Want to ramp up your options for auxiliary lighting? Then visit us at Jazz It Up in Centennial. Whether you want to light your way in bad weather, unknown terrain, camping or darkness, off-road lighting can be added to your grilles, grille guards, bull bars and other accessories.
Auxiliary lighting is one of the most popular lighting options in the automotive aftermarket industry, especially after the development of LED lights.
Auxiliary Lighting for Trucks
Car, truck and SUV lighting provide added visibility. These include fog lights, driving lights, and off-road lights.
If you are in bad weather like rain, fog or mist, fog lights give you added lighting for safety. They create a wider, lower light beam that projects down onto the road. This creates less glare and better visibility by avoiding the water droplets in the fog or rain.
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has created a standard system for fog light mounting. The SAE recommends mounting fog lights 10-14 inches above the ground and then testing the angle of the beam at 25 feet. The top of the fog light beam should be down about four inches from the center of the lamp.
Regular lights plus the added driving lights let you see further into the distance. But with the added brightness, you don’t want to cause visibility problems for oncoming motorists, so the SAE recommends the driving lights should be mounted 14-30 inches from the ground and tested at 25 feet. The beam should be angled down to a spot about an inch and a half below the center of the light’s original hot spot.
If you need more truck lights for trails and rugged terrain, then you might want off-road lights. Mounted in a higher position, the light can reach further. Made from ABS plastic, aluminum, and steel, off-road lights come in many sizes and configurations like individual lights or bars. Here are a couple options for off-road lighting:
- Flood lights are used a lot for camping or other recreational purposes because they can cast the light in a big area, using a specially shaped lens and mounted high.
- On the other hand spot lights make a concentrated beam of light over a long distance. They are often used for off-roading because they can light up unpredictable terrain and be adjusted by hand to focus on certain areas.
Let’s Talk Bulbs
What kind of light bulb is used and the pattern it creates can also impact the effectiveness of auxiliary lighting.
Using a filament contained inside a vacuum, a halogen bulb burns at a higher temperature and gives a brighter light than incandescent lights.
HID (High-Intensity Discharge)
Using Xenon gas, which produces an extremely intense, white light, HID lights consume less power than halogen lights.
LED (Light Emitting Diodes)
The LED bulb emits a small area of spectrum light creating different contours and colors. They give brightness but require low power consumption and have long service life.
There are all kinds of reasons you might want to add auxiliary lighting to your truck, including bad weather, unknown terrain, camping or darkness. Maybe, you just like how it looks. No matter the reason, our technicians at Jazz It Up in Centennial can discuss your options for off-road lighting and get your vehicle set up with all the lights you need.