Installing a set of driving lights onto your vehicle can range from a one hour exercise to a traumatic ordeal that could end up ruining your weekend and result in an intervention by an auto electrician. If the auto electrician happens you be your mate, then a case of beer may be all it costs. If not, the alternative is $200 or more. Here are some tips to spare you this ordeal.
Mounted on the front of your vehicle, driving lights are exposed to environmental extremes of rain, dust, and grit in everyday use, and even higher levels of contaminants when driving off-road. Confronted with these conditions, exacerbated by speed, vibration, and extremes of heat and cold, it’s important to have confidence that your lights can handle anything that life on the road throws at them.
Electro-magnetic interference, or EMI, can be caused by any active electronic device, including LED lights. EMI is simply unwanted electrical signals, which can be transmitted as electromagnetic radiation (radio waves) or conducted through electrical wiring. This can result in annoying effects, such as ruining your radio reception, as well as much more serious, even life-threatening issues when crucial communications equipment and electronic safety systems are affected.
When choosing driving lights, it’s important that they not only emit a lot of light but that the light they emit is effective at helping you see. Colour temperature and a measure known as the Colour Rendering Index (CRI) are useful in understanding how a driving light will perform.
You may have noticed that the Lightforce Venom LED and Genesis LED, and the new Striker LEDs boast a “CISPR25” rating and “reduced radio interference” and wondered what that means for you. LED lamps on your vehicle run the risk of causing EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference). This is a particularly important safety concern when working in mining or emergency services...
So what is colour temperature? Light colour temperature is represented in the unit of absolute temperature, Kelvin. To put these numbers into perspective, around our homes we typically choose lights with colour temperatures of 2700K (warm incandescent), 3000K (warm white halogen) and 3500K (household fluorescent).
How do you choose the best lights for your 4WD? There’s a lot of misleading information out there! We get it, you aren’t that into the specs and just want a good light for your 4x4. You’ve heard Lightforce are the best, but then you noticed we are talking “lux” when others are talking “lumens”, and the “lumens” number is higher… so what do you do? Lux and lumens are important, but one BIG mistake people make is thinking that the brightness has something to do with watts. It doesn’t.
If Easter is a time that excites you as much as it does us, we start counting the weeks down before our getaway once March arrives. And while some of us may have a favorite yearly getaway, others may look to head somewhere different from year to year. One sure thing is you’re not the only one thinking about getting away, so don’t leave things to the last minute to get organised. Here are our top tips for preparing a great Easter getaway...
Fatigue is estimated to be a contributing factor in approximately 30% of fatal crashes and up to 15% of serious injuries, in fact, in 2012 more people in NSW died in fatigue-related crashes than drink driving cashes. Driver fatigue can be just as deadly as drink driving or speeding, in fact being awake for about 17 hours has a similar effect on driving performance as a blood alcohol content of 0.05.