How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

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How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by RealNick » 13 Jun 2018, 12:11 pm

Hi all,

2 spotlights on 4x4 is pretty standard I guess, I see guys driving around now and then though with 2 spotlights and an LED bar, or two bars.

Once in a while you see the blokes with 6 spotlights or 2 lights and 2 bars.

Really is there any advantage in the slightest for this? Modern lights are bloody bright!

How much more light can you need really.

Is there anything at all being gained for having 4 or 6 lights, or is it just blokes getting carried away with their toys would you say?
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by AusTac » 13 Jun 2018, 12:40 pm

Nothing really gained, some mates have have 4 massive light bars and a bunch of spotties and yeah it lights up the bush like day time but so do my led housings and single light bar, you get what you pay for as well, blokes just get a little carried away as you said
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by Noisydad » 13 Jun 2018, 2:04 pm

These days it’s pretty easy to drive 2 hours at night on country highways and not get your lights on high beam at all due to so much oncoming traffic I’m wondering if any additional lighting is worth the effort.
There's still a few of Wile. E Coyote's ideas that I haven't tried yet.
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by Bigjobss » 13 Jun 2018, 2:35 pm

Noisydad wrote:These days it’s pretty easy to drive 2 hours at night on country highways and not get your lights on high beam at all due to so much oncoming traffic I’m wondering if any additional lighting is worth the effort.


I tend to agree, my 9" spotties seem to get used most when a "hazard" cuts me off...
However in a paddock or an isolated track where you are avoding obstacles I would hate to drive without them.
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by pete1 » 13 Jun 2018, 3:34 pm

I have one 30 inch on front, lights up everything. wouldn't even bother with extra lights. think lots of people do it cause it looks good.
Know a bloke has so many lights his alternater cant keep up and starts to use battery power, after 30min all lights start to dim.
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by brett1868 » 13 Jun 2018, 3:40 pm

Often the lights are different types...I run a pair of lights, 1 is pencil beam for distance and the other more a flood light. There's also a pair of light bars, a small 28" on the bulbar to stun the project managers and a massive 50" on the roof to melt the bastards retinas so I can run them over.
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by JimTom » 13 Jun 2018, 8:56 pm

I only have one pair of spotties on the bullbar and they seem to do the trick most of the time.
In saying that I have been toying with the idea of chucking on a light bar as well.
Each to their own but I think anymore than that is a bit of an overkill.
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by magnum56 » 13 Jun 2018, 9:31 pm

I have HID's in the high beam and two HID spotties, these light up the road and stun roos so generally if they are sitting, they stay put, the down side is the reflection off big road signs, especially on long straight roads in the Territory, where the glare is annoying a long way off.
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by Homer » 14 Jun 2018, 8:36 am

G'Day Fella's,

RealNick, I'm not sure what others consider enough but this is my present set-up.
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Thats 3 x Cibie Oscar driving lights (1 x Spot, 1 x Fog and 1 x Flood, as viewed above) and a 24" 888 brand, LED light bar.
The driving lights and the light bar are on seperate circuits and switches, with a twin 30+30 Amp fused relay.
Works for me.

Hope that helps

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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by Daddybang » 14 Jun 2018, 9:29 am

Noisydad wrote:These days it’s pretty easy to drive 2 hours at night on country highways and not get your lights on high beam at all due to so much oncoming traffic I’m wondering if any additional lighting is worth the effort.


I'm pretty happy my part of the world hasn't got that populated yet!! :D
I reckon there's a bit of "look at me" factor in some of the setups I see but if they can afford it good luck to them. ...as long as they remember to dip the f@#kin things!!! :lol: :drinks:
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by brett1868 » 14 Jun 2018, 11:48 pm

Here's the front of the Rattler....
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by Wes » 19 Jun 2018, 11:46 am

I was looking at the Bushmasters, how do you rate them, Brett?
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by pete1 » 20 Jun 2018, 10:56 am

brett1868 wrote:Here's the front of the Rattler....
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Why do you call it the rattler?
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by Rod_outbak » 20 Jun 2018, 1:18 pm

RealNick,

Most states have a maximum of 4 auxiliary driving lights, and a light-bar is counted as a single light (regardless of how many emitters in it).

I reckon 2 good long-distance spots down the centre of the road, and either 2 floods for the immediate area in front of the car, or a single light-bar doing the same job.
I have a similar setup on my ute to this, and I find it a lot less tiring when driving at night.

Our work-ute has a pair of Rallye 4000 halogens; 1 flood and 1 spot. My overseer swears by it, but I'd prefer an extra light or two for my aged eyes.

Too much light starts to overload the road signs, which isnt too problematic when you are driving on your home turf, but annoying/tiring when travelling unknown highways.
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by brett1868 » 20 Jun 2018, 2:52 pm

Wes wrote:I was looking at the Bushmasters, how do you rate them, Brett?


I like them mainly because they offer plenty of light and don't cost a fortune. The bar light on the roof rack throws a nasty amount of glare onto the windscreen but I don't use it for driving, it's there for lighting the ground in front of the vehicle when setting up camp.
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by brett1868 » 20 Jun 2018, 9:49 pm

pete1 wrote:
brett1868 wrote:Here's the front of the Rattler....
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Why do you call it the rattler?


It's a funny but true story....A month after buying the Ranger new I was up the bush driving along the fence line whilst chatting to the missus on handsfree. Here I was minding my own business when over in the long grass I spotted the distinctive head shape of an Eastern Grey Giant Bunny. I asked the missus to hold for a second, powered down the passenger side window and introduced the head to 32grs of Hornady V-MAX flavoured .204 resulting in red mist. It was within a nanosecond of the red mist eruption that I painfully realised that firing a .204 inside a vehicle with only 1 window open wasn't a good idea as both my eardrums went to war with my brain for being so stupid. As 1 head disappeared into red mist, several others popped up to complain about my bad language and in my rush to make further introductions I rapidly cycled the action on the Sako, much to the disbelief of my eardrums. The spent casing flew out of the action almost in slow motion where I witnessed it hit the windscreen, then the dash, then the windscreen again before disappearing down the demister vent. Almost 2 years have passed and despite many attempts I have been unable to retrieve the case, to this day it rattles every time I accelerate, brake or go round a corner. It's a constant reminder of a brief moment of stupidity and that's why I call the Ranger "The Rattler".
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by JimTom » 21 Jun 2018, 6:07 am

That’s gold mate. Much laughing whilst reading that. :-) :-)
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Re: How many spotlights before it's overkill on a 4X4

Post by sungazer » 21 Jun 2018, 12:31 pm

At least the round made it out the window. more than one bloke has aimed through a scope not realizing the barrel is 2 inches below the scope. I have seen a few holed bonnets.
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