Grote Industries unveiled its breakthrough LightForm technology during a press conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show, which was held March 19-21 in Louisville, Kentucky. The announcement came on 20th anniversary of Grote Industries' introduction of the first commercially viable LED marker lamp.
“LightForm is a game changer that will dramatically alter the way the industry uses lighting, while challenging all of our imaginations in the process,” said Dominic Grote, vice-president of sales and marketing.
The audience got its first glimpse of LightForm as Grote walked around the room, holding an illuminated sheet of paper-thin material, which he flexed, bent, twisted, and rolled. The LED strip was powered by a small handheld battery pack.
At less than one millimeter thick, LightForm is a highly-advanced, thin-film, solid-state lighting device. It is also an environmentally-friendly lighting technology. Mounting a LightForm lamp can be quickly accomplished via a peel-and-stick method, using the familiar adhesive now found on conspicuity tape and other similar products.
“We can achieve the same FMVSS 108 photometric requirements for a P2-rated marker lamp, with just 2% of the material used in a traditional LED lamp, all while eliminating the installation cost and time associated with drilling holes, affixing mounting brackets, and utilizing traditional fasteners,” Grote said. “Tomorrow's truck interiors, as well as a variety of other vehicle interiors including aircraft and watercraft, will be much more interesting, attractive and functional because of LightForm.”