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LED v Halogen Driving Lights

July 29, 2020   |   By Liam Arthur LED v Halogen Driving Lights - image down-the-road on https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/news

 

There’s nothing better than being able to properly see far down the road when you’re driving at night! Let’s face it – most 4WD headlights aren’t very bright, which is why a set of 4×4 driving lights is such a popular 4WD modification. In fact it’s very likely that it’s THE most popular 4×4 modification! Adding a set of offroad driving lights to your vehicle is a massive safety upgrade, meaning you can see much further down the road and spot possible risks like wildlife on the road.

LED driving light technology has been around for a couple of years now, and these days you can get a quality set of LED driving lights like the Domin8r Xtreme LED driving lights for an incredibly low price. For those who have been around 4WDing for a while, you may remember the old halogen driving lights that we used to bolt onto our 4WDs. Halogen driving lights are an all-but-obsolete technology these days, first being replaced by HID driving lights and most recently by LED spotlights and even laser driving lights!

So what’s the difference between halogen driving lights and LED driving lights, and why are LED driving lights such a huge improvement? Let’s look at the shortfalls of halogen driving lights first, and then we’ll move onto the reasons why a set of LED spotlights are the perfect 4×4 modification.

DOWNFALLS OF HALOGEN DRIVING LIGHTS

Halogen light technology has been around for ages, and like all technologies, driving lights have since advanced leaps and bounds! Halogen driving light technology essentially converts electrical power into light and heat, by powering a thin wire element that glows as it gets hotter. That glow is what produces the light, but as you can imagine, it’s incredibly inefficient! That means halogen driving lights draw a lot of power compared to the light that they produce, with the other downside being that they have a very definite service life and can burn out or even break when used over rough terrain. Whilst they were an okay technical solution before, these days they can’t hold a candle (literally and figuratively!) to LED driving lights.

ADVANTAGES OF LED DRIVING LIGHTS

4WD LED spotlights are a next-generation technology that uses special light-emitting diodes (LEDs). When these diodes are powered up, energy is released in the form of bright light. The massive upside is that very little electrical energy used to power LED spotlights is lost to heat – almost the entire amount of energy used produces actual light! Practically speaking, this means that 4×4 LED spotlights like Domin8r Xtreme LED spotlights are incredibly efficient, producing way more light per watt of power used compared to outdated halogen spotlights.

The other massive benefit to LED spotlights is that they are much stronger than halogen spotlights! The LED components used within 4WD LED spotlights are much more compact than the elements in a halogen driving light, so rough 4WD roads that are heavily corrugated don’t stress them anywhere near as much. In fact you can typically hammer a quality set of LED driving lights like the Domin8r Xtremes for years and they’ll work faithfully every time!

The fact that the individual LEDs are compact and efficient translates to one massive advantage for us 4WDers – a typical 9 inch LED driving light is WAY brighter than a similar sized halogen driving light! In fact 9” LED spotlights are up to 6 times brighter than an equivalent sized halogen driving light, which is great news for anyone who does a lot of long distance night driving. 9in LED spotlights typically fit nicely on most bullbars, and translate to incredible amounts of light! By way of comparison, 9” Domin8r Xtreme LED spotlights throw light out to an insane 1.6km, producing enough light to read a newspaper at 1.6km away from the vehicle!

One hidden benefit of LED driving lights that a lot of people don’t realise has to do with their colour temperature. Halogen driving lights typically produce a warm yellow light that’s often quite dull. In contrast, LED driving lights produce a crisp, cool white light which is considerably easier on the eye! That means way less eye strain at night, particularly on those long night drives where you’re constantly relying on your 4WD driving lights to light the way for you.

4×4 driving light technology has come such a huge way in the last decade. The final, biggest benefit that LED driving lights have over halogen driving lights, is how cost effective they are to produce! When you purchase a set of LED driving lights from 4WD Supacentre, you join tens of thousands of other Aussie 4WDers in buying Australia’s best value and favourite 4×4 driving lights. Our bulk-buying power means that we are able to sell driving lights by the container load, at prices that other LED driving light manufacturers simply can’t match. In fact our prices are so good, that we’re able to offer extremely high quality driving lights at the same type of prices that only the cheapest no-name brands can afford to match. The huge difference with our LED driving lights however, is that we stand by our products with extremely long warranties, and the safety of knowing that we test every model of 4WD LED driving light we sell in a NATA-accredited test laboratory. We don’t fudge our figures and we don’t make claims we can’t substantiate!

If you’ve got an old set of halogen driving lights on your 4WD, then upgrading to a set of 4×4 LED driving lights like Adventure Kings Domin8r Xtreme LED driving lights is one of the most effective and cost-efficient modifications you’ll ever make! You’ll genuinely be absolutely blown away the first time you turn your new LED driving lights on – the different truly is night and day.

Fit a set of Adventure Kings LED driving lights and you’ll wonder how you ever went driving without them. Australia’s best value LED spotlights are clear – they’re Domin8r Xtreme LED spotlights!