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Abenteuer Allrad 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 21:25:26 Europe/London

Lazer Lamps at Abenteuer 2016

A little earlier than previous year’s, we are just back from our now regular annual pilgrimage to Europe’s largest off-road show – Abenteuer Allrad, held just outside the picturesque town of Bad Kissingen, 2 hrs east of Frankfurt. There are many great people, meetings, exhibitors, stories and memories to reflect on, so for those that weren’t able to be there, here’s our perspective on the week.

 

First off, because we’re British after all, a bit about the weather! We’re not sure why it is, but it seems every year we get lucky with the weather at Bad Kissingen (with the exception of Saturday afternoon/evening); the sun and warm weather does wonders for getting people from all across Europe through the gates. Their voyage is rewarded with a vast array of outdoor expedition and recreational vehicles, equipment, and accessories. It is impossible not to become encapsulated by what’s on show, and the wishful possibilities around your next trip, excursion, or weekend away.

 

Bimobil with Triple-R 28

We love this show because the visitors are in the most part very knowledgeable and specific in their requirements. A large majority are coming back to the show another day so they’re happy, and want, to spend time talking details, whether that’s about lights or anything else. Finding out about the latest technological developments, and/or about what’s coming next; the level of engagement is fantastic, and the team of 6 of us on the stand were more than happy to impart every last drop of knowledge and experience at our disposal.

 

This was our first year showcasing the new Triple-R 16, 24, and 28. The number of vehicles decked out around the showground highlighting their broad appeal, whether bolted to a pick-up’s roof rack, or atop a 14 tonne expedition truck. The imposing light’s certainly captured the attention on our stand, lucky for most it was sunny and sunglasses were a near necessity!

 


Genesis Import at Abenteuer AllradAs much as people love the staggering performance of the bigger off-road light bars, still the majority of people are focused on the potentially more practical range of road-legal driving lights. Appreciating the clear differentiator between the broader spread of light from the Hybrid Optic range versus the long-range illumination given from the Triple-R’s, you could literally hear the cogs turning as one person after another carefully considered the different buying factors, as they opened their wallets and headed off in the direction of Genesis Import (our German distributor) to complete their purchase.

 

M-Sport Ford Ranger

The growing appeal and recognition of the Lazer brand was tangible if nothing else by the number of vehicles sporting our lights. As we develop the technology, our distributors and dealers don’t less us down with more and more sleek, stylish OE quality installations which can’t fail to grab attention. Of particular note: the new M-Sport Ford Ranger revealed on Style-X’s stand on the opening day, and a 3D-printed Discovery 4 grille with integrated Triple-R 750s c/o OEM Plus.

 

As much as we enjoy speaking to end-users, Abenteuer Allrad is also a fantastic opportunity to catch-up and spend some good times with off-road distributors and dealers from across Europe. Thank you to all of you we met and spent time with over the week, including Pavel and Michael from Steeler, and Alex and Bine whose involvement each year is a huge blessing to us, and without their help we’d never have got through the Polish Moonshine!

 

See you there next year.

Lazer Lamps at Abenteuer Allrad 2016

Posted in News Off-Road Road Tuning Commercial Vehicle By Nick Linstow

M-Sport Announce New Partnership With Lazer Lamps

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 19:12:15 Europe/London

M-Sport WRC - Rally SwedenM-Sport is pleased to announce a new partnership with Lazer Lamps for the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship – taking advantage of the company’s new LED light technology from last weekend’s Rally Sweden.

The two companies have collaborated on a research and development project which has culminated in the Triple-R – a lighting solution that’s performance can be utilised at all levels of competition.

Offering weight saving and aerodynamic improvements, Lazer Lamps have achieved a three kilogram weight reduction combined with a 10 percent reduction in power consumption. Improvements in beam pattern – including spread and depth – have also been achieved and the team are keen to take advantage of the new technology.

Driver feedback has been encouraging and the Triple-R will be used across all of M-Sport’s rally programmes with an emphasis on the Ford Fiesta R5.

An R5 upgrade pack will be available immediately – allowing M-Sport’s valued customers to profit from recent development straight away.

Head of Rally Engineering at M-Sport, Chris Williams, said:

“We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Lazer Lamps. Our crews have tested the product and – together with our engineers and designers – found good lighting performance and particular gains in terms of both weight saving and aerodynamic efficiency.”

