Adding aftermarket lights to your vehicle is always on the to do list! Not only does it add some serious upgraded looks but it also depending on the type of light pattern and configuration you choose to add you are going to be getting a better range of visibility.
Whether you are an adventurer, an off-roader, construction worker or just someone wanting to add a wow factor to your rig when the standard truck build just isn’t working for you Truck Works South is here to help you find the perfect addition. If you aren’t sure what style light you are looking for check out the information below or feel free to contact us with any questions you have!
Formed from a combination of argon and nitrogen gases that are trapped within a heat-resistant envelope containing tungsten filament. An electrical charge is sent to the tungsten by your vehicle’s battery, the glow you see in the light ignites when the filament heats to about 2,500 degrees Celsius known as the incandescence process. One of the main benefits of a halogen bulb is that they emit bright, warm white light. The light coming from the halogen bulbs illuminates instantly without having to warm up or flickering initially. The typical lifespan of these bulbs is around 450 – 1,000 hours and will produce around 1,400 lumens. Being one of the most widespread and popular lighting options on the market for nearly 40 years now the halogen lights are familiar to the vast majority. One of the downfalls to this light however is the heat they generate. The extra heat comes from the extra consumption of energy.
HID Lights work similar to a neon light, passing currents between opposite electrodes that stimulates xenon gas and halide salts within a quartz enclosure. Starting with a spark of high voltage which ionizes xenon gas and sends a current between twin electrodes. As the temperatures raise, metallic salts that are in the bulb vaporize bringing resistance between the electrical arc that is sustained from the engine’s power supply. The HID lights are valued for their color and high intensity of light. First appearing in 1991 in the BMW 7 series these lights were initially viewed as a novelty feature. Compared to the Halogen light the HID lights will be brighter, have a longer lifespan, more efficient, farther reach, broader coverage and less power consumption. The HID bulbs generate over 3,000 lumens and will have a typical lifespan of around 2,000 – 8,000 hours. One of the downsides to the HID lights is that if they are not installed correctly, they can become an issue to oncoming traffic and cause a major glare.
LED lights get its name from the basic functionality, negative electrons run against holes in a semiconductor to produce a light-emitting diode (LED) Photon is released when an electron enters a low-energy hole through a process called electroluminescence. The frequency at which this process occurs is what produces LED light. The LED lights are very energy efficient, brighter than the halogen lights and don’t glare like the HID lights do. Even though the LED’s require little power to function they still instantly power on at full power without flickering or needing time to warm up. Requiring very little from your vehicles overall power resources. LED’s will ultimately help your engine stay healthy longer than other lights on the market today. One of the downfalls that the LED lights do have is that they require more cooling than the other lights do, and they also trigger heat in neighboring engine parts.
Driving Beam – Driving lights are a bright focused light beams that project straight ahead at a great distance instead of towards the sides. Designed to increase the range and the brightness at a higher
speed the driving lights feature a “pencil beam” that is typically used for racing or rally off-roading.
Spot Light Beam – Spot lights are intensely focused light that penetrate the darkest skies over a long distance providing maximum visibility. The centralized beam makes this style of light perfect for off-roading, municipal, commercial or agricultural uses.
Fog Light Beam – Fog lights have very horizontally wide and vertically narrow beams that are great for use in low visibility like fog, dust, rain and snow. The design of lighting up a pathway close to the ground while avoiding the airborne particles in the line of sight is what makes light a great addition.
Flood Light Beam – Flood lights are a broader focused light at a shorter distance, creating an extremely tall vertical and wide horizontal pattern. Designed to be a perfect addition when you need to see in a dark, wide open area such as a deep wooded areas.
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