Off-road lights from an LED light bar or individual off-road lighting lamps can greatly improve visibility when you’re off on the trail, and there are a number of ways that you can customize your vehicle with off-road lights. Before you begin to shop for off-road lighting solutions for your truck, SUV, or other off-road vehicle, you need to understand the differences between light beam patterns. Read on to get the information you need to know to select the right lamps for your vehicle.
Light Beam Patterns Defined
The term light beam pattern refers to how the light shines out of a particular automotive light. Different beam patterns provide different effects, so each type of beam pattern is designed for a specific use. To choose the right off-road lights, you need to focus your search on the off-road lighting with the right light beam patterns for your goals.
Light Beam Patterns for On-Road Lamps
There are two types of light beam patterns that are suitable for use as on-road lamps:
- Driving Headlamps. Also referred to as the standard beam pattern, the driving beam pattern is what is used in the design of a vehicle’s primary headlamps. Driving headlamps create a wide, asymmetrical beam of light that covers the road directly in front of you when you’re driving and shines directly ahead of the vehicle. The shape is optimized to avoid blinding drivers approaching in the opposite direction. Standard driving headlamps feature high and low beam settings. Low beams are used when traffic is coming toward you, and high beams are used when there are no drivers approaching.
- Fog Lamps. Fog lamps or fog-lights are used to improve visibility when it’s foggy, rainy, or snowy. The lights are set lower than driving headlamps, and they illuminate the sides of the road as well as the path ahead. Capable of shining under fog, the lights do not produce the glare that driving lights can in the fog. Most fog-lights are always on when the headlamps are illuminated because they make it easier to see the sides of the roadway even when weather conditions are not inclement. Although fog-lamps are standard features for on-road vehicles, they can also come in handy for off-road lighting in poor visibility conditions or on treacherous terrains when there may be obstacles located to the sides of your vehicle.
Light Beam Patterns for Off-Road Lights
In addition to fog-lamps, there are three light beam patterns commonly used for off-road lights:
- Flood lights. Just like fog-lamps, flood lights light up a very wide section of space in front of an off-road vehicle, illuminating the terrain at the sides and ahead of the vehicle. Normally, these lights are preferred in open areas and for providing work lighting when you’re winching and towing. When mounted higher up on a vehicle, flood lights can also allow you to see greater distances when you’re traveling through wooded areas.
- Spot lights. Spot lights provide a narrow beam of light that is focused off into the distance. The purpose of a spot light is to make distant objects visible sooner when you’re off-roading. For example, you can use the lights to see hills and embankments well before you reach them.
- Combination lights. Combination light beam patterns are most often used in the design of LED light bars. These off-road lights combine flood lights and spot lights side by side to provide both wide-reaching illumination and distant targeting illumination with a single off-road lighting accessory. Because of their versatility, combination off-road lights are the most popular type used for customizing vehicles.
The Diffused Difference
With some PMLIT and Oracle lights for off-roading, you have the option of purchasing diffused beam lighting. Diffused beams are not a beam pattern. Instead, the term describes a modification made to spot lights, flood lights, or other off road lights. A diffused beam light has a unique honeycomb texture that allows light to be dispersed or spread more easily. The result is a softer beam of light but one in which there are fewer shadows and glares.
Need some more help deciding which light beam patterns are right for your off-road lighting needs? One of our automotive lighting experts will be glad to help. Whether you want advice about which of our products have the most powerful lamps, or have a question about one of our specific off-road lighting products, we’re here to assist you. Contact us today by email or by phone!
LED Light Bar – Upgrade Your ATV or UTV
Whether you’re hitting a trail or blazing your own, you need to be ready for anything on your ATV or UTV. You never know when you might hit a dark spot in the woods on an overcast day, or when the weather may suddenly turn nasty. If you ride at night, you need to be doubly prepared for unexpected obstacles on the trail, to ensure your safety and prevent damage to your off road vehicle. Simply installing new UTV or ATV light accessories on your vehicle will help you be better prepared for whatever comes your way.
LED Light Bars: A Simple, Yet Powerful Upgrade
A light bar is one of the simplest, yet most powerful ATV or UTV light accessories that you can purchase, to improve your vehicle’s illumination, and ensure that you can clearly see in bad weather and at night. While there are other types available, an LED light bar will provide you with the brightest, long lasting illumination. LEDs shine brighter than halogen and CCFL lights, and the best ones can burn for up to 50,000 hours, while giving off very little heat and consuming only a modest supply of power.
What to Consider When Purchasing an LED Light Bar
When you’re getting ready to shop for an LED light bar, you’ll find many options available of ATV and UTV light accessories. To get the right one for your vehicle, you’ll want to consider:
- Size. Obviously, the LED light bar needs to fit into the spot on your vehicle where you want to install it. You can find LED light bars as small as 5 or 6 inches in length, and ones as long as 50 inches, so there are options to mount on any spot you can imagine. LED Light bars are available with one or two rows of lights. The double row models are twice as wide.
- Shape. Off-ROad LED Light bars are offered in curved and straight styles to match the contours of your ATV or UTV.
