Forestry forwarders are normally operated where the infrastructure is insufficient, or non-existing. No paved roads and hence no road lighting. The forestry forwarder follows in the tracks made by the forestry harvester and much of the work is done during hours with very limited daylight. Out in the forest, far from mechanical workshops, Man and machine are depending on each other to get the job done. The driver needs a good vision to be able to pick up the harvested trees and the forestry forwarder must provide the muscles and be equipped with sufficient illumination.
Our LED lights are developed to perform in demanding conditions. They are all dustproof, waterproof, temperature- and weather-resistant, and have an extraordinarily long lifetime (30,000 to 50,000 hours) to ensure that you can keep your activities up and running for as long as possible. Upgrading to NORDIC LIGHTS® LED lights is one of the smartest and most cost-effective investments you can make.
Forestry forwarders come in many different sizes and models. NORDIC LIGHTS® LED lights are designed to provide you with the best possible vision and clarity from your forestry forwarder. Years of testing and R&D have led us to the point that we are comfortable in calling our work lights the best on the market.
While LED work lights are a step up in price compared to halogen and HID (Xenon) lights, the initial investment pays itself over several times due to the long and hassle-free lifetime of the product. NORDIC LIGHTS® LED lights are virtually maintenance-free and have a lifetime of between 30,000 and 50,000 hours compared to 5000 for HID (Xenon), and 500 for Halogen. That means no more waiting for replacement bulbs or maintenance crews.
The individual high-quality LEDs are installed on a circuit board, which is then screwed into place inside an aluminum housing. Our lenses are made of different polymers or tempered glass, which have been hand-picked to suit the recommended applications. We test all of our lights before they are shipped out to the customer.
Our comprehensive warranty provides peace of mind that your LED forestry forwarder lights will continue working for many years without issues. The full details of our warranty policy can be found here.
When you operate a forestry forwarder, the worksite is not only in front of you but all around. The light distribution of our work lights eliminates sharp contrasts between dark and bright, giving you a more comfortable working environment with less eye strain. Most of our work lights are calibrated to a color temperature of around 5000 Kelvin, which has a proven energizing effect on the vehicle operator. Around 5000 Kelvin is ideal for working outdoors. The light is bright enough to keep you energized, yet yellow enough to avoid eye strain.
While the number of lumens is a good indicator of how much light a LED light emits, more lumens doesn’t automatically make one light superior to another. Some manufacturers focus on theoretical lumens, however, the number of lumens does little to no good if the other parts aren’t optimized for the LED chips. That’s why we always measure and openly disclose the operational lumens value, which more closely resembles the actual amount of illumination you will get.
Whether you work in the scorching heat, or in frigid cold temperatures, you can rely on our LED lights. Rigorously tested in our in-house laboratory, all of our LED forestry forwarder lights are overheat-protected and remain fully functional from -40°C (-40°F) up to +85°C (185 °F). Essentially, even if the rest of your equipment overheats, your lights will stay on.
Furthermore, your new LED lights are easy to connect via the built-in waterproof, high-quality 2-pin Deutsch DT Connector. When used together with the supplied DT-plug, the system is waterproof. No external moisture will creep into the electronics of the light, which over time would cause it to short-circuit.
NORDIC LIGHTS® is the preferred LED light manufacturer for many of the world’s largest manufacturers of forestry forwarders and other heavy-duty vehicles. Rest assured that you will always get the most up-to-date and cost-optimized LED lights for your vehicle.
If you’re looking for a first upgrade to LED from Halogen or HID, we recommend our no-frills GO Series work lights, also known as the Step-It-Up series. The Scorpius GO 420 (pictured below) is part of our basic upgrade package for forestry forwarders. The operational lumens output for the Scorpius GO 420 is 1800 lumens. The GO Series work lights are all dimmable, enabling you to customize the amount of emitted light to your liking. They also handle tough conditions and intense vibrations with ease.
If you’re looking to upgrade from your current lighting, we recommend our heavy-duty PRO Series work lights. The PRO Series lights are a perfect fit for forestry tasks and are made in several shapes, the most popular being our square and round alternatives. The light output is up to 4400 lumens, depending on the model. The PRO Series lights are built to last in tough conditions and can handle vibrations of up to 15.3 Grms with ease. For forestry forwarders, we especially recommend the Scorpius PRO 445 and Canis PRO 330.
Our forestry forwarder LED work lights are easily mounted with a bracket. We provide you with the bolt, nut, washer, waterproof connector, as well as the bracket itself. Simple as that!
Picking the correct light pattern is important to get the most out of your LED work light. If you wish to illuminate wider distances, choose the tall and wide Wide Flood. If you need a narrower light distribution, choose a Flood light for maximum light intensity. If you need to light up longer distances, choose High Beam or Pencil beam. If you are in need of near-field illumination, we recommend picking a light with a Diffused light pattern, which has the widest available light distribution.
You can view all the available light patterns for each light under their respective product page. We measure the light distribution of each light pattern in lux, lumens per square meter.
Check out an example of the Scorpius PRO 445 Wide Flood light pattern below.
As you can see, the total amount of 4400 operational lumens is divided into an approximate area of 15×25 meters. The area directly in front of the light is illuminated by 20 lux (20 lumens per square meter) while the area farthest away is illuminated by 1 lux.
Unlike many work light manufacturers, we measure the light distribution with the sensor parallel to the test plane in order to replicate the actual lighting conditions for the operator. Many manufacturers measure their lights directly towards the test sensor, which gives a better but very unrealistic result.
Nordic Lights provide you with simulation examples to guide you to the perfect combination of light models from our range and also the recommended placement and the quantity of each model. This simulation can be used as a lighting guideline for forestry forwarders. Key dimensions of the model used in the simulations are:
In the simulation below, you can compare a setup with standard halogen Wide Flood 1000lm lights, versus our two different upgrade setups. Nordic Lights Upgrade Package – Basic consists of 10 pieces of Scorpius GO 420 and 4 pieces of Scorpius GO 410. In the Nordic Lights Upgrade Package – Professional there are 10 pieces of Scorpius PRO 445 and 4 pieces of Canis PRO 330. The packages have been composed to give the driver of the forestry forwarder a good work environment.
Simulation picture of Halogen setup versus Nordic Lights Basic and Professional setups for forestry forwarders. Please click the image to view the full-sized picture.
Unwanted glare is a real hassle for people working around your vehicle, and even yourself. We listened to our customers and developed the Phenom Optics (PH) optical solution. Our Phenom Optics-equipped work lights efficiently illuminate the area in front of you, and thanks to the carefully designed cut-off line, they do not blind people near the vehicle. We currently offer PH versions of our heavy-duty models Scorpius PRO and Canis PRO.
Time for an upgrade? The best way to get a hold of our lights is to contact your local NORDIC LIGHTS® distributor. Find a list of our current distributors here.
Interested in our OEM capabilities? NORDIC LIGHTS® offers tailor-made solutions for vehicle manufacturers. Read all about our OEM capabilities here.
NORDIC LIGHTS® headquarters and main assembly plant is located in the close-knit, entrepreneurial region of Jakobstad, Finland. Since 1992, nearly all of our lights have been assembled, tested and shipped from here.
Read also our article about forestry harvester lights.