Lazer Lamps Managing Director, Ben Russell-Smith, said:

“We’re very excited about the new partnership with M-Sport. We’ve done a lot of work with the team in order to get the right product for this season and we hope it will provide an advantage as they take to the stages of the FIA World Rally Championship.

“The new Triple-R lights were specifically designed with feedback from M-Sport. The team has been consulted in bringing this product to market and I believe that we have produced something that meets all of their requirements in terms of both performance and advantage gains.

“The initial feedback from the drivers and co-drivers has certainly been very positive and I’m looking forward to seeing what benefits we can provide throughout the year.”

Finding The Perfect Rally Lighting Setup

Thursday, 4 February 2016 15:40:56 Europe/London

In this article we discuss the optimum rally lighting setup considering factors including: performance, regulations, and budget. Our lighting systems have, and increasingly are proven, to outperform the very best motorsport lighting systems from other LED and HID manufacturers, but if there's any doubt, don't take our word for it, check out the side-by-side comparison video which was taken during the development of our new Triple-R Competition lights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE

2x Triple-R 8 (1000) Competition
2x Triple-R 4 (750) Competition (or 2x Triple-R 4 (750) Elite2)
4/5 x Reeded Lenses
1x Boomer Single - Straight Mount Kit
2x Universal Single Lamp Mount

For ultimate performance, two Triple-R 8 (1000) Competition lamps should be mounted on the bonnet using our Boomer Single - Straight Mount kit which points the lights in a dead ahead orientation. 2x 15 degree Reeded Lenses, mounted one per lamp, will give additional spread of light better suited to all but the straightest roads/tracks. The further addition of a single Variable Reeded Lens (5/10 degrees) further improves visibility in fast (4th / 5th gear) corners. For tighter, twistier stages or rallies there is the flexibility to mount additional Reeded Lens to suit.

Boomer Single - Straight with Triple-R 8 Competition (with Reeded Lens)

The bonnet mounted lights deliver the long range illumination, while corner lighting should be handled by two Triple-R 4 (750) Competition, or two Triple-R 4 (750) Elite, the latter by comparison providing more spread of light both left/right and up/down, albeit without the same intensity as the Competition lights which work especially well in fast cornering, and on typically flatter, road rally stages. Both options should be used in conjunction with the Triple-R Reeded Lenses – 15 degrees (Horizontal or Vertical orientation) to ensure adequate coverage for both fast and slower corners. Corner lights should be mounted using our Universal Single Lamp Mount, which provides a robust, mounting solution to the corners of the car, while allowing full left/right adjustability of the angle of the light. Fiesta R5 customers should consider M-Sport's bespoke mounting solutions, tried and tested at the very highest level of WRC.

 

REGULATIONS

Boomer Single with Corner Lights

In most categories of racing, the FIA simply states that a maximum of six additional headlights, are permitted provided that they are accepted by the laws of the country. In most European countries an E-mark should be printed on the lens of the product, for it to be classified road-legal, and therefore 'accepted by the laws of the country'. The E-mark signifies compliance with European driving light test standards. 

For this reason all Triple-R lamps carry the E-Mark logo, and are certified road-legal (Triple-R 8 (1000) Elite to be certified in the coming weeks). For many of the higher intensity Triple-R lamps, this is made possible through our patent-pending E-BOOST function, which gives each light dual output functionality. With the supplied E-BOOST cap removed, the lights operate in E-mark compliant mode, ensuring compliance when driving on the open road between stages, and then by inserting the supplied E-BOOST cap, light output can increase by 3.5x, when permitted (i.e. during the closed road elements).

Local regulations vary, so we would always recommend checking these carefully before making any purchasing decisions. At the time of writing, in Finland and the UK for example, the requirement is always for E-mark lights; in France there is a maximum limit of 24 LEDs (i.e. 2x Triple-R 8 (1000) plus 2x Triple-R 4 (750)).

For some rally classes where the regulations don't ever demand road-legal driving lights, or for lights to be mounted in pairs, the bonnet-mounted solution above can be replaced by x1 Triple-R 16 Competition. The light output is the same, albeit with the added benefits of reduced weight, and simplified wiring.

 

ON A BUDGET

2x Triple-R 8 (1000) Standard
1x Boomer Single - Straight Mount Kit
2x Reeded Lenses

(Optional)
2x Triple-R 4 (750) Standard (or 2x ST4)
2/3x Reeded Lenses
2x Side Bracket Kit
 

M-Sport - Monte Carlo

While our products represent exceptional value considering the level of performance, we have a range of lower cost solutions which can still deliver a lighting solution to match the requirements of amateur teams competing in only a small number of night-time rallies each year, or those on a tighter budget.