- Type and Number of LEDs. Not all LED lights are the same. The best ones on the market today are CREE LEDs, which are used by only a select number of manufacturers. In addition to varying in the type of LEDs they feature, LED light bars also differ in the number of lights they contain. More lights won’t always mean more illumination. You’ll want to compare the lumen output to determine which LED light bars produce the most light.
- Operation. The best LED light bars turn on and off instantly and don’t require a warmup period.
- Overall Construction. Look for LED light bars that are durably crafted out of materials like aluminum that don’t rust.
The LED light bars in the Oracle LED off road lights collection stand out because of their quality and durability, and are a great place to start your search for the perfect UTV or ATV light accessories to upgrade your off road vehicle.
LED Light Bar – FAQs
Curious about LED light bars for trucks or offroad LED bars for an all terrain vehicle or utility vehicle? We’ve created this LED light bar FAQs page to provide you with answers to the questions that we most commonly receive from customers about truck LED light bars and offroad LED light bar products.
What is a Light Bar?
A light bar is an aftermarket automotive lighting solution that consists of a metal frame outfitted with lights. The lights are placed in at least one row, and some Off-Road light bars for trucks and off road vehicles feature more than one row of lights. The purpose of a light bar for truck, ATV, or UTV off roading is to provide added illumination to make it easier to see the trail, and ensure safety while driving by day, in inclement weather, and at night.
What are LED lights?
LED or light emitting diodes are a type of lighting used in the designs of Off-Road light bars as well as for many other types of applications, including interior and exterior automotive lighting, residential lighting, and commercial lighting. An LED offroad light bar features a number of semiconductors, which are electronic parts that use electric current to generate light. Basically, an LED works by passing electrons through tiny holes. When the electrons gain energy, they give off a bright glow. The electrons move rapidly, so the light produced by an LED light bar for trucks glows continuously.
How do LED lights compare to halogen and HID lights?
Let’s take a look at each type of lighting:
– Halogen. A halogen light produces light by heating up a filament to a high temperature until it begins to glow. The lights work much like incandescent lights; however, they consume less energy.
– HID. HID or high intensity discharge lighting involves passing electrical current between two points in order to give off light. The lighting is similar to the light given off by a welding torch. HID lights are normally 200 percent brighter than a halogen light with double the wattage rating. HID lights last for about as long as halogen, roughly around 1500 hours.
– LED. LED lights create light with electrons. They use a fraction of the amount of energy of halogen and HID lights, and they can provide up to 50,000 hours of continuous illumination. LED lights also give off less heat than HID and halogen lighting.
Can I operate LED lights in very cold or hot weather?
Yes, LED lights have a very wide safe operating temperature range. Most LED light bars for trucks on the market today can be used at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 180 degrees Fahrenheit, making them suitable for use year round.
Do I have to let my LED light bar warm up prior to using?
No, unlike HID light bars, an offroad vehicle or truck LED light bar does not require any warm up time. It will illuminate at maximum brightness as soon as it is switched on.
Why are LED light bars more expensive?
Other types of lighting consist of only a few parts, but LED lights are very complex. Inside of each light is a sophisticated circuit board, which is costly to produce. It’s important to note that even though LED light bars for trucks and offroad vehicles are more expensive, they are still very cost effective because they will significantly outlast other types of lighting.
What is a beam pattern?
Beam pattern is a term that describes how light is thrown by the LEDs mounted on a light bar for trucks or off-road vehicles. LED light bars can be designed in different ways to produce different types of lighting effects. One of the most important things to consider when you’re purchasing offroad LED bars is the type of beam pattern produced by the various bars you’re considering, because you need to choose an option that will provide the right type of illumination for your needs.
What light beam patterns are used for off road driving?
Here is a quick review of the different types of beam patterns produced by automotive lighting and which ones are used for off road driving. The basic types include:
– Driving Beams. Primarily used for driving on roads, drive beams focus bright beams of light ahead of a vehicle and are designed to make it easier to see obstacles directly in front of you when you’re driving. Driving beams are meant to be bright enough to provide you with enough time to stop your vehicle in order to avoid a collision. Because they are so intense, driving beams can interfere with the vision of oncoming drivers, which is why most cars and trucks feature high and low beams.
– Fog Beams. Used both for driving on roads and for off roading, fog beams create a wide spread of light close to the driving surface. The lights make it easier to see both from right to left and in front of you, but they do not provide the long range illumination of driving beams. As their names suggest, fog beams are used to see in inclement weather. Because they are positioned lower on a vehicle, they are able to shine beneath fog, eliminating the risk of glare. Not only are fog beams beneficial in bad weather, but they also improve safety during ideal conditions, as they can make it easier to spot hazards along the sides of the vehicle.
– Flood Beams. Used only for offroading, flood lamps spread a bright beam of light over a wide, short distance from the vehicle. The lights are used primarily to light up wide open areas like fields and wooded areas around trails. These lights are far too bright to be used on roads, as they can impair other drivers’ ability to see. Most flood beams have a 90-degree spread.
– Spot Beams. Spot beams are mainly used for offroading, but in some cases they may be added to vehicles for on roads. The spots provide focused intense illumination to one specific spot in the distance. This differs from driving lights, which light up the path of a vehicle. A spot beam will usually have an 8 to 10 degree spread.
