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LEDs vs. Halogens

It seems that LEDs are taking over, while the Halogens fade away. You might've thought about upgrading to LEDs, only to sit back and think if they were worth it. We here at Stenten's have an article that you just might've been waiting for! Below starting from why they're different we jump right into pluses and minuses you get with each of them. 

How are Halogens and LEDs different

Halogens are very easy for you to differentiate from an LED because of their yellow-ish glare. And this difference comes because under the surface... they're completely different! Halogen lights shine, as you might've heard, because of something called a tungsten filament. Your cart batteries heat it up to a temperature of 2500 degree Celsius, resulting in light, that you observe. In comparison, LEDs come with a much complex architecture. Negatively charged electron jump into positively charged holes, this process is done million of times on a large scale, resulting in light. So when you buy an halogen, what is it that you buy into?

Benefits of Halogens

They're cheap: As a matter of fact, halogens are cheap. This is one of the fundamental reason of their triumph throughout the years. And this is why most of the lights you see are halogens. But as newer and more efficient technologies like LEDs become cost effective, halogens seems to be becoming a second option.
Versatility: They come anywhere from small to big. And like LEDs, they're dimmable. You might say that's not a big advantage, but you could just try comparing it to non dimmable xenon lights.

Disadvantages of Halogens

Shorter lifespan: An average halogen headlight lasts 5 times less than an LED would. Which cuts any benefit that it might have of being cheap. Considering that you will be replacing 5 halogens in a life span of 1 LED.
They waste energy: In the process of generating light, it also generates a lot of heat. And burning consistently at a temperature of 2500 degrees Celsius requires a lot of energy.

So these are Halogens. Now let us see if LEDs can give them a run for their money. 

Benefits of LEDs

They shine brighter (and whiter): LEDs shine brighter than Halogens do. They make you see things crisper, because they generate white light unlike the yellow of Halogens. 
They last longer: As you might have read above, they last 5 times longer than Halogens do. Yes, they do ask for a little investment. But it all pays up. 
Much more efficient: The lighting process of LEDs generate negligible heat. In comparison to Halogens, LEDs consume up to 75-percent less energy.

Which one should you buy?

I will not cover the disadvantages of LEDs, simply because it's only one (a bit expensive). LEDs score higher in every test you could put it through. Whether it's shining brighter (and whiter) or consuming a miniscule amount of energy - LEDs are your way to go. They do ask a bit from pocket, but not as often as Halogens do.

If you think LEDs are the best, and own a Yamaha DRIVE, you're in luck. We've put right below the link of Stenten's basic package of LEDs for Yamaha DRIVE.

http://www.stenten.com/LED_Light_Kit_Yamaha_Drive


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


5 Tools Everyone in the Golf Cart Industry Should Be Using

With every job you do you will always find that it is easier and faster to accomplish if you use the correct tools.  If a tool can save you time it can save you money and everyone like to save money right.  I would like to highlight a few tools that I have found not only increase our speed and performance but also our dealers as well.  Now when I say tools I don’t specifically mean a hammer or a wrench (I will include a few of those) but I also mean software tools as well.  These tools not only help you with the golf carts but also help you with your business.

1.  Custom Battery Cables

Cutters, Stripper, & Crimpers

Now if you often replace battery cables on the golf carts and find you also do custom builds you may find it necessary to cut and crimp your own custom cable lengths.  Many dealers just use a standard utility knife to cut back the sheath and use a hammer punch to crimp the ends and this does work it is just not the best way.  We have a great line of industrial cutters and strippers that can give you a clean cut with little effort and can strip back the casing fast and you won’t risk cutting yourself in the process.  As for crimping the ends on we offer a very handy hand crimper that will allow you to actually crimp the ends on in the field and this would eliminate the need to walk back and forth to your work bench to finish the job.

Wire Cutters Stripper Crimper

2.  Determine Battery Capacity & Find defective Batteries in a Set

Battery Discharger

If you are buying and selling carts it is a good idea to make sure that the batteries that are in the carts you buy are actually good.  Everyone will tell you they have new batteries even if they were in fact replaced a few years ago.  Using a discharger on the battery set will allow you to measure the battery capacity expressed as the percentage of time at which shut-off voltage was reached.  This can be seen from the example found in the operating instructions for our Lester Battery Discharger:

Example: An 18 cell battery set rated at 107 minutes @ 75 amp discharge rate is to be tested to a shut-off voltage of 31.5 volts. Upon discharging a set of fully charged batteries, the discharge     unit shut off in one hour and 32 minutes (92 minutes). Battery capacity is therefore expressed as:  (92/107) * 100% = 86.0%.

Discharger

3.  Good Cordless Impact Wrench & Drill

Makita LCT209W 12V Combo

The Makita 12v combo kit is what we use for our installations but keep in mind we do not do as many installs as a dealer would do but these units are small, lightweight and have a lot of power behind them.  Makita also offers an 18v model which may be better suited for constant use.  Whichever model you chose it is worth the investment because it can greatly increase the speed when installing rear seats, lift kits, clays baskets, etc.  It will also allow you to do these repairs and upgrades on the road for mobile installations.

