Your Complete Guide To LED Driving Lights
By now, you would have heard about LED Driving Lights taking the market by storm. It can be hard to decipher exactly what to look for when making a decision. Many things come into the equation like beam pattern, Lumens, LUX and Watts etc. In this guide, we’re going to strip all the technical jargon down and keep it simple. But first, let’s talk about the white elephant in the room. Read on!
China’s capacity to copy and manufacture has grown and strengthened greatly in recent times, allowing the ability for backyard businesses to spawn from thin air! There is a misconception that ALL LED products are made in the same factory, however, this only has elements of truth within it.
There are a number of manufacturers that research and develop their own products within in-house assembly facilities, one will pay more for these products as the performance and craftsmanship are top tier.
However, most mass manufacturers are based in China and produce their goods for many businesses around the world. That being said, China’s manufacturing has done some great things. By growing scale and increasing demand, China has been able to compete harder with global markets and reduce the cost of goods thus reducing the purchase cost of goods and technology for consumers.
DON’T BE MISLED!
With China’s tempting offering of dirt-cheap LED products, don’t be misled into thinking they are all the same! They are most certainly not. To manufacture quality products takes more time and lower tolerances for quality control. Cost of materials, coatings and components will also increase, thus increasing the overall cost of the goods.
The point made here is very simple. Not all products are made of the same quality. Education is your best asset, as re-branding rubbish products are all the rage!
Why LED Driving Lights?
There are a couple of reasons why LED Driving Lights are the smarter technology choice for auxiliary driving lights.
- LED technology will run cooler than halogen or high-intensity discharge (HID)
- Greater resistance to vibration and shock. Rough roads and animal strikes are no match.
- Longer lifespan – over 150 times longer life than older technology.
- Greater versatility. LED technology can be used to suit almost every application.
- Instantaneous performance. No warm-up times, no worries.
In short – Properly designed LED Driving Lights will do wonders for your night drive. It’s a misconception that LED lighting is only good for near field and not for distance.
Manufactures and design teams now have the ability to do a lot more with optical characteristics and beam patterns. We can now build LED Driving Lights with virtually any beam pattern we need, allowing for precise and accurate light projection for the job at hand.
It wasn’t long ago that a beam distance from LED technology of over 600m was unheard of. As technology has progressed, we now have the knowledge to utilize high-tech electronics to help us lead the way in the LED driving light market.
In short – Most LED Driving Lights will be IP67 or higher. For best results, look for IP69/K certified products.
Lumens vs. Lux
In short – Lumens and effective lumens are only 5% of the equation. Look out for the intensity of light or 1lux data.
Lumens has no credit unless the reflector or optic projecting light is accurate. It’s like trying to drive somewhere without tyres – It about getting the power to the ground. The same principle applies with LED Lighting, the lumens have to be projected for them to have much use at all.
This is where LUX comes in. LUX is the intensity of light at a distance – 1LUX = enough light to read the small print on paper (one lumen in one square meter)
Look for LUX data when looking at buying a new set of LED Driving Lights, rather than lumens or effective lumens. This will give you a more accurate depiction of what sort of performance you’re going to receive from your driving lights.
*Ensure you are dealing with a reputable company and manufacturer as most of the data shown to you by non-credible online sellers are arbitrary and FAKE!*
Wiring and Looms
Look for a light that incorporates Deutsch connectors that are water and dustproof. If not, moisture will find its way down the electrical cable, and directly inside your LED driving light, potentially destroying it. You might not think it, but the wiring looms supplied with LED driving lights are a major part of what actually helps to keep water and dust out. Many manufacturers will in fact void the light’s warranty if you decide to cut off the supplied connectors and install your own.
Mounting Systems and Brackets
In short- If a manufacturer is going to cut costs, this is one place you’ll see it!
A lot of manufactures will cut costs here as it renders no benefit to mass-producing sales for them. Generally, low-quality stainless steel and poorly penetrated TIG welds will bring your lights to the ground. We see LED Driving Light bracket failure way too often, as corrugations and relentless harmonic vibration will get the better of a poorly designed welded bracket.
