Whether you need lighting during camping, or when changing a tyre in the night, or when crossing a rough terrain, you need to see what you are doing. Therefore, you need to make a wise decision when installing 4WD floodlights. There are two types: spot lights and spread lights.
Spots or spreads
Spots are shining lights; they help increase the visual distance at night. Their main use is to provide better visibility of objects that are far. A spot light produces a pencil beam; a concentrated ray of light that can penetrate and illuminate into a reasonable distance especially in extremely dark nights. It usually focuses light in one direction hence the name.
Spreads, on the other hand, provide visibility over a shorter distance. They have a spread beam that allows a wider view of the road. Therefore, they are mainly used for illuminating objects and terrains that are near the vehicle, hence making it easier to drive through them. Otherwise, if you cannot detect such obstacles in your path, and avoid them in good time, you may cause unforeseen damage.
Seeing as spots are used for long distances and spreads are used for short distances, it is advisable to have both types of floodlights on your vehicle. Together, they provide effective lighting that will help you get through dark situations.
You should position them at the same height as the factory head lights. This way, they are at an appropriate distance from the ground and this will make them illuminate better. If you have a bull bar or a nudge bar on your vehicle, you can also use them as a support for these lights. Eventually, it is you, the driver, who determines where you want them to be placed so that you can get maximum benefits. Consider looking for lighter floodlights as they will reduce the strain on the supporting parts. Heavier lighting could cause more damage than good to your car.
Halogen, HID or LED floodlights
Halogen lights are the most popular and the cheapest of the three. They produce a bright white light and have a long lifespan. The replacement costs are low if you factor in the purchase price and its durability. They are the best type for budget buyers looking for good performance.
HID (High-Intensity Discharge) lights are brighter and ‘whiter’ than halogens. This light resembles daylight and is so white to a point that it appears blue from the source. The use of Xenon gas in these lights makes them energy-efficient as they use a considerably lower amount of power to function as compared to halogens.
LED lights have ‘Light Emitting Diodes’ which need very little energy to produce light. Therefore, they are deemed to be very efficient when it comes to energy consumption. They are versatile and come in many different designs that can be custom-made to fit your vehicle’s needs. In fact, most of them are sold in small sizes as they work just as well while causing little strain on the nuts and bolts. For a 4WD owner who is technology-oriented and is looking for an effective and energy-efficient product, LED floodlights are the best.