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4WD MODIFICATIONS – ELECTRICS & LIGHTS

These days very few people travel without a portable fridge and camp lighting and that dictates some form of auxiliary battery power – we check out dual battery systems. We also compare HID and LED driving lights; Hella, Narva, Lightforce, M-Performance and others. See our real world tests on video and read our reports here.

Daylight running light kits

Daylight running light kits

Once the exclusive domain of prestige European cars, Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) have become a common sight on many new passenger and commercial vehicles.

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LED Light Bar Tests – 2013-2017

LED Light Bar Tests – 2013-2017

Light bars are often easier to mount than large, round driving lights and can even be fitted to roof racks. However, while these first-generation LED light bars gave good spread beams, they didn’t have the beam distance of round HID lights.

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Projecta’s multi-source battery charger

Projecta’s multi-source battery charger

Projecta has unveiled its class-leading IDC25 ‘Intelli-Charge’ 25A 9-32V, three-stage DC/Solar Battery Charger.The unit is the most advanced of its type currently available on the Australian market, Projecta claims.

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Combination HID-LED driving lights

Combination HID-LED driving lights

We’ve checked out combinations of HID distance and LED spread lights. This pairing offers the best blend of distance and beam width. One method is with the one pair of lights, but the other combines a bar and two driving lights.

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How Lights Work

How Lights Work

Lights that lit the way for 4WDs used to be variations on the same incandescent-globe theme, but now there are HID and LED lights. Here’s how they all work.

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LED replacement headlamps

LED replacement headlamps

Truck-Lite has teamed up with Narva to produce a second generation LED replacement headlight for vehicles using seven-inch round lights.

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Hella Rallye 4000 Xenon test

Hella Rallye 4000 Xenon test

There are driving lights, then there are good driving lights, reckons leading truck journalist Steve Brooks. ‘Hellava good light,’ is how he describes his Hella Rallye 4000 Xenons.

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Medium LED Driving Lights Video Tests – 2013 to 2017

Medium LED Driving Lights Video Tests – 2013 to 2017

LEDs – light emitting diodes – now dominate the headlight and driving light arena, having already taken over the flashlight, head torch and camping light business. LED lights are bright, white and directional, and have unprecedented durability.

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Dual Battery Systems

Dual Battery Systems

These days very few people travel without a portable fridge and camp lighting, and that dictates some form of auxiliary battery power, Allan Whiting from Outback Travel Australia reports. The best way to ensure your fridge will run overnight, when the engine isn’t operating, is with a deep-cycle battery. If the fridge is connected to the deep-cycle battery all the time, it will keep the power flowing as long as it has sufficient charge.

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Upgraded Lighting

Upgraded Lighting

No 4WD wagon or ute comes with lights that are adequate for night time bush driving. For that work you’ll need upgraded lighting.

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