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The ARB Intensity IQ Driving Light :: One Light to Rule Them All

While one of the golden rules of overland travel is “Never Drive at Night,” it is unavoidable that you may eventually find yourself driving through the night to catch the last ferry, or were held up due to roadworks or an accident, or you may be surprised that the remote trail through the Moroccan mountains is far longer and more technical than anticipated. Night driving can be treacherous, and it makes sense to equip your vehicle with lighting that is balanced and functional; more light is not always the answer as, for example, a full-width light bar teamed with standard driving lights has limited functionality.

The ARB Intensity IQ driving light incorporates a unique four-optic design of LEDs (Super Spot, Spot, Flood, and Midrange), offering vast options of light beams and types to suit any road condition and allowing user customization to suit individual needs. According to ARB, the Intensity Q has been developed from scratch with performance front of mind, delivering a design that complements modern vehicle styling and bumper designs.

The driver has the ability to toggle manually through the ARB Intensity IQ driving light options via an innovative user interface, allowing the user to monitor, adjust, and configure the light settings through the Intensity IQ Onboard Control Switch, which is customizable via the ARB Intensity IQ app (available via the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android) or the ARB Linx. In our experience, the ARB Linx module is not always reliable, and we imagine that activating lights via a smartphone while driving is less than desirable in most instances. By mounting the IQ control switch on the steering column or dashboard, the driver should be able to intuitively and quickly select the light mode as required.

Based on free-form reflector technology, the Super Spot and Spot optics produce an even spot beam for extended distance illumination, great for the open road. The Flood optic has a specially designed lens to maximize the light spread for excellent foreground visibility, and the Midrange optic employs a conventional parabolic reflector to illuminate the midrange area. The beam pattern of each of the two lights can be independently adjusted, allowing users to run any combination of LED designs.

The ARB Intensity IQ driving lights come feature packed, including courtesy and work light functionality and all features are fully customizable with the app. Courtesy lighting allows users to receive temporary light from their vehicle after the ignition is turned off to ensure safe vehicle exit, and the work light turns on the IQ lights without the vehicle high beam trigger, allowing users to continue working in dark environments. The cost of these lights may well be justifiable by virtue of the sheer functionality and everyday practicality even when not driving.

The ARB Intensity IQ driving lights are $1,850 for two lights and will be available in late November 2022.


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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell