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Do good things come in small packages?

We’ve had the latest LED light from Lightforce, the Striker LED, on my HiLux for a few months now. So far they have been to the snow, in mud and many trips down the bug and stone laden Hume Highway. I’ve dunked them in a fish tank, hit them with a hammer, run over them and towed them behind my 4WD to find weaknesses and haven’t been able to kill them.

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I must admit to feeling sceptical when I first fitted them though … they aren’t a big light, basically. You see, on my other vehicle, my GQ Patrol, I went a little silly with lighting. Basically, I could stand in as the Lighting Director for a Pink Floyd concert. So to go from that to two of the smallest driving lights on the market, you can understand my scepticism. Well, now that I’ve had time to get familiar with them, boy was I wrong. Not just in terms of light output, but the practical uses I’ve found for a big light in a small housing. I’ve come to think of them as the Jack Russell Terrier of the LED lighting world.

Watch the destruction test

 

We’ve put the Striker LEDs through all sorts of conditions, including snow
What’s in the box?
  • 2 x Striker LED driving lights
  • 2 x Spot filters
  • 2 x Reversible mount and hardware
  • 1 x User instructions
  • 1 x DIY harness installation kit
Tech-specs
  • Power: 60 Watts
  • Distance to 1 lux (pair): 754m
  • Distance to 1 lux (single): 533m
  • Input voltage range: 10 – 30V
  • Current draw: 4.4 Amps @ 13.2V
  • Colour temperature: 5000K
  • LED estimated lifespan: 50,000 hours
  • Operating temperature: -40° to 63°C
  • Weight: 1kg each
  • Price: $599 for the pair inc. wiring loom
Lights … camera … energy drinks

The one problem with testing lights, is you can’t do it during the average 9am-5pm working week. So I decided to load up on fizzy heart attacks in a can and stay up well past my bedtime to show you how the Striker LEDs perform in the bush. The camera settings were locked off, in the interest of fairness … no smoke and mirrors here folks, this is what you can expect from a set of Striker LEDs.

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