Commercial Vehicle Lighting and the Environment

Commercial vehicle lighting has kept up with the times, necessary for any company whose workers operate in repair vehicles, emergency vehicles or otherwise at risk modes of transport. It is as cost-effective as the nearest light bulb and is environmentally friendly. Gone are the days when all commercial vehicle lighting required high-wattage light bulbs that lasted for weeks at a time-these days, a company can provide its vehicles with the brighter, longer-lasting LED hit for almost the same money. If you’re looking for more tips, Winnie Dodge  has it for you. Although most commercial vehicle lighting suppliers do supply original (albeit long-life) bulbs in a welcome concession to the possible expense of refitting a whole fleet with different light shoes.

Question: is it more costly to upgrade a fleet to use LED type bulbs, or to continue using the hot shoe bulb of the old style at a longer life rate? We’ve all learned that environmental costs aren’t always calculated by direct transfer. Often keeping the “old” equipment is often more labor-and factory-efficient, as well as cost-effective, than investing in new. Particularly when there is still a lot of life in that old equipment. What we are asking here is this: if, for instance, a company has a range of reasonably new vehicles, is it better for them to buy commercial vehicle lighting to match the standard old illuminations or are they expected to scrap their current fittings, thus effectively making a waste of all the resources used to make them, in favor of new ones?

Of course the answer depends on the situation. In conditions like those mentioned above, discarding the new fittings before they have lived a useful life would be environmentally unsound. First of all, the energy it takes to produce fittings must be offset by using them or they would not have been made at all. That is why the best suppliers of commercial vehicle lighting are purposely not railroading their customers into buying only LED bulbs: very sensibly, they encourage them to go through a period of adjustment, phasing out their old kit as it becomes outdated rather than simply throwing it away for no cause.

It is refreshing to see an industry actually make some sensible changes for environmental reasons, instead of just getting all excited and chucking away a bunch of perfectly good gear before it has hit its date of sale. Keep in mind that one is often urged to waste less material. There can be no greater material waste than discarding valuable commercial vehicle lighting fittings (the actual shoes in which the bulbs sit) simply because they do not support new, more energy-efficient items. Wait until the old one runs out, then bring the new one in. This way, all the energy this went into making the still-existing bulbs will not have gone to waste without purpose. That is a strategy it saves content, saves money and still allows companies to succeed.