The world's first dome lamp with infrared motion activation has been updated with a 12-volt version. Grote's S100 LED WhiteLight surface-mount dome lamp, originally released last year in Europe as a 24-volt product, is expected to be used in dry vans, utility vans, moving trucks and delivery vehicles, the company said.
"European response to this product has been significant," said Mike Grote, business development manager forward and interior lighting. "This dome lamp completely eliminates the need for an on-off switch and all the associated parts, problems and installation time. The lamp is easy to mount, install and operate and we expect the North American market to be very receptive."
The 12-volt version uses a passive infrared motion sensor in the lamp body, calibrated to recognize the heat signature unique to humans. If it detects movement within 6 ft., the lamp turns on, remaining on for three minutes following the last motion detected.
At just 15 millimeters thick, the lamps produce 300-lumen output with low amperage draw and minimal heat generation, Grote said. While the product is not recommended for refrigerated environments, Grote said a dome lamp for those applications is currently in testing.