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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.

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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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Baja Designs Tricks for Treats: NEW OnX Arc Series & Squadron XL/XL-R


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Baja Designs Tricks for Treats:
NEW OnX Arc Series & Squadron XL/XL-R

Press Release:
October 29th, 2013

San Marcos, CA – The Scientists of Lighting at Baja Designs have reached into their bag of tricks to bring you a few new treats for the lighting season.

Forged from the mind of a Mad Scientist, the Baja Designs Squadron™ XL is truly the Frankenstein of lights. The XL grafts the powerful High Speed Spot™ optic from the OnX™ series to the sleek design of a Squadron®. Just like Frankenstein, the parts are compatible. Baja Designs uService® technology allows you to easily change the light pattern using any of the three included ClearView™ lens optics– High Speed Spot™; Driving Combo; or Wide Cornering. The Bezel is also available in modern square and old school round options.

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With a 4,300 raw lumen count and power draw of 42 watts, the new Squadron® XL has the distance of an 8” HID with the smooth spread of an LED. The Squadron™ XL is perfect for racers and enthusiasts that want a vast amount of light at any speed, but are looking for something other than a light bar. The XL’s three interchangeable lenses/patterns make the light capable of covering almost every lighting zone.

“The larger High Speed Spot™ optic allows me to more efficiently capture the light from the high-power XML-2 LED die which means that I can put every lumen right where the driver wants it. The performance increases are substantial when compared to smaller optics.” Alan Roach, engineer, optical designer, off-road racer.

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Offroad traditionalist? The Scientists of Lighting have created something just for enthusiasts with a love for vintage; the Squadron® XL-R combines the modern technology of the Squadron® XL LED light with the classic aesthetic of a 6″ round HID. An interchangeable round bezel bridges the gap between the old school and the new.

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Fresh out of the Lab, the Scientists of Lighting are proud to introduce you to the next generation in LED lighting technology. Beautifully arched to fit the contour of your bumper or windshield, the new OnX® ARC Series redefines the capabilities of the standard/traditional LED light bar.

The OnX® Arc Series is able to create seamless near-field and mid-field lighting, while also providing the cornering light necessary for driving with confidence in the dark. Available in four sizes ranging from 30″-51″ in length, and a lumen count ranging between 17,200 and 30,100 depending on the length.

Treat yourself to the highest performing LED lights on the market. With Baja Designs, you never have to be scared of the dark.

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

Press Release:

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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Size Really Does Matter

 

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San Marcos, CA – June 25th, 2013 -
The OnX LED Light Bar is the only light bar on the market that truly has the distance of an HID with the smooth spread of an LED. Previously, the OnX has been available in 8” increments ranging from 8” all the way to 59”, but customers asked for standard 10” increments and our “Scientists of Lighting” have answered with our new OnX Standard Series. The OnX Standard Series light bars are available in 20”, 30”, 40” and 50” lengths, each 10” segment uses 42 watts and offers an eye opening 4,300 lumens. For those of you who want to pack as much lighting power as possible into your light bar, our Pro Series is still available with 42 watts and 4,300 lumens in every 8” segment.
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The OnX utilizes a Cree XM-L2 T6 Bin LED at 5000k, which is complemented by our industry leading uService™ Technology of user changeable lenses and optics. If you’re looking for the guaranteed farthest projecting LED light on the market, look no further. Patterns available: High Speed Spot, Standard Spot, Driving Combo, Wide Driving Combo and Amber Wide Driving Combo.

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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’ 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.

LEDs are worthless without optics

The brightest LED light is worthless if it is not where the driver needs it. Most LED light systems use optics from third party companies. The majority of these optics produce round shapes, similar to a flashlight. All “spot” patterns are round to achieve maximum distance, but much of the large circle light is wasted at the top and bottom because it is not usable by the driver. Driving lights should be wider and more oval in shape to take maximum advantage of the available light provided.

What you need to know about off road lights

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Hey everyone, we wanted to share some information regarding light sources and beam patterns that might be useful when discussing lighting options or comparing products. We understand that this is  a lot of information to take in all at once, but please don’t be intimidated Baja Designs is here to help. If you ever have any questions about any article or products, please feel free to ask us.