– Combination Beams. Combination beams are LED light bars that have both spot and flood beam patterns. The outer lights are responsible for acting as flood lights, while the inner lights act as spot lights. By far, combination LED light bars for trucks and offroad vehicles are the most popular
What Are Diffused Beam Lights?
A truck light bar with diffused beam lights features specially designed lenses that have a texture similar to that of a honeycomb. The lenses soften the light, allowing it to be dispersed evenly over the area that is illuminated. As a result, you do not see as many shadows and reflections inside of the lighted area.
Where can I mount my LED light bar?
Technically, you can mount an LED light bar on any part of your vehicle that you wish to meet your needs when you’re on the trail. Some of the most popular places to mount LED light bars include:
– Front bumper. The front bumper is generally the easiest place to mount an LED light bar because many vehicles already have holes pre-drilled in the bumpers to accommodate Off-Road light bars. If you do need to add holes for mounting, it’s usually not hard to do. The only problem with front bumper mounting is that the light bar will shine light in the same place as your headlights rather than at different angles.
– Lower windshield. Small LED light bars can be placed along the lower windshield pillar area. While installation here can be difficult, choosing this position gives you the ability to orient lights at different angles to illuminate different areas than your headlights do.
– Above the windshield/On the roof. Some people like to place LED light bars on the roofs of their vehicles, but please note that this can cause problems if you ever encounter dense dust, sand, or fog in the air. For best results we recommend installing LED light bars on the fronts of vehicles at eye level or below.
Can I mount a light bar vertically?
Most LED light bars are intended only for horizontal mounting. You should never mount a truck light bar vertically unless the product was designed specifically for vertical mounting.
Do you need to have a battery in an off road vehicle to use an LED light bar?
No, it is not necessary to have a battery installed in a vehicle to use LED light bars. You can purchase an offroad LED light bar for an AC vehicle. Contact our customer service for help selecting the right kind.
What is a lumen?
A lumen is a measure of the brightness of the illumination given off by a light. It is a universal standard that allows you to easily compare how bright two different lights are. This is important because two LED light bars may have different numbers of lights but still offer the same brightness. This is because one LED offroad light bar may have many small lights, while the other may have fewer large lights.
What is a watt?
A watt is a measure of how much electricity is needed to power a specific LED light bar. Many people mistakenly believe that higher wattage lighting produces more illumination but this is not the case. Lumens are what tell you how bright a light is. Comparing lumens to watts allows you to judge the efficiency of a light bar. Generally, halogen light bars are less efficient than LED light bars. You can see this reflected in the fact that with halogen and LED lights that have equal lumen ratings, the halogen light will have a higher wattage.
Which should I pay attention to: lumens or watts?
If you’re concerned with brightness, the lumens rating is what you want to consider as you shop. If you’re most concerned with energy efficiency, the wattage rating will be important to you. For help selecting the right LED light bar with the perfect lumens and wattage rating for your needs, contact our customer service department.
What does CREE mean?
CREE is a company that produces LED diodes. The company is considered a leader in LED lighting design and is known to provide the brightest and most efficient LED lights on the market. As a result, the best truck LED light bar products will usually feature CREE LEDs.
What is an amp?
An amp is a measure of the amount of current needed to illuminate a light. It tells you how much of a drain on your battery a particular light has. When you’re running your truck or offroad vehicle, the amp draw isn’t much of a concern because the battery recharges while you drive; however, if you plan to use your LED light bar to illuminate an area when you’re not running the engine of your truck, ATV or UTV, you’ll need to keep amps in mind. The higher the light’s amp draw, the quicker your battery will die when you power the lights without the engine. In our product specifications, the amp draw is based on an input voltage of 13.8 volts DC, which is the average standard voltage produced by lead acid batteries for automotive use.
What is an IPXX number?
IPXX numbers indicate how waterproof offroad LED bars are. Because LED light bars are exposed to the elements, they need to have waterproof housings to keep the electronic components inside safe from damage. All IPXX ratings consist of four letters and numbers, and the first two will always be IP. The next two numbers will usually be 67 or 68. IP68 lights are more waterproof than IP67 lights, but both types provide adequate protection to ensure that LEDs are not damaged in rain, due to splashing, or if briefly driven through water.
What does impact resistant mean?
Impact resistant means that an LED light bar can withstand wear and tear if it is struck by road debris while you’re driving. The term does not mean that the lights are indestructible; a direct collision or a very powerful blow could still damage them. Still, normal wear and tear that occurs when offroading is unlikely to break impact-resistant LED light bars.
Can I install these LED light bars myself?
We strongly recommend that you leave installation up to a professional installer to ensure best results; however, very basic installation instructions are provided to help you mount and install the lights bar for trucks and offroad vehicles. The information is general and meant to apply to a wide range of vehicles. Please note that LED lights can be broken if they are hooked up incorrectly, particularly if you install them backwards.
I installed my off road lights myself but they’re not illuminating. What should I do?
To troubleshoot the problem with your LED light bar, connect the light to a car battery to see if it will light up. If it does not, please contact us for assistance as there may be a problem with the light. If it does illuminate, then you can conclude that the problem with your LED light lies in the connection between the battery of your vehicle and the light. There could be an issue with a switch, a relay, the wire you’re using, or the way you’ve grounded the light.
