- Black & Brushed Silver Decals
- Black Controller
- Black Aluminum Fairlead
- Charcoal Grey Synthetic Rope
Lumens and Why They Matter
It’s all about the lumens. The lumen rating is to lighting as the "Horse Power" rating is to an engine. Although horse power doesn’t determine how well a vehicle will perform, it’s truly an essential number. LED light output is rated in lumens, determining how bright the lamp output can potentially be. Higher lumens rated lighting require quality components which results in more expensive designs. Traditional halogen bulb output is normally measured in watts and the higher the wattage, the brighter the bulb. So when comparing LEDs to halogen lights it can be confusing since LEDs use fewer watts to produce the same amount of light output. Furthermore, automotive LED lighting does not command the same needs as resi- dential home lighting and should be evaluated differently when comparing features, benefits and costs. LED lights are an excellent choice for cutting your home’s electric bill and long term lamp replacement savings can be huge. But remember, automotive lighting is subjected to harsher conditions and your focus should be more on performance, integration, reliability, safety, durability, and style.
The LED Advantage
One of the HOTTEST Accessories in the Jeep® Aftermarket is Auxiliary LED Lighting and also one of the most confusing to shop. LED is the proven leader when it comes to light output, efficiency, durability and compact- ness. Overall, LED lighting can be more expensive than Halogen and even HID lighting but offers better vision, less amp draw and is an excellent value.SEE the Difference for yourself! The technology for LED lighting has come a long way over recent years and as the popularity of the LED has grown, the market has become overwhelmed with choices. The following Quadratec LED buyers Guide will help you choose the lighting that’s right for you by helping to sort out the critical aspects and features of Auxiliary LED Lighting!
LED Light Performance
- No Effect on Frequent On/Off Cycling
- Excellent Vibration Resistance
- Low Heat Emission
- No Sensitivity to Humidity
- Up to 50,000 Hours of Life
- Excellent Kelvin Color Temp Optimization
- Extremely Low Power Consumption
Not All LED Lights Are Created Equal
More generic LED lights hit the market each day by online retailers without any tech- nical support, offering low cost, low quality rip-offs. Quadratec, provides a wide as- sortment of quality Auxiliary LED brands to choose from making us your one stop source for all your LED lighting needs. Backed by our legendary customer support and no hassle returns policy, Quadratec eliminates the confusion by offering only the finest brands at the lowest possible prices. There are many good brands of LED chips on the market today including OSRAM, EPISTAR and CREE. Quality brand name chips provide the greatest light output with excellent vibration resistance and usage lifes- pans up to 50,000 hours! Avoid low-cost, no-name LED chips!
Deutsch Style Wiring Harnesses
Installing auxiliary LED lighting should be easy with little or no cutting and splicing. It’s important to purchase your lights along with a high quality compatible wiring harness. Look for a plug-and-play harness design that includes features such as an inline fuse, relay, the proper wire gauge size and a quality switch. Look for the preferred Deutsch style connectors to ensure a trouble free, waterproof electrical connection.
Light Housing Construction
LED lights tend to operate better at lower temperatures. As LED lights create heat, the light housing assembly uses heat sinks to draw and dissipate the heat. The most common design uses “fins” on the back of the housing to assist with air cooling.
Cost Per Lumen
LED light output is ordinarily measured in “lumens” which is the total amount of visible light emitted by a source. Though lumen rating is not the definitive measure of quality and performance, lighting with higher lumens output usually provide better performance. A simple and convenient way to quickly determine the best lighting for your money is to calculate the “cost per Lumen” by dividing the retail price by the total number of lumens. Then evaluate the construction and look for quality die-cast aluminum housings and powder coated finish.
We have calculated the Cost Per Lumen for some of our popular 50” LED Light Bars. Look for the “DARE TO COMPARE LUMENS!” Icon to see Lumen Brightness for all of our LED lights!
The overall wattage that an LED lamp pulls is determined by the circuit board design and the quantity of LEDs along with the size of the chip. It’s important to calculate the overall wattage of the lights being utilized so the proper harness requirements are met. LED lamps draw a fraction of the wattage that ordinary halogen lamps while producing more light output.
The Kelvin Scale and Why It’s Important
Kelvin is a measurement that indicates the color hue of a specific type of light source. Many people have the misconception that color temperature is a rating of the bright- ness of a light source but this is simply not true. Again, lumens are what determine thebrightness potentialofalight. Actuallythehighercolortemperaturesprovide less useable light output. A good example is a black light which has a color tem- perature around 25,000 Kelvin and has very little useable light or lumens output. On the other end of the scale, a dinner candle produces about 12 lumens and has a Kelvin rating of 1000 K. A standard household 60-watt incandescent bulb produces 830 lumens with a Kelvin rating of 3000 K. So where do we want to be on the Kelvin scale for automotive lighting? The simple answer for most automotive applications is the 6,000 K range. The ratings between 5,000 K and 7,000 K are very close to noon daylight or direct sun and provide an excellent color hue for seeing better and far- ther while driving at night.
How Waterproof & Dustproof Are Your Lights?
Auxiliary lights will be constantly exposed to moisture, dirt and even submersion. The International Protection Rating or IP rating was created to provide codes of performance with regards to the prevention and intrusion of water and dust into the LED electrical components. The standard aims to provide users more detailed information than vague marketing terms such as waterproof. LED Auxiliary lighting should have an IP code of IP67 or IP68.