See Beyond: Welcome to Xray Vision Lighting Technology
Many of us over the years have been guilty of thinking of upgraded lighting systems being just for the off-road racing enthusiast or the
interstate overnight truck driver, but have not considered it so much from a driver comfort and vehicle safety point-of-view. For those
of us who are fortunate enough to be able to jump in our vehicle and drive around this incredible country of ours, we would never think
of heading off with below average brakes, unthinkable. But in regards to our vehicle lighting for night driving we can unknowingly
do just that, heading off with lighting that is ineffective in reducing driver fatigue and does not inspire confidence in the best possible
As many of our return customers tell us: ‘once you have driven with Xray Vision upgraded lighting you can never go back!’
The aim of any vehicle lighting is to illuminate as large an area in the drivers field of view as evenly as possible to give as much clear
visibility as possible. This includes a combination of distance, width and height all being as evenly illuminated in intensity (Lux) and
whiteness (kelvin) as possible, this being called Homogenous illumination. An excess or imbalance of one over the others can actually
unintentionally reduce visibility instead of increasing it. Because our eyes are like a very sophisticated camera with auto exposure they
naturally adjust to the best light available to them; an over exposed area can therefore reduce our visibility in the poorly illuminated
areas just as much as too little light in too small an area.
So the more area in the direction of potential hazards illuminated evenly at the optimum Lux and kelvin available, the greater our speed
to gain clear focus is possible. The intensity (1 Lux min.) and the colour (optimum 4200 K at night to reduce glare) of that light both
play an equal role in how quickly our eyes can achieve clear focus. Eye strain is a major contributing factor to driver fatigue. Our clarity
of focus will determine our hazard perception time, which effects our response time as demonstrated in the daytime versus nighttime
braking chart below. This means evaluating your headlights and driving lights as a total package to get the best results for all driving
conditions. For example LED racing lights with many intense LEDs and high kelvin light output can be ideal for off-road racing in
gullies at low speed, but fall short for highway applications and can actually reduce our distance visibility.
The challenge with vehicle lighting compared to daylight is that we have a limited power supply, limited light production (Lumen),
variable driving conditions and other drivers to consider in how we direct it. Because of these restrictions the light source is placed in a
reflector to concentrate the light by projecting it to where it is needed and away from where it is not required. So these two are equally
critical elements to a vehicle lighting unit, the LIGHT SOURCE and the LIGHT PROJECTION (reflector). The relationship between
these two is the FOCAL POINT ACCURACY which impacts significantly on output pattern accuracy and efficiency.
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See Beyond with Xray Vision.
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Discover the different colours of light output and what creates this colour difference.
Find out why you might need a pencil beam and a spread beam driving light.
Learn why lens optics is out, and optics-free lenses with free-form reflectors are in.
Discover why the brightest light isn’t necessarily the best light.
Explore the beam patterns from different types of lights, and the best setup for your vehicle.
Learn how perception and response times change depending on how far you can see.
Find out how lighting has evolved over time, and compare quartz halogen to LED and HID.
Compare different technologies and brands for both performance and value for money.