Optronics expands blackout lighting family

Feb. 24, 2024
The two new, thin, surface-mount-style lamps are the latest additions to Optronics’ family of eight smoke-lens LED lights

Optronics International recently released its smoke-lens Thinline STL59SRSHB Series 9-LED and STL87SRSHB Series 11-LED surface-mount, stop/turn/tail lamps. Optronics’ entire family of blackout-style lamps will be on display to the industry during the NTEA Work Truck Week 2024, March 5–8 in booth 952.

The two new, thin, surface-mount-style lamps are the latest additions to Optronics’ family of eight smoke-lens LED lights. First introduced in 2020, Optronics’ blackout lights are known for their black appearance and their ability to meet FMVSS 108 and CMVSS 108 compliance when illuminated.

“The rising trend of blackout packages in the commercial vehicle sector, especially concerning truck beds on work trucks, is undeniable,” Dustin Smith, VP of sales for Optronics, said. “Driven by evolving preferences in both the automotive industry and broader industrial design community, adopting a completely black aesthetic enhances the visual prominence of a vehicle's shape while allowing its other features to blend in.”

The new 9-LED and 11-LED lamps are both examples of Optronics’ dedication to creating the darkest possible smoke-lens lights. The company's engineers innovated by using black printed circuit boards (PCBs) inside the lamps, minimizing reflection when the lights are off. Unlike conventional LED lights that feature white or reflective chrome-like PCBs to boost brightness, Optronics' smoke-lens lights rely on their high-intensity LEDs to achieve the necessary brightness levels for compliance with federal photometric standards.

Optronics now offers an extensive selection of LED smoke-lens lighting products. This range includes everything from small, 3/4-inch round, single-diode marker/clearance lights to diamond-shaped, three-diode marker/clearance lights, as well as 4-inch round, six-diode backup lights and 6-inch oval, six-diode stop/turn/tail lights, among others. The company is also planning a blackout version of its popular Fusion Series stop/ turn/tail/backup combo lamp.

Though the Thinline Series is suitable for both trailers and box trucks, regardless of their width, Optronics anticipates a strong response from the work truck segment. The flexibility offered to body designers of work trucks in terms of where and how lighting is installed means that the new Thinline smoke-lens lamps are relevant for these vehicles.

The lamps’ lenses are made of tough polycarbonate material that is sonically welded and resistant to dust and moisture. A solid-state surface-mount device design protects the lamps' electronics against moisture, shock, and vibration. Like all LED products from Optronics, these lamps come with lifetime warranty protection that will replace a lamp if even one diode fails.

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