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SYLVANIA lighting crew tackles myths in ‘Truth Sleuths’ webisodes

Lighting engineers tackle myths in educational, entertaining series debut
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 09:18
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SYLVANIA Automotive is shedding some light on automotive lighting myths in its all new “Truth Sleuths” video series. These webisodes take viewers into the lab and out to the real world to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to automotive lighting perceptions.

Hosted by Greg Bibbo and Joe Swadel – two bright engineers from SYLVANIA who have 38 years of experience with bulbs, ballasts and beams – combine their love for science and lighting with kid-like curiosity and bantering to prove that automotive lighting doesn’t have to be boring.

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Launched to coincide with Daylight Savings, the first webisode explores what happens to a vehicle’s headlights as they age – whether they dim with use or just burn out.

SYLVANIA "Truth Sleuths"


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In the lab, Greg and Joe show viewers how a headlight heats up and displaces molecules, creating hotspots and weak spots that ultimately lead to non-uniform light and filament failure over time. In the real world, they conduct a late night road test featuring two nearly identical vehicles – one retrofitted with new bulbs, the other with old bulbs – and then measure how long it takes to spot an object on a dark unlit stretch of highway.

One finding is particularly surprising, even for the experts: They observed more than 300 feet in additional visibility while driving with new headlights. That is almost the length of a football field, or about three more seconds of reaction time at highway speeds with new, premium bulbs.

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