First of all. A bit of how I will use these (or plan on using these). I live in Northern Canada. Its dark all winter long, and animals are plentiful (a moose (or buffalo) will total the jeep - and there's lots of them). I do enough night driving locally that I want to be able to see what's in front of me. When driving south (1500 miles), I try to do as much night driving as possible. The roads are all single lane unlight highways. Traffic consists of lots of motorhomes (or other RVs) and semi's (everything is trucked up here). I've now tried two different brands of lights. Some Rugged Ridge HIDs (both 4" and 7") and some Lightforce 170 Strikers.
The 7" RRs (in a euro/driving beam pattern) were decent, but big (the 7" seems to be a lot bigger than the 6" EE). The Lightforce lights were good and adjustable. If it wasn't for the $300 per light price tag (for HIDs) I'd happily get those (and still might down the road for the roof rack). The EE's kicked the snot out of the halogen 170's for distance though.
Testing was done in total darkness, while snowing (
). I hooked the light directly to the battery, and held it at hood level.
The lights have an internal ballast, and from what I can tell, a very simple easy to use mounting/aiming bracket (I haven't mounted these yet, nor have I played with the bracket at all). However from what I can see, it will be very easy to direct these lights exactly where I want them. The lights come with a nice blackout cover, which will likely be needed (at least up here) due to the rocks on the road. The lens's are glass.
I picked up three of these lights in a spot beam pattern for the front of my jeep. Tonight I had the chance to take them out to the local gun range to see what sort of distance they would get.
I figured for the price (RDM = $139 each) 300-400 yards of useable light would be acceptable. The single light hit 400 yrds like it was nothing. Had it not been snowing I believe I would have light up 500 yrds without any issues. As it was, I could barely make out the tree's at 500 yrds. If the gun range was longer (and it wasn't snowing), I firmly believe it would have gone well past 500 yrds. The light keeps a nice tight spot beam the whole way out.
The only thing I didn't quite expect was how tight the beam pattern held. There's very little residual light escaping. This means that I believe someone would have to use the spot beam light with some driving or flood beam lights to truly cover the road & ditches. Fortunately for me, I had planned on using four 4" RR lights to cover this (I like LOTS of light).
-Well priced at $139 each
-At 6" its still fairly compact
-Nice tight spot beam
-Decent aiming bracket
-No residual light escaping the beam pattern (would have to work this with some other lights (driving/flood) to cover the ditches, etc
-Glass lens - I'll be keeping the nice blackout cover on until its time to use these
-No after market tinted lens (am thinking amber)
All in all a great light for the price. I plan on using at least 3 of these (have been thinking of getting a 4th lately) on the front of my jeep. fortunately for me, I plan on using some (four) 4" HID driving lights (driving/euro beam pattern) to get the corners and ditches (two on the bumper, two on the window frame). These spots are only to reach way out there... which they appear to do very well. I'll attempt to take some pictures one night when it's not snowing. However in the past I've had horrible luck taking a picture of lights and their output.
All in all, great light. Would recommend to anyone looking for HID lighting that won't break the bank. When I looked around (RDM had the best pricing).
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Quick update: I took the lights out to the lake last night, and the single light was hitting the far shore - just over 550 yards away! The light quality was not the best at that distance... (maybe 3.5/10).