For the bonnet-mounted lights these can be substituted for two Triple-R 8 (1000) Standard. These lights won't give you the range or intensity of light that you otherwise get from the Competition lights, albeit a single Triple-R 8 (1000) Standard will still deliver 1 lux @ 607m. However, an advantage of the Standard lights (or the Elite optic) over the Competition is the slightly wider spread of light. Mounting these lights using our Boomer Single can give flexibility to angle these lights out left/right, and with the addition of 2-3 Reeded Lenses, we would recommend 2x 30 degree Reeded Lens (Horizontal orientation), plus 1x 15 degree Reeded Lens, it is possible to have this lighting setup without the addition of cornering lights. There would be a reduction in beam length, but still a huge increase in performance over halogen, and the majority of HID bonnet pods.

If budget allows we would still recommend separate corner lights, and there are some options in this area to reduce cost. Two Triple-R 4 (750) Standard lights, with 15 degree Reeded Lenses will provide an excellent level of lighting in corners; an alternative would be to use x2 ST4 lights, these won't have the same range and intensity, but do provide a huge spread of light which can be advantageous on tight and twisty stages. Mounting of the corner lights with our Side Bracket Kits will reduce costs further albeit with less flexibility in the mounting position and adjustability.

Posted in News Motorsport By Nick Linstow

UK Journalist - Paul Cowland - Shares His 'Lazer' Experience

Friday, 18 September 2015 13:52:07 Europe/London

Subaru STi - Lazer GrilleWhen it comes to pure, unadulterated enjoyment behind the wheel, not much beats the cool air and empty roads of a night drive, does it really? If your idea of heaven is a midnight dash through the most involving and challenging of country lanes, then forget the size of your engine or the ferocity of your brakes. The smart money is spent out front, illuminating the way. When it comes to cerebral performance enhancements, the future is most definitely bright, my friends!

When you stop to analyse it, Petrolheads spend their modifying budget on the most eclectic mix of upgrades; stickier tyres, lighter seats, faster remaps, stiffer suspension. The list is literally endless. Every penny spent intended to maximise performance, enhance the driving experience and improve looks. Occasionally, you even find the holy grail and tick all three boxes at the same time! The only problem, once you have created this fire-breathing, pub-figure boasting behemoth, however, is the state of most roads during the daytime. Try and shake out your 500bhp monster during the hours of daylight, and you’ll spend more time sitting in traffic than you will powersliding through ‘B’ road apexes. The sad truth is, modern life, road congestion and high-powered motors are not easy bedfellows…

One answer to this conundrum is your nearest trackday. Book yourself in to one of the many superbly run events throughout the year and you can drive safely at full tilt for the whole day. It’s not cheap though, and a day’s worth of fun, tyres and brakes can easily make a substantial hole in around £500-700 worth of cash. No, save that one for a treat and think a little more laterally. If you can stomach getting up early – or staying up late – then there is a world of entertainment to be had by rapidly navigating deserted local country lanes… always within the legal speed limit, of course…

Lazer Lamps - Auxiliary Driving LightsEven within, ahem, the confines of a 60mph ceiling, it’s amazing how much fun your car can be when driving it quickly at night. The beauty of night driving is that it’s always easy to see what other traffic is coming too, long before it gets to you. So, driving sensibly, and within a large margin of safety, it’s the ultimate playground to get acquainted with your motor. If you’re really looking to raise the bar in terms of activesafety, you might want to upgrade your lighting output a little bit, and this is where a company called Lazer Lamps steps in with their literally brilliant product range.

If you haven’t had chance to look at their website before, Lazer Lamps are an all-British firm that was born out of one lighting engineer’s desire to create the most effective motorsport and automotive leisure lighting in the world. That talented young chap was Ben Russell-Smith, and after years of creating bewildering clever LED lighting solutions for all manner of top-end OEMs, he decided to pluck up his courage and soldering iron, lock himself in his R&D lab and create a light that’s luminescent enough to worry your local Air Traffic Control at 50 paces! Joking aside, what he did create was bright enough, durable enough and low enough in mass to go straight onto the shopping lists of factory teams like Bentley and Aston Martin for endurance racing and Ford’s M-Sport operation for its WRC campaign. Put simply, these lights give you a high quality ‘white’ light, just where you need it, making night-time driving more akin to hooning around in daylight.

