What do you know about auto lighting?
Do you know the difference between HID and LED auto lighting?
Do you know what lighting an auto electrician can legally install into an NT registered vehicle?
If not then please read on
Driving at night along the Stuart highway to Katherine NT is a pleasant time to drive, apart from wallabies, buffaloes, cows, donkeys, horses, and night birds to look out for there isn’t much traffic, its cooler, the car seems to respond better, traveling is good, kilometres disappear behind you. But then all of a sudden over the rise comes a blinding light, so bright it turns your eye balls to a watery jelly. Blind you continue on toward the light which grows in intensity focusing on the white line you force your eyes to remain open and to keep the car in its correct position on the road.
It is not your imagination that vehicle lighting appears be getting brighter it is. With the development of LED and HID headlights, spot lights, light bars and driving lights road illumination has improved immensely.
NT registered vehicles can have up to four main beam lights, then driving lights (spot lights) or LED light bars can be added in addition to the main lights.
NT vehicles can have as much as a combination of 8 main beam and driving lights fitted to a vehicle however;
However all lighting on motor vehicles must comply with the Australian Vehicle Standards Rules and Australian Design rules. Visit http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/mvr/standards/infobulletins for further information and technical notes.
Difference between HID light and LED light?
If you want a technical definition of the two then a google search will provide you all the info you could want. All this blog is attempting to do is to give you general knowledge of the two lights in an auto electrical sense.
LED – light emitting diode. LED lights draw a lot less power than a standard light thus not causing a battery drain when used for long periods of time.
LED lights provide bright light up close to your vehicle in a wide arc that illuminates the edges of the roads. LED lights don’t provide great lighting over longer distances.
HID – High Intensity Discharge Lamps. HID lamps produce light by creating a stabilized electrical arc across two electrodes giving a much greater lumen than standard bulbs. HID lights provide good light over a greater distance. The longer HID lights remain on the brighter light becomes.
HID in low beam. Your auto electrician is not allowed by law to install HID kits into your low beam. MVR has a technical note available on their website which deals with this further. Your Auto Electrician will also be able to give you advise on what is allowed and the lighting set up that best suits your needs.
Should you happen to encounter some of the wandering NT night life and require the service of an auto electrician for repairs to your auto electrical system or an upgrade of your lighting to better illuminate the wildlife then please visit www.terrysautoelectrical.com.au