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Baja Designs ClearView™ Lessons in Lighting


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Baja Designs ClearView™ Lessons in Lighting
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November 26th, 2013

San Marcos, CA – Baja Designs Mad Scientist brings the Lab to Las Vegas to explain the science behind properly mounting and aiming lights in ClearView™ Lessons in Lighting.

Scientists of Lighting Alan Roach and Tex Mitchell partner with Ricky Johnson and Menzies Motorsports to eliminate the guesswork of lighting set ups. Baja Designs’ 5 unique Lighting Zones explain where each pattern should be used and placed. Even if you don’t run Baja Designs lights, this video will help you get the most out of your lighting.

clearview_zonesFor more information regarding light projection, CLICK HERE to view our Isolux Charts.

Baja Designs unique ClearView™ Multi-Form Optics have the ability to create mid-field, near-field, distance, and cornering light. Each of these Lighting Zones require a different lighting pattern to achieve the smooth spread of illumination desired when driving or riding at night.

“We are privileged to work with many different race teams to develop their lighting packages. Combining our racing experience with the experience of the teams, we develop the patterns and find
out exactly what their lighting needs are. They tell us what they want and we engineer a solution to it. It’s all about developing the correct optical patterns to distribute the light where you need it.” – Owner, Engineer, Racer and Mad Scientist Alan Roach.

Media Contact:
Trent Kirby – Marketing Director
Baja Designs

ABOUT BAJA DESIGNS: Since 1992 Baja Designs has been driven to provide high quality, custom off-road equipment utilizing technical innovations backed by real world and racing experience. Originally the leading supplier of street-legal dual-sport kits, Baja Designs has matured to become the premier supplier of off-road race lighting, as well many other bike, truck, ATV, mining, industrial and agricultural lighting products. Countless racing wins have earned Baja Designs a solid reputation in the powersports and motorsports industries as well as being selected as a supplier to the U.S. Special Forces. Baja Designs, the Scientists of Lighting, continuously bring you … bright ideas made better!
© 2013 Baja Designs, Inc. All rights reserved. uService®, Stealth®, Strykr™, OnX®, Scientists of Lighting™ and the Baja Designs logos are registered trademarks of Baja Designs, Inc. 2013.

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ClearView™ Multi-Form Optics – A Scientific METHOD TO THE MADNESS


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ClearView™ Multi-Form Optics
A Scientific METHOD TO THE MADNESS

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October 22nd, 2013

San Marcos, CA – Baja Designs ClearView™ Multi-Form Optics accurately control each lumen in order to provide you with up to twice the light of other manufacturers LED lights.

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ClearView™ Multi-Form Optics are computer designed in-house by Baja Designs’ team of racing engineers who have first-hand knowledge of the lighting needs of all types of drivers and riders. Each new optic is then meticulously prototyped in-house, and personally tested and perfected by Baja Designs owner and engineer Alan Roach.

“The ultimate goal of lighting is to provide a smooth field of light so the driver can drive quickly with minimal fatigue. My engineering and racing knowledge combined with the feedback of our professional racers and drivers has allowed us to develop the best optics in the industry.” – Alan Roach Baja Designs Owner, Engineer, and Mad Scientist.

clearview_zonesFor more information regarding light projection, CLICK HERE to view our Isolux Charts.

Each optic is Made in America and designed to illuminate a specific Lighting Zone. Their Wide Cornering and Wide Driving patterns are the only lights available that offer a horizontal cut off in order to make the light usable in either fog or dust without causing blinding back scatter. Baja Designs’ High Speed Spot™ has revolutionized LED lighting by truly achieving the distance of an HID with the smoothness of an LED. Other patterns available are Driving, Spot, and Flood. Amber patterns are also available.

With more useable patterns than any other manufacturer, ClearView™ Multi-Form Optics provide you with a light for every zone and a scientific method to the madness.

Media Contact:
Trent Kirby – Marketing Director
Baja Designs

ABOUT BAJA DESIGNS: Since 1992 Baja Designs has been driven to provide high quality, custom off-road equipment utilizing technical innovations backed by real world and racing experience. Originally the leading supplier of street-legal dual-sport kits, Baja Designs has matured to become the premier supplier of off-road race lighting, as well many other bike, truck, ATV, mining, industrial and agricultural lighting products. Countless racing wins have earned Baja Designs a solid reputation in the powersports and motorsports industries as well as being selected as a supplier to the U.S. Special Forces. Baja Designs, the Scientists of Lighting, continuously bring you … bright ideas made better!
© 2013 Baja Designs, Inc. All rights reserved. uService®, Stealth®, Strykr™, OnX®, Scientists of Lighting™ and the Baja Designs logos are registered trademarks of Baja Designs, Inc. 2013.

