We contacted Expedition Lighting Systems (ELS) in the United States to discuss their vehicle light bars. ELS is a startup company that we feel has the values we are looking for in a sponsor. They are honest, straightforward, professional and caring. They have an obvious passion for lighting systems that was developed through their experience in 4X4ing and time spent in Afghanistan serving our great nation.

After talking with them about our project they have decided to design a custom light system for our vehicle and to deliver it to us in Germany. We thank them for their service in the military, and their support for the charities we are representing on our trip. What a great group of guys. We look forward to abusing their lighting system and reviewing it on the blog as the trip progresses. Let me tell you more about the light bars.

Understanding both recreational and professional lighting needs they have designed a new line of LED light bar systems that are durable and far less expensive than other companies. In this case, inexpensive does not mean lower quality. Rather than using various “cheap” materials and leveraging inexpensive manufacturing techniques to line their own pockets, they decided to create a quality product affordable for everyone. Each light bar utilizes a modified PMMA lens, FF Reflectors, integrated aluminum end caps, and has a powder coated finish. They have 22″, 30″, 40″ and 2X2 light bars that can produce spot and driving beams as well as work and camp lighting. We will update you once we hear more about the design they choose for us and keep you abreast of shipping, installation, and function details as they progress.

February 8, 2013

Six of the lights from Expedition Lighting Systems arrived today and four more will arrive with the roof rack. There will be one 42″ spot light attached to the front of the roof rack, two 3″ x 1″ lights will attach to the front corners and face outward at 45 degrees. There will be an 12.5″ flood on the front of the driver’s side, one 22″ spotlight on the center of the driver’s side, and one 12.5″ flood on the rear of the driver’s side. There will be one 12.5″ flood in the rear and the passenger’s side will mirror the driver’s side. I told Expedition Lighting they should have a commercial of an astronaut looking down from space and seeing a bright light. From his point of view the camera swoops down to earth to reveal the light source as, drum roll……… my truck. Expedition Lighting Systems has come through on all of their promises and in a timely manner.

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