In the field
Hagie was one of the first test companies to put the LED lighting system on its equipment and in the field. Bolson says LED lights have gone from being weak indicator lights in Hagie cabs to becoming a source of light surrounding the machines.
The company currently offers LED lights as an option in its STS series sprayers only as drive and field lights. “It’s a step up from the conventional lighting package,” Bolson says.
Kevin Bein, product marketing manager for AGCO Corporation, says the company chose to use LED lights concentrated on the combine header on its new Gleaner Super series to satisfy customers’ requests for brighter lights. Bein admits the lights are expensive, but says they are definitely worth the investment.
John Deere includes LED lights as an option on its equipment. “Currently they are more expensive than HID or halogen lights but they are more robust and have better life,” says Tony Kajewski of John Deere. “The price is dropping and most of the industry will probably go to them in the future when they become more cost-effective.”
One of the disadvantages of an LED light is that it does not have the same intensity and distance throw as HID lighting. LED lights are more concentrated to the surrounding area of a machine.
Even so, Sarah Brown of TRP Aftermarket Parts says that LEDs will “provide many new design opportunities” for future lighting options as their technology and popularity progress.