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CopperDrive® – Shines Brighter, Runs Harder, Cools Faster, Lives Longer


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CopperDrive® – Shines Brighter, Runs Harder, Cools Faster, Lives Longer

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August 13th, 2013

San Marcos, CA – Baja Designs’ CopperDrive® LED Management System permits their lights to shine brighter, run harder, cool faster and live longer. High output white LEDs generate a lot of heat, requiring proper thermal management to safely drive them at 100% power. 100% power is the only way to get the lumen count promised by the LED manufacturer.

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The Scientists of Lighting at Baja Designs have designed their CopperDrive® with four levels of heat management. Copper core printed circuit boards are combined with thermally conductive gap pads, aircraft grade aluminum heat sinks and microprocessor controlled thermistors to achieve both a high level of performance and a 49,930 hour lifespan of the LEDs.

“I could do what everyone else does and run our lights at 70% power to preserve the longevity of the LED, but I would rather use proper thermal management techniques and available airflow to push the LED to 100% so that we get a brighter package in a smaller space.” –Alan Roach, Owner/Chief Engineer/Mad Scientist: Baja Designs


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How exactly does CopperDrive® work? Copper is 60% more conductive than aluminum, and thermal gap pads are 50% more efficient than thermal paste (100% more efficient than nothing) at transferring heat away from the LEDs. In addition, Baja Designs’ heat sinks are specifically designed to optimize the surface area and airflow over the light. The last layer of heat management is thermistors that monitor the temperature at the LED to ensure that even in the hottest environments your LED stays safe and bright.

Check out the video by clicking the image above to watch an overview of CopperDrive® technology by Alan Roach, Owner of Baja Designs.

Look for the CopperDrive® icon on all applicable LED products from Baja Designs. More product news from Baja Designs in the upcoming months will reveal a complete series of innovations designed to continually bring you a re-evolution of bright ideas made better.

CopperDrive® allows Baja Designs to deliver the brightest, longest lasting LED auxiliary lights available.

Media Contact:
Trent Kirby – Marketing Director
Baja Designs

ABOUT BAJA DESIGNS: Since 1992 Baja Designs has been driven to provide high quality, custom off-road equipment utilizing technical innovations backed by real world and racing experience. Originally the leading supplier of street-legal dual-sport kits, Baja Designs has matured to become the premier supplier of off-road race lighting, as well many other bike, truck, ATV, mining, industrial and agricultural lighting products. Countless racing wins have earned Baja Designs a solid reputation in the powersports and motorsports industries as well as being selected as a supplier to the U.S. Special Forces. Baja Designs, the Scientists of Lighting, continuously bring you … bright ideas made better!
© 2013 Baja Designs, Inc. All rights reserved. uService®, Stealth®, Strykr™, OnX®, Scientists of Lighting™ and the Baja Designs logos are registered trademarks of Baja Designs, Inc. 2013.

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Concrete Jungles and Mountain Streams Don’t Stand a Chance

 

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Concrete Jungles and Mountain Streams Don’t Stand a Chance
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August 6th, 2013
San Marcos, CA – Attention Triumph Tiger and Suzuki V-Strom Owners: Baja Designs has created a package just for you. From bombing across open deserts and charging mountain streams, to cruising concrete jungles, the Scientists of Lighting want to help you take your adventure to the next level. Baja Designs has expanded their adventure bike lineup to include vehicle specific kits for the Suzuki V-Strom and Triumph Tiger Adventure Bikes, giving enthusiasts the ability to customize their bikes with the best in LED lighting technology.

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“Either of these kits are incredible lights to ride with. After installing these on my personal bike, not only do they provide a smooth blend of light for slow technical riding, but also the distance that’s needed for high speed terrain.” –Trent Kirby, Marketing Manager Baja Designs.

The Baja Designs Triumph Tiger and Suzuki V-Strom Adventure Kits are equipped with everything you will need for a complete installation on a 2013 Triumph Tiger 800XC, a Suzuki V-Strom DL650 (2004-’11) or DL1000 (2002-’12). Users have the option of choosing between Baja Designs powerful Squadron® and SII LED lights.