Why is my LED light bar not bright?
It is likely a problem with the wire that you’re using. If you do not use a heavy-gauge wire to connect the light to the battery, the voltage can drop quickly, diminishing the amount of power that reaches the light and causing poor performance as a result. Try connecting the light to a car battery. If the light bar shines more brightly attached to the fully charged automotive battery, then replace the wire with a heavier gauge type. If the illumination is still dim, please contact us for assistance.
Can I take the LED lights on my light bar apart to fix or modify them?
We advise against disassembling the lights. Doing so will void your manufacturer’s warranty and could pose a risk for breakage.
Is it legal to drive my vehicle on the road with my offroad LED light bar illuminated?
Whether or not it is legal to drive with your LED light bar illuminated will vary based on the laws governing your area. You should check with your state Department of Transportation for more information regarding laws about the use of LED light bars for trucks on the road.
I still have questions. What can I do?
Our customer service team is here to help you! Please get in touch with us at your earliest convenience to speak with a customer service representative.
Off-Road Auto Lighting and Accessory Glossary
Thinking about modifying your truck, SUV, or off-road vehicle with custom headlights and other off-roading upgrades? As you dive into the world of custom mods and aftermarket automotive lighting, you’re going to run into some terminology that may be brand new to you. This glossary breaks down the meanings of some of the terms most commonly used to describe off-road exterior car lights, interior car lights, and other custom parts to help you decipher product descriptions, buying guides, and DIY articles.
Ackerman Angle – Term given to a positioning of the wheels that cuts down on the risk of slipping when navigating a vehicle around turns; also called toe-out turns, the angle is defined as a preset difference between the turning angle of an inside wheel and an outside wheel. It was developed by a German engineer in 1817 for horse carriages and is named after the man who patented it
Add-a-Leaf – A way to lift an off-road vehicle; it can be done to vehicles that feature leaf springs, a spring that is curved and clamped on one end; with add-a-leaf an extra leaf spring is installed in the existing setup, making a vehicle higher
Amp Draw – Measure of how much energy a specific part draws from the battery; necessary for determining how long you can run LED lights, other automotive lighting, and other accessories when the battery is on but the engine is off
Approach Angle – Measure of the steepest incline that an off road vehicle can travel without any of its parts besides the tires striking, rubbing, or otherwise touching the ground. Lift kits can be used to increase the approach angle, so that vehicles can travel over steeper terrains without suffering damage
Articulation – Measure of how much compression and drooping a suspension can withstand when you’re driving; when articulation is adequate, you enjoy a smoother ride over difficult terrain
Bead Lock – Method of keeping tires affixed to rims when you’re traveling on difficult terrains; consists of a series of metal rings that travel around the rim and act as clamps; can be used on any off road vehicle, but is especially popular on vehicles being driven on rocky terrains with low tire pressure
Bed Bar – Off road accessory usually made out of tubular steel; is clamped, bolted, or welded onto a truck bed for enhancing the appearance of a vehicle or for securing an LED light bar, spotlights, or floodlights
Breakover Angle – Measure of the slope of a ramp or other incline that a truck or other vehicle can travel over without scraping in the middle between the front and back tires; sometimes called the ramp break over angle
Bridle – Style of towing accessory that is secured to an off road vehicle in two different places, most often on the left chassis and right chassis. The accessory has a "V" shape with strapping meeting in the middle with a bridle or ring that allows you to attach a hook, a tow rope, or another lead
Bull Bar – Protective cover that shields the middle of the bumper in the front and on its underside, reducing the risk of damage due to impact; the bull bar absorbs shocks and distributes them outwards across the vehicle. Often, they include skid plates along the bottom
Bumper Bar – Protective accessory made out of tubular metal that is attached to either the front bumper, the back bumper, or both bumpers; at slow speeds, the bar absorbs shocks from minor fender benders to reduce the risk of damage. Bumper bars are made for everyday driving conditions and typically not sufficient for off roading
Center of Gravity – The location on a vehicle where the left and right and front to rear planes are balanced. The spot is not an actual physical place but rather an approximate location. The term center of gravity is used when discussing the likelihood of whether or not a vehicle will tip over. Vehicles with higher centers of gravity are more likely to roll, so it is important to carefully consider the effects that lift kits have upon an off road truck or SUV
Coordinated Tow – Method of moving a vehicle that has become stuck; with a coordinated tow, drivers apply the engine throttle in the towing vehicle and the vehicle being towed simultaneously in hopes of getting the stuck vehicle to budge on the first try
Dead Man – Term related to winching an off road vehicle; the dead man is a fixed, sturdy point that a tow rope can be secured to that will not move when it is stressed; large trees are often used as dead men in off roading situations
Departure Angle – Measurement of the maximum slope that a vehicle can descend without any part of its rear end scraping or hitting the ground
D-Ring – A general term for a piece of metal that consists of a straight side attached to an oval or round piece of metal, giving it a D shape; For off roading, the D-rings are often attached to off-road vehicles for the purposes of towing or winching
