Off-roading is every Jeep owner’s dream, but what happens when you go off-road after dark? Suddenly, all of the street lights and another lighting around you is gone, and you must rely on the lighting on your vehicle to light your way. Unfortunately, the lighting that comes standard on most vehicles is not sufficient, and you will need to add additional lighting. But where do you add it? What lighting should you choose? How much power do you need?

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so take a look at this image:

wrangler off road light

Does that look like the perfect off-road lighting to you? Take a closer look at all of the lights that this Jeep has. You will see that it has a:

    • LED Light Bar – At the top of the cab, the LED light bar gives bright light straight out in front of you. Light bars can also bolt to the grill instead of the top of the cab, depending on where and when you need your light.
  • Side-Mirror Lights – Mounted to the side mirrors, these lights improve peripheral off-road visibility when you hit the trails.
  • Fog Lights –Fog lights, under he led headlight, provide additional lighting below the headlights when you hit rainy or foggy weather.

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  • Head Lights – When you go off-road, head lights become even more important, so make sure you’ve got the right ones.

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  • Work Lights – Work lights are mounted in a variety of places but provide important lighting when setting up a camp site or working off-road.

If you find yourself wondering which lighting you need and where you should put it, we are ready to help! Here’s your guide to off-road lighting and what you need to make your Jeep as functional, and attractive, as possible.

wrangler off road light display

Type of Light Bulbs for Off-Road Lighting

No matter which type of off-road light you’re installing, you need to ensure that it is the right type of bulb for the application. Here are some of the bulbs to consider.

· Halogen off-road Light – Halogen off-road lights are the oldest type of light bulbs available. Because they were the only option for many years, many people still use them, but this is the least efficient option. These lights place quite a bit of stress on your vehicle’s electrical system and should be used sparingly, such as for one or two flood lights.

· LED off-road LightLED bulbs has a low amp draw and long projected lifespan, and these two features have made this an incredibly popular off-road light. These lights use two lead semiconductors as their light source. These lights use 75 percent less energy than equivalent halogen lights and can last five times as long because they are shock and water proof. They are also quite bright, giving a crisp illumination in even the darkest of situations.

· HID off-road Light – HID lights, or high-intensity discharge, are also known as Xenon lights. They use inert gas housed within a tube that creates an arc, forming light. These lights require a ballast, which is built into the light housing on most models. They work well for any type of off-road light, and are over twice as powerful as halogen lights.

Common Types of Off-Road Lights and Where to Install

There are many different types of lights that you can install on your Jeep. Here is a closer look at these lights, where you should install them, and how you will use them.

Spot Lights

When you need a bright beam of light to illuminate a small area, you need a spot light. Spot lights have a focused light beam that travels far ahead of the vehicle. They are extremely bright lights, but do not have a wide beam spread. This is helpful on off-road trails to see far ahead of the vehicle. They can also have good applications in agriculture and racing vehicles.

Spotlights can be installed in a variety of spots, including:

  • · Lower windshield pillar
  • · A-pillar
  • · Post mount by the door
  • · Roof mounting bars

In the majority of cases, spot lights are mounted to the top of the vehicle to see as far ahead as possible.

These lights are used in very specific situations. You will use a spot light when off-roading in large, open spaces. They are never to be used in traffic, as they can blind other drivers. They also have limited functionality when used in forested areas, as the trees will simply reflect the light and block it from shining far ahead. Also, because spot lights are such strong lights, they use a tremendous amount of power. Investing in LED or HID lighting can reduce the amount of power used, but this light is still a big draw and should be used only when needed.

Flood Light

Flood lights are different from spot lights in that they illuminate a large area of light, but at a short distance. These lights are often used as work lights, or they may be used as back up lights when a broader area needs to be illuminated.

Like spot lights, flood lights can be installed in a number of places. These can be installed on the bottom of the vehicle's grille to illuminate quite a bit of the ground in front of the vehicle. They can be mounted on either side of the windshield or on a lower windshield pillar. They can also be incorporated into a rooftop light bar.

Flood lights are versatile lights that can be used in a wide range of applications. For off-road travel, they can light up a wide band of the road right ahead of the vehicle, ensuring you can see where you are headed. When you arrive at a campsite, turn on the flood lights to light the area while you set up camp. For work vehicles, flood lights work well as work lights, lighting the worksite after the sun sets and allowing work to continue after dark. They can be used as frequently as the work requires.

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Led Light Bar

A Led light bar is one of the most popular types of lights to install on an off-road vehicle. A light bar is a rectangular array of smaller light bulbs arranged in rows. Their job is to illuminate a huge range of the road ahead of the vehicle.

Light bars are unique because they can be set up to have many different beam widths and angles. Light bars can be spot light bars or flood light bars, depending on your need. Flood light bars have a beam width of up to 120 degrees, while spot light bars focus the light in a narrow 30-degree or small angle. The length of the light bar will also determine how far the light spreads. Today, many designs are LED light bars, which offer a bright light that spreads quite far and wide in front of the vehicle. Light bars are typically mounted to the top of the vehicle or to the front of the grille.

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72w led fog light beam display

Light bars give your Jeep an attractive look. However, they are incredibly bright, and are best used in completely off-road locations where no oncoming traffic is possible. They do hurt the driver’s night vision when faced head-on.

Led HeadLight

All Jeeps come equipped with head lights, which are critical for any nighttime driving either on or off-road. Headlights illuminate the road in front of the vehicle. Many drivers will opt to upgrade to an LED headlight for brighter visibility and greater longevity. In addition, many Jeep owners will opt to add driving lights that boost the visibility provided by the OEM headlights. These lights have a similar light pattern to the high beam setting on the headlights. Additional driving lights will double the brightness of the OEM headlights and the high beams.

led headlight

Traditional headlights are mounted to the front of the vehicle and come standard with the vehicle. Those that add additional driving lights will mount them to the bumper, grill, or the windshield pillars.

Headlights are used at any time when visibility is low, including when it is raining, foggy, or at night. Driving lights are great for off-road trails and driving at night on regular roads. The increased visibility and brightness make them a welcome addition to the vehicle’s illumination package.

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Led Fog Light

Fog lights are designed to navigate difficult weather situations, including fog and rain. They shoot a wide, short beam of light that is designed to hit below the horizon line. This can illuminate the road in poor weather without glaring off of the fog or other particles in the air, which will happen with headlights and driving lights. LED fog lights are popular because they can come in a range of color temperatures. Amber colored fog lights are sometimes preferred, because the color is less likely to create glare when it hits the fog or mist.

fog light

Fog lights are mounted low on the vehicle, under the headlights or at the bottom of the grill. This is an important position, because it is what allows them to spread light below the horizon line.

led fog light

Fog lights are only used when the weather demands them. Any time the regular headlights and driving lights are creating too much glare, fog lights can be switched on to add better illumination. In poor weather, the main headlights need to remain on in order to ensure other vehicles can see yours, but fog lights can improve the visibility for the driver. You can choose 30-60 watt led fog lights for your Jeep according to your requirement.

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The Right Lighting Options Depend on Your Use and Needs

As you consider your lighting options, make sure you weigh all o the potential uses you have for your vehicle. Then, don’t forget to consider additional factors to improve the longevity of your lighting, such as waterproof or dustproof designs which can withstand the demands of off-road use. Finally, look for LED light options that have a long lifespan, so you do not have to replace them frequently.

OEDRO LED light options have all of these benefits, and they come with a 2 year warranty to ensure you get the most use out of your lights. Shop for LED lights with OEDRO today, and make the most out of your Jeep off-road lighting opportunities.

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