Headlights provide a more-than adequate illumination on the road, but for off-roaders crawling through dense brush or remote trails, these might not be enough. In such cases, you will need to install additional lights. Today, finding an auxiliary light is not that hard, and you can even buy light kits that provide everything you need to install and get those lights up and running in your truck or SUV. And one of the most popular kits on the market right now is from ARB. Containing a pair of auxiliary lamps and related hardware, the ARB light kit offers extra illumination under stressful environments and driving conditions.
In this review, we put ARB's standard model, the ARB IPF Complete 800XS Light Kit, under a battery of tests.
- Kit includes 2 auxiliary lights, light covers, wiring loom, switch, and hardware
- Designed for DIY installation
- 800XS HID lamp produces a 'spot' or 'driving' beam to adapt to varying road or trail conditions
- 552 H3 bulb with hardened glass lens
- Multifunction reflector
- Multidirectional mounting system
- Available in a round or rectangular heavy gauge steel body
- Snap-together wiring loom and relay
- Mouse-style LED switch
- White protective covers and logo
- Limited ARB warranty
- ARB standard light kit is arguable among the most comprehensive ones we have reviewed. The kit basically has everything you need sans the tools, from the high-intensity lamps to the nuts and bolts you will need to mount and secure the lamps onto your vehicle.
- The 800XS high-intensity discharge lights produce a strong yet natural-looking light, thanks to their IPF 35 watt HID bulb. These offer two beam options - a spot beam for a long, focused light and a driving beam with a much wider spread - although you can also opt for a model with an additional 'touring' beam that is basically a hybrid.
- Each component in the kit is built to last. The bulbs are completely dust- and waterproof and are encased in a hardened steel housing. Even the wires have a tough, heavy duty cover. ARB certainly wasn't kidding when it said its series of lights were designed to be tough.
- A bit pricey. ARB light kits can go from anywhere to $100 to as high as $700.
The bottom line
The ARB light kit may be quite expensive but its durability, functions, and performance certainly make it worth every penny. So if you can afford to stretch your budget, we definitely recommend this light kit.