Why We Choose Led Driving Lights

The generic driving lights do fan out a lot more light but at a lot less range. They are good at lighting up the sides of the trail but crap for seeing what’s more than 30′ in front of you. As to whether or not it would cause a glare issue on the hood I can’t say. I kind of doubt it because the light is so unfocused.

Driving lights are designed to supplement your high beam headlights. Auxbeam Driving Lights produce a rectangular beam pattern that can reach further and wider than your headlights. These lights are available in higher wattages and create much more candlepower that stock headlights. Driving lights are very useful to help see things near the edges of the roadways and to increase the amount of light out in front of the vehicle. They are great for all around trail riding as well. Most of Auxbeam Driving lights adhere to DOT, SAE and/or ECE street legal standards. Those that are not, now, typically fall within our Spread beam patterns. Spread patterns are similar to Driving but tend to be brighter and wider as they are not required to follow specific DOT, SAE or ECE safety standards.

Fog lights are intended to be mounted below the headlights and project a beam pattern which is very wide but not very tall or far. This pattern lights up a pathway close to the ground but does not light the airborne particles in the line of sight – this increases the visibilty in bad weather. Auxbeam Fog Lights are very useful in Dust, Fog, Rain and Snow. They also work well as Cornering lights in clear conditions.

Outback Travel Australia was chosen as one of the companies to evaluate the new Auxbeam Luminator LED Series driving lights, prior to their Australian release in early 2012. Since then we’ve checked out many competitor LED lights.

The Auxbeam Luminator LED Series looked unlike any driving light we’d seen before. Inside each die-cast aluminium housing, behind a polycarbonate clear lens were three 10-watt LEDs, mounted facing rearwards into a three-dish, free-form reflector moulding.

In addition, three slit-shaped, low-power LEDs acted as position lights that enhance daytime running lights, parking lights or fog lamps. The position lights were in an inverted three-pointed star shape that was quite distinctive.

Auxbeam Luminator LED Series driving light also featured multi-volt adaptability, enabling them to be operated on supply voltages between 9V and 24V. Claimed power consumption was a mere one-watt as a position light and just 30W as a driving light.

We installed the Auxbeam Luminator LED Series on our Land Rover Discovery 3, where they replaced a set of Auxbeam Compact HID driving lights. The only change to the normal driving light wiring arrangement was the need to run supplied wires to the parking lamp terminals, so that the position light LEDs would operate when the parking lights were switched on.

Headlights Vs Led Driving Lights

Drivers may soon notice brighter and whiter headlights on the road as the popularity of traditional halogen headlights continues to dim.

Halogen still ranks highest as the most common headlight on the market, but several alternatives, including xenon-based and light-emitting diode (LED) headlights, are growing in popularity. Here’s how the options compare in terms of performance, safety and price.

Headlight versus Led driving Lights
According to Motor Trend, you’ll notice several important differences in light produced by LEDs, xenon and halogen headlights. LED driving lights have the coolest color temperature at around 6,000 Kelvin, which makes them appear whiter than daylight. Xenon headlights come in at around 4,500 K, while halogens round out the list at a yellowish 3,200 K.

When it comes to reflection, LEDs offer better light return from road signs, while xenon lamps better illuminate the sides of the road. In part, this is because xenon lamps typically produce more light, measured in lumens, than LEDs.

Both LEDs and xenon provide a large pattern of light on the road, whereas halogens offer a small pool of yellow light directly in front of the vehicle. If you’re buying a new car, expect LED headlights to be the premium option, and make sure your auto repair shop is equipped to handle LED headlight replacements and repairs.

If you’re looking for intense light and don’t mind the glare, xenon may be the best choice. LEDs, meanwhile, offer great light, low power and long life, but often come with a bigger price tag.

Halogen headlights
Halogen lights are the most popular lights on the market and are found in most consumer cars. These bulbs are similar to familiar incandescent lights and use heated tungsten filaments to produce light. Halogen headlights produce a significant amount of heat, and even small deposits of skin moisture on the bulb during replacement can affect their performance.

The main benefits of halogen bulbs include low replacement costs and longevity.

Xenon headlights
Xenon lights, also known as high-intensity discharge (HID) lights, produce a brighter light than halogen bulbs and with far less heat. The blue-white light emitted by xenon bulbs is so bright, it has been known to “blind” other drivers.

These headlights require a large amount of power at the outset to produce their first burst of light, but once fully operational, they require much less energy to maintain constant brightness.

Xenon bulbs have a long lifespan and emit little heat, but they cost more than halogen bulbs.

