Types of Lighting Accessories for Jeep Off-Roading

Types of Lighting Accessories for Jeep Off-Roading

July 11, 2018

One of the things Jeep enthusiasts love about Jeep’s vehicles is the wide variety of accessories available for them. For example, Jeep owners have a large selection of lighting options they can choose from, whether they’re simply upgrading their headlights or wish to add some extra off-road lights.

Here’s some information about the various kinds of jeep lighting available, for which you may wish to seek professional HID installation in Brandon, FL.

Halogen lights

Incandescent halogen lightbulbs have been popular in cars for a long time, and they are relatively inexpensive. They work by pushing electrical currents through filament held inside a bulb, and have halogen gas trapped inside of them. Once that filament becomes hot from its electricity, it starts to glow. The halogen gas then pushes that filament back into itself, which makes it last longer and operate at a wide range of temperatures.

The main drawback to halogen lights is that they are not at all efficient. They take a lot of energy, and convert much of it into heat rather than light. They are not easily focused, and if bare skin comes into contact with the bulbs, their lifespan will be reduced greatly, so you need to be very careful when handling and changing the bulbs. They can also be damaged by vibrations.

LED lights

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are rapidly becoming more popular for both off-road and on-road vehicle uses. The primary benefit of LED bulbs is that they have extremely long lifespans, which gives them a big edge in that department over halogens. They also are designed to be a highly energy efficient option, which gives them an edge over both halogens and HID lights.

However, despite their brightness, LEDs don’t have a very long range. This makes them ideal for use for flood lights for off-roading, but not necessarily in all driving applications. They are also going to be much more expensive than halogen bulbs initially, but over time that efficiency should more than make up for the extra initial cost.

HID lights

HID lights are also frequently called xenon lights. HID stands for “high-intensity discharge,” which is how these lights work. The lights use xenon gas in the mixture of gases inside the lights, and use low-voltage, high-current electricity that operates by arcing across tungsten electrodes spread throughout a mixture of gases that produce light.

These lights tend to be the brightest and have the best range of these three options. They are much more resistant to vibrations than halogen bulbs and provide better overall visibility for drivers. However, they are more expensive than all halogen and most LED bulbs, and use hazardous materials during production, which means they might not be as environmentally friendly. They also require external ballasts, and can take a few moments before they reach full brightness.

For more information about the various types of Jeep lighting in Brandon, FL that are available to you and your vehicle, contact Performance Pit Shop today. We look forward to assisting you!

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