For my introduction to this product, my road test subject was a nicely sorted Subaru WRX STI – itself no stranger to a brisk thrape through a nicely winding back lane. Initially, nearly all of my seat time in this accomplished cross-country machine had been during daylight, so the whole USP of Lazer lamps has been lost on me. That was all to change one fateful evening on a late-night blast across one of the UK’s best driving roads; the A4086, or as it’s more commonly known, The Llanberis Pass. For reasons I won’t bore you with, I ended up making this journey at a somewhat antisocial 2am. Normally, In Summertime, this is a great time to be on the limit in a 340bhp turbocharged car. Loads of cool, dense air to keep the blower on song, coupled with a complete lack of traffic to allow for unimpeded progress. On this road, that’s a blissful combination, but this time around, with the ability to keep my main beams on – and therefore bring the Lazer Lamps into play, I had something of a driving epiphany. For the first time ever at night, I could see every detail of both verges in pin-sharp detail. Allied to this, my range of vision was significantly extended, allowing me to foresee hazards – as well as the road orientation – many seconds before I have been able to before on main beams alone. The effect was akin to driving in daylight, with the effect being on off hugely increasing my confidence to push on a little bit.

Lazer Lamps - Subaru STi GrilleI quickly noticed that I was able to make safe and controlled progress along this wonderful road much more quickly than I had ever been able to before. It makes a great deal of sense when you think about it; for even the most talented of drivers, you can only ever pedal as fast as you can see. That’s why even mental rallying types bedeck the front of their chosen steeds with more candlepower than the Eddystone Lighthouse on full beam. When you can really see where you are heading, chances are you’ll feel a lot happier piling at full tilt towards it…

So how do they achieve this kind of power from such small units then? Using thoserallyists as our yard-stick, we can all remember the awesome site of racks of huge dinner-plate sized lamp units on sideways pedalled Group B icons as they slithered through ‘80s night stages, can’t we? The downside to that old technology was the massive increase in frontal area, undoing any carefully calculated aero work that the designers had skilfully sketched in, and that’s before you start factoring in the heat of filament lights, the huge current draw they need – meaning a larger alternator and greater engine drag – their significant weight, or the fragility of the lights themselves and the fine, hot, burning wire within them. By comparison the hardy LEDs of the Lazer Lamps, the unit’s unbreakable polycarbonate lenses and the ingenious cooling and reflector technology housed within the smart, fully waterproof alloy casing mean that I’m getting a whole lot more light than my rallying heroes ever did, but  without the penalties of weight, drag, fragility or current draw. A bit of a win-win really!

The lights on this test STI were the ST4 versions, which have been fully certified for road use, making them fully Police and MOT (UK annual test) friendly. If you fancy a set with build in DRLs, then you’ll want the ingenious RS range, in either 4 or 8 main LED flavours. In either case, these can be mounted freely, or built into a custom grille kit as with the Subaru. Lazer Lamps are adding to their bespoke grille range all the time, but engineering firms like ZunSport can also fabricate up one-offs if you fancy the factory look on a rarer machine. For those wishing to see a full KILOMETRE ahead, Lazer Lamps has recently had its fully motorsport-proven ‘Triple R’ range EU approved, meaning that these can be fitted to a road car with impunity, allowing you to literally drive behind the same light output as the top Le Mans and WRC teams. As these too are wired into your main-beam circuit, it’s all safe, legal and sensible for road use.

High Performance LED Driving LightsIf you enjoy night driving, and let’s face it, who doesn’t? You should perhaps think about putting a decent set of LED driving lights a little higher up your shopping list. It doesn’t matter how big your turbo, your tyres or your talent may be. In each case, you can only ever exploit what your confidence –and vision – allows you to. By increasing your active safety and field of vision by carefully focussed white light I promise you that you’ll make much quicker and more enjoyable progress in your night driving. And believe me, if you ever find yourself on the A4086 at 2 o’clock in the morning, I absolutely guarantee you’ll agree it was the best money that you ever spent on your car!

Lazer Lamps Sheds Light on Competitor Products

Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:07:56 Europe/London


Here at Lazer, we’re often asked how our lights compare to some of the best competitor products on the market (and compared to some of the worst too!). We thought it was time to make some benchmark testing and bring some of those photometric diagrams to life for our customers!

We tested rival LED products from Rigid Industries and Vision X, in addition to an Ebay-bought light bar from China to see how that would stack up. Each Lazer product was compared with an alternative product of either a similar claimed raw lumen output and/or a similar price point.

