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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

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