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Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 08:38
by Stefan
Quick question:

Do you have dedicated Driving lights, and/or Spotlights on your vehicle?

What brand(s) and technology (e.g. HID, LED)?

How are they wired? (i.e. directly into the lights, high-beams only, separate switches)

Re: Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 09:13
by Nissan KingCab
I have a set of HELLA Comet 550's on the TJM bullbar.

They come on with the brights through a relay to connect them directly to the battery!

Re: Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 09:19
by Michael
I have replaced my normal headlamp globes with Night Brakers I think, they really improved the vision at night quite a bit.

Then I have two LED spots on the bumper that run to a switch, they are not connected to the brights as I want the option to switch them on when I want to see around the camp or to just use them as general work lights.

I do think it would be nice to have them come on with the brights too......but dont know if its possable to wire it like that?

Re: Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 09:29
by ricster
I have a set of KC's on my bullbar, wires to a separate switch that is again linked to the brights. So basically if I have my parking and main beams on ( KC's off ) and I push the light stick to put the brights on, then I can either have the KC switch on or off. I leave the KC switch in the ON position permanently so when I switch on the brights everything comes on, and off again if a car approaches from the front. The KC's are connected via a relay directly to the battery, with an activation feed from the old small gauge wire that was already there from the Patrols headlight connector if I recall correctly.

They are the standard Halogen type globes ( 130watt ), that I believe are not really legal, but are worth every cent and light up the road beautifully.

The only down side is that the are spot lights and not flood lights, so they tend to light up the road, but not much on the sides.

Power consumption.... who cares, I only use them when the motor is running, and the Alternator and Battery is more than capable of handling the extra power draw ( and the cabling too ).

The Patrol driving lights are Daybreakers from Osram ( Might be called Night breakers..... can't remember now )

Re: Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 10:23
by Jorrie
I have a 12 LED Light bar (120W) wired in the way described by Cedric above. This bar really lights up the road and the roadside.
This light bar can only be used when there is no traffic from the front as it will blind oncoming traffic. Should only be used off-road.

Re: Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 11:50
by JoshJ
I have pondered on this Idea for sometime. But do not see the need. I upgraded to Osram day breaker globes. My brights are now good enough. So I dont know if it realy worth the cost of decent spots and running the risk of restricting airflow to the radiater. Yes spots or a light bar will make it better, but all things considered I am on the wire about it. But it looks great on a 4x4.

Re: Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 12:17
by Tinus lotz
My small hid lights work legit ......i can see to the other side of town ....have a switch to either have them on or of on their own .

Re: Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 12:32
by ricster
Well if you change your mind I have a set of rectangular IPF's laying in my garage that could be up for sale..... :thumbup: ...... sorry .... not hijacking the thread

Re: Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 16:43
by Marino4x4
I did some LED bars the other day like Cedric explained. Midas has a standard harness that you can buy with the relay and switch included, R180. The wiring diagram is on the back. Very easy. The wires are a bit thin, but the LED does not use so much power. I did this due to driving allot in the Eastern Cape/Free State with animals next and in the road. The lights assist with width and depth of view that makes it much safe to drive. I also upgraded my headlights to 130W globes, but the LED's are at another level and it is a whiter light than the standard lights.

Re: Driving - & Spotlights

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 18:36
by Peter Connan
Lights fade as they get older. The globes, reflectors and lenses all degrade over time. And specifically the GQ's lights were barely adequate even when new.

Thus the newer cars' lihgts are probably ok but most guys with older cars seem to have done something to improve the sutuation.

If you add something extra, do give them seperate wiring with a deicated relay and fuze. The setup described by Cedric is quite common simply because it's the best way to do it.