Theoff-road enthusiasts who venture off the beaten path under the cloak of darkness garner our respect as it can take a sixth sense to make your way through rugged trails with minimal lighting. Being born and bread a “four eyes” and a full patch member of the “Ray Charles Driving Club” makes me a less than adequate pick to be behind the wheel when the sun goes down. Although this may seem like a total downer, the silver lining is that we know what makes good trail lighting, and what cash we’ve burnt in the past on substandard illumination allows us to appreciate quality light.
For low speed night crawling, I discovered Rigid’s new “Scene” lighting. And like the name implies, they’re designed for lighting an area wherein action happens. Typically, when people are looking for more useable light, the first trigger pulled is for a massive lightbar with a “death ray” intensity level that is only good for reproducing solar flares and making jerky at 1,000 m… if you’re not catching the hint, there are better ways. The “Scene” cast a useable working light that covers a much wider and broader area then most driving style fixtures.
The Scene series from Rigid was originally intended for area lighting on camping rigs and heavy equipment, and come in a wide array of sizes and light patterns from a respectable 65° pattern to a massive 115° horizontal spread pattern. We have always marveled at Rigid’s ability to produce a very efficient fixture (watts/ lux) as well as a wide spectrum of white light that illuminates all the surroundings. This is something we can’t say for all the lights we have tried in the past, and have had issues with dark areas, or light that only made certain coloured objects appear.
As we scrolled through Rigid’s website we came across the Scene 1x2 65° surface mounted fixture. What we were looking for was a rugged fixture we would mount under the rockers or on the side of the frame rails to illuminate the side of the rig and ahead of the tires for night time adventures on the trail. The 1,100 lumen output and 9 w draw would be perfect without blinding any spotters and the