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Get Illuminated

Posted in How To on November 1, 2013
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Author: Jaime Hernandez Photos: Manufacturers

Whether you’re a night owl or simply find yourself racing into the night, having a good source of light will help ensure safe travel at faster speeds. As many experienced racers already know, you can only drive as fast as your lights and outdriving them will land you on your lid or worse. With the advent of High Intensity Discharge (HID) and now Light Emitting Diode (LED) technologies, turning up the lights has never been better. New optic designs and advancements in lighting technology have made LEDs more efficient, yet HIDs still continue to turn night into day. Today’s cutting edge off-road lighting puts out more candlepower while drawing a fraction of the energy of comparable lights from just a few years ago. Light patterns are also much more tunable, ranging from really extremely wide floods to pencil sharp beams. No matter if you race, chase or play-chances are you will soon find yourself out in the middle of a desolate place needing more light to roll or outshine the competition. Dirt Sports has assembled a collection of the latest performance lighting designed for the rigors of off-road motorsports. Just flip the toggle to illuminate the field.

ARB INTENSITY LED ARB’s new Intensity LED light combines a traditional 8-inch round design with the latest LED lighting technology using SMD type Osram LEDs for increased efficiency and brightness. It features a pressure-die-cast aluminum body that acts as a heat sink and also protects the advanced circuitry. A unique molded rubber seal sits between the 3.5mm hard-coated polycarbonate lens and body, creating a watertight and dustproof seal with IP68 rating (complete protection against dust ingress and submersion beyond 9.75 feet). The ARB Intensity LED Light delivers a penetrating light with 32 LEDs at a color temperature of 6500K, equivalent to daylight. It is available in flood and spot beams.
ARB USA (866) 293-9078

ARB Intensity 283x300 Photo 67322086 A TIG-welded 304-grade stainless steel mounting system ensures integrity under the harshest conditions.

KC-POD 70-Watt HID Carbon Fiber Light Designed by KC engineers in conjunction with critical feedback from some of the nation’s top off-road racers, the KC-POD features a unique weight-saving carbon fiber housing and powerful weather-resistant, solid-state 70-watt HID ballast. The HID bulb and computer-designed multi-surface reflector is protected by an unbreakable, hard-coated Lexan lens. The 7.37-inch diameter carbon fiber housing is fixed mounted for extreme stability and a spring-loaded lens assembly not only isolates it from the harsh impacts of off-road racing, but also allows for fast, simple and accurate aiming. The KC-POD is available in both long-range and driving-beam patterns.
KC HiLiTES (928) 635-2607

KC POD 300x279 Photo 68812068 KC’s new 70-watt ballast is much thinner and lighter than previous models

PIAA RS800 HID Shock Lamp Designed specifically for race applications, the PIAA RS800 HID Shock lights offer unmatched durability and optimum performance. These auxiliary lights are practically indestructible with their high impact-resistant polyamide housing, unbreakable polycarbonate hard clear-coated lens and stout mounting system. PIAA RS800 HID shock lights feature a fully integrated 35W ballast and computer-designed, multi-surface reflectors producing legendary PIAA HID illumination. They are available in a long-range driving beam pattern in three popular sizes: 4-, 6- and 8-inch lamp.
PIAA (800) 525-7422

PIAA HID 276x300 Photo 67322089 The PIAA HID Shock Lamp features a race- proven lightweight black polyamide fiberglass housing.

KC LZR CUBE The new KC LZR Series CUBE is a compact 4-LED light that packs an extremely bright spot beam pattern rated at 2,600 lumens. The CUBE utilizes four 5-watt Cree XLamp XP-G LEDs, with a color temperature of 5000K and 50,000-hour life. Extremely compact (3x3 inches), the CUBE features a lightweight IP68-rated sealed aluminum diecast housing utilizing KC’s signature thermal-efficient turbine air-cooled fin design. With its polycarbonate lens and waterproof wiring connectors integrated into the housing, the CUBE is impenetrable by dust and water, and extremely impact- and vibration-resistant. KC’s LZR Series of LED lights also includes a 4-inch round 6-LED model as well as 10-, 20-, 30-, 40- and 50-inch LED light bars.
KC HiLiTES (928) 635-2607

KC LZR Cube 230x300 Photo 67322092 The KC LZR CUBE features onboard thermal management, and is protected against RFI/EMC interference.

