CopperDrive LED technology burns brighter, longer

Publish Date: 
Aug 24, 2013
By Bruce Steever

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - LED lighting is quickly becoming the must-have accessory on top-of-the-range motorcycles such as the Ducati 1199 Panigale and Multistrada, the new BMW R1200GS, and Harley-Davidson’s 2014 well-optioned touring models.

A variety of aftermarket manufacturers offer LED options as upgrades to your customers's current machine, but not all of them are created alike.

According to Baja Designs, most LED options on the market are built to a basic specification that doesn’t adequately insulate the LED units. While LEDs may use significantly less power than conventional bulbs, they still generate a lot of heat.

Therefore, Baja Designs builds its CopperDrive LED units using a highly conductive copper backing plate for its circuit boards, providing a claimed 50 percent increase in heat sinking ability. Thanks to the additional thermal regulation, Baja Designs claims its LEDs can run brighter longer, improving both performance and durability compared to the competition.

“I could do what everyone else does and run our lights at 70 percent power to preserve the longevity of the LED, but I would rather use proper thermal management techniques and available airflow to push the LED to 100 percent so that we get a brighter package in a smaller space,” stated Baja Designs' Owner and Chief Engineer Alan Roach.

CopperDrive technology is available on all of the company's LED components, such as the Squadron lineup of main lights. 

Press images courtesy Baja Designs