A fire marshal determines that an electrical malfunction started the fire in the engine of one bus and then spread to four others at Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD.
RENTON, Wash. — TRP now offers a special line of LED lighting products manufactured for school buses.
“For school districts, it’s particularly important to focus on safety and mitigate costs by using long-lasting replacement parts in bus fleets,” said Jeff Hughes, TRP development manager. “TRP LED lights are brighter and easier to see than incandescent lights, and they’re tested for durability and long service life.”
The manufacturing process for LED products uses ultraviolet-resistant polycarbonate lenses and a high diode count, which results in stop, turn and tail lamps that offer better visibility.
Officials said the circuitry on TRP LEDs is compact and uses 85% less electrical power than equivalent incandescent lamps, which means that bus operators and school district maintenance shops can add additional lights on or in buses without overtaxing the electrical system. Since the diodes are mechanically connected to the light’s foundation and not soldered on, the LEDs don’t have the issues associated with the intense heat generated during the soldering process.
“The circuit board effectively dissipates heat from the diode, producing a more intense light without risking damage to the diode,” Hughes explained. “In fact, if a TRP LED lamp were left on constantly for a full 100,000 hours, it would still meet safety regulations for brightness after 10 years.”
TRP LEDs have no filament to break, and the lens and housing are completely sealed, which keeps dust and water out. Polycarbonate makes the lenses resistant to impact damage.
TRP offers LED lights that can be fitted on or in buses made by most manufacturers, including Blue Bird Corp., New Flyer, Thomas Built Buses and IC Bus.
In addition, the lights come in a variety of colors, including clear (white), red, amber, and green, as well as blue and purple for interior lighting. Officials said TRP LED lights will not fade or change color over time and are provided with a 10-year limited warranty.
TRP’s parts for buses, trucks and trailers are available through authorized retailers and dealerships around the world.
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