An Overview of ATV Lights


As Doc Brown once said in Back to the Future, “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” There generally aren’t any set roads when you’re off-roading, which is where all the fun comes in. But when there aren’t any roads, there aren’t any streetlights, which means you better make sure you have a good set of lights attached to your vehicle. This is no exception with ATV lights. Sure, it’s a slightly smaller vehicle but that doesn’t mean it can’t light your path just as well as any other. These are some of the options you have when it comes to ATV lights.

Driving Lights
Driving ATV lights are designed to work with and add to the light you get from the headlights that came with the vehicle. They do this in a couple of ways. First, driving ATV lights generally use halogen light bulbs so you maintain a low amp-draw and don’t drain the juice from your vehicle. Second, you can aim them in a number of positions to catch any dark spots that your headlights couldn’t.

Flood Lights
Just like water gets everywhere when it floods, the area around your ATV becomes saturated with light when you use flood lights. Rather than creating a strong, focused center of light in front of your vehicle, these ATV lights try and light up as much area as possible. And they generally succeed with a beam spread of 15 degrees vertical by 24 degrees horizontal. The best part of these lights is that they illuminate the areas to the side of your vehicle so you can catch deer, moose, or other animals before they run right in front of you.

Spot Lights
You’ve probably heard of spot lights most frequently used for plays. When it’s time for Juliet’s monologue in Romeo and Juliet, a spot light focuses on her and only her. The same principle applies in off-roading. When you add a spot light to your ATV, you’re getting a very powerful focused beam of light. These ATV lights are so strong that they’re only legal for off-roading because using them on the road would blind any of the other drivers. But when you’re in the pitch dark swamp area and you don’t want to end up stuck, these are the ATV lights you’ll want with you.

Dual Beam Lights
Most ATV lights use just part of the reflector. Dual beam headlights, on the other hand, use the entire reflector for unparalleled illumination. They can provide light up to 270 meters ahead of your ATV while simultaneously lighting up the entire surface area in front of your vehicle. They’re going to be more expensive than other ATV lights, but you clearly get a lot more light for your money.

Trail Lights
You may not have a physical trail to follow, but you can cut a trail with these ATV lights. They are designed to sweep from side to side so you know exactly which way to go. With a 110 degree horizontal spread and 70 degree vertical spread, there’s almost nothing in front of you that you won’t be able to capture with light. Best of all, these ATV lights are designed specifically for ATVs, so you won’t have to accommodate and modify a light that was meant for a larger vehicle.

Backup Lights
If you think seeing in front of you is difficult when you’re off-roading, try seeing behind you. Not only are you craning your neck in all sorts of fun ways, but you don’t have remotely as much light. It’s just as easy, if not easier, to get stuck when you’re backing up. But if you install some quality backup ATV lights, it will become infinitely easier. You wouldn’t drive forward with no way to see, so why would you drive backward that way? Make it a non-issue with these ATV lights.

While the OE headlights will do the trick, you’ll get an amazing amount of freedom and choice when you consider other ATV lights. Any combination from this selection of ATV lights will provide you with the light you need to take you through the darkness.

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