Vehicles that are used in racing, off-roading, or at very high speeds often have extra lamps installed to help broaden and extend the illumination field in front of the vehicle. On off-road vehicles in particular, these additional lamps are sometimes mounted along with forward-facing lights on a bar above the roof, which protects them from road hazards and raises the beams allowing for a greater projection of light forward. They may also have grilles to protect them from breakage from flying debris and static trail obstacles.
Matching the particular type of auxiliary light to your vehicle’s needs is easy once you understand what each light is intended to do and how it behaves. You should take into consideration what types of driving situations you may encounter and plan your purchases accordingly.
Front fog lamps provide a wide, bar-shaped beam of light with a sharp cutoff at the top, and are generally aimed and mounted low. They may be either white or yellow. They are intended for use at low speed to increase the illumination directed towards the road surface and verges in conditions of poor visibility due to rain, fog, dust or snow. They are often most effectively used in addition to low-beam headlamps, reducing the glare back from fog or falling snow.
Driving lights is a term that comes from the early days of nighttime driving, when it was still pretty rare to encounter an opposing vehicle on the road. Only when opposing drivers passed each other would the dipped or “passing” beam be used. The high beam was therefore known as the driving beam. Today’s driving lights are designed to give additional brightness and depth to your driving path so you gain more lighted distance in front of your vehicle above and beyond what would be provided by your high beams.
For situations where additional distance illumination is required, the pencil beam light may provide exactly what you need. Pencil beam lights project a very narrow beam of light which is designed for maximum distance. Pencil beam lamps are recommended for racing and off road use only.
Light properties may also be altered through the application of specialized coatings or filters to lenses. For example, dichroic filters provide a cool light projection without creating a blinding origin light to on-coming vehicles. When used as a driving light it enhances your vehicles high beams. They project a broad beam pattern which is well suited for dark back roads by increasing your visibility up and down hills and around corners.
Auxiliary lighting is an outstanding addition to any vehicle and is particularly well-suited to off-roading. By choosing what is right for your driving habits, you can increase your ability to see and be seen. Whether you choose one style of lighting or mix and match to cover all possible needs, effective lighting will prepare you for wherever you travel. Off road lights let you hit the trail safely in the nasty weather or cover of night. Manufactured with heavy-duty casings and materials, these off road lights help you blaze a trail through the mud and mess secure in the knowledge that you are ready for whatever comes your way.