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Unread 04-25-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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Long Range Driving Lights - LED vs. Non-LED?

For long range driving lights (for lighting up way down the highway during night driving), are lights like the KC 130 watt Long Range Slim Lights going to perform better or worse than LED lights? I currently have a pair of 4 1/2" round LED lights on the front of my Jeep (that seem to be more of a flood type light - wide angle and close range) that I am considering replacing with an LED light bar for off-road use - somewhere around 12"-17" in width, but also want some sort of other lighting for long range projection when on the pavement at night.

So what would be best for long range lighting for highway use? Thanks.

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Unread 04-25-2014, 05:59 PM   #2
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While there are some lights that arguably are better or equivalent for long range than LEDs those KCs are not them. If those are your choices, LEDs every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
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Unread 04-26-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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for long range, i've always preferred the halogen bulb style. as you said, led's are great for shorter distances and trails. for the open desert where a more narrow but much longer distance is needed, H4 halogen is what i'd buy. if you have the money, a set of Cibie 9" long range lights would do you well. as for KC, seems like their older lights were of much better quality, imho. if you can find an older, used set of them in great condition for a good price, you can always replace the bulbs easily enough.
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Aircraft landing lights are good too...Sealed beam type lights. Only major drawbacks are the relatively short life (about 30 hours) and not so much legal on the road. I got a set on my rig and they are flood in front but also spot for long range as well, won a high beam contest with a train once
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Unread 04-26-2014, 01:56 PM   #5
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i am using a 6 inch round off road light, with 100 watt halogen superwhite bulbs, brand (eagle eye lights) their website is www.eagleeyelights.com. They are a long beam light, I wouldn't even consider using any other... the lights will amaze you.
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