Tool Combo

4.  Credit Card Processing

Square, Paypal Here, Intuit Go Payment

I went into depth on mobile credit card processing systems in the post: Processing Credit Cards on the Go.  So I won’t go into too much detail here but to say if you don’t have a way to easily accept all forms of payments your customers may begin to dwindle.  These days you can now get mobile notifications on your wrists so the technology is there you just need to determine which is right for you and your customers to both benefit from.

Credit Card Processor

5.  Automation!

This is one of my favorite things.

Automation

If it is a computer task that you do repetitively most likely there is a computer that can do automatically.  How awesome is that!  I just get so excited about this subject because with little effort you can set and schedule routines and have daily, weekly, and monthly operations handled for you.  For instance you can setup an automated email welcome series that will send new customers an email immediately after signing up and then you can set how often and how many additional emails are sent.  Also if you update several different social media sites but you want to make sure they all have the same information posted to it you can use a service such as www.IFTTT.com which stands for If This Than That.  So if you like a photo on Pinterest it can then post that photo to facebook, twitter, and even download that photo to a Dropbox folder.  You could also use a site like www.buffer.com to schedule posts to facebook or twitter to post at random intervals.  So if you spend 10-20 minutes you can schedule a few weeks’ worth of social media updates.

Here are some automation websites to look into:

www.MailChimp.com – Newsletters
www.IFTTT.com – Social Media & Alerts
www.buffer.com – Social Media
www.hootsuite.com – Social Media

Most of these sites offer extensions to Google Chrome & Firefox to allow fast and easy scheduling as well.

I hope that these few tips help you and I’m sure we didn’t include some of the essential tools you use on a daily basis so please leave us a comment with what tools you couldn’t live without so we know what works for you.


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


Improving the way you look at golf cart parts & accessories

We are constantly adding new parts and products to our line and we are also always looking for new ways to improve our customers’ product knowledge as well.  The key to selling is having a firm grasp on product knowledge.  That is why we are working on creating more videos that clearly indicate what our products are and how they work.  These videos aren’t meant to be a pushy in your face sales pitch they are just designed to show you what you need to know.  If we do something wrong (we know we aren’t perfect) please let us know and we will do our best to correct it.

To kick off these videos we have put together some new tools that we are going to carry to help you get control of the cables in your life.  These tools include wire cutters, strippers, crimpers, etc.  If you have any suggestions on other products just send us a note and we will add it to the list we are currently working on.

Here are the first two videos in the product demo series for tools:


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


Gear Up for Hunting Season

Camo Cordura Seat Covers

Hunting season is coming up and if your customers use their carts as light utility vehicles they will most likely use them on their hunts as well.  Now is the perfect time to let them know about our Cordura fabric seat covers with camo patterns by Realtree.  Realtree offers the top-selling camo patterns on the market and after looking at some of their examples it is no wonder why.

There are 18 different camo patterns and colors to choose from to view the full list with high definition photos please visit http://www.RealTree.com.
Seat covers are available for the following carts:
EZGO: TXT, RXV, Marathon
Club Car: DS 2000+, DS 1999-, Precedent
Star Car: 2007+
Yamaha: G1,G2,G3/G5, G8,G9,G14-22, & Drive
The covers are made from Cordura fabric which is durable, versatile and reliable.  The fabric is constructed using high tenacity fiber technologies that make it very duralbe.  The part number for this item is SCCORD with an MSRP of $163.66.
Note: please specify pattern name and cart model when ordering.

*These covers are made to order so please allow some lead time for production.*


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


We Now Have a Radio that Does it All

We are now offering a new JVC Digital Media Receiver that can handle almost any format you can think of.  It is compatible with IPods, IPhones, Androids; it works with Pandora, iHeartRadio, and is even Sirius XM ready.  This radio like all the radios we offer is a marine radio so no worries if your cart is out in the rain.  Some other great features with this Media Receiver is its ability to accept a USB/AUX input on the front of the unit and it also allows for Siri Voice Recognition with included microphone and compatible devices.

I know what you’re thinking what does this all mean?  Well it means your customers will have a lot of options and you will only have to stock one radio to fulfil their needs.  Since it is compatible with the latest technology they will be able to connect and wirelessly stream their favorite songs via many of the common Apps that are available for free form Itunes or Google Play.

Another great feature of this JVC KD-X31MBS is its ability to allow you to take calls on your Bluetooth phone directly through the unit for a true hands-free experience.  With an included microphone you are able to link your phone quickly and easily.  Phone distractions don’t only occur in cars these days so this feature is just one more reason to encourage your customers to consider this great head unit option.  This media receiver is available by itself or as a kit with our overhead or dash mount consoles (for select carts).


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.