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What is an LED Light Bar?
LED light bars are a type of auxiliary light commonly used for highway and off-road driving applications. In comparison to more traditional forms of auxiliary lighting such as round LED spot/driving lights, light bars are made up of a single row or double row of LEDs and are available in various sizes from 2" to 50" in length. Lightbars are most commonly mounted to a 4WD/ 4X4 bull bar, nudge bar, in front of a roof rack or above the windscreen using a specialty bracket.
LED Light Bars vs Other Auxiliary Lights
The LED technology used in our range of LED light bars provides several performance advantages compared to older types of auxiliary lighting. Originally Halogen and HID lights used a single globe in a circular housing. This resulted in lights that could only perform in one of two desired areas, a spot beam or flood beam pattern. The introduction of LED technology, which uses multiple LED “bulbs”, allows for precision engineering when designing light beam patterns. The result is a beam pattern that is made from a mixture of spot and flood, with no visible dark spots in the driver’s field of view. Additionally, the advantage of LEDs being a solid-state technology means they do not contain filaments, glass or gases. Resulting in a significantly more durable product. This makes LED light bars the ideal solution for high shock and vibrations environments such as our 4wd and or travelling on corrugated roads. LED light bars can also be fitted into places where round LED driving lights simply cannot fit. For example, LED bars can be fitted on roof racks without significantly increasing the height of the vehicle, or inside the middle loop of a bull bar. Some bull bars also contain cut-outs where you can fit LED lightbars.
High Quality LED Bar Lights VS Cheap Ones?
High-quality light bars differ from their cheaper lower performance counterparts in several ways. Our light bars use genuine LED chips from top-performing brands such as CREE and OSRAM. These brands are well-known to provide maximum light output, longest lifespan and best colour temperature. Cheaper lights, often found for sale on eBay, use a low quality or no-name brand LED and poorly engineered reflectors. Reflectors play a very important role in ensuring the correct light distribution and best distance performance.
High-quality reflectors are designed and tested by engineers to perfectly match the LED chips. In comparison, the cheaper light will often be poorly designed and manufactured leading to inefficient use of the available light, black spots in certain parts of the beam, etc. It is also common to see the use of lower quality supporting materials such as powder coat that fades in a short period of time and tempered glass instead of high impact resistant polycarbonate. Using better quality components ensures the finished product will be far superior in build and performance. For example, the light will be much more resistant to impact and vibration, have a higher waterproof rating and be less likely to fail due to constant exposure to the elements.