4 Wheel & Off Road - - CONTENTS - Brian Sum­ner BY ED­I­[email protected] PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BRIAN SUM­NER

The Ad­ven­ture Se­ries.

EVER SINCE LIGHT-EMITTING diodes (LEDs) be­came a vi­able light source for off-road use, light bars have flooded the mar­ket. Their pop­u­lar­ity soared be­cause of their unique shape, light out­put, and abil­ity to be mounted in low-pro­file lo­ca­tions. Round lights never lost their lus­ter to the bars, they sim­ply evolved with the tech­nol­ogy.

And the clas­sic good looks of round lights can break up the oth­er­wise boxy­look­ing front of an older ve­hi­cle such as our 1991 Ford Ex­plorer.

Vi­sion X’s ADV Ad­ven­ture Se­ries LED light is the lat­est evo­lu­tion in the com­pany’s line of round LED Light Can­nons. The ADV lights com­bine mul­ti­ple 10-watt Cree diodes with both long-range iris re­flec­tors and wide-spread el­lip­ti­cal op­tics to pro­vide a com­bi­na­tion driv­ing beam in a sin­gle light for vary­ing ter­rain. The lights are avail­able in ei­ther a 6.7- or 8.7-inch size, with the larger pair pro­duc­ing 29,960 lu­mens and up to 3,248 feet of us­able light. All of that power is packed into an alu­minum hous­ing that is just 4 inches thick, mak­ing it easy to mount in tight spa­ces where depth is a con­cern.

To put our newly in­stalled ADV lights to the test, we couldn’t just head to the desert out­side of town and call it good. The name of these lights sug­gested we needed an ad­ven­ture. We set our sights on Colorado with the goal of ex­plor­ing old min­ing sites. We ar­rived to the Red Moun­tain Min­ing Dis­trict near Sil­ver­ton just be­fore dusk. The close-range el­lip­ti­cal lights helped us nav­i­gate the rocky switch­backs and shelf roads, while the long-range lights helped us to spot old mine struc­tures and a great camp­site for the night.

The fol­low­ing day we spent time at Clear Lake and on the Alpine Loop be­fore head­ing to Creede for an­other evening of ex­plor­ing old mine sites along the Bach­e­lor Loop.

Although the mines we vis­ited pre­dom­i­nately pro­duced sil­ver, we think Vi­sion X struck gold with the new ADV Light Can­nons. They per­formed flaw­lessly and al­lowed us to ex­tend our ad­ven­tures into the dark­ness.

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