One of the really fun things about talking to manufacturers at the SEMA Show is hearing all the different ways people use their products. We stopped by Rigid Industries and talked to Miranda Fuller; the Director of Marketing.
During our conversation she mentioned that while people are using their lights on their vehicles, they are finding their way on boats, emergency equipment, pit lighting and even on submarines. Yep, they have a customer who mounts their lights on his submarine and takes them down as far as the sub will go. Personally, I use them to light up trucks at night when shooting feature vehicles.
Rigid Industries uses such pure clean light that it is really hard to beat for photography. For more info specifically on their lights and the technology behind the glass, click here.
We spent quite a bit of time with Fuller talking about all of their new products. Just like last year, they had a ton of them being released at the show. So many that we could actually devote an entire issue to nothing but Rigid Industries new products. So, we are just going to highlight some key new ones now and go a little more in depth on some of the others in the coming months.
DOT and SAE legal
Finally, a street legal LED option that provides the extra light needed when driving in rural areas. The new DOT and SAE lights must be sold in pairs and are available as high beams (white light) or as fog lights (amber). To achieve the certification, Rigid Industries had to develop a new optic. According to Rigid, the “all new Clarilux optic provides for a wider, bright and smoother pattern than has ever been available.”
Rigid Goes Round
Yes, sometimes you can fit a square peg into a round hole, but a round light fits better in a round hole. Rigid realized that and has developed a new line of R-series round lights. These feature a curved front glass and housings and crossbeam light pattern. The overall package is available in a standard R-46 size.
Rigid Industries has been getting request from a number of fire departments and other users asking for a more diffused light. This is almost completely against what Rigid does. They have been so focused on projecting a tight, very defined pattern that manufacturing a light that isn’t focused is almost wrong. Well, that is until now. Their new LED Scene Lighting has a 115 degree beam which will provide a very wide pattern. While this may be great for fire departments and other rescue workers, we think a lot of racers will be grabbing these for pit lights.
Ok, so the RDS lights (the curved LED bars) aren’t new. Rigid introduced them last year, but they are expanding the lineup. They now come in 20, 30, 40, 50, and 54 inches. On very cool aspect from Rigid’s perspective is that they just received the patent on a curved LED bar. So, hopefully, we won’t be seeing some overseas look alike hit the market trying to imitate Rigid’s RDS lights.
These are just a few of the many debuts that Rigid Industries had at this year’s show. We will be following up in the next few months with more in depth pieces on these lights and their other product offerings. So, stay tuned!