Pro Comp 55 Driving Lights

 

WHY?   The stock headlights are pathetic.  Read comments on any of the Rhino forums and you'll soon notice that upgrading the headlights is a top priority for most owners.  I use my Rhino for hunting and working around the ranch and quite often I'm navigating trails in the dark.  The stock headlights cast a pitiful little beam about 20-30 feet in front of the vehicle, even on high; when driving in the dark I found myself immediately wishing for better coverage.  Upgrading to HID replacement lights is an option and many aftermarket kits are available, but I elected to go with the addition of a set of offroad driving lights.  After some investigation I decided on a set of Pro Comp 55 lights; I like their compact (5") size and their 55-watt H3 halogen bulbs cast a good amount of light.  I found a great price at 4Wheelonline.com for a pair of lights with black cases and fluted lenses.    I placed the order online; about $18 plus shipping. 

SERVICE. Awful.   After ordering I received a confirmation via email but I heard nothing for the next two weeks.  I called customer service and was told that the lights were to be drop-shipped from Pro Comp and they had dropped the ball.  I received a call from Pro Comp the next day and they promised to ship the lights immediately.  The package arrived at my doorstep one week later.  On the plus side, the lights arrived safely looked to be very good quality.

INSTALLATION. Not terribly difficult, but probably should be done by someone with a knowledge of basic automotive wiring/electrics.  The first decision to be made involves the finding a location to mount the lights; since I already had the Seizmik Hood Rack in place I mounted the lights on the front of the rack support/brush guard.  The lights are available with a extra-cost installation kit which includes wiring, relay and switch but I decided to cobble together my own.  I had already installed a Painless Performance fuse block with relay so I elected to power the lights with it and use good marine-grade sealed rocker switches.  For safety and utility reasons I decided to power and switch the two lights separately; I bought the switches and a switch panel from the good folks at Black Rhino Performance.  Here's a look at the switches (the light switches are the two on the left):

It should be noted here that these lights pull 55 watts of power each, which probably just a bit more reserve power than the stock stator produces.  Operating them for any length of time would drain the stock battery so I wired them to an auxiliary battery.  The two batteries are connected by an isolator that keeps the load on the auxiliary battery from draining the stock unit but allows the auxiliary to charge after the stock battery is fully charged.  It's a handy set-up and one that should be considered by any owner who wants to run power-sapping lights and/or accessories.  See my article on the setup here.

RESULTS.  Fantastic--These lights make an incredible difference.  On my first test ride I drove down a ranch road on a dark night and took a pic of the road ahead illuminated by the stock headlights on high-beam.  After firing up the new driving lights I adjusted them a bit and took another look--what a difference! Here's what I saw:


stock headlights on high beam

stock headlights plus both driving lights

 

Worth the money? Absolutely.  The lights and switches cost me less than $50--that's some of the best money I've spent on this vehicle.  Highly recommended!