Driving lights and headlights create a complete lighting solution
When setting up your vehicle with a shiny new set of Xray Vision driving lights, it is well worth considering
how and where you will be using your new lights in order to choose the right setup for your requirements.
Firstly, let’s take a quick look at the different lights on the front of a vehicle:
Vehicle Low Beam Headlights:
These are the lights used all the time for night driving in built-up areas and when passing on-coming traffic.
These lights deliver an even spread of light in front of the vehicle and are shaped to avoid glare for other
motorists. Reflector type assemblies feature an angled light cutoff to avoid glare, while projector type
assemblies use an optically generated cutoff line.
Vehicle High Beam Headlights:
These lights are activated by a stalk on the steering column and provide a spread beam that is both wider
and longer than the low beams. This allows drivers to see further to the sides and further down the road.
Low beam lights stay activated when switching to high beam in all headlights except for H4 type lights
that switch between the two using the same globe.
Vehicle Front Fog Lights:
These lights throw a very low wide pattern over a very short distance. These lights provide illumination when
visibility is 200 metres or less due to mist, fog or smoke, by shining underneath the layer of particles. These
lights are activated by a separate switch that is only active when parking lights or headlights are switched
on. Fog lights are of no use when not in foggy conditions, and they cause unnecessary glare to oncoming
traffic when used during clear visibility conditions.
Xray Vision HID Driving Light Pencil Beam:
These lights provide additional distance over the standard vehicle high beam and are activated and
extinguished with the vehicle’s high beam headlights. Driving lights also have a separate on/off switch.
Pencil beam patterns are very long and narrow providing the best possible illumination over long distances,
ideal for open highways, long distance travel and high speed driving.
Xray Vision HID Driving Light Spread Beam:
These lights provide additional distance and width coverage over the standard vehicle high beam and are
activated and extinguished with the vehicle’s high beam headlights. Driving lights also have a separate
on/off switch. Spread beam patterns are wide and even to give excellent light coverage over medium distance
plus they provide illumination along sides of the road, ideal for twisty and mountainous roads, off-road and
If you are like most people, you do a bit of long distance highway, some hinterland stuff, you take your rig down off-road tracks and onto the beach.
The ideal setup for you is one pencil beam and one spread beam driving light. These are generally mounted next to each other with the pencil
positioned on the driver’s side and the spread on the passenger’s side. This provides the best overall light coverage when high beam is activated.
The original vehicle’s low and high beam take care of the immediate area in front of the vehicle, the pencil beam will shine way up into the distance
(up to 1km with the 220 Series HID), and the spread beam will fill the gap between the two giving mid-range light on the road plus additional light
to the sides for greater visibility.
However, this may not suit what you use your vehicle for, and for that reason all Xray Vision driving lights are sold individually so that you can mix
and match to get the pair (or more) that’s right for you.
For example, you might be an overnight truck driver or a sales rep on the road, and all you want is the maximum possible beam distance for long
nights on the highway. In this case, two pencil beam driving lights will give you additional illumination on the road ahead … just where you need
it when you’re traveling at speed.
Alternatively, you may only use your vehicle for windy dirt tracks, or in places where speed is low but roadside obstacles or animals are plentiful.
For this, the distance that the spreads provide is adequate and by mounting two spread beams to the vehicle, the light out to the sides of the road
or track is increased.