We often get asked, ‘What is the best Lazer Lamps setup for my pick-up truck?’, and to give an appropriate answer requires us to break down a few factors which might influence your decision making when purchasing.
Road Legal vs Off Road
Road legal setups allow for the convenience of lamps running off your vehicle wiring, with the auxiliary driving lights coming on with your standard high-beams. For a lamp to be considered as ‘road legal’ it needs to be ‘E-Marked’ for Road Use. The E-mark is displayed as a marking on the lens. Current lamps we sell which are E-Marked are:
In obtaining E-mark certification, amongst other things the lamps are measured for their peak intensity; too high and the lamp can’t be E-marked, the reason why our bigger light bars aren’t approved, and even some of the smaller Triple-R lamps only achieve the E-mark through the use of dual-output ‘E-Boost’ functionality.
Historically a road legal setup will comprise a pair of lamps, but changes in the regulation means in many EU countries (including the UK) it is now legal to mount a single lamp. Please check your local regulatory body for clarification if you are not sure.
Off-road setups can be much more expressive, and have no limit on the number of lamps you can mount. In mounting lights ultimately for use off-road, while still using the vehicle on public roads, you will potentially have to demonstrate that the lights are operated off the separate switch and not connected direct to high beam.
You should think about the type of driving you are going to be doing, and where. Then, consider if your preference is to have light close to the vehicle at the sides of the road, or maybe you just want the light projecting as far forward as possible.
Typically driving at relatively slow speeds on twisty country lanes lends itself to having more spread of light (don’t worry you’ll still be able to see a long way!), but the preference in this case would be to opt for the ST Evolution (road-legal) or T Evolution (off-road) lights. The RS range is equivalent to the ST Evolution but with the added benefit of integrated DRLs.
If however you really want the light just in the mid-long range, with maximum distance and without any light close to the vehicle at the side of the road, then the Triple-R is the better option. The Triple-R 750 and 1000 are our road-legal options, and in these sizes, we have a Standard, Elite, or Competition version available – read here to find out more about the differences. For info, the Triple-R 750/1000 Standard also come available with integrated Position Lights (Triple-R 750 coming Jan’18), these offer extra safety and styling benefits.
Just from thinking about whether you want a road-legal solution, and the type of beam pattern, you may well have narrowed down your product options. Consider then where that product(s) might be mounted onto the vehicle, or maybe you already had in mind a location. Potential options include:
- Front Grille – typically associated with road-legal products, this location slightly higher up the front of the vehicle is preferable so that less light hits the road directly in front of the vehicle (less of an issue with the Triple-R range), but the downside is that the integration in/around the original bodywork can be tricky. Maybe we have a bespoke grille mount solution already to facilitate the install though – check here.
- Lower Grille Aperture – normally an easier location in which to mount the lights, the (slight) downside is that having the lights closer to the tarmac can mean more light hitting the road, where you can’t see it. Mounting from the underside of the opening means you are less likely to notice the supporting bracket(s). Where space is limited the lower profile of the ST Evolution range might be preferable.
- Rear Sports Bar – a simple location to mount to using a set of Tube Clamps, that can accommodate both road-legal and off-road lights. Ensure adequate clearance above the roof so that proportionately less light is illuminating the roof of your cab – again in this location the Triple-R might be preferable for this reason.
- Above the Windsreeen – the optimum location from a lighting performance perspective, but more challenging in terms of finding suitable mounting brackets which work within the roof rail channel, unless you have a roof rack to mount off. Consider also that lights mounted in this location may be susceptible to wind noise (typically at speeds over 60mph), this can be addressed by fitting our Neoprene Covers when the lights aren't in use.
There is increased flexibility in mounting location when the vehicle has an A-bar at the front of the vehicle to mount onto, or by using our Licence Plate Mount, makes for an easy install for anything but our biggest/heaviest light bars.
Recognising your pick-up truck might also be a work vehicle, it can be useful having lighting for the rear of the vehicle, and illuminating the load area. In this instance we’d recommend our Utility-45 with Wide Diffused lens; it gives plenty of light close to the vehicle with a good spread, and is versatile enough that it can be used to illuminate what’s in the load area, as much as providing scene lighting. As you’d expect from Lazer, it’s a product which packs a lot of punch and with an excellent build quality.
We hope this gives you a good overview of a potential decision-making process, and the options available. Of course other factors will come into play including budget, or something as simple as preferring the look of one product over another. If we can help with making the final decision then we’re always here to help.