cibie lights

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has anybody had any sharable experince about this brand of driving light in sort of comparison to hella or similar prised other brand? been thinking about getting a good set. thank you.
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Reply By: Exploder - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:36

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:36
They are one of the best IMO.

I have got the Oscar series and they preform pretty good for their reflector size, I Feal there light output is similar to my mates 130W IPF light’s, The important thing is to make sure they are aimed properly, the difference between a properly aimed spotlight and a poorly aimed one is substantial.

I would defiantly go the super Oscar next time though more range, was given a very good price on the Oscar so got them instead.

I also like Hella but the mostly plastic construction on all but the 4000’s put me off

Nothing beat’s the Light force XGT 240’s.
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Follow Up By: muzzgit (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 00:10

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 00:10
I have the oscars as well, but find them to be only average. I have tried those plus-50 globes, but took them out and gave them to a mate to use in the hi beam of his 80 series, with good results.

4WD Monthly did a test on spotties a while ago and found that the oscar was very good but a bit expensive, they commented that the super oscar was not much better than the oscar, but both were outpriced and outgunned by the lightforce.

I think maybe the super oscar is not as good as it once was. I may be wrong.

The Lightforce 170 is similar in size, costs less, and puts out way more light.
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 17:45

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 17:45
Yeah but from memory the Oscar came close in distance illumination to the IPF 900 series and flogged them in lateral illumination and the IPF is a bigger light and has a 130W globe.

I agree that the light force is better and will beat Just about anything well the 240’s anyway as they are the only light force light’s I have seen in action, I will take your word on the 170’s for now.

I get around 450-500 meter’s of what I would call usable light out of my Oscar’s which is enough for me.

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Reply By: 100 Series - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:42

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:42
I had super oscars on my patrol before I sold it and they were great lights. They were 5 years old when I sold the car and I had no problems with them at all and over that time I covered some pretty rough ground.

I now have Hella Rallee 4000's and they are not as got as the super oscars
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Reply By: 100 Series - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:45

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:45
I had super oscars on my patrol before I sold it and they were great lights. They were 5 years old when I sold the car and I had no problems with them at all and over that time I covered some pretty rough ground.

I now have Hella Rally 4000's and they are not as got as the super oscars.
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Reply By: 100 Series - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:45

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:45
I had Cibie super oscars on my patrol before I sold it and they were great lights. They were 5 years old when I sold the car and I had no problems with them at all and over that time I covered some pretty rough ground.

I now have Hella Rally 4000's and they are not as good as the super oscars.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff M (Newcastle) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:53

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 21:53
Hello vehkis,
I've owned a pair of Cibie Super Oscar's for over 20 years.
Brilliant lights, still get lenses and reflectors for them today. Along with acrylic lense protectors.

They've been on three landcruisers and a commodore wagon. They are aiming up for their fourth landcruiser right now and will probably see it out too.

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Reply By: BenSpoon - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 22:00

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 22:00
There seems to be a common opinion.
I have a pair of rally 1000 lights- one spread, one spot and they are good. I had a Super oscar spread beam on top of the front bar to complement the hella pair for close to a year (until the ali mount snapped off). There was a noticeable difference between the lights. The oscar seemed to give light in an upside-down V shape, illuminating the surrounding bush really well for scrub driving, and still lighting a fair distance ahead. Without the super oscar I'd have been turning into black corners, hoping what I couldnt see was safe to drive over.
The one thing that worries me is that the globes are less supported than other lights, and they seem like they shake, but I still havent busted one. From memory its a H1 globe in them, so you can carry a spare anyway and It'll sort your car headlights as well if needed
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 22:06

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 22:06
As stated, they have been round since the 70's..

All depends on what price your getting them for, and if they are the SUPER Oscars, or OSCARS...

There are other lights around for same price as the previous that are worth checking out
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Follow Up By: mfewster - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 23:01

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 23:01
I had the ordinary oscars and wouldn't get them again. The mounts for both lights bleep tered on the Gibb River road. They were mounted on the bullbar. The lighter carbon/plastic bodied lights seem much more resistant to shaking. Also had considerable difficulty in getting responses from the dealer down southwhen i needed a globe for a cibie (in Alice Springs)
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Reply By: vehkis - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 05:43

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 05:43
i thank you all for the replies.from the variety of answers, it seems to me like cibie choice i can make now with quiet confidence.
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Follow Up By: vehkis - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 05:47

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 05:47
too early in the morning, i ended up answering my own question. heh.
newr mind.
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 09:18

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 09:18
I'm looking at a set of Oscar SCs - which are about the same size as the original Oscars, but wider beam than the Super Oscars. Here's the ranges on the various Oscar lights:

Oscar Plus (slimline 123mm dia)
Driving: 265m x 60m
Sport: 460m x 20m

Oscar (180mm dia)
Driving: 400m x 22m
Sport: 480m x 17m

Oscar SC (180mm dia)
Cornering: 240m x 75m
Driving: 620m x 30m

Super Oscar (220mm dia)
Driving: 370m x 28m
Spot: 750m x 18m

I reckon the width of the cornering beam would be invaluable for spotting roos on the side of the road, and they will fit in my bar. They use the reflector for focusing the beam rather than the lens, so if the glass breaks, the light still throws the same shape beam.

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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 09:19

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 09:19
Meant "spot", not "sport"
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Reply By: viz - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 12:36

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 12:36
I got Oscars, one spread (r/h) and 1 spot (l/h). After getting rocks in some expensive spotties decided on a cheaper pair - I think the Cibies are better value for money. Might add another spread and have the spot in the centre. I don't drive the Cruiser fast enough to run out of light range, but I do enjoy the spread the lights give.

One thing I have discovered - more is not better. The quality of the reflector is what you should aim for - good reflectors and a medium (100w) power will beat high power and a poor reflector any day.

/viz
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Reply By: Member - Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 14:40

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 14:40
vehkis,

I had oscars on a vehicle many years ago with no problems, have had hella ralleye 2000 and IPF 130w on vehicles since. But none of these lights come close to my Lightforce xgt 240's that I have now. Reliability on all lights have been good although I shook the brackets of the hella's to breaking point on more than one occasion until I braced the top of these lights.
The lightforce lights are simply SENSATIONAL !! but they will protrude forward of most bullbars, if this makes a difference to you. Next best in my opinion were the IPF's then the oscars followed by the hella's. Just my opinion and am sure others have had different experiences with the same lights.

Regards Trevor.
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Reply By: Taize - Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 12:22

Thursday, Jul 14, 2005 at 12:22
I've had a set of SC's for a few years now and they are great. I dont have anything to compare them with but I would buy another set.
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