People buy auxiliary lighting because their vehicle headlights don’t provide adequate coverage for offroad or inclement weather challenges.
- Fog Pattern – is ideally a controlled pattern with a wide range that provides better visibility while minimizing glare.
- Flood Pattern – a diffused light pattern normally utilized in work lamps to provide a full, short range illumination area.
- Driving or Spot Light Pattern – a focused, long range pattern that extends high beam range.
- Projector Light – this term is often misunderstood. A projector light has a shield built into its housing to provide an exceptional cut off pattern. The trade off is you get half of the effective light generated but the plus side is the pattern on a quality projector light has a razor sharp cut off.
- Combo Pattern – commonly used in LED Light Bars. This pattern can be really effective for mid-range use, sometimes not as deep as your high beam light output.
The old school, Halogen bulb powered Auxiliary Lighting was a huge improvement over incandescent bulbs – but halogen is not as popular as LED lighting, today. LED lights dominate today’s market because of their efficiency, long life and style. Light Emitting Diode equipped lamps are brighter using lower wattage and last much longer than halogen. It’s a winning combination and we are continuing to develop new products like our entry level City Series LED Light Bars.
The street legality issue for LED Light Bars is something we get lots of questions about. You need to check with your area law enforcement but the SAE mark on a light bar means this light does not have to be covered when not in use, anywhere in North America.
In some parts of the European Union, Canada and other countries, the E code designation carries the same approval. However, a driver needs to use common sense with respect to the operation of any auxiliary lighting system. You probably know that a person can get a ticket for driving in the city with their high beam headlight bulbs in operation – the same is true for auxiliary lighting too. You have to dim your lights in traffic for the safety of oncoming drivers and pedestrians. If you are operating a vehicle with auxiliary lights on full power in city limits or in traffic, you may get a ticket whether your vehicle has the appropriate marks on the lens or not. Be courteous to all drivers by only using your auxiliary light when outside the city and when there is no oncoming traffic.