Adding a light bar to your car, SUV, or truck is like adding some muscles to the vehicle. It can make your ride look rugged, sporty, and tough. However, this lighting accessory is not all about style. The extra lighting can improve visibility as well. It makes your vehicle easier to spot at night. More intense lighting also means that you can see the road more clearly and avoid road accidents caused by poor lighting conditions on the road.
Adding a light bar
If you're going to get your car, SUV, or truck a light bar, it helps to know exactly what you should be looking for. Here's a list of questions that you can use as a guide:
- How is the bar installed? Some light bars are designed for direct bolt-on installation. There's no drilling or any modification required. Usually, the complete mounting hardware is already included in the package. However, in some light bars, the mounting kit is sold separately. When using LED bars, you may also have to get things wired up.
- Where is it installed? The bar may be installed on the vehicle's front end or the tailgate. In trucks, this may be placed along the roof, making the vehicle more visible in low-light conditions or extreme weather. The lighting accessory on the tailgate may function as running, reverse, signal, and brake lights. Light bars on the front end are added for more intense lighting when driving in rain, snow, and other low-light conditions. They may also be used as headlights.
- How is it designed? This lighting accessory may come in multiple tabs (e.g., 2-tab, 4-tab, or 6-tab light bars) for the driving lights. Some light bars may also use LED lighting, up to 60 LED lights, which can produce more than 90% optical efficiency. LED light bars have a more sophisticated, modern look.
- Can it withstand harsh road elements and extreme conditions? Light bars, especially for rock crawlers and off-road vehicles, are exposed to harsh elements on the road like dust, salt, water, mud, and sludge. That's why the tube or bar that holds the lights should be constructed from top-quality materials. Some light bars are made with solid steel, stainless steel, or aluminum tubes. The finish, powder coating for instance, isn't just another element of style to the light bars. This also ensures optimum durability and protection against harsh elements on the road.
- Is it the right size? Light bars not only vary in form, design, and type of lighting. They also come in a wide range of sizes, 40. or 60. long for example. The light bar should match the specs of the vehicle's front end, tailgate, or roof, so it can be mounted with no trouble.
Going for LED light bars
There's good reason why a lot of car owners go for LED lighting. If you're considering this option for the light bar, here's a list of its benefits:
- Low power consumption. LED lights are known energy savers. Compared to other types of lighting, they don't eat up too much power or energy.
- Lighting efficiency. LED lights are known for emitting brighter lights, ensuring better visibility. They also last much longer.
- Sophisticated design. LED lights come in different shapes, sizes, and colors (white, amber, blue, etc.). LED light bars can be designed into different patterns, lighting intensity, and cool effects.