Each product was assessed identically. Beam distances are measured figures for the 1 lux line, while the Raw Lumen and Power Consumption figures are manufacturer quoted numbers. All images were taken using the same camera and fixed settings, in the company of a third party assessor.

 

Lazer ST8 vs Rigid E2 10" Drive



Rigid Industries: Two 10" E2 series products (Driving and Combo optics) were tested against the Lazer ST-8 hybrid beam LED spotlight. The Rigid Industries E2 10” Driving light offered a wide spread of light immediately in front of the vehicle, but the beam pattern faded noticeably after 80m-100m. It was felt that the E2 Drive would probably give a little too much light on the road directly in front of the vehicle with insufficient distance to work well with normal road driving speeds. The E2 combo would be a definite improvement for normal road driving, but there was a noticeable dark spot where the narrow beam of the hyper-spot optic would leave the customer wanting when driving on twisty roads.

 

 

 

Lazer ST8 vs Rigid E2 10" Combo

 

 

 

The hybrid beam pattern of the Lazer ST-8 demonstrated that it’s possible to have a comfortable spread of light close to the vehicle, combined with outstanding range and a decent spread of light in the crucial middle-distance, up to 200m away. After this point the beam pattern narrowed but still delivered usable light well over 300m. While both Rigid and Lazer products delivered a clean, homogenous beam pattern, the colour of light from the Lazer products was slightly warmer (4750K), and more akin to natural daylight.

Lazer Triple-R 1000 Standard vs Rigid E2 10" Combo

 

 

 



 

Medium- to high-speed driving was best served with the Lazer Lamps Triple-R 1000 (Standard) LED spotlight. Both of these lights delivered good distance; the Rigid Industries Combo has useable light at around 420m, while the Lazer Triple-R 1000 delivers useable light to 550m. In addition to the distance, the Lazer product also offered a wider spread of light in that all important 200m midrange area, albeit without the additional short range light the Rigid unit provides. In terms of which product would be right for the customer, this would also depend on whether the vehicle already has headlights which can provide some of the illumination close to the vehicle.





Lazer Triple-R 750 Standard vs Vision-X Cannon 50W



Vision X: We tested the E-mark version of the 50W Cannon with 20 degree beam angle. Due to its large LED chip, the focal point of the 50W Cannon isn’t particularly concentrated. The consequence of this becomes apparent on the beam pattern where the focus of the beam doesn’t achieve particularly strong distance and a fair proportion of the light is close to the vehicle. That said, we measured the beam pattern to 255m (1 lux) with an overall illuminated area akin to a narrow hourglass.

In contrast, the broad 50m spread of the standard Lazer Lamps Triple-R 750 model stopped darkness encroaching in this area, delivering decent levels of light up to 250m away for medium-speed driving. Short-range visibility is designed to be boosted by a vehicle's original headlamps on full beam.

Lazer Triple-R 750 Standard vs Vision-X Cannon 25W

 

 

  

The 25W Cannon was a much more efficient unit, which provided decent levels of mid- to long-range light especially for such a small, competitively priced unit. The downside was the lack of width on the beam pattern, and the side-by-side comparison with the Triple-R 750 Standard intended to show what difference an extra €50 / $80 could get you.







 



Lazer T-24 vs Ebay 40in LED Light Bar (Combo)




Ebay: A huge contrast was delivered in this comparison test. The unbranded 42" LED Light Bar available from Ebay claimed an extremely high lumen output for the price, but 90% of this light filled the 30m space immediately ahead of the vehicle and couldn't muster up enough strength to carry on much further after. Indeed, barely any light reached the flag positioned at 50m.

The Lazer T-24 hybrid beam LED driving/work light delivered exactly what customers would expect from a 40" light bar. With a kelvin grade that closely resembles daylight (4750K) the illumination was such that you might think you're in the land of the midnight sun. Designed primarily for off-road use, the bar offered a huge amount of light in a clean, homogenous beam. Alongside an 80m spread of light, the T-24 offered usable light well over 500m into the distance.

The Ebay product test highlighted a common problem with Far-East imported products; we wouldn’t suggest they're all as bad as the light we tested (although many could well be worse!), but the lack of accredited third party data, and independent testing makes it difficult to purchase these products with much confidence as to the quality you can ultimately expect to receive. It should also be mentioned that this was the second time we’ve used this light (also featuring in our Lazer/Lightforce/China comparison movie), and two of the 60 LEDs had failed which gave a poor quality appearance, and not a great deal of confidence that this product will last long enough for any more benchmark testing in the future!

