OhMore than two centuries have passed since nutty professors first started using electricity to produce light, you might be excused for thinking there’s more to it than a light bulb. can not be.
Nothing could be further from the truth, as electric light technology continues to advance at a rapid pace with new products that produce better and more efficient lighting for multiple uses.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the automotive sector, where the introduction of light-emitting diode (LED) technology has seen significant improvements in lighting in both the OE and aftermarket segments.
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One could be forgiven for thinking that four-wheel drivers are afraid of the dark, as we’re increasingly adapting the latest and greatest in lighting tech to the front of our vehicles. But in a place like Australia, where you’re traveling long distances at high speeds, and big, happy things tend to jump out in front of you, it seems like too much light is never enough and we’re always looking for more. Live in search.
Narva is one of Australia’s leading brands in aftermarket lighting, and the team there is always looking for new technologies and methods to improve their lighting products.
Narva’s latest product is a range of Ultima LED Light Bars that not only use the best performing LED chips and construction but also come with smart technology to help the user in different driving conditions. Therefore, the intensity and beam of the light bars should be allowed to vary.
For example, when you’re barreling down a lonely outback road with no other traffic on it, you want your lights to have the most forward perspective with long beams spread across the road. can generate as well as to the sides where they exit the roads. Love to surprise you with hopping critters.
However, when you’re driving on a bush track at night, long-distance lighting won’t be such a priority, but wide beams are still important. It’s a similar story when you’re on a country road where light reflections off road markings can be a real problem when you’re pulling out high-power illumination.
Having the ability to change the balance between your wide beam lights and the main light bar is very useful for these situations, and even more so when you can adjust the light intensity yourself. While other light companies offer adjustable intensity or power, the way Narva Ultimas allows you to individually adjust the light bars is amazing.
new Ultima Light Bars Come in twin packs of either 24-inch bars or eight-inch bars, with the eight-inch versions offering a choice of wide or ultra-wide flood beam.
For our Isuzu MU-X, we were looking for a light bar about 40 inches to run across the front of the Rola Titan tray on the roof. Combining the 24-inch bar with a pair of eight-inch-wide beam bars at each end, gave us the perfect length with adjustability to set it as best suited for driving conditions.
Connecting the light bars together is done using a joining kit from Narva, while we mounted them using Rolla light bar mounts. Narva also offers a joiner kit for joining two 24-inch rods for a 48-inch combo.
Comes from adjustability. Narva’s new Connect+ controller. This unit, which is installed inside the cabin where the driver can reach it, allows you to adjust the output of two different light sources through two separate channels. In our case, they’re a 24-inch bar in the center and eight-inch bars outboard, and we can adjust the output of each to suit the road we’re on and driving conditions such as traffic, road signs and the vehicle. according to the speed of
Each channel can be individually adjusted through five intensity levels, while there are three presets you can set up for highway, outback, bush, or custom settings.
Say you want to limit the intensity of the 24-inch bar due to traffic or road sign deflection but keep the power to the wide-beam eight-inch bars, you can dial the 24 to two or three in the back position. Intensity of five to eight inch bars.
You can configure both channels with up to five cranks for those lonely outback highways, and if you think you’ve seen something further and want even more light, a center controller There’s a boost button that, when pressed, blasts both channels to full power plus 15% for a 30-second burst. After the 30 seconds are up, you need to let the lights cool down again before using the boost function again.
Connect+ will be compatible with Narva’s future lighting products as well as the new Ultima Bars.
The light bars themselves have a die-cast aluminum housing with a breather and a hard-coated polycarbonate lens. They use 9W Osram LEDs, 38 of them in the 24-inch and nine in the eight-inch. These equate to 325Ws from a 24-inch bar in normal mode and up to 390W when using the boost function.
At full power, the 40-inch combination we have on the MU-X is claimed to produce a beam that’s 90 meters wide and stretches 1000 meters at 1 Lux, and we have that claim. There is no reason to question.
When testing in the bush and on open roads, we were impressed with the lights’ output and light color warmth. Having the ability to adjust the side and center beam balance was handy, and we think the three presets are enough to cover most situations you’ll encounter. The presets are also customizable, so you can program them to a setup that works for you.
Extinguished light is at an easy-on-the-eyes temperature of 5700°K. Also reducing this bounce back from road markings.
Further customization of the light bars is possible with the different colored bezels included in the kit, while the black ‘stealth’ lens covers found on our Altimas are an optional extra. Clear protective covers are also available.
- Narva Ultima 24-inch light bar: $990
- Narva Ultima 8-inch Light Bar Twin Pack: $880
- Narva 40-inch Joiner Kit: $129
- Narva Connect+ Controller: $199 (approx.)
Available from: www.narva.com.au