While our utility and military customers found the original HL-85-HID and HL-85 suitable, our hunting and sportsmen customers were constantly stretching the cord beyond its limits repeatedly, said Rob Bresnahan with Larson Electronics' magnalight.com.
Kemp, TX (Vocus) October 17, 2009
Larson Electronics’ Magnalight announced several upgrades to its HL-85 series of hunting lights for this season, including the HL-85 halogen spotlight, HL-85-HID 3200 lumen HID spotlight and HL-8510W LED spotlight. The majority of the upgrades focus on the wiring, switch and cord. Upgrades related to the cord include switching to Deutsch connectors for waterproof disconnects and added cord grips and strain reliefs internally. A new cigarette plug affords the user a tighter grip in the cigarette plug socket. A push button, booted switch replaces the rocker switch and a standard H3 bulb configuration replaces the bi-pin bulb on the halogen HL-85. In general, the upgrades improved durability under extreme conditions and rough use.
“While our utility and military customers found the original HL-85-HID and HL-85 suitable, our hunting and sportsmen customers were constantly stretching the cord beyond its limits repeatedly, said Rob Bresnahan with Larson Electronics’ magnalight.com. “So we changed the wiring to protect the light and added our military grade cigarette plug to ensure it will stay connected to the power in the socket, even with relentless tugging on the full length of the cord. While we still ship these hunting spotlights with coil cords, we offer our industrial grade straight cords in 16 and 25 foot lengths. We use heavy jacketed wire on these, so tangling isn’t an issue. This is the cord we use with our standard utility service Controlight spotlights and floodlights. We changed over to a booted push button switch, which is easier to use whether you have gloves on or not. Finally, we changed the bulb in our halogen models. The bi-pin style halogen bulb in the HL-85 is a good bulb, but people changing reflectors from clear to red were hitting it and causing damage. We make our own H-3 bulb for this now which has a thicker filament and is about 25% brighter than a standard H3 bulb. The user does need a screwdriver now to change the bulb, but the light and the bulb can take a lot more abuse."
Rob concluded, “Of course our latest addition to the HL-85 series is the HL-85-10W1, which is an 800 lumen, 10 Watt LED spotlight. This LED spotlight draws less than 1 amp on 12 volts and projects a beam 900 feet long by 45 feet wide at its widest point. Reflective and white objects can be seen to distances of 1500 feet. This LED spotlight weighs less than 1 pound and has a narrow reflector head that is less than 2 inches in diameter. You can hold this light all night long and never get tired. This LED light projects as much light as the halogen HL-85, but without the larger reflector. The HL-85-10W1 redefines what a compact, pistol grip style 12/24 volt spotlights is. The LED light head is rated for 50,000 hours of life, so changing a bulb is no longer a concern.”
Larson Electronics offers a wide array of hunting spotlights, military spotlights and utility work lights. You can learn more at magnalight.com or 1-800-369-6671 (1-903-498-3363).