Shedding some Light on the Rallye Breslau

Monday, 20 July 2015 11:42:44 Europe/London

Golden Lazer

The Rallye Breslau comprises two off-road races across Poland and Bulgaria, held at the end of June and mid-September respectively. Running in one form or another since 1995, the Breslau Poland (which actually begins in Germany) comprises Extreme and Cross Country categories, and pits 150 teams against the elements for 8 days racing across 1500km of forest tracks, military grounds, quarry pits, and vast terrains.

This is our second year sponsoring, and it was a pleasure to be out there supporting the event, and pushing the Lazer Night Challenge on the Wednesday night, for the coveted ‘Golden Lazer’ trophies. It’s a great opportunity to hang out with the competitors who use, or consider using our products, and the first hand feedback is always valuable.

With the benefit of hindsight we probably arrived a day too early, but it gave us the opportunity to see competitors arrive and meet with everyone during scrutineering. Like everyone we were pleased to see the start of the race and it didn’t disappoint from the very beginning!

The action was relentless as Unimog’s battled past 8x8 racing trucks, with the Cars and SSVs constantly nipping at their heals over the several laps of the 80km stage. That first stage benefitted from some rain shortly before the start, it kept the dust under wraps, needless to say as the sun shone over the proceeding days things became hotter, dustier, and dirtier.

Team Gigglepin - Rallye BreslauPolaris RZR - Rallye Breslau

 

By the time of the Lazer Night Challenge, the competitors had all settled into the race. It was a later than expected start due to the preceding stage earlier in the day, and relatively long transfer to the new camp at Poznan, but enthusiasm abound for some night racing and things got underway shortly before midnight.

 

 

There’s something about a decent night stage that gets a lot of people going. From a spectator’s perspective we love seeing the various pillars of light weaving their way towards us, but talking with competitors the next evening, it seems there’s a noticeable difference for them which comes from being well prepared, or not. As Jean-Marc Meunier (Team Cap Quad) put it, ‘Good lighting gives me a lot of confidence’. Regardless of whether teams were using Lazer products or not, we still saw a number of teams poorly prepared from a lighting perspective to deal with the challenging terrain and tough navigation. Whether in a mud hole, or looking to floor it down a fast flat section, if you can’t see where you going, or where to go next, you’re going to struggle!

Team Toyota Evolution - Rallye Breslau

From our perspective, we were delighted to see P1 and P2 in the Extreme Car, and P1 in the Cross Country Car categories, all using Lazer products. Coincidence? Who knows. The sun was coming up by the time we made it back to camp, and the gentle rumble of the petrol generator orchestra stirred us awake an hour or two later, but it didn’t matter, we had a great night, and during the day were delighted by the positive feedback from various teams running Lazer products the night before. Added to this plenty of interest from other teams looking to upgrade to a high performing, more reliable setup in future. Happy days, and nights!

 

Here’s a selection of comments back from competitors:

'This year we switched to Lazer, which really helped us in the night stage which we won.' #216 - Daniel Boiteux / Yves Maures (Team Toyota Evolution) - Toyota HZJ 75

'The lights were awesome. The best we have ever used on our car.' #308 - Raz Heymann / Hillel Segal (Pointer/3M) - Segal Segal

'The lights were incredible as always, amazing distance on the Triple-R's while the ST/RS lights gave a spread of light which really helped with navigation.' #238 - Jim Marsden / Wayne Smith (Team Gigglepin) - Gigglepin Defender

Cap Quad - Rallye Breslau

'The Triple-R gave me great distance illumination which complimented the quad's built-in lights.’ #105 - Jean Marc Meunier (Cap Quad) - Polaris Scrambler 1000

'[Lazer] is the perfect product for us, we had a lot of range and good spread.'...'Yesterday we had a problem when we rolled the car, but at least the lights are still working!' #209 - Stefan Henken / Mario Schneider - Suzuki Samurai SJ 413



Posted in News Off-Road By Nick Linstow

Illuminating the Path to Victory in 2015 Dunlop 24h Race

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 14:33:58 Europe/London

2015 Silverstone 24h Race - Aston Martin LagondaLast weekend (24-26 April) saw our products illuminating Silverstone with a brilliant display of high-performance auxiliary LED lighting in the punishing 2015 Dunlop 24 Hour Race.

Over one third of the 29 teams going head-to-head in this high-profile endurance race were equipped with night-piercing Lazer Lamps products - a factor that we believe was instrumental in securing multiple team wins throughout the classes, especially considering the spell of torrential rain through the Saturday night.