Squadron® and SII LED lights maintain a 49,930 hour LED life expectancy, and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Utilizing the highest quality LEDs with an optimal 5000k color temperature rating and optics that offer both distance and the smooth spread of an LED, Baja Designs products efficiently reduce eye strain on long night rides.

Fear not water crossings, as these lights are rated IP69K, which renders them submersible up to 9 feet. This may come in handy when you pick the wrong line and end up in deeper water than expected.
Whether you are riding the concrete jungle or crossing the Continental Divide, Baja Designs brings you the LED lights needed to fight the night and make your adventure bike tough.

If you have questions, don’t be left in the dark, please contact Baja Designs @ (760)560-2252.

Media Contact:
Trent Kirby – Marketing Director
Baja Designs

ABOUT BAJA DESIGNS: Since 1992 Baja Designs has been driven to provide high quality, custom off-road equipment utilizing technical innovations backed by real world and racing experience. Originally the leading supplier of street-legal dual-sport kits, Baja Designs has matured to become the premier supplier of off-road race lighting, as well many other bike, truck, ATV, mining, industrial and agricultural lighting products. Countless racing wins have earned Baja Designs a solid reputation in the powersports and motorsports industries as well as being selected as a supplier to the U.S. Special Forces. Baja Designs, the Scientists of Lighting, continuously bring you … bright ideas made better!
© 2013 Baja Designs, Inc. All rights reserved. uService®, Stealth®, Strykr™, OnX®, Scientists of Lighting™ and the Baja Designs logos are registered trademarks of Baja Designs, Inc. 2013.

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Nocturnal Raptor… Discovered

 

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San Marcos, CA – July 30th, 2013 -
As LED light bars are quickly becoming the new standard in aftermarket lighting design, the Scientists of Lighting at Baja Designs are proud to introduce the new Ford Raptor Fog Pocket Kit. This unique kit provides Raptor owners the option to mount Baja Designs’ powerful OnX® LED Light Bars in the smallest of spaces.
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“When I had the opportunity to design a fog pocket kit for the Ford Raptor, I was excited to create a product that provides maximum versatility for our customers, and the ability to mount the first light bar in that location.” –Tex Mitchell, Engineer for Baja Designs.Raptor owners may choose between our 8” OnX® LED Light Bars, four Squadron® LED Lights, or four SII LED Lights. The versatility of the Ford Raptor mounts will also accommodate a combination of one SII LED Light, and one Squadron® LED light on each side, all while utilizing the same unique mounting system. The Ford Raptor Fog Pocket Kit comes with two mounting brackets and all the hardware necessary to install them. Lights and wiring harnesses are sold separately.
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Whether you are looking for a cornering light, fog light, or distance lighting, this new mount will enable you to have almost an endless number of patterns and light configurations. If you are not sure which combination will be most efficient for your Ford Raptor, you may refer to Baja Designs ISOLUX Charts or their friendly sales staff. Now every breed of Raptor can discover the night.
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Trent Kirby – Marketing DirectorBaja Designs

ABOUT BAJA DESIGNS: Since 1992 Baja Designs has been driven to provide high quality, custom off-road equipment utilizing technical innovations backed by real world and racing experience. Originally the leading supplier of street-legal dual-sport kits, Baja Designs has matured to become the premier supplier of off-road race lighting, as well many other bike, truck, ATV, mining, industrial and agricultural lighting products. Countless racing wins have earned Baja Designs a solid reputation in the powersports and motorsports industries as well as being selected as a supplier to the U.S. Special Forces. Baja Designs, the Scientists of Lighting, continuously bring you … bright ideas made better!
© 2013 Baja Designs, Inc. All rights reserved. uService®, Stealth®, Strykr™, OnX®, Scientists of Lighting™ and the Baja Designs logos are registered trademarks of Baja Designs, Inc. 2013.

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Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened Shine Bright in the 2013 Baja 500


Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened Shine Bright in the 2013 Baja 500
San Marcos, CA – June 12th, 2013 - Congratulations to all participants in this year’s 2013 Tecate Score Baja 500 and a special thank you to Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened. Notably one of the toughest off-road races in the world, this year’s Baja 500 was an invigorating new format that stirred up the race right from the start.
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New course sections, new series owner and new rules made for an especially exciting race. The 500 course was very technical, compared to recent years, which meant most race teams had no choice but to turn on their lights and drive through the night.

Baja Designs’ Team Enlightened earned a total of 19 podium finishes in 16 classes.

