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ATEX and IEC Ex Flame-proof Explosion Proof Lighting & Equipment
Explosion Proof Lights
Explosion Proof Motors - Motors for Hazardous Locations
Industrial and Vaporproof Emergency Failsafe Lighting
Industrial Cord Reels and Tool Taps
Industrial Work Area Heaters
Machine Vision Lights
QC Series Industrial Portable Lighting - Quick Change Mount
Rig Lights
Stadium lights
String Lights and Temporary Light Stringers
Tank Cleaning Lights
Three Phase Motor Soft Starters
Vapor Proof LED Lights
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)
Vehicle Mounting Plates
Workboat Light Fixtures & Lighting Equipment
Yacht Engine Room Lights
Color Changing LED RGB Lighting
Explosion Proof Cord Reels
GOLIGHT Spotlights
Larson FUTURE - Lease Lighting
Remote Area Lighting and Scene Lights
Utility Bucket Mount, Receiver Hitch & Trailer Mount Lighting
Aevum Control Lighting and Equipment - IIoT
Butane and Solvent Extraction Room Lighting and Equipment
DC to DC Transformers and Power Supplies
Explosion Proof Fans & Blowers
Explosion Proof Paint Spray Booth Approved Lights
Explosion Proof String Lights
Explosion Proof Switchgear & Controls
Fleet Service Lights and Lighting Equipment
Industrial Equipment Trailers
Industrial Handlamps & Droplights
ISO 14644/FS-209E Clean Room Lighting
LED Blasting Lights
Night Time Fishing Lights
Portable AC Power Supply Units
Portable Power Distribution Panels
Power Distribution Panels with KVA Transformers
Self-Contained Lighting
Service Pit Lighting
Solar Generators & Solar Powered Lighting
Agricultural Farm Equipment Lighting & Beacons
Explosion Proof Cameras & Surveillance Systems
Explosion Proof Emergency Lights
Explosion Proof Heaters
Garage & Gas Station Canopy Lights
LED Grow Lights
LED Lights
NDT Ultraviolet Lights
Portable Hazardous Location Lighting
Radio Communication Towers and Equipment
Salt Water Processing Equipment
Shelter & Tent Lighting
Thermal Monitoring Cameras and Systems
48V LED Equipment Lights
ATEX Rated Explosion Proof Lights
Automotive Lighting
Class Rated Signals, Alarms, and Systems
Hazardous Location Area Lights and Portable Lighting
HID Equipment Lights
Hot Work Permit Lighting and Equipment
Hunting Lights
Industrial lasers
Industrial Transformers
Light Towers
Outdoor Lighting
Remote Security and Surveillance Systems
Temporary Construction Lights
Vehicle Mounted Spotlights
Equipment & Heavy Machinery LED Light Package Fitouts
Phase Converters - Single to Three Phase
Marine Shore Power Cords and Equipment
24 Volt Military Lights
Disaster Relief / First Responders / Search & Rescue Lighting
Plastic Handcuff Key
110/120 Volt Flood Lights
Post Mount Spotlights
Magnetic Work Lights
Crank-up Light Masts
Intrinsically Safe Lights
Military Flashlights
LED Waterproof Lanterns
Work Area Lights
12 Volt Flood Lights
Boat Spotlights
New Boat Lights
HID Boat Lights
Boat Dock Lights
Remote Control Lights
Control Lights
Tow Lights
Magnetic Control Lights
NEW Lights and New Products
Evaporative Coolers
Police Equipment
AC/DC Transformers
Power Supplies
Military Spotlights 24V
Infrared Filters, Covert Covers, and Blackout IR Lenses
Military Equipment
Ultralife Batteries
Remote Control Pan Tilt Base
Larson Electronics Spotlights
Larson Electronics Parts
Replacement Lamps
Cords - Brackets
Portable Wheeled Generators
Non-Hazardous Location Extension Cords / Plugs / Outlets
HID Work Lights
HID Dive Lights
HID Off Road Lights
Acro Lights HID Lights
Halogen Lights
Acro Light Flashlight
Xenon HID Flashlights
Powerlight Flashlight
HID Flashlights
Xenon Flashlights
LED Status Lights
Forklift Lights
Tractor Lights
HID Post Mount Lights
Roof Mount Lights
Post Mount Light parts
Flashlight Holder
Magnet Spotlight Base
Tripods-Magnetic Base
Recharging Spotlights
Fire Rescue Lights
LED Street Lights
Utility Lights
Hazard Lights
Strobe Lights - Battery Operated
Strobes & Beacons
Strobe Light Bars
Headlights - Headlamps - Hard Hat Lights
Suction Mount Lights
Magnetic Spotlights
12/24 Volt Spotlights
Gifts For Men
New 12 / 24 Volt Lights
Explosion Proof Accessories and Replacement Parts
Explosion Proof Lighting
Explosion Proof Hand Lamps (Drop Lights)
Explosion Proof Lights - Stand/Dolly
Explosion Proof Tank Lights
Explosion Proof Phones and Intercoms
Explosion Proof Extension Cords
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials
Crane Lights
Explosion Proof Light Rentals
General Light Rentals
Light Tower and Light Plant Rentals
Power Distribution Rentals
Power Plant Lighting
Refinery lights
Environmental Services Lights
Aerospace Lights
Chemical Plant Lights
Food Grade Safe Lights
Film and Entertainment Lights
Handheld Meters and Devices
Waste Water Treatment Lights
Mining Lights
Ship Yard Lights
Work Site Lighting

