4WD MODIFICATIONS - ELECTRIC & LIGHTS
The Ultima LED 180 and 215 driving lights were a long time coming, but our testing reveals that the wait has been worth it.
With 165-watt input the 215s are among the brightest pure-LED lights we’ve tested and with a claimed 900-metre range at one lux a pair produces plenty of distance and spread beam. The only downside is that you need a heavy-duty wiring harness, with a 40-amp relay to feed in the necessary 30 amps of current they require.
The smaller-diameter 180s have about the same spread, but shorter claimed distance, at 600 metres.
Both Ultima LED models have pressure-die-cast aluminium housings with integrated heat-sink fins and polycarbonate lenses. The housings are sealed to IP66 and IP67 standards against dust and water ingress, with a Nitto breather and a sealed DT electrical connector.
The mounting design is new for Narva, with a cast yoke and foot, and three-bolt attachment layout. Vertical adjustment is tool-free, using a stainless cross-shaft and knurled knob. The range of movement makes the Ultima LEDs suitable for bar or roof mounting.
The housing and mount are satin-black powder-coated and, in recognition of the fact the driving lights have to look flash as well as perform well, the front bezel can be had in satin stainless (standard), bright chrome or gloss black (both optional). In addition, the inner trim ring can be blue (standard), yellow or red.
This video shows the 180 pair on our test circuit:
Our videos show the brightness of the Ultima LEDs and bush testing the 215s for durability took in the Gibb River Road, the Canning and the Gary Junction Road.
They proved their worth especially well one evening, when we were headed into the twilight and needed illumination of the corrugations and ruts on the Gibb River Road. The spread lighting showed up the road surface perfectly, in conditions where our headlights were useless.
The Ultimas came with interchangeable dress rings, but we wanted orange to match our 75’s colour scheme. So, the solution was simple: a tin of orange enamel, a small brush and … orange dress rings. Looks pretty cool, eh?
We’re continuing our durability testing of the 180 and 215 pairs during 2019/20.