You are about to embark on another off-road adventure. Your rig is now equipped with steel bumpers, lift kit, mud tires, and powerful driving lights. Then you realized you still missed something. As you backed up in the unlit terrain, you realized your OEM back-up light is insufficient to illuminate what's behind. You still persisted anyway. Before you know it, the rig hits a tree.
One way to prevent these situations from happening is by installing a more powerful light to your rig's rear. There's a line-up of products that can do the job for you, including the ARB back-up light kit by IPF. We tested the equipment in our Toyota Tacoma.
- Universal fit
- 55-watt halogen bulb
- Steel housing
- Switch that allows automatic or manual control
- Weather proof connectors included
- 2 years warranty; limited to defects in materials or workmanship
- The ARB back-up light complements the back-up camera that we have on our Tacoma. The added illumination helped us identify the bogeys on the path and allowed us faster reaction time. But even without the back-up camera, we found it easier to maneuver our rig with the aid of the back-up light.
- We used the ARB back-up light to double as a camp light. It provided ample light for us to move around the close proximity of the site. The light strength it produced was not as harsh to the eyes compared to the driving lights. But since we mounted the light below the bumper, the beam did not spread as much as it probably would if mounted at a higher position.
- Installing the ARB back-up light requires an understanding of automotive electrical. You will need to follow the diagram, have the proper tools, and acquire the necessary skills for you to be able to do it yourself. Otherwise, we suggest that you have the installation done at your trusted automotive shop.
While it is not as necessary as the driving lights, the ARB back-up light can provide you ample illumination when backing up. This can help you address your clearance and obstacle issues as you maneuver your rig to your intended spot. Combining the capabilities of this lighting equipment with a back-up camera will guide you significantly. But if we were made to choose to pick only one, we would choose the back-up light over the camera.