D-Ring Attachment – A holder or bracket that is used to secure D-rings to vehicles; typically made out of metal and complete with a large hole for fitting the straight part of the D ring through; some bull bars, bumpers, grille guards, and other automotive parts have D-ring attachments included in their designs for towing and winching
Drum Storage Capacity – Measurement of the largest amount of cable or wire that can be safely wound around the drum; listed in feet or meters; the capacity depends on the size of a drum as well as the size of the cable being used; term relates to winching in off road terminology
Duty Cycle – Used to describe the period of time when a winch is on; winches power through on and off cycles in order to keep them from overheating; the duty cycle refers to when the winch motor is working; often, you’ll see duty cycle expressed as a percentage, which tells you during how much of an on-off cycle the winch is on. As an example, a winch with a 30% duty cycle is on 30 percent of the time and off 70 percent of the time during a single cycle
Duty Cycle Thermal Rating – Measurement of how far you can move a load before the oil in the winch reaches it maximum working temperature
Fairlead – A piece of steel that is installed on a winch to guide the cable and keep it moving in the right direction
Grille Guard – A protective covering that is installed on the front of a vehicle to protect the front grille from direct impact; the guard absorbs shocks and spreads it out over the vehicle to decrease the risk of damage; grille guards are offered in two types–center designs that only protect the middle of the grille and full designs that also protect a vehicle’s headlights
Ground Clearance – Measurement of the space between the lowest part of an off road vehicle and the ground; often measured from the exhaust system to the ground or from the axle to the ground; you can increase ground clearance with a suspension lift kit
Halo Headlights – Type of custom auto lighting in which round glowing rings of light are installed in a headlight assembly; first developed for use in BMW vehicles, halo headlights are now available for virtually all makes and models of vehicles
Hawse Fairlead – A type of fairlead that consists of a curved edge bracket that cable slides against as it is pulled from the winch
High Centered – Term given to a situation in which a vehicle is stuck because the midsection of the vehicle has become caught with the front and back wheels no longer in contact with the ground
Lift Block – Inexpensive way to lift a vehicle in which a spacer is added between the springs and the rear axle; Can be safely used in off road vehicles; sometimes called a spacer block
Lift Kit – A complete set of accessories that increase the ride height of an off road vehicle; there are many types available, including simple lift block kits and add-a-leaf kits that just increase the height of the existing parts, and more complex kits with new springs, shocks, and control arms that change the actual height of the frame
Light Bar – A metal bar outfitted with spot or flood lights that is installed on an off road vehicle; the LED light bar is the most advanced type on the market today and uses very little energy to provide tens of thousands of hours of illumination
Limited Slip Differential – Type of system that lowers the risk of wheels spinning in slippery conditions; with this system, the left and right axle shafts are connected by specially designed pinion gears that allow the power of the engine to be spread evenly between both of the axles
Line – The path that a driver chooses to take over off road terrain; learning to choose the right line is essential to safe off roading
Locked In – Term given to front axle hubs that are modified so that they are always in a 4-wheel drive position rather than being capable of moving from 2-wheel to 4-wheel drive
Locker – Automotive part that distributes engine power to both wheels evenly to help reduce the risk of slipping; used in front and rear differential systems
Off Camber – Term given to times when a vehicle is leaning too much on an incline and is in danger of rolling as a result
Off Road Bumper – Aftermarket offroading auto parts made from heavy-duty materials like thick steel; has angled corners that improve ground clearance to cut down on the likelihood of scraping when you’re driving on steep inclines
Push Bars – Attachment for a grille guard or off road bumper that makes it possible to push another vehicle; useful in situations where vehicles become stuck; sometimes called pre-runner bars
Rocker Bars – Protective coverings that are installed on the sides of trucks and SUVs to protect rocker panels from sustaining damage when driving over difficult terrains; sometimes called rocker guards
Roller Fairlead – A type of fairlead with rolling metal tubes that alleviate friction to keep cable moving easily from a winch
Sand Ladders – Off roading accessory that consists of two perforated metal ramps that are placed on difficult surfaces to improve the grip of the tires and reduce the risk of slipping and getting stuck; often used on sand, snow, and mud
Skid Plate – Protective covering that consists of a metal plate that is secured on the frame of a vehicle or onto another protective part like a bull bar, a bumper, or a grille guard; used to shield particularly fragile parts of a vehicle from damage; often used to protect steering linkages, oil pans, and slip differentials
Snatch Block – Accessory for winches that consists of a pulley with a ring that can be attached to a D ring; the addition of a snatch block makes it possible to change the pulling angle of a winch and can improve the pulling power of cable by up to 100 percent
Spool Out – Term given for releasing the drum brake on a winch and allowing all of the cable to be pulled off of the drum
Sport Bar – A simple tubular metal bar that is shaped like a factory bumper and placed on the steel frame of a vehicle in order to absorb minor impacts; used to reduce the risk of damage in fender benders that take place in normal driving conditions; not typically adequate protection for off roading
Spring Rate – Measurement of the amount of compression force that is needed to compact a spring by 1 inch; stiffer springs have higher spring rates; spring rate also describes whether or not a spring is uniformly stiff. A linear spring compresses equally from top to bottom, while a dual rate spring has one spring rate on one end and another on the other. Progressive springs gradually get stiffer from the top to the bottom
