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    Hi All, what are some good value for money spot lights that are recommended, that does not cost the same as a 4x4 instalment

    I have seen many no-name brands that are sold through 4x4 and other stores which appear to be the similar ones at the local China Mall, but at a much higher price.

    Has anyone had positive experiences with the China Mall spots, I do understand the associated risks but it seems that many stores are supplying the same equipment just at a higher cost.

    Also, does the spotlight have to be ECE compliant? If not, what are the implications.

    Thanks All.

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    Your spots do need adhere to the relevant standards. I've not found traditional spots to be exorbitantly expensive. Hella spots, for example, are good, adhere to the relevant standards and very well-priced. Granted - they're not KC's or any of the other premium brands.

    However, if you're actually intending to use them for driving occasionally and not for snob factor, they do the job perfectly. And they're certified. And you'll get a set at about 50% of the cost of any of the other premium brands.

    As for chinesium lights, I have no idea - I have not used them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KODA View Post
    Hi All, what are some good value for money spot lights that are recommended, that does not cost the same as a 4x4 instalment

    I have seen many no-name brands that are sold through 4x4 and other stores which appear to be the similar ones at the local China Mall, but at a much higher price.

    Has anyone had positive experiences with the China Mall spots, I do understand the associated risks but it seems that many stores are supplying the same equipment just at a higher cost.

    Also, does the spotlight have to be ECE compliant? If not, what are the implications.

    Thanks All.
    I bought Hella 6 inch led spots with EC1 mark on them. I got stopped in Aliwal North by a grumpy traffic cop who told me the spots were illegal. I showed the EC1 mark and all was good. Just remember to take spotlight wiring control wire from brights through switch to relay coil. This way you can dip spots with brights and can switch spots off and only use brights.

    Avoid light bars and many pick up hassles with traffic cops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    I bought Hella 6 inch led spots with EC1 mark on them. I got stopped in Aliwal North by a grumpy traffic cop who told me the spots were illegal. I showed the EC1 mark and all was good. Just remember to take spotlight wiring control wire from brights through switch to relay coil. This way you can dip spots with brights and can switch spots off and only use brights.

    Avoid light bars and many pick up hassles with traffic cops.
    Where did you buy your hella's from

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    Oh in terms of legality, it does not just go about standards. The traffic act states that your "driving lights" (that is the correct term - in terms of the RTA, a spotlight is something else) should only be able to be activated when the highbeams are on. So, to be legal, you've got two options:

    1: Either the spots will always be on when the high beams are on.
    2: As mentioned by Craig (aka: Hunter26) install a switch (as he recommended) so that you have the option of having them on when the highbeams are on.

    There are quite a couple of requirements of the RTA to be legal. Apart from the certification of the lamps and the high-beam requirement, mounting spot lights over specific heights (for example, on the vehicle's roll-bar) or mounting more than two spots and similar is also illegal. As is having them too close together, too far apart. Etc. Read the act.

    Importantly, do it properly. I am not against spots. I have them on my truck. However, mine are legal in all aspects. They're certified, installed correctly and I use them properly.

    I dislike it when entitled morons cruise around at night with 50 Terra-Watt illegal light set ups. Please don't do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    Where did you buy your hella's from
    I know this was directed at Craig, but I'll chip in too.

    I've always got my Hellas from Bosch diesel electric as I had a friend who worked there. But - you can get them from any Midas. I think they are probably the most widely available spotlight in the country...
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    I was in the same position and spent hours online researching spotlights and their idiotic prices.
    I was just about to give up when I walked into an AUTOZONE and saw some LED spots market only as "Truck Spot lights". Made an arrangement with the manager to take one home and test during the dark time of night. Was back the next morning to buy the second one and now they are fitted to the bakkie.

    Definately not VisionX, Top of the range Hella or Lightforce, but for the price, quality and the light I am getting....BARGAIN!!
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    http://www.autotechlight.co.za/

    I paid R3450 plus delivery for the Hella ValueFit 6" Supernova LED Spot Light Kit

    Excellent service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    I know this was directed at Craig, but I'll chip in too.

    I've always got my Hellas from Bosch diesel electric as I had a friend who worked there. But - you can get them from any Midas. I think they are probably the most widely available spotlight in the country...
    Yip, also bought mine from Bosch diesel elect but in East London EC.
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    I use these with very good effect

    https://4x4direct.co.za/spotlights/6...-set-of-2.html

    More than sufficient if you do not suffer from a small tôttie-sindrome.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hatjohan View Post
    I use these with very good effect

    https://4x4direct.co.za/spotlights/6...-set-of-2.html

    More than sufficient if you do not suffer from a small tôttie-sindrome.
    Really? I had 30W on my previous triton and they made no difference. Must be make dependent I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    Really? I had 30W on my previous triton and they made no difference. Must be make dependent I guess.
    Yes, really



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    Quote Originally Posted by hatjohan View Post
    Yes, really
    I might get me a set then, just PM me your address so that if they suck, I can egg your house

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    I might get me a set then, just PM me your address so that if they suck, I can egg your house
    We are from the same town, but I only mount them when going on a trip.
    If you are serious, I will mount them and you can have a look. I am close to Wilgers Hospital (should you throw the eggs )
    Question is, what is you goal in terms of lighting?

    If in doubt about the smaller ones (they are really compact - which is in any case a requirement for me) you can try the big brother https://4x4direct.co.za/spotlights/9...-set-of-2.html

    Those 6 inch Hellas was my original choice, but not available at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KODA View Post

    I have seen many no-name brands that are sold through 4x4 and other stores which appear to be the similar ones at the local China Mall, but at a much higher price.

    Has anyone had positive experiences with the China Mall spots, I do understand the associated risks but it seems that many stores are supplying the same equipment just at a higher cost.
    Most of the LED spots you will find at a china mall will be in the 10W - 18W range, +- half of say the Hella equivalent. So if turning night into day is your goal, then steer clear, but if you're mostly after aesthetics then go for it.
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    This is the "same" as the 4x4 Direct ones

    https://autolume.co.za/product/valen...iring-harness/


    Which again, is the "same" as these?

    https://www.cartoyz.co.za/product/vi...yABEgKnM_D_BwE
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    Default Re: Spot Light Advice

    I have wasted a lot of money on cheap spots. Never again.

    Buy the Hella supernova range. They are expensive but worth the money.


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    What is cheap?
    The Hella Supernovas are not really expensive, as they come.
    But good vallue for money.



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    Just a side note. Don't under estimate Chinese made products. Most products made are made in China. When a Chinese product does not perform well, we must blame ourselves because... We want to buy cheap and low specs made products, expecting them to perform like high end spec products. There are many high end spec products that are China produced.

    If you want for eg 6 inch spots to perform like Hella, the Chinese will produce it to the specifications you give them. Many called Japanese products Jap Cr..p,but today their products are better than the European products.
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