ELECTRICS

NARVA EXPLORA DOUBLE ROW LED LIGHT BAR

Bright lighting from 180W thanks to Optic Drive reflector technology.

Narva's Optic Drive reflector shape focusses LED beams more precisely than small 'pocket' reflectors, eliminating much of the wasted, scattered light that conventional LED light bars emit.

The Explora range consists of a 12-LED, 350mm single row, 60-Watt bar; an 18-LED, 550mm single-row, 90-Watt bar and a 36-LED, 550mm double row, 180-Watt bar.

All use five-Watt Osram Duris-P8 globes with colour temperature of 5700 Kelvin and feature larger than normal Optic Drive reflectors.

The housings are powder-coated, die-cast aluminium, with integrated cooling fins and sealed ends, to reduce the chance of leaks. Polycarbonate plain lenses are fitted, along with Nitto breathers and pre-wired weatherproof connectors.

All models are fully sealed and submersible to IP68 and IP69K standards compliance.

Mounting brackets and capscrews are stainless steel, and an optional number plate mounting bracket is available for the 350mm model, allowing it to be fitted to a standard front bumper bar, without the need to fit a nudge bar.

The 350mm model has a claimed one-lux beam range of 275 metres; the 550mm single-row model, 345 metres and the double-row 550mm model, 460 metres.

We tested the 550mm double-row model and found the fitment a tad fiddly, juggling semi-tightened foot and side-attachment capscrews, while centering the light bar on our Suzuki Grand Vitara's nudge bar. However, it tightened up well, offering very secure mountings that eliminated shake.

We judged the distance and spread claims to be accurate and found that the light intensity was similar to the output from Narva's Enhanced Optic LED driving lights. There was no wasted 'scatter' and less 'low-beam-blindness' when dipping from high beam mode.

Pricing was yet to be established at the time of our preview test in early December 2018.


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