Ensure a decent mounting system is used, 4mm minimum steel thickness will do a great job of holding your driving lights securely in place. Non-welded single piece brackets are best as they tend not to fatigue from harsh terrain – Keep an eye out for single piece brackets in your purchase decision!
Our ICON LED Driving Light is manufactured using the very latest technology, projecting light over 1300m ahead. Affordably priced, you can now sit back and relax to enjoy the night drive with instant 5500 Kelvin light guiding the journey ahead.
Thanks to its exceptionally well-built housing and the latest technology, the Teralume Industries ICON’s provides a high performance and safe night driving experience. The ICON’s provides maximum reaction time with the optimal vision its high-quality diodes provide. It creates a day like lighting and projects more of the road ahead than required.
It’s the engineering design that ensures optimal performance from these lights. We use high binned rated 5500 Kelvin CREE and Oslon LED’s, one of the best performing combinations available. With its total of 37x diodes, the lights provide a stable and reliable luminous efficiency of 98%. The ICON’s illuminate more than 1300 meters in length and 51 meters of beam width for easier and safer night driving.
Water & Dust Resistance
There is no need to worry about any water ingress while driving in rain, hail or bull-dust. The ICON LED driving lights are certified and IP69K with the best ingress protection for long-lasting driving experience. The lights are integrated with genuine injected Deutsch plugs for a waterproof and tight fit.
The ICON’s are compact and ergonomically designed. Standing only 228mm tall and 85mm deep, easily fitting into most modern vehicle designs and spaces too slim for most full-sized LED driving lights.
Durable Build Quality
The ICON’s are robust in construction, providing you reliable lighting for safe, confident driving with your family. It fits even the adventurous because it’s durably built so that you know that you are never left alone in the dark.
Internal Thermal Management System
The diodes’ thermal levels are monitored by integrated advanced IC drivers. They ensure the diodes are not over-driven to the respective thermal conditions. This feature prevents severe lumen output of the diodes and any premature failure of parts.
Their integrated 4 stage internal thermal management system reduces the amount of heat to the diodes in extreme driving conditions. This helps reduce the strain and heat to seals and parts, and in the process extends its longevity.
The light has been assembled using the best automotive specified parts to never let you down and always work as intended. Its CISPR25 certification ensures the light doesn’t interfere with any form of electromagnetic or radio frequencies. This, in turn, ensures continual communication with other road users.
The ICON LED driving lights utilize a printed circuit board that facilitates the flow of current with minimal resistance for a cleaner and consistent power to each diode. It’s assembled using high-quality automotive specification parts to ensure reduced noise with increased stability and thermal control.
Perfect for Handling Corrugations
The ICON LED driving lights are meant for your adventurous lifestyle where you repeatedly deal with corrugations and rough roads. It’s built with thread-locking material and a 5mm single piece mounting system to handle 28G of vibrations and immense shock.
It’s a known fact that communication is important wherever you go. This is why ICON’s circuit board is built with automotive specification parts that ensure there’s no interference in communication while driving. It’s also built to offer the best noise suppression for optimal communication between other road users or emergency serviced.
The ICON’s have 37x 3.6-degree parabolic spot reflectors. The deep nature of the reflectors and the 3.6-degree spot reflector extracts a huge volume of light from the LED allowing the ICON’s to project light over 1300m down the road head. Our smart design gives the ICON’s a huge advantage over almost every other driving light on the market. Some might say, the ICON is a ‘true’ driving light.
Genuine Lexan Lens
THe Teralume Industries ICON integrates the incredibly strong Lexan Lens for optimal performance for years to come. It’s resistance to UV rays and abrasion ensures maximum light transmission with maintained durability.
The ICON’s strong 5mm Stainless Steel one-piece mounting bracket works on a 3 point mounting system for a durable installation.
It’s thanks to an easy 3 bolt mounting system complying with the latest bull bar manufactures that the light is easily installed without any drilling!