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Review: Seeing is believing, with Lazer Lamps

The older we get, the faster we were. At least that’s what we like to convince ourselves.

In reality though, while we will always have the memories of how fast we’d like to think we were, time marches on and things slow down.

Like our eyes. 20-20 vision doesn’t last forever, and whether you’re competing or not, you’ll probably eventually find that driving at night isn’t as easy as it once was.

That’s why I was rapt to get my hands on a new LED driving light bar from Lazer Lamps.

I’d had another brand of light bar fitted to the front of my Subaru Outback for about 12 months, and while the extra light was good, it came with some other issues.

Without wanting to put an ugly (to me) nudge bar on the front of the car, I opted for a number plate mounted bracket. It did the job, and mounted the light bar relatively securely, but vibration through the plastic bumper was a real issue.

The vibration wasn’t massive on a smooth road, but if the surface was bumpy, then it became quite noticeable, and somewhat annoying.

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Driving into the night

I was also concerned about the weight on the number plate bracket, and the potential damage it may eventually cause to the plastic bumper bar.

The Lazer Lamp Linear-18 alternative that I chose is, if you excuse the pun, light years better. It produces 6750 raw lumens of light that shines an incredible 855 metres down the road! All this with a current draw of just 4.4 Amps. 

It is also incredibly light, weighing in at just 1090 grams, nearly a third of the weight of the light bar I had used previously.

The size and weight difference between the Lazer Lamp (top) and another brand is quite extreme.

Once fitted to my car using the included wiring kit that runs through your car’s high beam stalk, it was time for a real test out on the open road.

I can bang on here about the length of spread and distance covered by the light, but it’s probably simpler just to say that it’s the best light I’ve ever driven with.

The impressive thing about the Lazer Lamp Linear is the illumination it gives you on either side of the car, which is a great help on country roads when you’re more likely to encounter wildlife.

It makes driving at night more enjoyable, less tiring and, most importantly, safer as well.

Don’t just take my word for it though. Watch the videos below and see how good they really are. If they’re good enough for the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, then they’re good enough for you and I.

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Peter Whitten

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.