How do I pick a light bar? Which light bar is best? What beam pattern do I need?
These are all common questions that a lot of our customers have and many people spend hours searching the internet trying to find that perfect light bar only to be in a worse condition then they originally started. So we will make this easy for you by putting all the information in one page for you.
The light patterns that you will find listed in alphabetical order below are the following:
- LED Amber Light Bar Beam Pattern
- LED Combination Light Bar Beam Pattern
- LED Diffused Pod Light Pattern
- LED Driving Beam Pattern
- LED Flood Pod Beam Pattern
- LED Hybrid Beam Pattern
- LED Spot Beam Pattern
- LED Wide Angle Scene Beam Pattern
1. Amber Beam
The amount of LED amber lights installed on vehicles have been on the rise in the recent years due to the different variations of Amber LED lights available on the market. So we will quickly walk you through reasons why you need an Amber LED light on your vehicle.
Who needs an Amber beam light bar or Amber Light beam pod?
With the advantage of an LED Amber Beam being the ability to see better in foggy or snowy weather, Amber LED light bars are best for climates that see that a lot of snow or experience heavy fog conditions. However, just because you don't live in a snow ridden area like Colorado, it doesn't mean that you won't find an amber led light useful in a state like Pennsylvania.
If you encounter ANY snow conditions or ANY fog conditions then it's a good practice to have an Amber LED light option on your vehicle. What most people fail to understand is that a LED light equipped with white light that is used in snowy or foggy conditions becomes unproductive due to the the reflective properties of the fog and snow.
To better understand this, have you ever walked outside on a sunny day when there is snow on the ground, what happens? When you walk outside you are instantly blinded by the sun because the sun light is reflecting off the snow on the ground. This is the same effect you get when when you turn your white LED lights on during snowy or foggy conditions.
Photo Credit: Andre Morgan
Can you use a amber light bar when snowing or foggy conditions are not present?
Yes, yes you can, Below is a drone shot of the Aurora Amber Spot Beam pods at night.
Aurora Amber Flood Pods on a random dirt road in Tennessee. (Below)
Why Aurora Amber Light Bars and Amber Light pods are better than the competition?
What makes Aurora Amber light bars different from the competitors is that Aurora uses amber LED chips with a clear lens while everyone else uses white LED chips and an amber lens.
Recently there has been a lot of companies introducing amber LED light bars with an amber lens which gives the product a good look, but it handicaps the overall functionality of the product. The problem with this method is that it restricts the amount of light that comes out of the amber light bar or amber light pod.
Aurora chooses to manufacture their products with amber LED chips and a clear lens because it allows the amber LED light to be brighter and push the beam further to help you navigate fog, snow and other inclement weather conditions.
Aurora Amber LED Light Pods and Amber LED Light Bars Features and Benefits
Stainless Steel screws – Anti-corrosive not prone to rust
Over-sized heat sink – Double the area which results in faster heat dissipation
Military breather – Allows the light bar to maintain the proper air balance and prevent condensation
Waterproof fuse housing – Easy to install, multiple mounting options
Relay – Included and connected to the wiring harness
Deutsch Waterproof connector – Sealed to the elements
Should you get a dedicated Amber light or an Amber light bar cover?
This is a very common question we get and it depends on the following two factors:
- Amber Light Bar Mounting space: How much space do you have?
- For some of us, mounting space comes at a premium, so if your space is limited you may have to do the amber light bar cover or amber light pod cover. If your vehicle has the space for an LED white light product and an Amber light product then having a dedicated Amber product would be best.
- Amber Light Bar Usage - How often will you get to use the light?
- If you live in an area like Washington were you encounter heavy levels of fog, then a dedicated LED amber light would be best.
- If you live in an area where snow or fog only happens a couple of times a year then a amber cover would be best. With Aurora's Amber snap on light bar covers or Aurora's Amber light pod covers you can easily pop the amber cover's on and off when needed.
What Amber Light Bars and Light Pods are available from Aurora?
Designed with the end user in mind, Aurora offers Amber LED Lights in a multitude of products.
- With sizes starting at 10 inch and going all the way up to 50 inches.
- Available in the popular 3-inch LED pod featuring the two most popular beam patterns of Spot Amber and Flood Amber.
- Durable amber covers are also available if you already have a set of Aurora LED pod lights on your vehicle. These covers simply snap on and off.
- Rugged amber covers for your Aurora LED light bar. Sizes start at 4 inches and go up to 50 inches. Simply snap them on and go.
- Rugged amber covers for your Dual Row Aurora LED light bar. Sizes start at 4 inches and go up to 50 inches. Simply snap them on and go.
- The exclusive Aurora Overcast series contains LED pods equipped with a white LED light but include amber covers at a discounted price.
- Aurora LED rock light that emits an amber beam at a very wide 120°.
