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post #1 of 10 Old 08-22-2012, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Which LED to get? Flood, Spot or Flood/Spot Combo ???

Not really sure which LED to order. Rigid gives 3 options for their 20" E Series Light bar. Flood, Spot or Flood/Spot combo.

I found this info below, but im still not sure which one to get. What are you guys running and why? Thanks any info is appreciated.


What is the difference between a floodlight and a spotlight?

LED spotlights mainly stress on the ‘spot’ whose function is focusing light. That is to say they output a narrower beam of light, typically less than 45 degrees wide. Most of the light from a spotlight is concentrated onto a relatively small area producing a bright spot.
LED floodlights while has a stress on ‘flood’ whose word meaning is diffusing the light. So the floodlight output a wider beamof light, up to 120 degrees, so the light from a floodlight is spread out over a much larger area.

As the spot light light is more concentrated, so it appears brighter than a floodlight but only within its narrower beam. But it depends on your different applications to choose it. A spotlight is more suited to illuminating objects, like to illuminate a tree, a fountain , and a floodlight is more suited to illuminating areas, like to light a store, show room, or a wall.


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Depends on where your running it. Roof? Bumper?

However with a 20" I would almost certainly say combo. It will be spot inside and flood outside.

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Plan on mounting it on my front bumper between the bullbar.

Same setup as this.


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I'm running combos... its a compromise, but I won't find myself in a spot wishing I had one or the other. 10" and 50"

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I had 2 6" combos on my Gobi rack. Worked extremely well until the garage burnt down.

Going with a 10" on the bull bar in 4 - 6 weeks, once the new bumper arrives.

Areas I go wheeling at night have deer. Like to see a little to each side, the combo gives me that.

How far in front of you do you need to light up brighter than a cloudy day? I'm good with 25 meters.

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We live in a rural area where most roads we travel to and from home don't have street lights, and very little traffic to light the way. When we go camping, we go exploring backroads 'less travelled' sometimes at night, just to see what's out there. I like the look of the 40" Rigid LED, and am in the process of purchasing a GOBI Stealth roof rack that will hold it. My question, for the general want to see better at night on the backroads person, whether commuting from work, or out exploring when camping, which is the better setup, the combo or the straight spot?

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I would go with flood unless you drive 80 mph on backroads at night At crawler speeds flood is way to go. I like the idea of combo but it's 50% less of each.

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LED spots are not the same as Halogen spots. The beam on the LED spot is not as focused and does not produce a long distance beam like a Halogen does. I have both spot and hybrid. Spot is good for general driving use, hybrid is good as a work light to flood an area.

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For a 20" E Series I would go with the Combo. It is a lot of usable light.

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I would do a combo... in a trail situation it will give the best light performance.

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