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Menzies Motorsports – 3rd
Terrible Herbst – 4th
Galindo Motorsports – 6th
RPM OFFROAD – 8th
Terrible Herbst – 10th
McMillin Racing – 11th
Vildosola Racing – 12th
Greg Nunley – 17th
Mastercraft – 18th
All German Motorsports – 19th

Class 1

RPM OFFROAD – 1st
Corey Keysar – 2nd
Parkhouse Racing – 4th
Lyle Bask – 6th
Edge Motorsports – 7th

Trophy Truck Special

RPM OFFROAD – 1st
Mills Motorsports – 2nd

Class 10

Mike Johnson – 1st

Class 8

RPM OFFROAD – 1st
Rick Sanchez – 2nd

12 SCORE Lites

Rafael Navarro IV – 1st

Class 1/2 1600

Jose Ruvalcaba – 4th
Jorge Sampietro – 5th

Class 5 UnLtd

Cody Kellogg – 1st
Jose Lopez – 3rd

Class 5-1600 LTD

RPM OFFROAD – 1st

Class 7sx

Elias Hanna – 1st

Class 30

Team Arredondo – 1st

Class 22

Kurt Caselli – 2nd

Class 21

Adam Neuwirth – 1st

Class 20

Mark Bradford – 2nd

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Jorge Valdes – 1st

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Adolfo Arellano – 2nd

Red Bull Trophy Truck racer Bryce Menzies qualified 3rd and finished 3rd in class, only minutes behind the first place team. Bryce’s co-driver Pete Mortensen had this to say, “This was our first race with an all LED setup. We had them at the Mint 400, but we didn’t get a chance to use them for more than 20 minutes. Bryce and I were very satisfied with how they performed and I like the fact that they are easy to package on the truck.”

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Last year’s release of the Baja Designs OnX LED light bar brought a new technology and experience to off road night racing, allowing for high speed night driving with only LEDs.

Alan Roach, founder and head engineer of Baja Designs raced with Mills Racing in a Spec Trophy Truck finishing 2nd in class. “I drove the entire night section – I saw the sun go down and come up again from the driver’s seat. The LED setup is so much easier on the eye and with the projection of the OnX, I barely noticed it was night time.”

Cody Parkhouse, 4th place finisher in Class 1, said, “The Baja Designs OnX is by far the best light we have ever used on a race car. We came back into Ensenada after more than 120 miles at night with the OnX, not once were we concerned.”

Thank you again to all of our supporters and Team Enlightened for another amazing display of skill, sportsmanship and athleticism at this year’s Tecate Score Baja 500. The Scientists of Lighting are here for all of your lighting needs – no matter what vehicle you choose – ensuring that bright ideas are always made better.

Media Contact:
Trent Kirby – Marketing Director
Baja Designs, Inc.

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Bright Just Got Brighter


Bright Just Got Brighter
San Marcos, CA – June 4th, 2013 -
Baja Designs LED lights are now 20% brighter. The Scientists of Lighting are installing the newest versions of the XP-G and the XM-L manufactured in North Carolina by CREE. Baja Designs OnX, Squadron, and SII led lights are made with CREE’s new XM-L2 (10 watt) and the Stealth LED light bars contain the new XP-G2 (5 watt).
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“We have written many white papers and spoken countless times about LED efficiency over the years, but it never ceases to amaze us how much room there is for improvement from LED manufacturers. CREE, like us, is an engineering based company and once again their engineers have not only improved their efficiency, but have used new technology to increase the brightness of these LEDs.” – Alan Roach

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These are the kind of improvements that allow Baja Designs to make night time driving as comfortable as driving in daylight. The Scientists of Lighting are proud to work with other U.S. manufacturers such as CREE that strive for endless perfection and bring you bright ideas made better. If you are looking for the brightest LED lights available or if you would like to upgrade an existing product to the new 20% brighter XP-G2 and XM-L2, please call the Scientists of Lighting at Baja Designs.

Media Contact:
Trent Kirby – Marketing Director
Baja Designs

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Baja Designs – Built to Weather the Perfect Storm

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Built to weather the perfect storm.
San Marcos, CA – May 7th, 2013 - Baja Designs’ Scientists constantly research the latest technologies for ways to make their LED lights better. Their new Moisture Block cord is an innovative new technology that solves one of the biggest problems that plagues LED lights – water in the light. Moisture Block completely stops water from wicking its way up the cord and into the lights.
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“Our lights have to be impervious to pretty much everything – dust, rain, snow, water crossings and collisions to name a few,” says founder and Chief Engineer Alan Roach. “Our new Moisture Block cord system is a fail-safe way to make sure that our lights are 100% waterproof no matter how harsh the conditions are and even if the customer cuts off our waterproof connector,” says Roach.

