FAQs

  • What is a light bar?
    • A light bar is an auxiliary light source used in off-road applications that utilizes LEDs to provide improved visibility over stock headlights. There are 3 types of light bars: spot, flood, and combination. We will cover these in depth later.

  • What are LEDs?
    • An LED (an acronym for light-emitting diode) is a type of light source. When electricity is passed through the diode, visible light is produced. LEDs are extremely efficient light sources, requiring only a fraction of the power than what is required for incandescent or halogen bulbs. The most common color is white, but LEDs can come in any color.

  • LEDs vs Incadescent/Halogen Bulbs: What's the difference?
    • Incandescent / Halogen
      • Incandescent light bulbs use only 10 percent of the power received to produce the light. The other 90 percent is let off as wasted heat.
      • Incandescent bulbs generally last around 1200 hours
      • The visible light produced by an incandescent bulb is comparatively weak and dim.
      • Halogens require a considerable amount of heat to properly function.
      • Halogens are sensitive to skin oils and other contaminants that may cause damage or failure (bust).
      • Halogens last roughly 3600 hours.
      • Both are protected by a thin glass bulb and use brittle filament wire.
    • LEDs
      • Little heat is produced as little energy is wasted in the actual operation of an LED bulb.
      • LED bulbs can last approximately 50000 hours (roughly 13 times longer than a standard halogen or incandescent bulb).
      • Consume 75-80% less power than a standard light bulb, making multiple sets of lights a viable option for any operation.
      • Lot of options when it comes to color and personalization due to size and optimal operating ranges.

  • What can I use light bars for?
    • Simply put, anything you can think of! The most common use, of course, is vehicle auxiliary lighting, but they can also be used on ATVs, UTVs, golf carts, in marine applications, and home illumination.

  • Are they waterproof?
    • Yes. All light bars that we sell have, at minimum, an IP67 rating.

  • What is IP67?
    • This is a type of rating. The rating is published by the International Electrotechnical Commission. It classifies and rates the degree of protection against intrusion, dust, and water for casings and enclosures of products. The letters stand for Ingress Protection. The first number indicates solid particle protection. The second number indicates liquid ingress protection. Solid particle protection ranges from 0 to 6, with 6 being dust tight, meaning it is completely protected from solid particles. Liquid ingress protections ranges from 0 to 9. A rating of 7 indicates the device is able to be completely immersed in up to 1 meter of water and still stay waterproof. A rating of 9K is the highest, meaning the item can be subjected to high-pressure water jets and still stay waterproof.

  • What are the different types of light bars?
    • There are 3 different types of light bars:
      • Spot: Spot light bars provide directed light down the road, providing long-range visibility. Spot light bars are suitable for open road driving and higher speeds, as they allow you to see objects further down the road. They can be thought of as high beams on regular headlights.
      • Flood: Flood light bars offer a more diffused light, providing shorter down range visibility, but enhanced visibility in the immediate area around the vehicle. Flood light bars are suitable for slower driving and trail navigation, where being able to see obstructions and dangers near the vehicle is essential.
      • Combination: Combination light bars are a mix between both spot and flood light bars. They provide a good medium that is suitable for any driving condition.

  • What is the difference between lumens, watts, and amp draw?
    • Lumens is the measurement of how much light is being put out by a light source. The more lumens, the brighter the light.
    • Watts is a measurement of how much electricity is required to make the light operate. Higher wattage sometimes means brighter light, but this is not always the case. More efficient LEDs can require less wattage and still be as bright as less efficient ones. Therefore, when looking at light bars, lumens should be a higher priority than wattage.
    • Amp draw is the amount of electrical current required to keep a light running. The higher the amp draw, the more power required from the battery. As long as your vehicle is running and keeping the battery charged, this is not a problem. However, operating the light bar without the engine running can kill your battery.

  • How can I tell a quality light bar from a cheap one?
    • Quality light bars will have oversized heat sinks (as heat is the number one enemy of lighting products, especially LEDs), lifetime or near-lifetime warranties, corrosion-proof mounting hardware, different mounting points, and high IP ratings.

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