Off-road and aftermarket light can make a significant difference to your vehicle’s visibility on the road. But different aftermarket lighting can serve different purposes for your vehicle. Let’s go over a few aftermarket options to see which lighting is best for your Tacoma.
Spot lights: Designed to deliver an intense long-distance light, spotlights allow you to see further ahead while navigating at high speeds. Spotlights can usually be attached to side mirrors or the top of your Tacoma in a round lens piece.
Unfortunately, spot lights are not the most ideal for off-roaders who require a large field of view to navigate around obstacles and winding turns. While rotating spotlights are available for your Tacoma, they are not the most responsive aftermarket option for purchase.
Flood lights: LED and HID flood lights can come as a single attachment piece or full bar that stretches across the top of your Tacoma. Flood lights offer the most visible brightness for objects across your field of view when your driving or even parked. Flood lights and light bars can be perfect for providing your campground with a little light or even spotting a deer before it crosses the road. Unfortunately, flood lights don’t provide great depth when driving and can be significantly blinding to oncoming cars. They also require a high initial investment, especially if you purchase an LED or HID kit.
Fog lights: Fog lights are a standard feature of every car, but most halogen bulbs provide minimal performance. In fact, studies have found that most people use fog lamps more in good weather than bad weather. This is because factory fog lights on most vehicles don’t provide much additional visibility in falling precipitation.
With a pair of aftermarket LED fog lights, your Tacoma can see more quickly without the reflection of the snow or other falling precipitation. Perfect to use as work lights, fog lights can offer a large vertical and horizontal light pattern.
Spread lights: Spread beams are designed to augment your high beams by offering a wider, higher, and longer field of visibility for your Tacoma. In fact, they offer arguably higher and wider light patterns than driving lights because they don’t follow either SCE or SAE safety standards.
Euro Beam: The Euro beam offers a mid-size auxiliary light pattern with a wide field of view to see pedestrians and road signs at night. Not as intense as spot lights or as wide as flood lights, euro beams come in a number of customizable attachments to your Tacoma, while offering a good middle of the road performance.