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How bright are our lights?
Each light has it’s own measurement of lumens which is a term used to describe the intensity of a light or its “candle power.” While this term once had an association to a real world measurement, similar to “horse power,” it’s a defined unit of measurement now but has no relation to a real world quantity. Each product page has these specs listed for your reference. But sometimes it’s hard to picture what 1,000 lumens would look like in comparison to 10,000 lumens. For an average 60W home light bulb you get around 600 to 900 lumens. Enough light to read a book even if the light source is several feet away but home light bulbs are designed for light disbursement. Our LED lights are designed to maximize light output. Therefore, our 1,000 lumen spot lights will shine at least 80 meters into the night. LED lighting allows us to design products that can maximize light output while preserving the inherent power saving qualities of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
What is the difference between Spot, Flood, and Combo?
These terms describe the type of light disbursement. As in how, wide of a beam you have coming out of your light. For a Spot beam, the light is tight and focused. For a Flood, the light is broad and covers a larger area but does not project as far. The Combo light is a mixture of both Spot and Flood lights that gives you the best qualities of each. With a Combo you’re able to toggle between the two styles or use them both at once.
There is a lot of variety in LED design. In some cases, the LED itself will define the type of beam disbursement. In other cases, it’s the housing that creates the type of beam that you get. Each light is a little different but the qualities of the beam type are the same. If you are using the light in a low speed application, our Flood lights will work best to light up the majority of the area around you. If you are moving fast and need a lot of advanced warning of upcoming conditions, the Spot will give you that greater distance. If you want to make sure you have both types available at all times, the Combo is your best bet.
Are our lights water proof?
Tuff LED Lights features a superior level of weather protection over other off-road LEDs. With an IP-67 rating, our lights are dust-proof and submersible in water up to 3 meters deep while still maintaining functionality. They also feature a rugged reinforced housing to stand up to the harshest conditions. We have tested our light in many locations and, to date, have yet to find a place they can’t survive. From underwater fishing lights, to snow blowers in the frosty cold nights of the North East, to the muddy backwoods of Louisiana, we build our lights to take on all the elements.
How do our lights mount?
All of our lights come with mounting hardware. That includes mounting brackets that are fitted to our lights, bolts that attach to another surface, and provided hardware that will connect our lights to your existing sub-straight (all of our bolts are metric). We do our best to have this hardware pictured with each light, as each series is build differently. If you have need for more details about each light, feel free to call us at 720-984-4878. All of our lights come with either steel or cast aluminum mounts and can stand up to the most intense conditions.
Can I attach Tuff LEDs to my vehicle?
Our lights do not come with custom attachment hardware for specific vehicles. Each vehicle is different and there is no way to know the ins and outs of each persons vehicle or the type of location and install that you’re looking to do. In most cases, our mounts work for most applications but we strongly encouraged understanding the exact details of your mounting needs to verify with us. If you need exact measurements of the our lights or mounting points, please give us a call at 720-984-4878 and we will help you out.
What kind of wiring does the light come with?
All of our lights come with a simple two-wire lead. The wire is a red (positive) and black (negative) that can hook up directly to any 12-24 volt electrical system. Each light’s lead is a little different in length; between 12 and 24 inches. In some cases, additional wire might be needed to connect to your power source. We strongly encourage you seek professional assistance in doing any electrical wiring. Even though our lights are low voltage, the potential for injury or damage to you or your vehicle is always possible. Electrical lighting can pose a danger if it is not correctly installed. If you have any hesitation, seek help. Our lights are not designed to connect to a 110-220 volt system. Doing this will void the warranty, destroy the light, and possibly injure you and cause a fire. Do not ever connect our lights to a 110-220 volt system.
Common questions about our wire harness?
We often get asked if a wire harness is a necessary part of an LED light purchase. A wire harness is a common addition to most LED light rigs. It provides a simple, self contained, solution to wiring up your lights that bypasses the existing wiring of your vehicle. All vehicles are different. They have different electrical configurations that make a single integration into those systems impossible. By bypassing the wiring of your vehicle and creating direct connections, you will no longer be relying on complicated electrical systems that are difficult to debug.
Questions often come up about the need for a relay in the system. The 40 amp relay that we include provides a buffer on the total amp draw of the system on the included switch. If you are drawing 20 amps with your lights, without a relay, the total 20 amps will pass through the switch and generate a large amount of heat and reduce the full power of the system from getting to your lights. Over time, this will damage the wiring and the switch. The relay acts as a dynamic control over the whole system in high amp draw situations. In low amp draw situations, it is not technically necessary to have a relay but the added protection is always a good idea where lighting is concerned.
We’re also often asked, “If there is a relay, what is the need for an inline fuse?” The fuse is there to prevent the electrical current from getting out of hand by destroying the wiring or the lights. The fuse is designed to fail and cut off power to the whole system. The relay does not function this way and is therefore not going to protect against an electrical system that is drawing more power than it can handle. While the relay is not technically necessary for a LED light system that is drawing low amps, a fuse always is. Without a fuse, you run the risk of burning your wire, destroying your light, or, in extreme situations, igniting a fire. Because a vehicles electrical system is very dynamic, it’s impossible to always know what the voltage, amp draw, and power output will be at all times and in all conditions. An inline fuse is an essential part of protecting yourself and your system.
People also ask, “How many lights can I hook up with your wire harness.?” That is a difficult question to answer because it depends on the exact combination of light you’re using. Each light draws a different amount of power and only when that total amount is calculated can we say for sure if you have the right wire for the job. In general, you will want to pull no more than 20-25 amps of total power with a single wire harness. Any more and you might trip the inline fuse. If you’re looking to pull more power than that, we advise dividing your lights between two or more wire harness. Of course, every vehicle is different and every light setup is unique. So it is very important that you plan your build to know what the electrical requirements will be for your application. We are certainly always here to help…call us with any question you might have about your next project (720-984-4878).
Why are Tuff LEDs priced so low?
We work hard to design and build lights that out preform our competitors and last for the long haul. We manufacture in a modern, world-wide system, that provides the best quality at the best prices to the customer. We hold our lights up against any other lights on the market and stand behind the quality and longevity of our product. We offer these great lights at a low price because our priorities are in line with a global production system that is more efficient…passing the savings on to you.
How long do LED bulbs last?
While our lights come with a 6 month limited warranty, they are built to last 50,000 + hours of use. That’s over 2,000 days of light. We also build our lights tough to withstand the harshest environments. Therefore, we are able to stand behind our lights and their long lasting quality.
What are LEDs?
A Light Emitting Diode (LED) is a semiconductor device which converts electricity into light. LED lighting has been around since the 1960s but is just now taking over the commercial and off-road lighting industries. LEDs are better in many ways than any bulb, filament, HID, or Halogen light. LEDs are stronger and more durable, they have a longer life, and are better at controlling light distribution than other light technologies. Because of the efficient qualities of LED lighting, you get a more powerful light output combined with a much lower amp draw.
How can I get more help?
720-984-4878 is your source for all things Tuff LED Lights. Tuff LED Lights’ main objective is to ensure complete customer satisfaction. We take great pride in the quality of our products and work hard to offer exceptional customer service in order to maintain a positive relationship with you. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, in any way, or are having any technical issues with a product, please follow the policy instructions detailed here and we will be happy to work with you.