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    Driving Lights

    So, you want to improve the lighting output of your vehicle by adding some driving lights. There are many choices these days in not only the style of the light, but the source of the light be it LED, HID or trusty old Halogen. All three have their advantages and disadvantages so let us help you make the right choice for your requirements and your budget.

    1) LED

    (Light Emitting Diode) is the latest evolution in lighting and is desirable for its low power consumption for the spread of light achieved. The evolution of the LIGHT BAR has added another styling option which has become very popular for 4WDs. Whilst initially light colour, low current draw and their ability to spread a wide circle beam was the draw card, LEDs lacked long distance. However with advances in LED and reflector technology this is all changing. The Hard KORR XD Series are a great example of the improved distance capabilities. In bars, a double row bar will nearly always out perform a single row of similar length due to the extra LED count, however the increase in size can be challenging to fit on some vehicles.

    Buying Tip: Best choice for offroad due to its ability to spread light in a large circle pattern giving excellent side vision as well as good usable distance.
    PRO’S: Stylish, Low current draw and Amazing spread of light.
    CON’S: Distance still shorter than HID & Halogen. Sealed units – can’t replace individual LEDs should one fail.

    Korr Single Row LED Driving Light Bars

  • Xtreme Distance featuring latest OSRAM CHIPS
  • Can be mounted using sliding feet or chassis brackets (both included)

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    2) XENON HID

    (High Intensity Discharge) lights have been around for a while and use similar basic design to halogen lamps but with a radically different globe design that offers great improvements in light output and colour temperature, whilst lowering power consumption compared to halogen.

    Buying Tip: Best choice if outright distance is your requirement.
    PRO’S: Massive straight line beam distance and Low current draw
    CON’S: Lack of beam spread compared to LED and Dated styling.

    Narva Ultima 225 35W HID Combination Driving Light Kit

  • Includes broad & pencil beam lamps

    3) HALOGEN

    Halogen needs no introduction as it has been the standard since the 60’s. Improvements over the years in both globe reflector and lens design has kept them prominent and they offer solid value for money despite newer and more efficient technology being available.

    Buying Tip: Best combination choice for distance and price.
    PRO’S: Purchase price value and Proven performance
    CON’S: Current required to drive high wattage globes, Heat and Dated styling.

    Performance Plus, Narva and LightForce Driving Light/Lamp Kits

    NOTE: This information is provided as a guide only and professionals should be consulted when doing any work to a vehicle. Autobarn is not liable for any loss or damage which is suffered or incurred (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) for any personal injury or damage to property suffered or sustained as a result of using the information provided.