Auxiliary Lighting

Written by James on March 31st, 2011

For grille lighting, I chose the Hella Rallye 4000s. Hella offers a few beam options for these 9″ monsters. I opted for the cornering beam pattern. This does not only throw light to the side, like the name may imply. Instead, it throws an abnormally wide beam pattern (a cross between a fog and euro beam) that is perfect for tight maneuvering in low visibility situations. A wide beam is much more useful than a far-reaching focused beam when driving off road. At 100 Watts per light, the output is formidable.

Hella 4000s in the grille, 550s on the roof

In addition to the brush guard lights, I built a roof mounted light rack. This comes in handy when driving in late-day situations or even night driving. I have also noticed they are quite helpful when driving in snow during dark evenings. The increased lighting angle allows less light to reflect off the surface of the snow, therefore improving road visibility. However, it is not to be used in fog because the beam crosses right in front of the windshield. In that situation, the light reflects right back into the driver’s eyes.

Roof top wiring

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