Stinger Bar – Protective attachment for a grille guard or off-road bumper that helps to keep a vehicle from tumbling end over end; the stinger bar has a V-shape and rises upward at a sharp angle
Suspension Travel – Measure of the amount that a suspension system allows wheels to move when traveling on uneven terrain; higher suspension travel allows for easier handling when off roading
Stair Step – Term used to describe natural terrain in which there are ledges that need to be driven over in succession similar to a flight of stairs
Tow Bar – Towing accessory that is used on vehicles without trailers; v-shaped design with a point that attaches to the towing vehicle and two arms that secure onto the frame or onto D-rings on the towee; the vehicle being towed will roll on all four wheels once attached to the tow bar
Tow Hooks – Steel hooks that are welded onto the front or back of a vehicle or bolted on to provide a place to attach straps and winch cables for towing
Track – Measurement of the space between the centers of the wheels on the same end of a vehicle; front track refers to the distance between the centers of the front wheels, while rear track refers to the distance between the centers of the back wheels
Trailer Winch – A lightweight winch that can be used for utility and all-terrain vehicles as well as for marine craft and dune buggies; may be manual or electric
Tubular Bar – A piece of metal that is round in shape and hollow inside; tubular bars are used in the construction of many types of off road accessories because they are very strong, yet light
Under Axle Clearance – Measurement of the space between the lowest part of a the axle of a vehicle and the ground
Wheel Adapter – Automotive accessory that allows you to attach a wheel that has a different bolt pattern than the factory wheel; often used for mounting larger wheels on off road vehicles
Wheelbase – Measurement of the space between the centers of the wheels in the front and back; larger wheelbases provide a stable smooth ride, while shorter wheelbases make it easier to travel over difficult terrains without getting stuck
Winch Gear Ratio – Term used when discussing manual winches; tells you the number of times that you must turn a crank handle to get the winch drum to revolve one complete time; higher winch gear ratios mean more work to use the winch
Winch Mount – Off road accessory that is bolted onto the frame of a vehicle or onto a bumper that allows a winch to be installed for towing
Winch Pull Rating – Measure of the maximum amount of weight that a winch can safely move on a flat surface; as a general rule of thumb, to find the right winch pull rating for a vehicle, you should multiple its running weight (the total weight of the curb weight, the people in the vehicle and any equipment or accessories that are installed on it or inside of it) by 1.5
Winch Rated Line Speed – Measure of how much of a cable or line will be spooled off of a winch each minute; faster line speeds allow for quicker towing, but they also increase cost
Winch Remote Clutch Kit – Tool used to keep wire from getting caught or tangled while winching; when winding in wire after use, the tool makes the process easier and faster
Who Is Oracle Lighting and Where Did They Come From?
If you’re new to the concept of custom headlights, you may be wondering just who is this Oracle Lighting company that you keep reading about. Oracle lights are talked about in magazines, in online reviews, on message boards, and on social media, so you’re likely to have encountered the company name at least a few times. This quick profile will give you the full scoop on who Oracle Lighting is and why they’re so famous in the world of custom automotive lighting.
Who Is Oracle Lighting?
Oracle Lighting is a designer and manufacturer of aftermarket automotive lighting products, accessories, and replacement parts that are installed on vehicles to enhance their performance and their appearance. Based out of New Orleans, Louisiana, Oracle has been in business for more than a decade. The company began as a small business that employed just a few people. Today, Oracle Lighting has grown and now has a second location in Houston, Texas. Oracle lights are sold all around the world in auto parts stores and through authorized online dealers.
What Does Oracle Lighting Make?
In the Oracle Lighting collection, you’ll find a number of lighting products for cars, trucks, SUVs, and off-road vehicles. The company is especially well-known for their halo lights, glowing accent lights that usually illuminate when the parking lights or daytime running lights are on. Some of the other products that they manufacture include:
- Custom headlight assemblies
- LED exterior lights like side markers and mirror lights
- LED light bars
- Led Interior lights
- Cosmetic light accessories like LED emblems and badges
Why Is Oracle Lighting So Well Known?
Oracle Lighting has become famous because of their innovative line of high quality products. The company has won a number of awards, that include being among the best small businesses in America. Oracle lights stand out because they’re:
– Technologically Advanced. Oracle has pioneered new technologies that make automotive lighting more stylish, longer lasting, and easier to install.
– Premium Quality. Oracle lights are produced from only the best materials and are made to be resistant to the effects of impact and shocks. As a result, they’re able to outlast and outperform many other custom headlights and other aftermarket lights on the market.
– An Excellent Value. Even though Oracle halo lighting rings and other products are exceptional quality, their prices are still very competitive, so you don’t have to pay a fortune to customize your vehicle with their aftermarket automotive lights.
What Do Oracle Lights Have to Do With Racing?
If you’re a racing fan, you may have encountered the Oracle name printed on the side of one of your favorite driver’s cars. Oracle is an official sponsor of Dean "Karnage" Kearney of the ProDrift Super Series and Hal Martin of NASCAR. Not only does the company sponsor their vehicles, but they also have outfitted them with custom automotive lighting.
