NAPA, CALIF. -- LED headlights will now be standard equipment on Freightliner Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution trucks. The long-lasting LED lights offer superior nighttime visibility and improved object recognition at night. The LED beam pattern also reduces eyestrain for drivers and minimizes harsh headlight glare to oncoming traffic.

In addition to the safety enhancement provided by LED forward lighting, LED lights reduce the current draw on the vehicle’s electrical system. Freightliner says the LED lights will last about 50 times longer than traditional halogen headlamps.

“We want every component on our products to not only be cost-efficient, but to enhance vehicle safety and productivity,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks.

The LED headlamps, supplied by Truck-Lite, underwent vigorous field testing in a variety of extreme weather conditions.

In January 2013, Freightliner Trucks offered the custom headlamp as an aftermarket and factory installed option for the Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution, and is now offering as standard due to positive customer response to the benefits delivered.