A highlight among these successes was the outstanding performance of the British manufacturer's flagship Triple-R lighting range. The Silverstone event marked the first time that this motorsport-focused product line had been used in an official endurance race since its launch.

 

In an impressive show of strength, the top two podium places were secured 2015 Silverstone 24h Race - Beechdean by teams running our products. Overall winner Beechdean Motorsport ran a light setup on its Aston Martin Vantage GT4 (Class 3) that included a Triple-R 750 Elite unit, while four laps behind in second place came Bas Koeten Racing's hard-charging Seat Leon Cup racer (Class 4) running a brace of Lazer ST-4 light units.

Fifth place overall went to works team Aston Martin Lagonda in another Aston Martin Vantage GT4 equipped with a pair of Triple-R 750 Elite lights. Meanwhile, team Red Camel - Jordans.nl was able to improve the night-time performance of its Seat Leon Cup racer and clinch a win in Class 5 after fitting the same setup during the weekend.

A special mention also goes to Team CHF500, which entered this gruelling race to raise money for the Children's Heart Foundation (https://www.justgiving.com/team-CHF500/) and finished a creditable 12th place overall in a specially prepared Porsche 968. We're not sure whether the pair of Lazer ST-8 light units or the car's pink-and-white colour scheme attracted more attention!

2015 Silverstone 24h Race Red CamelOur representatives were delighted with the interest expressed in the company's auxiliary lights over the course of the weekend. Buoyed by these results, we are anticipating another illuminating representation in the next 24-hour endurance event, which will take place at the infamous Nürburgring on 14-17 May.

For more details on the Lazer Lamps auxiliary lighting range, or to order, please click here.

Posted in News Motorsport Road Tuning By Nick Linstow

Land Rover Monthly visit the Lazer Lamps Production Facility

Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:55:24 Europe/London

Land Rover MagazineConsumer understanding of the intricacies of LED lighting technology has come a long way over the last 4 years since Lazer Lamps was formed, but we’re still trying to fill a knowledge gap crucial in helping both retailers and consumers understand why not all LED lights are made the same. It’s inevitably a technical subject though and while being able to demonstrate lighting in action will always be the best way to ensure consumers can make educated purchases, we know this isn’t always possible.

The myriad of misleading technical data doesn’t help the situation, and while there’s greater recognition of what is and isn’t important and relevant, we know not all manufacturers will fall in line and publish measured isolux readings to simplify product comparisons, but we can at least live in hope that using lumens as a measure of a lights effectiveness soon goes the way of the dinosaurs! 

So it comes down to the marketing department to help sell the products, position the brand in the right way, and educate representatives and consumers alike, but can you always trust them?! Often inaccurate or misleading information is hidden behind glossy slogans and straplines, and the truth is shaped around what you can, and what you want, to say. Consider the example of lights manufactured in China, but repackaged in the UK; it doesn’t actually make for lights ‘made in the UK’.

So from our perspective, while we’ve always tried to be very open and transparent about our products and their manufacture, we were delighted with the opportunity to welcome Ed Evans and Steve Miller from Land Rover Monthly magazine to visit the Lazer production site, and take a closer look at our products, and get a bit more of an understanding about LED’s and what makes the technology work well, and sometimes not so well. The resulting piece is well written, informed, and provides a great background to auxiliary LED lighting from the perspective of guys that haven’t spent hours considering the best adjectives to sell our lights. If you’ve an interest in auxiliary lighting it’s well worth 5 minutes of your time. 

To read Ed’s article please click here.

2015 Arctic Rally

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 12:38:28 Europe/London

2015 Arctic Rally The final stages in the development of our new product range required real world testing in arctic conditions - bring on the Arctic Rally in Rovaneimi… Our new product line is approaching launch, and there were a number of open questions that we wanted to know the answer to before launch. Rallying can sometimes takes place in poor light conditions, we often get asked by the rally fraternity whether our lights work in fog, ice-fog or snowy conditions, and does the beam penetrate far enough without glare coming back to the driver.     

We arrived in Rovaneimi for the 50th anniversary of the Arctic rally to undertake the final stages of development testing. Juha Salo, seven times Finnish rally champion had offered to use our prototype lights on the condition that they gave him an improvement over his existing HID set up. Fortunately, the Triple-R prototypes did not disappoint during Thursday evenings test. Juha was able to give us a quick (!) spin through the woods, and we saw immediately how fine particles of snow can be kicked up at these temperatures (-22C), and they remain hanging in the air leading to reduced visibility. The Triple-R 1000 lights that were fitted to the bonnet of his Mitsubishi Evo were able to penetrate as one constant beam under the snow fog, and the range seemed good compared against the HID pencil beam lights.