- Have your cake and eat it too. These LED light bars feature a multi function light bar that is equipped with an LED amber beam and a white LED beam.
2. COMBINATION BEAM PATTERN >
When it comes to beam patterns, the combination beam pattern is one of the most popular light bar beam patterns.This highly requested beam pattern contains both a spot and a flood beam pattern making it an incredibly versatile tool to have in your LED lighting arsenal.
What is a Light Bar combination beam pattern?
A combination LED light bar functions by having different components assigned with flood and spotlight beam patterns. The light bar reflectors emit the light at 60 to 80 degrees which provides the driver with a long range spot pattern and a wide flood pattern.
Why do you need a Combination beam light bar ?
Combination Beam light bars are great for individuals who are indecisive about whether or not they want a Flood or a spot beam. These light bar beam patterns are also great for individuals who encounter various terrain types where just having a spot beam or a flood beam wouldn't suffice.
Combination Light Bar Advantages & Disadvantage
Advantages: You get the spot and flood beam pattern which allows you to see far and wide.
Disadvantages: The only drawback to this led light bar pattern is that it will not be as focused as a spot beam pattern or as wide as a flood beam pattern.
Which light bars are offered in a combination beam pattern?
Most Light bars have a combination beam pattern option. Be sure to check out Aurora's combination beam light bars.
3. Diffused Beam Pattern
When it comes to underrated LED beam patterns, the Diffused Beam Pattern takes the gold medal. Since the Diffused Beam pattern is only offered in LED pods, most individuals go with the Flood Beam Pattern or the Spot Beam Pattern because they are more familiar with those beam patterns.
So what is a LED Diffused Light Beam ?
The diffusion beam produces a softer light which gives the illusion of the light surrounding the obstacle as opposed to other beams which shine directly onto the obstacle which can create a glare.This pattern is produced by having diffuser over the lens which scatters the light to create a softer light. This produces a pattern of approximately 100 degrees wide, with no defined edge.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Diffused LED Light Pod?
- Diffused LED Light Pod Advantages: These lights are great for LED reverse lights or for LED fog lights due to their diffused light output.
- Diffused LED Light Pod Disadvantages: Due to the wide angle of these beam these lights come with a limited light range.
- Mounting Locations: These are great for an extra set of LED reverse lights, whether they be roof mounted or bumper mounted. They also make great LED fog lights which can me mounted on your bumper or custom mounted to fit in your factory fog light location.
What Products are offered with a LED Diffused Light Pattern?
Aurora offers two LED products that feature a Diffused Beam pattern.
Aurora 3 Inch LED Pod with Diffused Beam - This Aurora LED Diffused kit produces 3,880 lumens and includes two pods, mounting hardware, and a full wiring harness. This kit is perfect for adding to any vehicle that needs additional lighting on the front or rear of the vehicle.
Aurora 3 Inch LED Flush mount Pod with Diffused Beam - This Flush Mount Aurora LED Diffused kit produces 3,880 lumens and includes two Flush Mount pods, stainless steel mounting hardware, a full wiring harness, and a gasket that can be used as a drilling template.
Off Road Bumpers LED Light Lights - With fabricators creating more bumpers for Off-Road vehicles the flush mount kit is a must have as it fits most aftermarket bumper designs. If you don't have a custom bumper this kit can also work with you stock bumpers as the included mounting gasket acts as an excellent drilling template.
4. Driving Beam Pattern
While the Driving Beam is only available in a limited range of light bars it is still not a product to be overlooked during your light bar purchase mission. The Driving beam produces a light spread of 60 degrees and is noticeable by its sharp diamond shaped light pattern.
Biggest difference between this light pattern and a flood beam pattern is that the driving beam has very defined edges.
What are the Advantages and disadvantages of the Light bar Driving Beam Pattern?
- Advantages: Its unique beam pattern spread makes for a wide beam that is perfect for the following applications
- Motorcycle LED Lighting
- ATV LED Lighting
- Agricultural LED Lighting
- Disadvantages: Has a single purpose use, so this light bar can only be used as forward facing lighting. While the beam maybe wide it is limited by distance.
Where can a light bar with a driving beam pattern be mounted?
Because of the driving beams unique beam pattern it can only be used as forward facing lighting.
Who needs a light bar with a driving beam pattern?
The light bar is great for motorcycles, ATV's and side by sides. Since the beam pattern is wide it allows for a very versatile light to have on while cruising the back roads at night.
What light bars are offered in a Driving beam pattern?
5. Flood Beam Pattern >>>
When it comes to beam patterns for LED light pods or LED cube lights the Flood beam pattern ranks high on the list for popularity. But do you really need a light pod equipped with a flood beam pattern?
What is a Flood Beam pattern?
