Auxiliary Lights: Light Works
be aimed to match your pickup headlight’s highbeam and centered down the middle of the road
for maximum efficiency.
You purchase quality work tools that last and
you’ve spent a good bit of money on the pickup
you’re driving. Do the same when you buy lights.
Leave the cheap plastic and pot-metal models to
those who don’t depend on their pickups as part
of their daily work needs.
Strong housings that will not rust or come
apart under tough conditions are a must. So are
lights with wiring kits made from heavy-duty
components. Check out the light’s warranty, too:
The longer the warranty, the better the product.
Now that we’ve shed a little light on the topic
of auxiliary lighting, we’ve included an assortment of the newest products to consider adding
to your pickup – or fleet of pickups. Mix, match
and enjoy the new view. (You can also get more
lighting information by going to
Some manufacturers lead buyers
to believe there’re only two terms
that matters when it comes to the
comes to the
t lights: watts
quality of aftermarket lights: watts
th are very
and candlepower. Both are very
sureWatts is only a measure(Volts
ment of current draw (Volts
x Amps= Watts); it’s the
automotive equivalent of
how many gallons of fuelfuelses
per-hour an engine uses
– not the miles-per-gallon
the engine in the pickup dehe road.
livers driving down the road.
-watt HI d i
tt HID drivFor example, a 100-watt HID drivffective lighting
ing light is far more effective lighting
up the road than a single 100-watt
light bulb sitting on the bumper. The
difference is in how the bulb’s light
output is focused, which brings up
another misleading marketing term:
candlepower or candela.
Candlepower (aka candela) is an
antiquated measurement of light
output at the source (radiance) and
output at th source
h not i to
has nothing to do with how that
light illuminates an object.
Lume on the other
hand, is a true measurehand, i
ment of a light’s effiment
ciency at lighting up an
objec at a specified disje
tance and is fast becomtance
ing the world standard
for light comparisons. The
higher the lumens, the more
useabl light being produced.
useable light b
So when you find
So when you find auxiliary lights to
fit your needs th t consume the same
or less power, exhibit similar design
qualities, and deliver a higher lumen
output than a comparable model, you
know which to buy. –BWS
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