Light the Way with HELLA – Gear Up With Gregg’s

Hey, my name is Garnett, and welcome back
to Gear up With Gregg’s. I’m one of the drivers here at Gregg Distributors, so I know how critical good lighting is when you’re out on the road. That’s why today, we’re going
to be talking about some automotive improvements that are sure to help you stay “hella” safe
on the road with the HELLA line of automotive products. HELLA has been around for more than
100 years, but this family-run business definitely hasn’t been left in the dust when it comes
to innovation. They started out in the early 1900s, manufacturing ball horns, candles,
and kerosene lamps for carriages. And then, everything changed
with the introduction of the automobile. HELLA first appeared on the automotive scene in 1908, as a trademark for acetylene headlights. The most likely explanation for this unique name comes from Sally Windmüller himself. Sally may have wanted to honor his wife Helene by using this play on her name for the company. But it doesn’t hurt that the German word “hell” also means “bright.” Today, HELLA has more than 100 locations
in over 35 countries. It’s no wonder they’re one of the most influential producers of lighting in the automotive industry. So now, we’ve got a handle on HELLA’s history…
but why do I feel like we’re still left in the dark? Oh, that’s right! Because we haven’t gone over HELLA’s line of driving and fog lights. No matter the weather, or the road conditions,
we’ve got you covered with this lineup. Let’s start with the latest and greatest: the LED. But what makes an LED so great? Well, LEDs are efficient, low-maintenance, and have lower operating temperatures than halogens, as well as a long service life. Sometimes, the life of these lights will even outlast your car! One of the other major benefits of an LED is that the light distribution is consistent and even. So one area won’t appear brighter or dimmer than the next. HELLA has a full line of LED lights, from work lights, to cubes and rounds for your truck, to light bars. The work lights are perfect for any job site, with black, die-cast aluminum housing and stainless steel mounting brackets, their tough exterior protects the LED bulbs within. These lights range from 6 to 14 LEDs, which means these little lights can output anywhere from 700 to 2,000 lumens. Hang on, what’s a lumen? Well, to put it simply, a lumen is a unit
of measurement for brightness. So the more lumens a bulb is rated for, the brighter it is. Keep your drive to the job site illuminated with the HELLA LED vehicle lights, which come in a variety of mounting types and light levels. Including the option for either flood or spot lights. But these aren’t the only “enlightened” solutions from HELLA. These after-market lights are the perfect addition for rural night driving, off-road activities, or foggy road conditions. The Jumbo 220, HELLA 450, and HELLA 550 lights can all be mounted either upright or hanging as a pendant mount. They’re lightweight, sturdy, and have a shock-proof housing. The HELLA 500FF and HELLA 700FF series
use free-form reflector technology, which produces a well-lit area in front of your vehicle. It works by using as many as 50,000 points
to precisely direct light, producing up to three times more illumination than ordinary lights, with an even spread and virtually no stray light. Now, some days, we all feel like laying on
the horn. But in a situation when you need it most, the last thing you want is a horn that can barely be heard over high-speed winds, or other road conditions. When you’re driving
on a long, windy country road, you need a horn that can be heard equally at short distances and far away. That’s what fanfares are all about. Fanfare horns have both a high and a low tone,
which gives them better audibility at any distance. Low tones are better for
close ranges, and the high tones are better
for distance. So, if you’re looking for increased
safety, especially on a construction site, these will do the trick. The twin-tone air horn and the triple-tone air horn both belt out an impressive 118dB. That’s about as loud as a thunder clap! The triple-tone touts a high tone, a mid tone, and a low tone. While the twin-tone has, well, you guessed it! Two tones: high and low. Both kits come with mounting instructions, mounting brackets, and a high-performance compressor, and a relay. At Gregg’s, we also carry HELLA relays. We have both SPST, or Single Pole Single Throw, and SPDT, Single Pole Double Throw relays. A relay is a device used to turn on or off a large electric current using a relatively small electric current. It does this by using an electromagnet in
a smaller current to “flip” the switch in a larger current. The SPST relay is used the break the circuit
between power supply and electrical load. For instance, this type of relay is used to disconnect headlights, heated rear windows, or the radio when the engine
is being started. That’s because in those few, crucial seconds, the engine needs all the juice it can get from the battery. The Single Pole Double Throw, or SPDT relay, is used to switch the electrical load from one user to another, and is operated by a dashboard switch. These relays are used to switch from horn to fanfare, for two-speed appliances such as fan motors, and to turn lights on and off. These 12V relays come in two pin variations and with a number of different mounting options. We also carry connectors and bases,
for any assembly requirements you might have. Now, if that wasn’t “illuminating”
enough for you, please don’t hesitate to call or drop in to one of our many locations across Western Canada. You can also visit our website at Thanks again for joining me here on
Gear up With Gregg’s. Have a “HELLA” great Canadian day!