This beam is wide, wide enough to illuminate the sides of the trail making obstacles easier to see which maximizes your safety. To accomplish such a uniform luminosity, an increased beam width is required which is accompanied by a decrease in distance.
Your traditional flood pattern in a LED light bar or LED light pod contains a beam width of 60 degrees.
Advantages and disadvantages of a LED Flood Beam Pattern
- Advantages: Great for fast moving trails, curvy back country roads.
- Disadvantages: Distance is the beams major drawback.
- Mounting Locations: Best for front bumpers but it can be mounted on the roof as well. The downside to mounting lights with a flood beam pattern on your roof is that it can create a glare on your windshield and on your hood causing distortion in its true capabilities.
What are flood beam pattern LED lights NOT good for?
One trend that we continue to see is the integration of LED pod lights equipped with a flood beam pattern used as reverse lights. While it seams like a great idea it is not and that is because the beam will be focused down the road instead of around your vehicle.
When your in reverse you are typically moving around 5 MPH and your primary concern when backing up is the objects closest to your vehicle. So having a LED pod light with a flood beam throwing the light 1,000 feet down the road doesn't provide the light you need to spot obstacles. If you are looking for LED reverse lights then you need to look at the Aurora's Wide Angle Scene beam lights.
LED Products with a flood beam pattern
Aurora 3 Inch Flood Beam Pods - This LED Flood Beam kit produces 3,880 lumens and comes with a full wiring harness.
Aurora 3 Inch Flood Beam Flush mount - This Flush mount LED Flood Beam kit produces 3,880 lumens, includes stainless steel mounting hardware, mounting gasket and comes with a full wiring harness.
White Marine Aurora 3 Inch Flood Beam Pods - This LED Flood Beam kit is coated in marine white and produces 3,880 lumens. It also comes with a full wiring harness making it a great addition to your boat to act as LED spreader lights.
White Marine Aurora 3 Inch Flood Beam Flush Mount - This Flush mount LED Flood Beam kit is great for any boat truck or SUV. It is coated white to match your boat and produces 3,880 lumens, includes stainless steel mounting hardware, mounting gasket and comes with a full wiring harness.
Aurora 4 Inch Side Shooter Flood Beam Pods - This unique looking LED Flood Beam kit produces 3,400 lumens and comes with a full wiring harness. It comes equipped with a total of eight LED'S per pod to maximize the spread of light.
Aurora 4 Inch Flood Beam Rectangle Pods - This rectangle shaped LED Flood Beam pod produces 1,712 and has a low amp draw which makes it easy to integrate with any vehicle.
Aurora 3 Inch Amber Flood Beam Pods - This LED Flood Beam kit emits an amber beam used to aid the driver when navigated inclement weather like snow or fog.
6. Hybrid Beam Beam Pattern >>
The Aurora Hybrid light bar can sometimes be overlooked as a viable option for your off road vehicle because of its name and complex product description. So we will take some time to easily explain why you need the Aurora Hybrid Series Light bar on your vehicle before you go out on your next adventure.
What is the Hybrid Light Bar Beam Pattern?
The Hybrid beam pattern can be best summed up as a wide, spot beam pattern that is fortified with Aurora's patented LED optics. These light bar's have the abilty to push the beam further than any competitors light bar and on average throws the beam 20% further than other light bars in it's class.
Why its called a Hybrid Light Bar?
The reason why it's called a Hybrid Series light bar is due to its composition of LED chips and optics. The Hybrid light bar features an unique arrangement of LED chips, it features 3-watt Cree XBD LED's and 10 Watt Cree XML LED's. This exclusive configuration allows the light beam to be hurled into the darkness at an unparalleled range, turning night to day.
Advantages of Disadvantages of a Hybrid Series Light Bar
- Advantages: The Hybrid Beam Light bar has the longest beam throw in its class, and also the widest spot beam pattern available on the market.
- Disadvantages: While this beam is not as narrow as the traditional spot beam, it is still narrow and may not be ideal for all terrains.
- Mounting Locations: This is great for mounting on your front bumper or it can be mounted on the roof or upper windshield.
Hybrid Series Light Bar or Combination Beam Light Bar?
The Hybrid Series light bar does have a beam pattern that may appear to be similar to combination beam light bars but neither should be interchanged with one another as they both have their own benefits.
If you are looking for a light bar that needs to be wide, then you want a combination beam light bar, but if you need a light bar that will go as far as possible and don't need the width, then a Hybrid Series Light Bar is what you want.
What light bars are offered with a Hybrid Beam Pattern?
Aurora offers the Hybrid Series light bar in a Dual Row Series and a Single Row Series. The Hybrid LED Light Bar is offered in sizes starting at 10 Inches and ending at 50 Inches, giving you a large range of options to get this product mounted on your vehicle.
Find the right Aurora Hybrid Series Light bar by checking out the full category.
