Larson Electronics is introducing an infrared Light Emitting Diodes (LED) based headlight system for vehicles, designed to allow users to replace or augment their vehicles current headlights with infrared illumination that is visible only with the use of night vision devices. The 60 Watt LED’s output is set to be in the infrared 940Nm end of the light spectrum, making it ideal for military applications where covert operations require the ability to illuminate areas without being visible to others. The company describes the LEDLB-20E-IR-MHL LED Infrared LED Headlight as a rugged and powerful LED light bar that gives operators in military and security related fields the ability to illuminate the area in front of their vehicles with infrared illumination that is visible only with the use of night vision goggles and headgear or infrared camera systems. Because of their heavy duty design and high power infrared output, these infrared LED headlights are also well suited to similar applications such as security and law enforcement as well as marine applications where night vision equipment is commonly used.
The entire lamp assembly measures only 12 inches long by 3 inches high, making it easy to mount in a variety of locations where space is at a premium. The LED assembly contains twenty Edison Edixeon 3 watt infrared emitters paired with high purity optics to provide high output and excellent beam quality without the irregularities and unevenness associated with HID and incandescent infrared lighting systems. These units can operate from any voltage ranging between 9 and 42 VDC, and have active heat control programming that allows them to maintain full power output without excessive heat buildup that can lead to premature LED failure. The entire lamp assembly measures only 12 inches long by 3 inches high, making it easy to mount in a variety of locations where space is at a premium. The mounting system consists of a pair of adjustable aluminum brackets with rubber isolators and stainless steel hardware for secure installation and added resistance to the effects of heavy vibration and jarring impacts.