If you want to learn more about Oracle Lighting and their many products, you can check out their full selection of halo lighting rings, custom headlights, LED light bars, and other lighting accessories here at PMLIT.com. We are authorized dealers of Oracle lights and have all of their latest products available for purchase online.
An Introduction to Oracle LED Light Bars
An LED Light bar is a type of automotive lighting fixture that is mounted on off road vehicles to supply supplementary lighting. While there are different types of light bars for trucks, every LED offroad light bar consists of a frame upon which multiple LED lights are mounted.
Among the many manufacturers that offer a selection of styles of Off-Road light bars for trucks, Oracle Lighting is particularly well known for providing high quality, reliable offroad LED light bar products. Read on to learn more about why an Oracle truck LED light bar is a good investment and what types are available.
LED Light Bars: What They Are & Why Oracle’s Are the Best
If you’ve been off roading, you know just how important it is to be able to see; not just the trail right in front of you but also what’s far ahead on the horizon.
While many vehicles today are made with suspension systems and tires that are trail-ready, most trucks don’t come with the automotive lighting needed to provide adequate illumination on the trail. That’s why many off-road enthusiasts decide to purchase and install a light bar for their trucks. Today, numerous companies offer LED light bars for trucks, but one manufacturer, Oracle Lighting, is especially well-known for providing the best offroad LED bars on the market.
Key Features of Oracle LED Light Bars for Trucks
Here are some of the key features of Oracle LED light bars:
- High Quality Lights. The Off-Road light bars are outfitted with top-of-the-line 3-watt CREE LEDs.
- Heavy-Duty Construction. The OffRoad light bars are ultra durable, as they are shockproof, vibration proof, and freeze proof. They are built to military standards to hold up well in rugged conditions.
- Waterproofing. The LED light bars from Oracle won’t be damaged by splashing or inclement weather.
- Long-Lasting. The LEDs featured in Oracle light bars for trucks and SUVs have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours.
Types of Oracle LED Light Bars
Oracle Lighting offers three main types of LED light bars:
- Double Row LED Light Bars. These feature two rows of small LED lights stacked one above the other and are rectangular in shape.
- Curved LED Light Bars. These also consist of two rows, but they have a rounded shape that fits well above the bumper of a vehicle.
- Sleek Light Bars. These feature a single row of lights with attractive, large bulbs. The lights are set into their housings, giving them a very sleek, modern appearance. These Off-Road light bars are more compact and often used in places where other Off-Road light bars for trucks won’t fit.
Choosing Oracle Offroad LED Bars
In addition to selecting the style of LED light bar that you prefer for your vehicle, it’s also important that you consider the available sizes of the Offroad light bars for trucks, SUVs, and ATVs. Oracle offers Offroad light bars as short as 5 inches in length and as long as 59 inches in length, so there is truly something available to fit every vehicle. To determine which size is right for you, you’ll want to measure the area on your vehicle where you want to mount the light bar. Keep in mind that a light bar for truck or SUV offroading can be mounted virtually anywhere, but the most common mounting locations are the front bumper, the top of the vehicle, and the windshield columns.
If you’d like help selecting a light bar for your vehicle, you can count on our team of automotive lighting experts here at PMLIT.com to assist you. We’ll be glad to help you compare the options available to purchase and use as a light bar for truck, SUV, or ATV off-roading. Contact us today for assistance.
First Off–What Is an LED Light Bar?
LED light bars are off road lights that can be mounted almost anywhere on a vehicle, but most often are placed above the bumper, on the roof, and along the windshield columns. An offroad LED light bar consists of a metal or plastic frame outfitted with a series of LED lights. LEDs have become the most popular type of illumination used in the designs of Offroad light bars for truck products, because they are compact in size, energy efficient, and long lasting.
Often, the LED light bars for trucks include spot lights that shine a narrow beam of light over a long distance, and flood lights that shine a wide beam of light close to a vehicle. The combination of flood and spot lights on a truck light bar can provide illumination for winching and towing, and to improve safety while driving over difficult terrains.
What Makes an Oracle Truck LED Light Bar Exceptional?
As already mentioned, Oracle Lighting is considered the preeminent manufacturer of LED offroad light bar products. An LED light bar for trucks made by Oracle has a number of unique features, including:
- Superior Durability. Oracle has pioneered a solid state lighting design with lighting elements encased in solid materials inside of the lights. This makes the lights far less likely to become damaged when you’re driving over bumpy terrain. Built to military specifications, the light bars for Offroad can truly take a beating.
- Powerful Illumination. Oracle uses the best type of LED lighting available today–CREE LEDs–in the designs of their LED light bars for Offroad trucks. The lights are even made in the USA, so you can count on their quality.
- Longer Lifespan. You simply won’t find LED light bars with longer life-span ratings than the ones offered by Oracle. Their LEDs can provide up to 50,000 hours of illumination.
- Superior Weather Resistance. With Oracle Offroad light bars for trucks, you can off road in all types of weather conditions. The LED light bars are completely waterproof and heat proof.
With a complete line of straight and curved Offroad light bars for trucks in a wide range of sizes, Oracle Lighting offers off road LED light bars that are ideal for virtually every vehicle. Check out their selection to find the right LED light bar for your off roading needs.
What the FAQ?
Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Auto Lighting Questions
Here at ShopPMLIT.com, we often get questions regarding halo headlights, LED headlights, and general lighting terminology. While we’re always happy to answer queries from customers, we created this resource to help you find quick answers to some of the questions we receive most often. The guide below includes those questions and answers, and you’ll find HID color temperature explained in the text as well.
What does “3000K” or “10000K” mean in the descriptions of LED headlights and halo lights?
The "K" number that you’re seeing is the color temperature of the auto lights. The temperature is provided in a unit of measurement known as Kelvin. While there is a lot of science behind the rating, you really don’t need to know all of that to pick out the right headlights. Here are the basic definitions of the most common color temperatures:
- Color Temperature 3000K. These lights shine golden yellow, and are very powerful for cutting through fog, making them popular for use as halo fog-lights, and LED fog- lights.
- Color Temperature 4300K. These lights are mostly white, but with a slightly yellow tint. This is the lighting that is most commonly used for factory direct HID lights. The warmth of these lights makes them ideal for off road lights and back road driving.
- Color Temperature 6000K. These lights are pure, bright white with just the faintest hint of blue and purple. We recommend them for people who want high performance lighting, and also want a stylish look with replacement headlights.
- Color Temperature 8000K. These lights provide about three times the brightness of traditional halogens, and are a little dimmer than the 6000K. The light is bluer in tone than the 6000K, so this temperature is often chosen for looks.
- Color Temperature 10000K. Deep blue in color, the lighting from a 10000K auto lamp is double the brightness of halogens.
- Color Temperature 12000K. With its even deeper bluish-purple cast, this color temperature is used primarily for looks, rather than performance, and creates a very striking effect.
What Are Halo Headlights? Demon Eyes? Angel Eyes?
Sometimes called demon eyes or angel eyes, halo lights are an alternative to daytime running lights, and glow in the shape of a ring. They were first developed by BMW, and are now available as aftermarket parts for many vehicles. The lights can be used instead of, or in addition to standard daytime running lights.
Q: What Are Oracle Halo Headlights Made Out of?
A: It depends on the type that you purchase. There are three options:
- ORACLE SMD – The SMD, or surface mount diode halo lights, are LED headlights that conserve power and produce very bright light. The lights are powered by chips that are mounted on a printed circuit board comprised of six layers. The lights are outfitted with 3M adhesive on the back for easy installation.
- ORACLE Plasma – Plasma halo lights are the newest offering from Oracle and are solid state, making them very resistant to breakage. These halo rings produce light with the use of semiconductors on a circuit board. The lights provide brighter illumination than LEDs, last longer, and offer a continuous ring of light, separating them from the dotted look of SMD rings.
- ORACLE CCFL – The CCFL, or cold cathode fluorescent lighting, is the cheapest option for angel eyes from ORACLE. They provide smooth lighting that is less intense than the light produced by the SMDs. To use these lights, you must install an external power supply.
Q: Are All Headlight Colors Legal?
A: Each state develops its own set of laws and regulations for use of auto lighting colors; however, amber and white headlights are road legal in every state. In most areas, red and blue lights are illegal because they are the same color as emergency lights. Typically, we advise customers to only use amber or white lights on roads, and to save colored headlights for use at shows and car cruises.
Q: Which Halo Lights Are the Best?
A: All three of the options from ORACLE are high quality auto lighting solutions. The type that is right for you will depend upon your:
- Budget – CCFLs are the least expensive, while plasma rings cost the most.
- Brightness – CCFLs are fainter, and more difficult to see during the day. Both SMDs and plasma rings can be seen during the day with ease. Plasma lights provide the brighter illumination between the two.
- Appearance – CCFLs and plasma rings are continuous, while SMDs have a dotted look.
- Colors. LEDs allow for unique effects like the ColorSHIFT technology, which makes it possible to dial almost any color you can imagine into the controller to change the look of the lights.
- Longevity. Plasma lights last the longest, while CCFLs have the shortest lifespan. SMDs fall in between.
Q: Is Extra Wiring Required to Install Oracle Halo Headlights?
A: No, ORACLE has a plug and play design, so there is no additional wiring required.
Q: How Long Do the Halo Rings Last?
A: It depends on the type as follows:
- SMDs have an average lifespan of 60,000 hours of continuous use
- Plasmas have an average lifespan of 100,000 hours of continuous use
- CCFLs have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours of continuous use
Q: Do Halo Rings Void My Warranty?
A: Ultimately, you’ll need to consult your dealership to know for sure; however, in most cases, the answer is no. Halo kits are generally viewed the same as fog lights. They have their own wiring harness, and do not require modifications to the electrical system, so typically they do not impact warranties.
Q: How Does the Oracle Warranty Work?
A: Here are the finer points of the warranty:
- Oracle replaces defective parts completely free of charge within the warranty time frame; however, the company will test the lights to ensure that they were truly defective and not broken due to user error.
- If you need to return lights to ORACLE for a warranty claim, you’re responsible for the shipping.
- The warranty on the lights does not cover incorrect installation.
- If you sell your vehicle or the lights, the warranty expires.
- To file a warranty claim, you first need to contact ShopPMLIT.com to get a Return Merchandise Authorization.
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