7. SPOT BEAM PATTERN >>>
So what is a Spot beam Pattern?
A spot beam pattern is a focused and precise light beam that emits LED light at a 10 degree angle allowing the light to go as far as possible.
Benefits to owning a Spot Beam Light Bar
LED light pods or light bars that are equipped with a spot beam pattern have a narrow, yet focused light which can easily illuminate objects further away
Advantages and Disadvantages of a light bar spot beam pattern
- Advantages: Great for distances, slow moving trails, straight country roads, narrow roads.
- Disadvantages: Spot beam's are very narrow which means the obstacles off to the side may go unnoticed.
LED Flood Pattern vs Spot Beam Pattern - The Epic Showdown
The difference between the two most popular beam patterns, flood and spot is generally on the question of width and depth. The LED spot beam triumphs the flood beam in the distance category, but the LED spot beam sacrifices side illumination to achieve its distance.
Light bars with Spot Beam Pattern
Aurora offers spot LED light bars under the Aurora Hybrid Series. Aurora's Hybrid light bar series is offered in both a single row and a dual row.
Aurora LED Light Pods With Spot Beam Pattern
8. WIDE ANGLE SCENE BEAM
When it comes to finding a light bar or light bar with a wide LED beam pattern, then look no further than the Aurora Wide Angle Scene Beam Lights. These Aurora LED light bars feature a unique beam that emits the LED light at 120 degrees, both Horizontally and vertically. The beam pattern effect is produced by the specialized housing that encompasses it. The scene beam light pattern has a visible sharp edge and produces a square or rectangle pattern depending on the LED light housing.
The end result of is a LED light bar that produces a very wide beam that pumps out an ample amount of light in a short distance.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of the Wide Angle Scene Beam Light Bars?
Advantages: Wider than a flood beam pattern, and available in LED cubes or in single & double row LED light bars. These are great for fork lifts, construction, farming, and landscaping machinery because it emits a lot of light within a limited range which reduces the occurrences of blinding the people working around you. Lastly, because of their short & wide beam pattern they make great ditch or side lights which can help you navigate narrow trails at night. These also make great reverse lights.
Disadvantages: Limited light range in terms of distance when compared to other LED light bar patterns. To get the widest LED light beam pattern it will come at the sacrifice of distance.
Uses Of Aurora Wide Angle Scene Beam Lights
The Aurora Wide Angle Scene beam light bars and wide angle Light pods are great for commercial an non commercial use.
Commercial Use – Mining Lighting, Construction Lighting, landscaping equipment lighting, Tow Trucks lighting, Wrecker Lighting,ROPS Lighting, forklift lighting, logging vehicle lighting, Agriculture vehicle lighting.
Non-Commercial Use - Camping lights, LED Reverse lights, LED Ditch Lights, Off Road LED lights, LED ROPS Lighting, LED Side Lights.
Where to Mount Aurora LED Wide Angle Scene Beam Lights?
The only restrictions to mounting these lights would be that you make sure that there are no obstructions or protruding components next to this light, so you can take full advantage of this very wide 120° beam pattern.
What Products are offered with a Wide Angle Scene Beam Pattern?
Aurora 2 Inch Wide Angle Scene Beam Pods - These LED lights feature two, 10 watt Cree LED chips that produce 900 lumens and when wired as a pair you can easily add 1,800 lumens to your vehicle.
Aurora Flush Mount 2 Inch Wide Angle Scene Beam - These flush mount lights feature two, 10 watt Cree LED chips that produce 900 lumens and when wired as a pair you can easily add 1,800 lumens to your vehicle. These flush mount kit also include the mounting hardware and a gasket which can also be used as a drilling template to make the LED light installation easier.
Aurora 3 Inch Wide Angle Scene Beam kit - These led lights are offered in a Pod version and a Flush mount version. This kit comes with a deluxe wiring harness and can easily add 3,880 lumens to your vehicle.
Aurora 4 Inch Wide Angle Scene Beam Light Pod - This light features four, 10 watt Cree LED which pump out 1,800 lumens, make it a pair and unleash 3,600 lumens onto the unsuspecting night. This light is also available in a white housing.
Aurora Single Row Wide Angle Scene Beam Light Bars - These wide beam light bars are offered in sizes starting at 10 inches and all the way up to 50 inches. These light bar kits include a deluxe wiring harness and can produces lumens up to 21,000 lumens.
Aurora Wide Angle Scene Beam Light Bars - These wide beam light bars are offered in sizes starting at 10 inches and all the way up to 50 inches. These light bar kits include a deluxe wiring harness and can produces up to 42,000 lumens.
We hope this guide has provided all the information you need to make your light bar purchase. We understand that selecting a light bar that fits your specific needs may not be the same as the next person so if you still have questions you can reach out to us using one of the methods below.
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