Regardless of the type of light source, all driving lights need a lens. The lens has two main roles – to form part of the enclosed body of the unit and to allow as much light as possible to pass through it to illuminate the road ahead.
When purchasing driving lights for your vehicle, it’s obviously important to consider the performance and effectiveness of the lights but it's equally important to consider the brackets that hold them in place. Exposed to extreme temperatures and subject to constant shocks and vibration, the driving light mounts have to be strong and durable. For many, it might seem like steel is the obvious choice, but modern composite materials can deliver greater strength, lower weight, and overall longer life-span.
The watt is another unit of measurement that is often applied to driving lights. In years gone by, the wattage was often the only measure quoted by manufacturers, but this figure is a poor guide to the quality and performance of the driving light.
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 to be your mate, then a case of beer may be all it costs. If not, the alternative will cost you $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.