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Jeep Lighting with Rigid Industries Radiance LED

Posted in Product Reviews on June 17, 2016 Comment (0)
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Rigid Industries has recently introduced its Radiance line of LED lighting. The bar-style lights are available in lengths from 10 to 50 inches wide. Rigid LED lights have earned a solid reputation on the race circuit for impressive lighting quality and ruggedness. The Radiance is a line of lights designed to offer that same Rigid proven durability and quality in a new, more consumer-oriented lightbar.

The Radiance LEDs are mounted in the same weather-resistant housing as Rigid's other LED bars and use an impact-resistant polycarbonate lens in front. The output light beam on the Radiance provides a combination spot/flood pattern to throw light both forward and to the sides of the trail. In addition, these lights offer a unique back-lighting in a variety of accent colors.

If you're planning to blast down washes at night going at race speeds, you probably need a lightbar with stronger forward-projected light. However, for general trail use and nighttime running, the Radiance fits the bill well for most drivers. Where room allows, longer bars can offer greater light output. The 50-inch version Radiance emits over 16,000 raw Lumens of light.

Mounting is simple with two L-brackets, and you can quickly add supplemental lighting to your Jeep. Windshield mounts are available as well for the longer bars. We found the Radiance LED offered plenty of well-dispersed illumination for most of our trail needs after the sunset.

You can run your own wiring to power a Radiance lightbar. However, Rigid offers an optional harness that comes complete with two switches, a proper relay for the main light, fuses, and battery leads.

Flipping one switch turns on the backlighting, which is available in white, amber, red, blue, or green. When the main switch is activated you get a strong blanket of white light. We mounted this 20-inch Radiance on top of a Rusty's Off-Road TJ/LJ bumper where space allowed. You can cast an even better beam of light from a mounting point above the windshield.

Here is a Radiance LED light next to a high-grade Rigid E2-Series light. The 20-inch Radiance uses a total of nine LEDs and has a stated light output of nearly 5,500 Lumens. By comparison, the E2-Series light uses 60 LEDs to obtain a light output of 18,000 Lumens. The circuit board is visible inside the Radiance unit. Rigid uses a Broad Spot optic behind an impact resistant polycarbonate lens to offer a beam pattern with both spot and flood lighting characteristics.

The Radiance line is built with the same aluminum alloy housing that's used on their E-Series lights, which is IP68 compliant to resist ingress of dust and water to the housing. Stainless mounting hardware is included.

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This 20-inch Radiance unit pulls about 6 amps of current in a 12V system. We hit the desert one night with Radiance and E2-Series LED bars for a nighttime comparison. Here's a portion of the cast beam. The Radiance beam (top) is wider than the E2-Series beam (bottom). The E2-Series driving-pattern light threw out illumination to a greater distance as it has a smoother, brighter light output to maximize light output. It draws nearly twice the current of the Radiance light, requiring almost 12 amps.

Here's an example of the beam pattern that the Radiance LED bar produces. We found the Radiance bar laid out a wide blanket of light over a good distance, a useful combination for most Jeepers.

Sources

Rigid Industries
Mesa, AZ 85215
855-760-5337
www.rigidindustries.com

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