FAQs & Technical Terms
The Flood Beam is great for dispersing light and lighting up larger amounts of space on the track in front of you rather than far into the distance, making them ideal for low range 4×4 driving and frequent off-road use.
The Spot Beam (Narrow Beam) is a very concentrated pattern that is narrow yet very long. This pattern produces more of an intense centre spot to light up objects right in front of you, while sacrificing useable side light.
Lumens is a way to scientifically measure visible light, the brightness of a light.
Watts is a measurement of the amount of electricity that a lighting device requires to produce that light. Our LED Light Bars are one of brightest on the market for a given watt of input and most importantly, for the price you pay.
LUMENS VS WATTS – WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT?
Traditionally, we have been trained to think of how bright a bulb is by its Watt rating. For example, a 100w light bulb is brighter than a 60w light bulb. This has been true when using a standard incandescent type bulb. But incandescent technology is very inefficient and much of those watts are converted into heat energy instead of light. If you’ve every tried to unscrew a light bulb that has just been on, you would have experienced this heat production. With the introcution of new lighting technologies like CFL (compact fluorescent) and LEDs, light production has become more efficient. Much more of the energy input (Watts) goes toward producing light output (lumens). CFLs and LEDs don’t get that hot when compared to an incandescent bulb. And a 15w CFL puts out the same light (800 lumens) as a 60w incandescent light bulb. A way to compare like for like when measuring this efficiency is by looking at the amount of lumens a lighting device produces for a given watt of energy input.
WHAT’S A CREE LED?
CREE is the leading LED technology innovation think tank that is continually pushing the envelope in LED technology to create more lumens per watt. The result is the brightest LEDs on the market.
WHAT DOES IP67 MEAN?
Water and dust proof connectivity products are defined by their Ingress Protection (IP) numbers. The first number after IP is for the part’s protection against solid objects like dust and sand. This number can range from 0, meaning no protection against dust and sand, and 6, meaning 100% protection against dust and sand. The second number after IP is for the part’s protection against liquids. It ranges from 0 to 8. IP67 equipment is the most commonly found in the connectivity market. It is 100% protected against solid objects like dust and sand, and it has been tested to work for at least 30 minutes while under 15cm to 1m of water.
WHAT IS AMP DRAW?
Amp draw is the amount of current of electricity required to power the lights. The greater the amp draw, the quicker your battery will run down when the engine is switched off. When you are running the engine, if your total vehicle amp draw is greater than what your alternator puts out, your battery will continue to discharge instead of charge.
LED, HID & HALOGEN – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Not all that long ago most vehicle-mounted lights were based on halogen technology. In the 1990s HID lights started to appear, at first as fitted headlights on some vehicles and then as after market accessories. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, like any technology tends to do, and both had their fans and critics. In the last few years another type of light has started to take over the market; that’s LED lights. They’re becoming extremely popular because they avoid most of the drawbacks of the earlier types while having a few unique advantages. If you’re wondering what the differences are, here’s a quick guide to all three kinds of light along with their plus and minus points.
Halogen lights are very like a standard light bulb. They contain a thin wire filament which heats up and glows when an electric current is run through it. The difference is that the lamp is filled with a halogen gas, usually iodine or bromine. In a normal bulb tungsten is gradually evaporated from the filament, weakening it; this is why it eventually burns out. The evaporated tungsten is also deposited on the inside of the bulb, forming a thin film that blocks some of the light. In a halogen lamp the gas sets up a chemical reaction that deposits the tungsten back onto the filament; this gives it a longer life and also keeps the bulb clear.
There are problems with halogen lights, though. Although the light they give off is whiter than a normal bulb it still has a noticeable yellowish colour, and this isn’t idea when you’re looking for good visibility at night. The lamps are also sensitive to vibration and travelling over rough ground can break the filaments. Their lifespan is a bit limited too – between 500 and 1,000 hours is normal. If you have halogen lights on your vehicle don’t go anywhere without a supply of spare bulbs.
High Intensity Discharge lights are also known as Xenon lights. They initially appeared as headlamps on high end cars, with the 1991 BMW 7 Series being the first to use them, but quickly became popular as add-ons. They work by evaporating metal salts inside a chamber filled with xenon gas, then igniting an arc between two electrodes. This produces a very intense light that’s a lot whiter than the beam from a halogen lamp. Because there’s no filament they resist vibration and jolts a lot better than halogen lamps do. They’re not perfect, though. They run on high-voltage current, so they need a current control device called a ballast as well as a high intensity spark generator to ionize the xenon gas. They’re also expensive. A typical HID light has a lifespan of about 2,000 hours.
Light emitting diodes (LED), in our opinion, are the best lights you can currently get. They’re almost as bright as HID lamps and because the colour of the light can be controlled a lot more carefully they give better visibility. LED lights producing daylight-like white light will show you the ground ahead better than anything else on the market. They’re electronic components which generate light by dropping electrons to a lower energy level, and because this is so efficient they use a lot less power than either halogen or HID systems. They’re also completely solid state, so they’re almost completely immune to rough treatment. Their lifespan is maybe the best news of all. A good quality LED light will last for up to 50,000 hours, so the chances of you needing to replace it because of failure are not high.