A question we often get is, "What beam pattern for my LED Light Bar should I get?". Well here is a little insight that we hope will help in making your decision.
The Difference between Spot, Flood, and Combo
Spot, Flood, or Combo?
- A spot beam has a narrow beam spread of only 8º. This is great for task-specific lighting. For example, when you want nighttime road or trail visibility you want the light focused and intense in a particular area. The spot pattern is great for that.
- Flood has a wide 90º beam pattern so the light is more spread. When you want to light up a wide area, like your campsite, or a work area, the flood is the right choice.
- When you want versatility, the Combo is a good choice. It gives a mix of spot beam pattern LEDs and flood beam pattern LEDs all within the same light. The trade-off is that you are not splitting up the beams so neither the flood nor the spot beams produced are as bright as a dedicated spot or beam light.
Well that all depends on your specific situation and budget. If you can afford it, a great combination to have is a dedicated spot coupled with a dedicated flood. For example, it is typical for us to outfit a Jeep Wrangler with a 20" spot LED light bar mounted on the bumper which is used for road/trail visibility. Then have either a couple of 6" flood LED light bars mounted at the lower corners of the windshield or a really nice set up is a 40" LED light bar mounted across the top of the windshield.
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