One of the most important accessories that you can add to your 4WD is driving lights. Whether you’re driving off road on challenging Australian terrain, in wet and wild weather, or on country roads at night where the potential for collision with animals on the road is always high, the right sort of driving lights on your 4WD can help to minimise the risk and hazards that you face.
Driving lights give you extra illumination in all directions so that you have an increased visibility range, enabling you not only to see further ahead, but also beyond the sides of the road as well. This means you have more warning time if there is something on the road ahead of you, or if something is approaching from either side.
A good set of 4×4 driving lights will also result in less driver fatigue, meaning your reaction times when you are on the road are sharper.
What sort of 4×4 driving lights are right for me?
When you’re choosing driving lights for your 4×4, the type you opt for should ultimately depend on where and in what sorts of conditions you do most of your driving. There are three main types of 4×4 driving lights from which to choose:
- Quad Optic LED (Light Emitting Diode) driving lights and spotlights
- QH (Quartz Halogen) driving lights and spotlights
- HID (High Intensity Discharge) driving lights and spotlights
Quad Optic LED (Light Emitting Diode) driving lights and spotlights
If you occasionally go off the beaten track, or only drive on country roads infrequently, then Quad Optic LED driving lights represent an effective, versatile solution. They enhance your vehicle’s existing headlights with a brighter, wider beam pattern that gives you enhanced visibility both straight ahead and peripherally. For the 4WD driver, they have the added advantage of being pretty tough and durable when they’re fitted to a bullbar, and are low energy as well.
Pictured: Xray Vision Quad Optic LED driving lights
QH (Quartz Halogen) driving lights and spotlights
If you use your 4×4 in coastal areas, or drive in semi-rural or hinterland conditions, then QH (Quartz Halogen) driving lights are ideal for the job. The illumination they provide is not as intense as that provided by HID lights, nor as far reaching straight ahead, but the beam pattern is considerably wider and so the sides of the road and the surrounding terrain are far more lit up, giving you clear, night-time driving visibility in all directions. In terms of versatility and suitability for a wide range of driving conditions, LED driving lights offer 4×4 drivers the best all-round solution.
Pictured: Xray Vision QH Driving Lights
HID (High Intensity Discharge) driving lights and spotlights
If you’re driving regularly on deserted outback roads or in mountainous terrain, and you need ultra-clear visibility ahead in all conditions, then you should opt for HID (High Intensity Discharge) driving lights. HID driving lights produce the strongest possible illumination in a relatively narrow field, and so the road ahead is lit up clearly for a considerable distance ahead (although the bean pattern is not as wide as with LED and QH driving lights). If you drive regularly at night in challenging terrain where knowing what’s on the road in front of you is crucial, then HID lights are the best option on the market today.
Pictured: Xray Vision HID Driving Lights
Speak to TJM Perth about high quality 4×4 driving lights
At TJM Perth, we supply driving lights and spotlights from leading Australian manufacturers Lightforce, Narva and Xray Vision. We also have a great range of both single and dual row LED linear light bars, LED worklights and HID conversion kits.
This means we always have in stock one of Australia’s most comprehensive ranges of the best LED, QH and HID 4×4 driving lights, and our team will be happy to advise you as to the right solution both for your vehicle and your driving needs. Call us on (08) 6444 6632 or get in touch via email to find out more.