LED Light Bars against Spotlights, what are the pros and cons? A somewhat controversial subject, but we love them both because together they can provide the ultimate lighting setup!.
There are a number of advantages when it comes to spotlights and of course a number of pros. They are a more traditional looking light, people know them, people love them. You often see them mounted on bull bars, notch bars at the front of the vehicle. When it comes to a spotlight one of the advantages you have is distance, long distance. In a HID light they're often extremely focused and extremely long distance.
Another advantage, there's a number of filters to change the beam pattern, a number of protectors to protect the light and they're all readily available. Some disadvantages of spotlights are the limited mounting options. Generally, whether you're not getting into some specific mounting brackets, you're either limited to the bull bar or some sort of nudge bar. There are some specialized brackets available to mount them in other locations but that could become quite costly and maybe not as aesthetically pleasing.
Another potential disadvantage of spotlights is the size of the actual light, if you're really aiming for that long distance light, a pair of those on the front of your vehicle can restrict some air flow into the grill and lead to potential engine temperature issues.
There are a number of advantages with light bars over spotlights. The first advantage is the mounting options that are available, you can have light bars mounting underside, they come in all shapes and sizes to fit anywhere you need them.
Another distinct advantage of light bars is the multiple beam pattern options in the one light. Often you'll have a spot light in the middle with clear lenses and a corrugated lens either side to act as floodlights, giving you the multiple options of being all together in the one. Due to the traditionally low-profile design of LED light bars, another advantage is that they they’re ideal for areas in which you're concerned about air flow.
A disadvantage of mounting light bars would be the limited options in terms of filtration and protection, spotlights have a range of readily available color filtration options, which are great for smoky or foggy conditions. The same options for light bars aren't as readily available. Another disadvantage that light bars have over spotlights is the range. Often spotlights are designed so that they have a much more focus beam and shine further down the road. You just won't get the same distance out of a light bar.
That’s the basic advantages and disadvantages of both spotlights and light bars. But why not have both? Utilizing the versatility of spotlights and they're available filter options, as well as the ease of mounting of the LED light bars will provide two different perspectives. Giving you the best of both worlds, the ultimate lighting setup!