SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting has
selected Robert Simmons of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and his 2005 Chrysler 300C as
the grand prize winner of the 2012 Hot Import Nights (HIN) Hottest Lighting
SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting, the
exclusive lighting sponsor of Hot Import Nights, first awarded Simmons with the
Hottest Lighting Award at the HIN tour stop in Buffalo, N.Y., in July. Simmons
was chosen among all other event winners for the grand prize at the end of 2012
Hot Import Nights season for the creativity and craftsmanship on his vehicle.
“The decision was far more difficult
than we had anticipated at the start of the season. There were some tremendous
lighting applications throughout all of the HIN shows, and it was clear that
lighting is a major focus of attention for many car enthusiasts,” said Joe
Verbanic, marketing manager, SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting. “As awareness of the
Hottest Lighting Award grew, we saw more and more exhibitors with spectacular
lighting applications. The work we saw throughout the year was impressive and
inspiring, and we look forward to what we’ll see in the 2013 season.”
Simmons gave special attention to the
lighting on his Chrysler 300, using LED to highlight features inside and
outside of the car with a consistent color scheme that resulted in an
eye-catching display of customized lighting applications.
“Robert displayed thoughtful creativity
and high level of craftsmanship,” said Verbanic. “Lighting was truly the
foundation and focus of his customization work.
Some of Simmons’ lighting customization
included removing original badges and emblems on the Chrysler 300 and
backlighting custom acrylic underlays and wheel wells with LED. He also gave
special attention to the headlight and fog light housings and applied LED
strips to each louver of the grille.
“I knew the chrome on my car would look
beautiful during the day, so I wanted to use lighting to help offset it and
show it off at night,” said Simmons, a member of Nokturnal Car Club. “Now, when
people see my car driving down the freeway at night, they say it looks like
it’s flying instead of driving, and that’s exactly the visual effect that I wanted.”
Simmons said he plans to spend some of
his $2,500 grand prize on more lighting enhancements for his vehicle.
To help auto enthusiasts customize the
lighting on their vehicles both inside and out, SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting
has recently introduced a line of LED products, including two daytime running
light kits, and two retrofit light sources for dome, map and license plate
applications with additional products available in the near future.
For more photos of Simmons’ car and from
Hot Import Nights events through 2012, visit www.facebook.com/SylvaniaAutomotive. For more information on the variety of interior and exterior lighting
solutions available from SYLVANIA Automotive, visit www.sylvania.com/auto.