Thursday started with a text from Juha and his co-driver Markus Salminen saying that the lights may not be permitted due to not having the E-mark… The E-mark is the test standard used in Europe and through a number of other countries, whereby the light source used within a LED lamp is certified as a single LED Module, and therefore the lamp as a whole is considered to be “one lamp”. A hastily arranged meeting with the chief scrutineer, and a few phone calls later we received confirmation that they would consider the prototype lights to be considered as a single lamp, and therefore fitting two on to the bonnet would not conflict with the rule that a maximum of 6 auxiliary lamps can be fitted to the vehicle for the rally.

Fridays racing was extremely close, with Juha Salo & Markus Salminen (Mitsubishi Evo 9) and Karl Kruuda & Martin Järveoja (Citroen DS-3) vying for first place. After the final stage, we got some great feedback from Markus Saliminen, Salo Racing:

“The best lights I’ve used in snow/ice fog conditions. The even beam of light which replaces the conventional 4 cones of light really gives you comfort and allows for faster driving. Even on the clear stages, the even distribution of light allowed your eyes to focus on the road, not on the dark and light spots that can be seen from conventional HID lights. I would prefer to run with the Lazer products for future races over HID. No bounce or vibration was experienced using this lighting setup."    

2015 Arctic Rally Saturday started early, with race 7 beginning at 07.57. With sunrise near the Arctic Circle around 10:00am at this time of year, that meant the lights were again a crucial part of the cars performance. Juha and Markus extended their lead against Karl Kruuda, only to have a significant crash at SS8, with them dropping over a minute on the stage. Damage to the vehicle was mainly superficial but the car headlights had broken lenses and filled with snow, while the Triple-R prototypes had also been damaged by the impact. A quick change of prototype lights after special stage 10 allowed for a second set of Triple-R lights to be fitted to the vehicle before the final two dark stages. Going in to stage 11, Juha and Markus were 14 seconds behind Karl Kruuda, and the gap closed by the end of stage 11 to just 2 seconds. Everything would rest on stage 12, where fast straights and snow ice would really test the performance of our prototype lights. With speeds of over 200km/h across ice roads with walls of snow more than 1m on either side, this final stage was a tough way to finish the rally. Karl Kruuda retired following a technical fault which allowed Juha and Markus to win the event by an impressive 2 minutes and 43 seconds.  

Congratulations to Juha Salo and Markus Salminen for winning the 50th anniversary Artic Rally event. An epic achievement, and for us it was an invaluable piece of testing. We now know that the new Triple-R range will beat HID technology in even the toughest rally conditions. Bring on the 100 Acre Wood Rally in the United States, where the products will be launched!

Posted in News Motorsport By Nick Linstow

2015 Autosport International Show

Friday, 30 January 2015 13:20:49 Europe/London


Team Gigglepin 4x4The 2015 Autosport International show in Birmingham was an excellent way to start the New Year and show our current and forthcoming products – thanks to all of our customers who made it on to the stand!

The outstanding feedback we received from those drivers who have already used our lights proves once again the competitive advantage that Lazer gives at night time race events. We were also able to show customers a preview of our new product line which will launch in March 2015, to deliver more than five times the peak intensity of our current lights, equating to almost three times the distance.

It was great meeting the guys from M-Sport, they were displaying their 100th Fiesta R5, and their new 600bhp Rallycross car. It was also a pleasure to see our partnership with Acorn Motorsport Division going really well with our lighting contributing to the Team’s competitive performance.

On the Extreme off-road side, there was a fantastic display for the Ultra4 Race series, and it was great to catch up with our sponsored drivers, Team Gigglepin and Offroad Armoury.

We are looking forward to supporting these guys throughout 2015, they’ve got an incredibly tough race schedule, some epic videos, photos and results expected from those guys.

Acorn Motorsport

Lots of Endurance guys came to see us, our lights have made a big impact in the Britcar, Barcelona 24hr, and other endurance track series over the years. Britcar returns to Silverstone with another 24hr race this year, we’ll certainly be there to support our teams with good tips for getting the most out of their lights.

2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for us and for the teams running our lights…Hold on to your pants!

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