LED headlights
LEDs are the most recent innovation in headlight technology. Instead of gas and filaments, LEDs rely on small diodes that produce light when electric current excites their electrons. They need an low amount of power to work but do produce a significant amount of heat on the diode. This requires heat control systems at the bottom of the headlight and near other car components. If this system fails, not just the light, but other electronics could be affected.

The small size of LEDs means they can be formed into almost any shape, and their light is naturally directional rather than diffuse, making them an excellent choice for headlights.

Driving Lights For Your Cars

As you may expect, you get what you pay for, in the case of LED driving lights here is why.

* In cheaper lights there is minimal heat sink to dissipate the heat. This means a lower weight light that will run hotter & can lose up to a significant 20% of light output as it hits the higher running operational temperature.

These hotter running units can fail prematurely & burn the chrome off the reflective walls around the LED so light projected is permanently reduced. The light output is also reduced as the higher operating temperature is reached.

* There is two ways to project the light off the driving lights, by glass optics & off the reflective plastic chromed walls, the latter method is employed by the cheaper lights as it is less expensive to manufacture.

* Quality LED lights have large heat sinks in their lights, they are heavier with lower running temperature in the LED’s so there is enhanced light output & longer life of the unit.

* Quality LED lights employ glass optics, in front of the LED, with no reflection off the walls, even though they are still chromed for appearance. The glass is shaped like spectacles for its dispersion angle & is the sole source of projection. The shaping and manufacture of this type of light is considerably more expensive than sidewall reflective types.

Quality lights are able to offer higher IP ratings (weatherproof), higher vibration resistance, and often a 5 year warranty due to the quality of build. It can cost around $30,000 to design & tool up for a new quality light, & a further $20,000 for testing.

Auxbeam Driving Lights sells quality lights, and although we are competitive with other outlets in general terms, some of our lights a bit more expensive than some because of the quality. Possibly the highest quality brand that we stock is Peak which is Australian designed and built under tight supervision in China.

So when deciding which light to buy it is not really as simple as just the cheapest light, there are other very relevant factors to consider that may well give you more light (for the wattage), more life, more weather proof and vibration resistance.

Led Driving Lights For Truck

Driving on roads at night is a very challenging task not only for the new drivers but also the experienced ones. When it is a busy road, narrow streets, difficult terrains or the forest area, then it is the major concern for the car and truck drivers to ensure safety as they can see only the nearby area using normal headlights and the farther area is not clear. Therefore, it becomes important to use those lighting devices on your vehicle which give you better road visibility after the sun set. Led driving lights are such devices, using which you can apparently see the road ahead at night while avoiding eye strain. Nowadays, these LED lights are gaining a lot of popularity because of their excellent features.

What are Led Driving Lights?

A number of high-luminosity LED driving lights are brought together in the form of a short or long array and are used as your vehicle’s headlights. The beam of light produced by these lamps is much brighter and broader. It penetrates easily to the front, back or sides.

Better than other lighting devices

The design of LEDs makes them more efficient when compared to other lighting devices like Tungsten- Vacuum, Halogen, High-Pressure Sodium Lamps (HPS), High- Intensity Discharge Lamps (HIP) or car’s factory headlights. We know that the efficiency of lighting devices is measured in lumens per watt. If we consider LEDs and any other device of the same watt, we will see that LEDS are brighter.

The Features of LED Driving Lights

More efficient: – Along with being efficient, they are also very bright and have a superior spectrum.
Safe to use: – LED light bars are safer to use when compared to other lighting devices used for cars and trucks because they can be easily used in extreme conditions without the fear of them being exploded. Moreover, they do not contain any harmful gases and also reduce eye strain, thereby enhancing the vision of the driver.

Greater Life Expectancy: – Many truck and car owners get tired of replacing their lighting devices every year. For such people, LED light bars are a boon as they have a lifespan of around 50,000 hours of use, making it approximately 5 years.

Durable: – LED light bars are made really tough as they are not only water resistant but also shock proof. Their built protects them from being damaged easily.
Cost: – LED light bars are highly reliable. They consume very less energy. Hence, help in cost cutting as their maintenance and replacement cost is very less. Undoubtedly, they are more costly than other lighting devices while you buy them. But when you see their cost with the passage of time, you will notice that they give you more savings.

Buying a good quality LED light bar can be very easy if you do proper research. Always prefer to go for the brighter ones and avoid low quality LEDs. You should also consider the type of illumination it is providing i.e. spot or flood beam. Also prefer the ones which are shockproof as they will have to face extreme vibrations on bumpy road.