08/16/10 HID Spotlights: Unrivaled Sheer Power

When it comes to sheer light power, there are few sources that can rival HID equipped lamps. HID, or “High Intensity Discharge” lamps utilize a set of contacts within a gas filled glass tube to produce an arc that ignites a reaction with the gas and creates a plasma reaction. This reaction once started is easily maintained with low voltage and produces an intense flood of illumination. Combined with specially designed reflectors and housings, these HID lamps are ideal for use in a wide variety of specialized applications where an intense and efficient source of illumination is needed. Available in almost any configuration imaginable, HID lamps are used extensively in military, law enforcement, industrial, agricultural, marine, and private applications on an increasingly frequent basis.

HID lighting is seeing an increasing surge in popularity for several reasons. The most obvious reason for their desirability is the intense and high quality illumination they create. The light from HIDs is the closest to the natural light spectrum out of all the different types of illumination available. This makes them excellent for applications where good rendering of natural colors and crisp outlining of illuminated subjects are needed, such as in law enforcement or the military. This has also led to their explosive popularity in the aftermarket automotive industry where proponents of HID headlights swear by the improvements in visibility that HIDs offer over traditional halogen headlamps.

HIDs have become particularly popular in the spotlight market, with manufacturers aggressively developing steadily stronger HID lamps capable of illuminating objects up to half a mile or more in distance while fitting in a housing no bigger than the proverbial breadbox. These lights are finding a receptive audience in the professional and marine industry because they offer extreme power in a small package. Lights like the 50 Watt HID Golight Stryker offered by Larson Electronics are favorites in the marine and utilities industry. Small yet producing 4,500 lumens of intense light that can effectively reach out to over 4,000 feet, these HID spotlights are well suited to applications where extended ranges and limited operating spaces are prime considerations. Boaters frequently utilize these lights as bow or bridge mounted auxiliary lighting capable of acting as navigational aids or emergency searchlights when necessary.

Utility companies have been using these lights for several years, mounting them on work trucks either singly or in pairs and using them to illuminate lines and poles in all manner of weather conditions to great effect. These lights are enhanced by remote control capabilities that allow operators to control the lights from within either a cabin or cab, or from outside of the vehicle, adding an extra level of convenience. Although power is the first trait that sets these HID spotlights apart from others, they possess several other qualities that further add to their desirability. HID lamps operate on an entirely different principal than traditional halogen incandescent spotlights. Halogen lamps rely on the tried and true tungsten filament to produce a yellowish light that although fairly bright, is still highly inefficient and nowhere near as powerful as the HID. This filament not only limits the incandescent in how much light it can produce, it also adds a level of vulnerability not present in the HID lamp.

The tungsten filament in an incandescent lamp is fragile, particularly so when under power. Vibrations and shock can significantly reduce the lamps lifespan, and quite often are the cause of premature failures. HIDs however have no filament in their construction. Since they use two electrodes to ignite gases, they are inherently durable and highly resistant to damage from vibrations or impacts. This makes the HID very desirable in law enforcement and military applications where the lamps are often subjected to extremes of environment and usage. Industry and agricultural applications benefit from this durability as well, with the HIDs being mounted to heavy equipment and industrial grade machinery that would make short work of traditional lamps. The agricultural industry in particular has been aggressively including HIDs in the manufacture of new farming equipment, with their power and durability being the most cited factors for their addition.

Of further benefit is the energy efficient nature of HID lighting. HIDs produce a great deal more lumens per watt than the traditional incandescent, allowing them to produce more light with less power. Although they require a high initial amperage draw when first starting, once the arc has been started, they require little energy to maintain it. This is of great benefit in applications where power is limited as is oftentimes the case with smaller boats or in vehicle mounted applications. Instead of needing a series of halogen spotlights connected in a series and drawing a heavy amp load just to produce adequate illumination, one HID can be installed and provide that same illumination with less energy consumption and a higher quality of illumination to boot.

HIDs derive further benefit from their lack of a filament in increased longevity. The best incandescent lamps have a lifespan measuring anywhere from 750, to 1,000 hours. This is because as they are operated, the tungsten filament is literally burning away, getting progressively weaker as the lamp ages. This often leads to early burnout if the lamp is subjected to harsh conditions as the weakened filament is then easily broken by vibration or impacts. HIDs however have a lifespan measure in thousands of hours with typical estimates ranging anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 hours depending upon the application. Additionally, HIDs do not become more prone to failure as they age, allowing them to provide a longer useful lifespan.

High power, high quality light, longevity and durable efficiency add up to produce a light source that is unequaled in power and brilliance. While other light sources such as LEDs may be capable of higher efficiency or longer lifespan, they as yet cannot rival the HID for sheer power or light quality. For applications that demand only the best quality of light and most powerful illumination, HIDs are the lamp of choice. Whether it is safety, productivity, efficiency, or just raw power that is needed, HIDs are unrivaled and offer a solution to fit your needs.

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Wireless Remote Controlled HID Light 50 Watt (4500 Lumen) for Vehicles, Boats, & Outdoor Application
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