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How to profit from health & safety with Philips headlights and professional workshop lamps


Date: 09-Apr-2019

Lumileds recommend that workshops offer a free lighting check to motorists before the spring and summer break, to increase not only their business revenue by getting more customers in the door but also to ensure motorists are safe on the road.   
 
Headlights are arguably the most safety-critical lights found on vehicles. They provide the illumination that helps the driver both see and be seen when driving on the road. Headlight bulbs come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and technologies, and are designed to be replaceable when they burn out. As the lights provide illumination for low light conditions, they are very important to the overall safety and drivability of the vehicle, especially for night time driving. 
 
When a headlamp bulbs fails, the vehicle can be left without the very important safety and visibility that is provided by the headlights. Usually, faulty headlights will produce a few symptoms that can let the driver know that they may require attention. One of the first symptoms of a bad or failing headlight bulb is a dimming of the light output. Over time headlight bulbs can wear out and begin to shine noticeably less brightly than when they were new. A dim headlight is usually a sign that the bulb is approaching the end of its service life.
 
Richard Armstrong, Business Development Manager Automotive - UK & Eire at Lumileds said: “Much like wiper blades on a vehicle, headlights should be checked periodically and, when one is starting to fail, the bulbs should replaced - in pairs. Changing and upgrading a car's headlight bulbs before they burn out helps ensure optimum performance.
 
“Road safety starts with seeing and being seen…..road safety starts with good quality car lighting. The range of Philips bulbs is comprehensive and, as well as a full selection of replacement and upgrade Halogen and HID Xenon replacement bulbs, it also includes LED retrofit lighting options for cars using halogen bulbs.
 
“Cheap is often not cost-effective when it comes to car lighting. The tight confines and complexities of modern car engine bays can often mean that replacing a bulb can take a few hours – not something that a workshop wants to have to rectify at its own cost. Fitting a high quality bulb from an OE manufacturer like Lumileds and its Philips bulbs, will not only offer peace of mind to workshop and motorist alike, but it will give the workshop a higher margin on the product and the motorist a better performing bulb that will almost certainly prove to be cheaper to own in the long run. It really is a win-win situation…” 
 
Perfect illumination is especially important for distance vision – usually between 75-100 metres in front of a vehicle – and safety, together with comfort, are the key factors when lighting is being developed. 
 
Heading the Philips offer is RacingVision - probably the brightest halogen bulb providing up to +150% compared to the minimum legal standard - which has already proved itself to be the best performing halogen headlamp bulb on the market in the UK’s most widely read and respected vehicle headlight test, conducted by Auto Express. 
 
Philips RacingVision headlights are available in H7 and H4 variants and are on sale from authorised Philips distributors.
 
In addition to Philips RacingVision, Lumileds also has a number of high style/high performance upgrades.
 
Philips X-tremeVision and Philips X-tremeVision G-force headlight bulbs are made for outstanding performance, producing up to 130% brighter light[1], without compromising on the lifetime. With up to 450 hours*, Philips X-tremeVision G-force's lifetime is significantly higher than competitor solutions in the high performance light category. (H1, H4 and H7 tested at 13.2V standard voltage)
 
With Philips X-tremeVision G-force, the bright white light is significantly whiter than standard headlight bulbs. The Philips patented coating technology produces a more powerful light, offering one of the brightest lighting performances and a highly comfortable night driving experience.
 
Philips X-tremeVision G-force boosts visibility with up to 130% more brightness[2], enabling the driver to recognise obstacles and any potential dangers earlier than with most other halogen headlight bulbs. Philips X-tremeVision G-force is designed to withstand shocks of up to 10 G[3], giving the bulb extreme durability.

In the workshop environment, Philips professional lighting lamps were created to give technicians the optimum lighting to work in, from both a comfort and visibility and they have established a reputation for performance, flexibility and durability. The current range covers everything from small hand held or head worn lights through penlights and  larger handhelds to light strips and mutli-light systems. 

All Philips professional workshop lights are LED-based, with Lumileds offering the LUXEON LEDchips. The majority of Philips workshop lights are now rechargeable – although some battery and mains cable-powered models are offered. 

Lumileds has recently introduced the Philips pocket inspection lamp RCH5S, the cordless RCH25 work lamp and the portable projector light PJH10, all of which feature a unique dimming function for enhanced comfort while working. 

When boost mode is too bright to see fine detail and eco mode is too dark, mechanics require the flexibility of a dimming function: the tool’s adjustable brightness can meet a variety of illumination needs at the press of a button. The memory function automatically stores the last setting when switching back on. The Philips RCH5S provides up to 300 lumen and can be dimmed to 30; the Philips RCH25 provides up to 500 lumen and can be dimmed to 50; finally the Philips PJH10 provides up to 1 000 lumen and can be dimmed gradually down to 100 lumen. 
 
All three are equipped with high-quality LEDs for a bright, intense light with maximum performance. LEDs have a color temperature of 6 000 K. They produce a natural white light that is easy on the eye, improving visual comfort and reducing eye strain for fatigue-free working. The Philips RCH5S and Philips RCH25 also feature a powerful spot light to distribute the light exactly where it’s needed.

All three of the new professional LED workshop lamps are designed for the toughest environments, conforming to IK09[4], one of the highest international shock impact resistance standards. The lamps are covered with rubber, providing further protection for an already robust housing. The lighting tools are IP68 as well, for water and dust resistance.

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