Automotive Lighting; Types and Its Uses
Driving at night is difficult and to make it more challenging, heavy downpours of rain or snow make driving almost impossible. Especially if your vehicle isn’t equipped with a good set of an automotive lighting kit.
Nowadays, high intensity discharge (HID) and light-emitting diode (LED) are the most common light replacement for ordinary halogen light bulbs. HID also known as xenon lights are energy efficient and offers a higher Kelvin scale compared with Halogen lights. It makes use of xenon gas to emit a bright, bluish-white light. And just like with HID lights, LED lights are also energy efficient, but produces higher Kelvin scale with a lower power consumption compared with HID plus offers a longer life span.
There are two types of auxiliary lighting:
- Driving lights
- Fog lights
Driving lights allows drivers to see farther objects because of its straight and narrow light pattern. These lights are mounted in the front face of a vehicle. There are two types of driving lights. First is the standard auxiliary driving light. A standard auxiliary driving light emits a moderate beam width and is especially useful for higher speeds where they illuminate hazards and signs before they could be seen with the original high beams only. And the other type is the pencil beam driving light. This pencil beam light emits an extremely narrow beam width and is especially useful for illuminating objects at the maximum distance.
Fog lights are particularly mounted in the bumper or roof of a vehicle. This type of lighting are intended to be used for harsh weather conditions such as heavy fog, rain and snow. A fog light emits a yellowish colored beam that could cover a huge surface area compared with a normal driving light.
In the sport of off-roading and trail driving, it’s a must to have an off- road lighting kit. That is why some drivers need higher end light kits to brighten up the area or road so that they can drive into the area safely.
Off-road lights, as the name suggests serves as an additional lighting, used for off-roading. They are often housed in aluminum, ABS plastic and steel and are typically mounted on a roof or in the bull bar of a vehicle. This type of lighting is available in two forms, flood lights and spot lights.
· Flood lights offer a wide light beam and are ideally used for camping and trailing. They are typically mounted high up the ground example is a LED light bar.
· Spot lights emit a concentrated light pattern that can illuminate even a faraway area. Both light options are not advised to be used for regular highway driving.
Always make sure to buy high-quality automotive lighting. They are long lasting and serve their purpose, which is to effectively illuminate the way to your destination.