The Moisture Block functions exactly to its name, completely blocking moisture or water from working it’s way through the cord and into your LED light. Even if you cut the connector off, your light is still waterproof and you won‘t void your warranty. Moisture Block, another great innovation in lighting from the Scientists of Lighting at Baja Designs.

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In other news, the Baja Designs’ Scientists of Lighting have yet another “bright” idea made better. Squadron and SII LED lights are now available in an attractive and salt water resistant white coating. These MIL-SPEC lights provide amazing light output with incredible functionality and customization.

“The Squadron and SII LED lights have been used in every imaginable condition and surpassed our expectations every time” says BD Engineer Tex Mitchell.

“I am an avid fishing enthusiast and as everyone knows, boat deck lighting can be power hungry and extremely fatiguing to the human eye,” says Mitchell. “The Squadron and SII are available in four patterns and utilize uService™ technology which gives the pattern choices and customization that has been lacking in the marine market. On top of that, the 5000 kelvin color temperature is comfortable to the eye and provides excellent color recognition.”

BD’s marine white Squadron and SII LED lights boast the same quality and construction that has been proven in off road, agriculture, and military applications for more than 20 years.

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Baja Designs is attending Stadium Super Trucks!

 

 

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Stadium Super Trucks!

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The Scientists’ of Lighting at Baja Designs would like to invite you to join them at an awesome new event series, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks. Baja Designs is very excited to be a part of the event; located in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, as a vendor they are happy to represent quality U.S.A. made LED lighting at this promising new race series.

“Stadium racing helped Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and myself launch our careers,” said Robby Gordon, President of SST. “Bringing off-road racing back to the stadium like Mickey Thompson did has been something that I have wanted to do for a long time, and I am proud to say that we have finally accomplished it. SST offers attractive racing venues, remarkable track designs, substantial purse, and opportunity for network TV a lot like NASCAR because you can visualize the whole track.”

Baja Designs will be equipped with a variation of products and the Scientists will be more than happy to answer any and all lighting questions. Come stop by our booth in the PIT section of the stadium for exciting discounts and prizes, just look for the labcoats! For more information on Stadium Super Trucks, events, and racers please follow this link.

SII colored lenses now available in amber, blue, green and red.


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Baja Designs’ Scientists Evolve uService™ LED Lighting Systems

Baja Designs’ Scientists Evolve uService™ LED Lighting Systems

SAN MARCOS, CA – Baja Designs (BD) has always engineered and manufactured LED lighting systems with replaceable lenses and optics. Amazingly enough, almost all other LED bars are silicone sealed and not serviceable. If a BD lens is scratched or scored, you don’t replace the entire light as you do with most imported products, nor do you need to send it back to the manufacturer as you would with other popular LED lights.

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BD’s uService™ technology allows you to simply unscrew BD’s water and dust proof lens and seal to replace the damaged optics or lens. On top of that, the same uService™ technology means you can also change the optics of your light. When you consider that BD also includes a limited lifetime warranty on all their lights, uService™ offers the ultimate in purchase protection.

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“Racing off-road for over 25 years has taught BD engineers to design products to endure even the roughest of conditions. Our uService™ replaceable lenses and optics will further guarantee a race finish while also saving you money from needing to buy a replacement light,” says Chief Scientist and Baja Designs founder, Alan Roach. Alan also added, “You wouldn’t throw out your car if your windshield cracks, would you? No, you’d just replace the windshield. So why would anyone design a disposable LED driving light? That’s crazy!”

Baja Designs has also evolved the uService™ technology to permit “customization.” Replaceable lenses and optics allow you to customize your pattern for any application on the fly or make repairs quickly and easily. BD’s uService™ products are uniquely o-ring sealed and carry an IP69K rating – that means they are submersible up to 9 feet and pressure washer-safe up to 1450 PSI. Catch the company’s YouTube video featuring Zog the Caveman attempting to rebuild his disposable lights while the Baja Designs Scientist easily breezes through his rebuilding process in minutes.

Look for the uService™ icon on all applicable LED products from Baja Designs. More product news from Baja Designs in the upcoming months will reveal a complete series of innovations designed to continually bring you a re-evolution of bright ideas made better.