Kentucky Department of Education Approves J.W. Speaker LED Headlights for School Buses

Eliminating halogen headlamps for LED could improve forward visibility for bus drivers by eliminating dark areas


J.W. Speaker Corporation, the premier LED lighting manufacturer known for cutting-edge technology and design, is pleased to announce that its LED headlights have been approved for use on school buses in the state of Kentucky. This approval came from the Kentucky Department of Education after Walton-Verona Independent Schools petitioned on behalf of J.W. Speaker for the installation of Model 8900 and 8910 5” x 7” and Model 8700 7” LED headlights.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are an average of 128 school-transportation-related fatalities each year. Of those, nine percent are occupants of school transportation vehicles and 20 percent are pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. These statistics, among others, prompted Walton-Verona Independent Schools to present an independent assessment of J.W. Speaker lights to the Department of Education in February 2019.

“J.W. Speaker headlights address the concerns of poor visibility directly in front of school buses,” said Chris Schadler, Transportation Manager at Walton-Verona Independent Schools. “These headlights eliminate dark areas associated with our current halogen headlamps and improve forward visibility for our bus drivers and the other drivers on the road.”

“A special thanks to Chris Schadler and Walton-Verona Independent Schools for their unwavering support in seeking approval from the Kentucky Department of Education to use J.W. Speaker’s LED headlights,” said Michael Stoeckel, Director of Aftermarket Sales at J.W. Speaker. “Chris succeeded in creating constructive changes during the Kentucky School Bus Specifications Meeting and we’re proud to help be a part of bringing better visibility to bus drivers in their communities.”

With the installation of these headlight models, schools can choose to include J.W. Speaker’s unique SmartHeat™ technology, which improves night-time visibility in winter driving conditions. These heated models enhance productivity and utilization for school districts and bus companies despite wintry weather.

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