PIAA LP570 LED PIAA wanted to perfect LED lighting when they designed reflector-facing bulbs and new “first-in-the-industry” reflector technology. The LP570 LED utilizes PIAA’s Reflector Facing Technology (RFT) design, which delivers much greater lighting and beam control compared to conventional LED and halogen lights with forward-facing bulbs. The LP570 LED features a long-range driving light pattern with a brilliant 6000K color temperature output. Its 7 3/16-inch diameter cast aluminum housing is matched with an unbreakable polycarbonate lens. PIAA LED lights are also available in 3.5-inch diameter.
PIAA (800) 525-7422

PIAA LED 300x300 Photo 67322095 PIAA’s computer-designed multi-surface reflector is illuminated by two reflectors facing 5-watt 6000K LED bulbs.

Rigid Industries LED Lighting E-Series The Rigid Industries E-Series light bar has set the standard in the industry through continuing advances in technology and superior engineering. The E-Series features an extruded aluminum housing and polycarbonate lens that is sealed against the elements to provide years of trouble-free operation. Rigid Industries designed their circuitry in-house to be more powerful, efficient and generate less heat—making their LEDs brighter. The E-Series light bar is designed to project light at extreme distances while consuming very little power. It is offered in 4-, 6-, 10-, 20-, 30-, 40- and 50-inch lengths with up to 21,000 raw lumens to light up the darkness.
Rigid Industries (480) 655-0100

Rigid Industries LED Lighting 300x45 Photo 68812071 Rigid Industries’ patented hybrid optics are available with 10-degree spot, 20-degree flood or a combo pattern for precise lighting.

Baja Designs SII LED Light The new Baja Designs SII LED light offers an incredible 1,800 lumens out of a tiny 3x2-inch housing and is said to be the brightest LED light, ounce for ounce, on the market. Originally developed for military robots where brightness, size and power draw are critical, the SII can be mounted where traditional lights would never fit. The SII uses Squadron optics and can be tuned with three light patterns: combo, spot or flood. It is IP69K certified (waterproof to 9 feet) and features a hard-coated polycarbonate lens.
Baja Designs (760) 560-BAJA

Baja Designs Squadron II 300x300 Photo 67322098 The SII uses two T6 Bin Cree XM-L2 LEDs at 5000K and only draws 21 watts

HELLA (800) 247-5924

Hella Rallye 253x300 Photo 68812074 The reflector and mounting bracket are made of die-cast aluminum for added durability.

VISION X Light Cannon LED The 4.5-inch Light Cannon LED light by Vision X Lighting takes automotive lighting technology to new lengths. A single 25-watt LED will illuminate up to 1000 feet with an intense 10-degree spot pattern. The Light Cannon also works with optional snap-on polycarbonate cover filters that quickly change the beam pattern from spot to Euro or flood. Colored filters (clear, blue, amber or red) can also improve visibility in various driving conditions. It features an ultra-lightweight two lb. hybrid construction and universal single-bolt mount for quick installation.
Vision X Lighting (888) 489-9820

Vision X Light Cannon 300x245 Photo 67322101 The Light Cannon emits a brilliant beam of light with a compact body by using proprietary IRIS Reflector Technology.

Vision X XMitter Prime XP LED Light Bar Vision X continues to evolve its line of LED off-road lighting with their XMitter Prime XP LED light bar. Using a new 5-Watt Xtreme LED, the XMitter is able to produce nearly twice the light of earlier LEDs. Enhanced optics optimized for distance and depth give Vision X light bars an even tighter beam pattern to penetrate darkness with more power and precision. The XMitter features Prime Drive technology as well as Integrated Electronic Thermal Management (ETM) for enhanced reliability and output. XMitter light bars are available in a tight 10-degree narrow beam and 40-degree wide beam, from 10 to 43 inches wide.
Vision X Lighting (888) 489-9820

Vision X Bar 300x112 Photo 68812077 An extruded 6061 aluminum housing and resilient polycarbonate lens make sure the LEDs and circuitry stay intact under extreme use.

Baja Designs OnX LED Light The new OnX LED light bar from Baja Designs is the only light bar on the market that has the distance of an 8-inch HID with the smooth spread of an LED. The OnX is available in 8-inch increments ranging from 8 to 51 inches. Each 8-inch increment offers a concentrated beam of 3,600 lumens. By utilizing Cree XML T6 Bin LEDs at 5000K, Baja Designs is able to achieve HID-like distance projection that is tunable using a combination of Spot and Horizontal spread optics. Light patterns available are long-range spot, standard spot, driving combo and wide-cornering combo.
Baja Designs (760) 560-2252

Baja Designs Onx 300x200 Photo 67322104 Fully serviceable and customizable optics and lenses are available from Baja Designs for the OnX LED light.

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