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PIAA 510 Light Comparison

It’s no secret that we’re fans of PIAA lighting. From their motorsports heritage to their headlights, we’ve had great success selling their light kits and bulbs. Recently, we’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding the differences between 510 series light and what we recommend. To make matters easy, we compiled our years of knowledge into a simple guide.

PIAA 510 Ion Crystal Fog Light Kit
Despite popular belief, yellow lighting in rain, snow, or fog doesn’t work better because yellow reflects less off droplets, but it’s rather how the color yellow interacts with your eyes due to its wavelength. Yellow is a shorter wavelength compared to a light that appears more white or even those with a blue hue. For a much more technical in-depth explanation, we recommend checking out Daniel Stern.

The PIAA 510 Ion Crystal Fog Light Kit comes with a yellow bulb and is a great kit for those that drive a lot at night driving in inclement weather. We highly recommend these lights if you find yourself in rainy, snowy, or foggy environments. These lights have a 60° for a nice wide beam pattern but don’t reach as far as a driving pattern or a spot pattern.

PIAA 510 Super White Driving Light Kit
The PIAA 510 Super White Driving Light Kit features a 30° beam pattern. While these lights reach much further than a fog pattern, they will not reach as far as a spot pattern. The PIAA 510 Super White Driving Light Kit is a great addition to your stock vehicle lighting. We recommend this light if you plan on driving on public roads with your low beams.*

PIAA 510 Xtreme White SMR Fog Light Kit
The PIAA 510 Xtreme White SMR Fog Light Kit features a 60° beam pattern. The main difference between the Xtreme White SMR Fog and the Ion Crystal Fog is the bulb wattage and output color. While the Ion Crystal Fog outputs a bright yellow beam, the White SMR Fog outputs a bright white pattern. We recommend the Ion Crystal Fog Light over this light due to the fact that yellow works much better in inclement weather. However, if you must have a white bulb, then this light is unsurpassable. 

PIAA 510 Xtreme White SMR Driving Light Kit
The PIAA 510 Super White Driving Light Kit features a 30° beam pattern. The difference this light and the Super White is bulb wattage. The Super White features an 55 watt that shines like an 85 watt, the SMR Driving Light uses a 55 watt that shines like a 110 watt bulb. This is a fantastic light and we highly recommend this light for light off-road use.

PIAA 510 Intense White ATP Driving Light Kit
The Intense White APT Driving Light Kit is a hybrid beam especially developed for off-road use. It features a beam, that is wider than a driving light and longer than a fog. In short, when you’re crawling through the woods, this light really shines. We highly recommend this light for off-roading only as its not designed to be used on the street.

*Please consult both local and state laws regarding auxiliary lights. In some states, driving with auxiliary lights illuminated on a public road may be illegal.

Posted in News By James Henry