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.
Some power cords that were included with the purchase of Lightforce 170mm Handheld Lights with LiFePO4 batteries and Lightforce LiFePO4 Battery Chargers between January 2014 and May 2018 may be missing an earth pin.
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.
Fitting driving lights are one of the best modifications you can make to your vehicle. Better visibility improves safety by giving you more time to react, as well as by reducing fatigue. But how do you choose the best lights for your needs? Not all lights are created equal, and not all performance claims use the same measurements.
Native to Switzerland, Fred purchased his Unimog in Europe and extensively put the red beast to the test, driving more than 10,000kms around the continent. We took notice of his exploits on his FB3 Red Dog Unimog Facebook Page and when we saw he was heading for Adelaide, we invited him to stop by our Head Office and meet him in person. Fred turned out to be a great sport and was happy to show us his awesome ride and share his travel stories with us. In return, we were happy to upgrade his lights with a pair of XGT HID Driving Lights and show him around our factory, where our Lighforce Lights are created.
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.