“What was that?” Is a popular expression said by people who drive 4WD tracks at night only using their stock headlights to see the way. Don’t drive blindly through the dark – equip yourself with a set of 4WD driving lights from Outdoria.
Most modern 4WDs have an adequate pair of headlights, suitable for cruising around town in the evening. However, when you need to survey every inch of the track for bumps, holes, roots and grooves, your stock headlights won’t cut it. Grab yourself a set of 4WD driving lights to illuminate the path ahead.
Driving lights come in three different styles, spot, spread and combination.
Spot driving lights focus the beam on a single point. These are great for seeing long distances such as on rural highways where you need to see wildlife before they see you.
Spread driving lights offer the widest angle of beam. This allows the light reach almost-perpendicular angles, providing you with a large field of vision. These are suited to illuminating your immediate area, such as on a 4WD track.
Combination driving lights, as the name suggests, can be set to either spot or spread mode. This gives you the flexibility to have both types of lights in a single package.
Much like torches, driving lights come in three different bulb types, LED, halogen and HID.
LED driving lights are fairly powerful, drain minimal charge and have an extremely long life expectancy, often working up to 50,000 hours before replacement. The offset to these great perks is the expensive initial price tag. However, due to their low energy consumption, LED driving lights are still the most cost effective option over the long run.
Halogen driving lights are like more powerful versions of your vehicle’s headlights. Although the bulbs often don’t last very long, they are easy and cheap to swap and provide decent lighting on the road. However, the life expectancy of a halogen driving light can be degraded quicker from extreme vibrations, such as driving on corrugated roads. These are suitable if you plan on using them mostly on sealed roads.
HID driving lights are more powerful and have a longer life expectancy than halogens. They are slightly more expensive and offer a good middle ground of price and durability between halogen and LED driving lights.
Each driving light with comes with an IP (ingress protection) rating. This is used to determine how waterproof and dustproof an electronic device is. To read an IP rating, there are two digits worth considering. The first digit after ‘IP’ determines the protection against solid particles (eg. dirt and dust). The second number determines how waterproof it is.
Protection against solids ranges from zero to six, with zero being no protection (dirt is easily able to enter) through to six being airtight (no dust can enter).
Protection against water ranges from zero to eight, with zero being not waterproof at all through to eight being completely water-tight.
Often each number will correlate, meaning a highly waterproof driving light is likely to be dustproof too. For example, a 4WD driving light with a rating of IP32, means the unit is protected up to fairly small objects, such as dirt, and is protected from water droplets up to a 15-degree angle.