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Why Choose LED Off-Road Lights

For most people, driving at night or in inclement weather means turning on headlights or foglights using Halogen bulbs to light the way. Halogen is the current standard in today’s consumer car and truck market, providing the right combination of affordability, brightness, and a reasonable life span of about 1,000 hours under normal use. The fact that Halogen bulbs lose up to 20% of their brightness as they age is good enough. For most people, that’s all they need to light the road ahead so they can get home safely.

Off-road enthusiasts are not most people. Their idea of fun includes driving the toughest conditions on Earth in a vehicle that performs while taking a beating. We’re not talking about Dad’s old Buick. We’re talking about serious vehicles that need the toughest, smartest lights today’s technology has to offer.

One of several things separating the average pickup truck from the fully loaded one used in off-road adventures is the presence of auxiliary lights installed aftermarket: grill bars, spot lights, and top rack bars, to name a few.

There are three main types of light used in today’s auxiliary products: Light Emitting Diode (LED), High Intensity Discharge (HID) aka Xenon, and our old friend the Halogen bulb.

Today’s off-road enthusiast knows that LEDs are the best choice overall. Here’s why.

  • Lifespan

    • LED has the longest lifespan and can last up to 50,000 hours without depreciation. That’s 50 times the life of Halogen and 20 times that of HID, both of which see depreciation during their lifespan.

  • Efficiency

    • LED consumes much less power than HID or Halogen.

    • Don’t let the higher lumen output measurements of HID fool you into thinking it’s the best choice! Advanced technology along with precise optical distribution means LED delivers more light than HID.

    • LED provides directional output or beam angle without the need for reflectors, using less energy for the same output, hitting the right spot more efficiently.

  • Durability

    • HID and Halogen are more fragile, requiring a filament (Halogen) or glass tube full of Xenon gas (HID) to light.

    • LED is lit by a durable, vibration resistant semiconductor chip.

    • HID requires a ballast to regulate the voltage output. That’s another part that can break.

    • LED mechanical failures are rare, with multiyear warranties the norm.

  • Configuration

    • LED bulbs are the smallest and thinnest making them easier to fit in any configuration.

    • LED provides the whitest light and can output in any color needed. HID color options are more limited and require purchasing color kits.

    • Forget about restarting HID lights right away if power is lost momentarily. The gas tube needs up to 10 seconds to cool down before restart.

    • LED output is 100% instantly when powered, while HID needs about 10 seconds to reach 100%. Even Halogen needs a fraction of a second to reach full brightness, approximately 10 feet at 35 mph. That could be the distance between you and a tree.

  • Cost

    • We live in the digital age - the best time to buy LED lights. As with any newer technology, upfront costs on LED lights may be higher than their non-digital counterparts but they make up for it with longer life and efficiency.

    • Prices continue to come down while technology improves, spawning better, longer lasting products every day.

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