Safely turning night into day
NIGHT vision is life vision. If you can’t see that marsupial it’s quite likely you will turn him into lasagne at a high cost to your body parts... well those of your vehicle.
In the big trucks they come out of the night like an asteroid storm in a Star Trek movie – you hear the boom-thud and you hate it, but you are not about to pull up 130 tonnes of mass for every roo, not in this day and age at least.
In a light vehicle, protection is not as built-in as with a big truck. The best protection from night roo strike is three-part: reduced speed, a solid protection bar and good lights.
Turn the night into day and you have a chance of that marauder travelling at speed from out in the night.
An opportunity to road test a set of LED driving lights came recently – a double set of Narva 215s – with a bit of help from Mick Tighe Mechanical, the Ironman dealer in Toowoomba.
Yeah, they look good, the real thing, with a selection of coloured collars to change the trim to match the pedantic driver’s idea of colour co-ordination.
It was after dark on a cold winter’s night in Toowoomba when I picked up the little wagon from Mick Tighe’s and Daniel flicked the lights on and night turned into day.
You feel almost guilty about turning this power on in an urban environment even when the lights were pointed at nothing other than a wall. Time to take them for a spin.
The lights have a 12/24 dual voltage and reversed polarity protection.
Each driving is made up of 33 five Watt XP-G2 LEDs which means that a four-light array on a truck’s bull bar would have 132 individual LED lights lighting up the world ahead.
The polycarbonate lens is beefed up for stone protection. The mounting brackets are solid on the bull bar and hand adjustment of the lights is possible with the fingertip knurls on the housing.
On the road these lights are as expected. Quick to adjust, the brilliant white light gives great visibility, with the 10,500 lumens output for each of the lights and a measured one-lux light distribution at 900m.
It’s almost light enough to read your Big Rigs a kilometre down the road.
❝ It’s quite likely you will turn him into lasagna at a high cost to your body parts... well those of your vehicle...
LEFT: The Narva 215s look good with the Mick Tighe Mechanical fitting and work well.
LIGHT IT UP: The broad white light of the Narva 215 driving lights.