is this really when the light isn't controlled? KC saw this as a reason to develop and patent their GRD (Gravity Reflective Diode) Technology. The Gravity Technology allows KC Hilites to reverse the LED and aim it directly into computer designed optical lenses to project light forward, sounds backwards right?
With this, KC have found that more is not always better in terms of the number of LEDs used in a light, sure you might get more Lumens and brighter street signs and the higher wattage sounds great, but do you get distance and spread in one light? KC developed this technology which allows 2 x 10 Watt LEDs to be aimed back into the reflector to give you increased distance and spread without having 30 plus LEDs working overtime to give you half as much performance. These 2 LEDs can reach up to 1 km without the overload of conventional LED Lights. What's better is the wattage is reduced and the heat is also controlled.
KC's also created the Proprietary LED Positioning system which allows different size LED lights to have tailored light output for any application. For example Flood/Work Lights or long distance off-road lights. By using this technology and precision optical reflectors, KC can control and direct LED light much more and maximise the potential of the LEDs.
Take the KC Carbon POD LED Off-road lights for example, 4 x 10 Watt LEDs are faced backwards into a precision reflector and are able to achieve 1.2km of usable light thanks to KCs Gravity Technology. Less is more you could say!
So when you look at an LED Light next time, have a think about the optics and consider where the light is being projected efficiently for the wattage.