What To Look For When Buying An Off Road Led Light Bar

25 May 2017
 Categories: Automotive, Blog

If you love to ride a truck or jeep off road, you may be looking to purchase an off road LED light bar. This type of bar is installed or mounted on the top of your truck or jeep. It helps to illuminate areas that do not typically have street lights or other sources of light in the area. However, if you have never purchased an off road LED light bar before, you may be unsure as to which one is right for you. Here are a few factors you need to consider when deciding which one to buy.

Spotlights Versus Floodlights

LED light bars typically have either spotlights, floodlights, or a combination of both. A spotlight typically illuminates items in front of you, while floodlights illuminate a wide space, including items to the side. It is strongly recommended that those who are off-roading purchase a LED light bar with both types of lights on them. If you have to pick just one, floodlights are recommended as you want to be able to see not only what is in front of you, but what is to the side of you while off-roading as well.

The Lifespan of the LED Bulbs in the Light Bar

As you shop for an off road LED light bar, you will notice that most light bars state that the LED bulbs are designed to last a certain number of hours. LED bulbs can be costly to replace in a light bar. As such, you want to look for the bulbs that last the longest period of time.

The Light's Amp Draw

Another key factor you need to consider is the amp draw of the light bar you select. Many off-roaders stop driving their vehicle and use the lights to illuminate a space while they cook, set up camp, or perform other outdoor activities in the dark. The LED light bar uses power from the battery to operate. A high amp draw can drain your battery quickly if your car is not being driven. As such, you want to pay close attention to the amp draw of the light bar if you plan on using it while the vehicle is not being driven. The last thing you want is to drain your battery when you are out in the middle of nowhere.

How Durable the Light Bar Is

The last factor you want to consider when selecting an off road LED light bar is how durable the light bar is. Many manufacturers test their light bars in extreme conditions. They may pelt the fixture with rocks or ensure it won't crack if your Jeep tips over. Do your research to learn what testing conditions the light has been subjected to and which brands held up the best in the conditions your fixture may be subjected to. This will help you find a durable light bar for your needs.

There are many different types of off road LED light bars on the market. Paying close attention to the durability of the light bar, if it is a spotlight versus floodlight model, the lifespan of the LED bulbs and the amp draw of the fixture will help you find the one that is ideal for you.