Spotlight selection: Lightforce 170s vs Narva Ultimas

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 16:23
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Hi - would welcome opinions on the above lights. I presume the Lightforces will be more expensive (Narvas are only $175/pair) and presumably better; however the Narvas are supposed to be very good and won a recent 4WD Monthly comparo of a wide range of spots.
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Reply By: Mixo - Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 17:17

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 17:17
I have the Lightforces, and chose them for purely practical reasons (why else). They have the adjustable beams (either side can be spot or spread), they are low density (shakes) and have a range of lexan type clip on protectors. The whole thing makes good sense to me. Clear clip ons for usual protection, ribbed ones for spreading the light further than the focus function does, and yellows for fog. Is that all sensible or what ? With the 100 W globes as std, they seem to throw a very good light to me (but then, most things do compared to todays very ordinary headlamps. Keep in mind that if you can fit them on, the larger ones have a signifcantly higher CP rating than the smaller ones, for the same wattage globe. Jezd a thought.Gotta have red sand on those boots !
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 17:20

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 17:20
Ive seen Cheezy roll over onto his Lightforces 2 times, yes the same lights, and they didnt break, and they still worked.

thats why I got my 240's...

Narvas, dont they sell them at Big W?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 20:31

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 20:31
The other thing, dont believe everything (in my books, dont believe ANYTHING) you read in magazines.

$$$$ talks..

You always note that when something that lost a comparo (Narva) in the other mag 2 mths before, wins this one, and what won 2 mths ago(lightforce), loses BAD in this one?

Then each one offer them as a 'prize' if you subscribe...

Believe NOTHING!
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Follow Up By: CHRIS - Sunday, Aug 10, 2003 at 14:35

Sunday, Aug 10, 2003 at 14:35
I have stated before on this forum that there is no difference between the brightness of Narvas & the SL 240 hand held spotlight when you converge the two together, which I have done when shooting. Seems a good way to waste your money.
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Reply By: Member - Chris - Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 19:50

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 19:50
Bought the Narvas after reading the article and talking to the Lighforce dude at the show in Adelaide last year. I have the combo fit and they provide heaps of light for much less money. It works for me - but then brand might be everything for some !!!!Chris
<- 1996 Troopy, the best!
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Reply By: Matt M - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 08:13

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 08:13
Pathfinder,
We have afleet of Nissans with spotties fitted. They had Narvas fitted but they were replaced by the 240s. The operators have a need for using the lights with Infra red capability and with the 240s it is a simple cover/filter that clips on!

But personally I would have stayed with the tough reliable Narvas or Hella 4000, I can get past the high mounting brackets on the 240s. Its all about leverage and with the 240s they are just out there!! The other problem we have found is the globes are Lightforce specials, there is no off the self equivelent and you have to source them back from a distrubutor. You drop into a Service station and grab a H4/H3 etc globe off the shelf if one blows! Could be a little annoying in some places!

Also with the lights nothing is secure, if some lowlife wanted parts it is a case of two SECONDS to walk past, spin the light off the bracket and you are gone! I know we cant protect all our gear but with keyed locknuts etc this makes it a little harder to steal the conventional Spotties!!

Matt.
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Reply By: flappan - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 10:08

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 10:08
If thats all you want to pay, then buy the Narvas. They aren't a bad light.

They aren't lightforces though.

I have a set of 170's on my PJ, and a set of IPF 900's on my Patrol, and the IPF's don't even get close. Hope to upgrade to some 240's shortly.
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Reply By: Savvas - Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 07:23

Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 07:23
Pathfinder ... The Narvas are about $138 or so at Repco for the pair (in Sydney, anyway). If you do not need the functionality of the Lightforce, then you can't beat the value of the Narvas.
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Reply By: sean - Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 22:15

Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 22:15
I was told by one dealer that Lightforce have too much shake on corrugated roads where where they have driven some drivers nuts. Don't believe all the hype -cheaper can be better. (and he sells 'em).

SEAN

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Reply By: greendog - Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 23:19

Saturday, Aug 09, 2003 at 23:19
go for light force mate i have the 240 blitze on the paj bloody great light you wo,nt be dissapointed believe me cheers peter
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