There are some key rules that you need to keep in mind when fitting 4WD floodlights for your vehicle. The first and most important point is that when you wire your floodlights up, you must make sure that they are wired to the vehicle’s high beam so they switch off when you dip you lights.

Next, get familiar with the two different types of floodlights you can fit. They fit into either the category “Spot light” or “Spread light”. The experts advise that you should always install your floodlights in pairs to get the best results and in fact for this reason, they are normally sold in a pack containing a pair of lights.

Spot lights or spread lights?

It is important to understand the differences that these lights offer to make sure that you make the right choice. Spot lights are used to be able to illuminate the ground or area where you need to shine precisely to provide light at night. The beam is in the form of a spear or concentrated ray of light that considerably increases your visual distance even on the darkest nights.

Spread lights provide a flood light illumination over shorter distances and are useful for studying the road or terrain conditions close up, this is particularly useful if you are driving over rough terrain or badly pot holed roads and help you avoid causing driving damage because you are not being able to spot short distance terrain conditions. The best advice – if you will be travelling over rough conditions – is to have both spot lights and spread lights fitted and in use to make your driving experience as safe and comfortable as possible.

Where should you fit your spot lights?

The best advice is to fit your spot lights at the same height as the vehicle’s factory head lights. Most 4WD owners fit them to the bull bar or the nudge bar as appropriate if one or the other is fitted. Next you need consider the different strengths and sizes of the spot lights you could fit. The most popular choice is to use halogen lights as they are powerful and offer high intensity light.

On the down side, you need to take into account that they chew up battery power rapidly and draw up the amps like they are going out of fashion. If this could be a problem for you go for HID lights or even high-intensity discharge lights that consume less energy but will cost you quite a lot more than standard halogen lights.

LED lights are growing in popularity

LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lights are becoming increasingly popular as they are more energy efficient than halogen lights. They don’t impact your battery power as much as halogen lights. Obviously, you will understand that LED lights are not as powerful as halogen lights, but thanks to improved technology, LED lights are becoming more and more effective and they provide more light.  

The best advice to bear in mind is that the larger and the more powerful your lights, the greater the power draw they will make from the battery of your vehicle. You need to consider what you can afford and what your real needs are before you decide to purchase the 4WD floodlights that you prefer.