Driving in the rain is always a challenge for motorists and we need to be prepared for it. Rains can reduce or impair the driver’s view of the road and make the road slippery, that’s why extra caution is advised when driving in these conditions. It is good to know that PIAA has vehicle upgrades that can help improve driving under these conditions. From lighting upgrades like high-performance halogen bulbs to silicone wiper blades to ensure a clean windscreen.
PIAA Halogen Bulbs
PIAA has two types of halogen bulbs that improve visibility during rainy weather: Night Tech and Plasma Ion Yellow.
Night-Tech is a new line of high output replacement bulbs from PIAA features several advancements in performance, durability, and manufacturing. Through the use of a unique mix of gasses including a higher proportion of inert gasses as well as a new filament material these bulbs offer up to 90% more light than a conventional bulb with a greater life span. The gasses, filament material, and coatings on the bulbs offer a color temperature in the 3600 Kelvin range for a whiter output than standard bulbs and retain a DOT/SAE approval that conform to strict driving regulations abroad. The unique dual band bulb coatings create a whiter light but a brighter, and longer range (up to 35 meters) output when compared to other replacement bulbs.
Plasma Ion Yellow produces a color temperature of 2500 Kelvin for a lemony yellow beam. Its Ion Crystal coating transforms white light into amber light without diminishing the strength of the beam. Ion Crystal technology allows as much as 95% of the light produced by the bulb to pass through compared to as little as 65% through dyed glass. The long wave- length Plasma Ion beam reduces refraction for dramatically increased visibility in extreme weather such as snow, rain and fog.
PIAA Silicone Wipers
PIAA silicone wipers make your car’s windshield virtually water-repellent. The wiper insert of all PIAA silicone wiper blades is made of 100% silicone rubber. When used for the first time, PIAA silicone wipers coats the glass surface of the windshield with silicone and this coating prevents water from clinging to the glass. Instead, the water beads into droplets which are easily removed by ordinary wiping during low speeds while at higher speeds, wind pressure pushes the water off the windshield, often even without turning on the wipers. The silicone rubber also gives the wiper blades superior durability and higher resistance to deforming in hot climate. Moreover, the silicone coating also reduces drag and eliminates any annoying squeaking noise and inefficient chattering of the wiper blades regardless of the shape of the windshield, providing greater comfort for both driver and passenger. The blades continually reapply an active silicone coating on the windshield every time the wipers are used, assuring streak-free, quiet operation.
There are 5 products currently available: Forza Hybrid, Silencio XTRM Flat, Silicone Tech iFlat, Leaiz and Super Silicone refills.
PIAA Forza Hybrid
The PIAA Forza Hybrid Silicone Wiper is the most technological advanced wiper today featuring an industry first side-spring frame design that optimizes contact pressure across the length of the blade, resulting in a clear, streak-free windshield. Its wind-cheating aero cover applies down-force at higher speeds for today’s high performance drivers while still delivering a sleek, contemporary look. It features rust resistance and durability thanks to its zinc-plated frame and powder-coated finish.
PIAA Silicone Tech iFlat
The PIAA Silicone Tech iFlat Wiper Blade is a modern, frameless design that delivers all-season performance, thanks to PIAA’s patented heat and ozone resistant silicone impregnated rubber blades. The key to the PIAA Si-Tech’s performance is its frameless design that creates more pressure points across the entire length of the blade for streak-free wiping.
PIAA Silencio X-TRM Silicone
The new PIAA Silencio X-TRM Silicone Wiper Blade series is the latest addition to PIAA's growing line of high technology, high performance wiper blades targeted at European vehicle makes like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. The low profile design combined with the patented water repellent silicone rubber formulation delivers improved and longer lasting wiper performance. It also provides an OEM fit and features a radius design that is precise to OEM specifications.
PIAA Leaiz Silicone
The Leaiz silicone wipers are the basic OEM upgrade which uses a conventional metal frame and fits most applications.
Super Silicone refill
Super Silicone refills allow you to convert your existing wipers by replacing ONLY the rubber blades. It comes in a variety of lengths.
Before the rainy season catches you by surprise and at a distinct disadvantage, take the time to upgrade your headlight bulbs and rubber wipers today. Visibility on the road is very important when driving in the rain and it could mean the difference between life and death for you and your loved ones.
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