Have you ever foot raced with your eyes covered? Well, unless you got caught up in a weird between-innings ballpark game then the answer is probably no, never, or why would I ever. Driving through a trail at any speed is no different. The ability to see through dusty conditions or visualize the trail ahead determines the outcome of your night drive or race finish. Baja Designs understands this and have created a numbered lighting system to help off-road enthusiast and Baja racers alike place the most appropriate lights and light lenses in the right place.
Baja Designs knows a few things about lighting. The Baja Designs team has been in business for 25 years and have outfitted everything from backcountry trail rigs to Baja trucks like Justin Lofton’s. Baja Designs takes a step past the “brighter is better” with their lighting catering to different driving styles, conditions, and speed. Utilizing the right lights in the right way results in optimal lighting.
There might be seven P’s in proper planning, but proper light planning with Baja Designs reduces the alliteration to only 3. The three 3 P’s of Baja Designs Lighting are placement, power and pattern. Placement dictates where a proper mounting point is and where it is aimed. Power is the relative brightness when compared to other zone lighting. Pattern is how the light is shaped correctly.
The Low, Down and Dirty
Driving through foggy or dusty trail conditions can make even the most seasoned veteran discombobulated. The particles in the air will act as a mirror when hit with bright white lights. So, what does it take to combat the visually impairing particles? Follow along as Baja Designs attacks Zone 1 with the low, down and dirty on fog lights.
Wider is Better
When driving through a dark environment it is easy for our eyes to focus directly ahead only. This results in tunnel vision and can impair corner taking. The increased tunnel vision also blocks your view from seeing wildlife or obstacles entering the trail. Opting to light the peripheral area will not only help trail speed, but safety as well. Lets check out how Baja Designs gives Zone 2 the coverage it needs.
Front and Center!
The most important part of any lighting package is the combo driving lights. This area allows you to see the trail directly in front of you and will be the foundation for the rest of your lighting. Maintaining a proper lighting pattern will keep you ready for the next obstacles. Find out where and how bright you can run a Zone 3 combo driving light from Baja Designs.
Rushing through a trail with unknown obstacles ahead can bring on some serious driving anxiety. Thankfully, Baja Designs has us covered with their Zone 4 spot lighting. These spot lights can be mounted higher up and provide a further reach than the previous combo driving lights. To prevent eye fatigue and hyper focusing the Zone 4 beam lights can be turned off and on as needed. Follow along as Baja Designs schools us on the proper lights to enhance Zone 4.
Want To Go Fast?
When “rushing” is an understatement of your trail speed, you need an LED light with a spot pattern that can more than keep up with your triple digit speeds. Baja Designs offers racers the benefit of safely increasing speed with their racer’s edition light. These lights will have more throw than Zone 4 and illuminate the trail for thousands of feet. These lights are even found on search and rescue vehicles! Find out where to mount, how much power you need and more with Baja Designs approach to Zone 5.
Light Up Your Life
Nothing can be worse than trying to work on a vehicle in the dark or on a desolate trail. Trying to navigate extremely technical terrain is a close second. Baja Designs gets to the bottom of your chassis lighting with their Zone 6 rock lights. These lights shine ambient lighting to make even the toughest repair visible and allow you to watch for hazards when crawling through the rocks. Once you are back at the pits enjoying the spoils of victory you can turn them on and its party time! Find out what to look out for when mounting Baja Design Zone 6 rock lights.
Cargo Bright, Cargo Fast
One of the most versatile and easily personalized zone lighting is the cargo area. From grabbing a cold drink out of the cooler or racing to get a spare tire, having this area lit is a must. While campers may prefer the low lighting for a nice trail stop, pit personal prefer the light of a thousand suns to keep pit times to a minimal. See how the Baja Design Zone 7 cargo lights can personalize your rig for user preference.
The Tail End
Being seen is an important as seeing.
When driving in desert environments the dust can take awhile to settle. Not knowing where someone is ahead is a recipe for disaster. You can easily prevent these accidents by running dust lights! The ability for other racers to see you ahead is paramount in safety. In addition the Zone 8 also doubles as a spot for the reverse lights. Find out what Baja Designs created to keep your tail safe with their reverse and dust lights.
Want to see into the future? Well the Zone 51 just might get you there. Baja Design created these laser lights for ultra-high-speed racers and those needing to put a spotlight on someone for rescue or detention. These powerful lighting systems provide light like no other in a very direct beam! Find out the uses of the Baja Designs Zone 51 lights.
There are always those people who turn their job into a science. Some do it to market more products, however some do it because there IS a science behind creating the perfect product line. Baja Designs is the latter and has created an array of zone lighting possibilities working in combination to suit the driver, passenger, and pit crew. The Baja Designs lighting systems are more than just lights, they enhance safety and speed. Critical information breakdowns such as zone lighting helps us understand what is what, and what goes where. One might even say they are a light unto thy foot.