1. Why does Aurora™ and Blueseatec Precision Lightings use Oslon and CREE™ chips?
Oslon, based out of Germany, and CREE™, based out of the USA are the top providers for quality LED. We are highly selective in our partner choices and only select Grade-A LED chips from well-known, respected brands.
2. Why do you use Aurora™ New Optics System?
The New Optics System is designed according to driving environment and traffic laws standards, controls light to a functional zone, and reduces wasted light.
3. Why do your products use Military Standard re-breathers?
When temperatures change outside or inside the light, this creates changes in pressure in fully sealed lights. Without the ability to “breathe”, the waterproof sealing strips could be compromised due to the pressure changes and allow moisture in, leading to product malfunctions. Our Military Standard Re-breathers solve this pressure issue by allowing air to move freely in and out of the light without allowing moisture or other materials in.
4. Why do the lights need a dual, over-sized heat sink?
The dual, over-sized heat sink enlarges the surface area exposed to air, which helps to lower the temperature the LED runs at. This improves long-term durability and effectiveness.
5. What certificates has Mud Life LED by Aurora™ and Blueseatec Precision received from Authority Laboratory?
- High Temperature
- Low Temperature
- Dropping ball
6. What is the warranty on the products?
We provide a warranty on our lights for up to 2 years.
7. What is a LED?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes, as the name states – are diodes. A diode is a semi-conductor device that permits current flow in one direction. Semiconductor diodes are a junction of two materials. One material has a surplus of positive charge (holes), and the other a surplus of negative charge (electrons). When you apply a forward voltage, the electrons and holes are brought together. They combine and release light energy – the “light emitting” part of the name.
9. Is an LED a bulb?
LEDs do appear to be bulbs, but in fact are not. LEDs are tiny semiconductors encapsulated in plastic which protects their components and helps to focus the light.
10. What is the difference between an incandescent bulb and LED?
Incandescent creates light by the use of a filament. When power is applied, the filament glows and generates heat ~which in turn produces light. LEDs are just the opposite. LEDs create light through a “cold process”. When power is applied to semiconductors (usually gallium, asenic and phosphorous), they”re stimulated by the movement of electrons, this creating photons. Photons are the light that is visibly seen by humans.
11. Do LEDs have a wire filament?
No, LEDs operate using entirely different components. LEDs are diodes ~they only allow power to move in one direction. The anode (+) is where the current comes in and the cathode is where the current goes out, much like the positive and negative terminals of a battery. Incandescent bulbs project light in every direction (omni directional) as opposed to LED lights which project light in specified directions (such as 20, 50 and 120 degrees) due to their package design and layout.
12. Why do LEDs use such little power?
LEDs do not use a filament where a conductor is heated and light is created. Filament based lighting consumes more power than the light produced. LEDs produce very little amounts of heat and do not use filaments making them far more efficient in consumption and output.
13. Do LEDs produce heat?
LEDs produce very little amounts of heat. If LEDs are hot to the touch, they are being overpowered due to improper circuitry.
14. Can LEDs be damaged if hooked up backwards?
Yes, they can. LEDs are diodes and only allow power to pass in one direction. To ensure that you will get the most life out of our LED devices, we add additional circuits to prevent this from occurring in both AC and DC applications.
15. Are LEDs affected by extreme conditions?
LEDs are geared for harsh environments. LEDs function from ~40F to 180F. There is no delay or required “warm up time” for LEDs to function.
16. Do LEDs attract insects?
No they do not. Insects see a entirely different spectrum of light and are attracted to ultraviolet light. A side note ~ flowers create “nectar guides”, invisible to the human eye and ultraviolet light attracts insects to flowers for reproductive purposes. This is not to say that all bugs aren”t attracted to LED lights, but most can’t see the light that LEDs produce.
17. How long do LEDs last?
LEDs are rated by manufacturers to operate under normal conditions for approximately 10 years or 100,000 hours of continuous use. As LEDs get older, they tend to dim and fade but aren’t susceptible to blinking like incandescent or fluorescent.
18. LEDs are more expensive than other lighting options. Why?
LEDs can operate as stand alone devices, but when grouped or clustered they require additional steps to operate properly. LEDs need proper components such as a circuit board, driving components and some cases and housings to endure the elements. LED circuits can be designed rapidly, but to ensure that they operate correctly and for long periods of time they require testing.
19. Can LEDs be dimmed?
It”s useful to think of an LED as a current-driven device. Instead, pulse width modulation presents a technique to safely dim an LED from 0 ~ 100% of its” nominal brightness.
By pulsing the LED with current, and varying the duty cycle of the current waveform, the LED rapidly transitions between on and off, and the relative times spent give the impression of being dimmed.
20. How do you get more light out of an LED?
LEDs are made by a process that deposits the junction materials on a substrate material. One of the limitations of LEDs is that imperfections in the material deposited on the substrate reduce the efficiency. Improvements in the manufacturing process have given us brighter LEDs, as have new junction materials. To a certain extent, you can also make the junction larger to get more light. But you can”t extend that very far, mainly due to those imperfections. Their accumulated effect prevents a junction from growing much bigger than a square millimeter. So we won”t likely see larger LED junctions without some advance in materials science to overcome that limitation.
21. What is the difference between your Spot, Flood, Combination, Driving, and Diffusion LED light systems?
The difference between these different light setups are the beam angle and the lens(diffusion):
- The Spot light systems throw light down field for maximum forward visibility. The beam angle is 10~20 degrees.
- The Flood light systems spread light out and around for greater side visibility. The beam angle is 40~60 degrees.
- The Combination light systems are a mixture of both the Spot and Flood configuration. With the Combination light system – you get the best of both worlds.
- The Driving light systems are designed for producing a focused, pencil-shaped white light to reach far beyond high-beam headlights. Driving lights increase long range visibility at high speeds and provide the added safety when driving at night. The beam angle is 70~90 degrees.
- The Diffusion light systems use a specific type of “cloudy” lens with the Flood LEDs that disperse light when you want bright, wide angle and safe illumination close to the light source. This is great for lights on the rear of your vehicle and for illuminating a work or camp site, and for the back of your tractor for farm use. The beam angle is 120 degrees.