Boost Your Jeep’s Night Vision
A-Pillar Headlamps Boost Night Vision
If you're into night wheeling, or if you just want to make sure you're equipped with enough light power in case you don't get off the trail before sunset, you really do want more than the factory headlights to guide your way. Luckily, there are a lot of auxiliary lighting choices to help prep your Jeep for the night. Among the many lighting manufacturers to choose from is Baja Designs, a company that has been expanding and upgrading its product line in recent years.
Baja Designs offers a wide range of auxiliary lighting as well as some direct replacement headlight upgrades that can boost your rig's beams with high-power LED packages. Its auxiliary light catalog includes lights in numerous sizes, shapes, outputs, beam patterns, and designs; most of its auxiliary lights offer a choice of white or amber, and in some cases other colors such as red and blue.
The Baja Designs XL80 LED line caught our eye right away. It features four Cree LEDs for a total of 9,500 lumens and can be found in Driving/Combo or Wide Cornering designs in either white or amber. The XL80 is wrapped in a waterproof, hard-anodized, powdercoated cast-aluminum housing that measures about 4 1/2 by 3 1/2 by 5 inches with a billet machined bezel and hardcoated polycarbonate lens.
The Driving/Combo provides maximum trail coverage in one light, combining Wide Driving (44-degree spread) and a spot (6-degree spread). Wide Cornering is specially designed to throw a wide and flattened horizontal beam good for cornering, dust, or fog. It's also offered as a Work/Scene light, which can be mounted strategically on your vehicle to provide a 180-degree-wide, 250-foot-deep workable glow that's perfect for night wrenching or winching, should that ever be necessary.
We decided to check out a pair of Baja Designs XL80 LED Driving/Combo white lights (PN 677803) for a project we were working on with Duval Offroad Designs (DOD), and to make it easy to mount and control them, we snagged a pair of Mopar A-Pillar Lamp Brackets for the JL/JT (PN 82215427) and looped the new lights into a Jeep JL/JT 8-Circuit sPOD Source SE w/ Touchscreen. Read on to find out more of what we learned during the installation of these night-blasting LED Driving/Combo lights.
Baja Designs XL80 LED
Lumens: 9,500; 4 Cree LEDs
Dimensions (in): 4.43x3.65x4.43
Weight (lb): 2.45
Front Lens: Hardcoated polycarbonate
Housing: Hard-anodized & powdercoated cast aluminum
Bezel: Billet machined aluminum
Hardware & Bracket Material: Stainless steel
More Stuff: Exceeds MIL-STD810G (mil-spec testing), built-in overvoltage protection, IP69K (waterproof up to 9 ft & pressure washable), IK10 compliant (Mechanical Impact Testing)