and a live person to answer your tech
questions. This is where Lazer Star and
the PreRunner series come into play.
Lazer Star wanted to sell a more price-point-friendly series of LED light bars that
they could truly stand behind and, most
important, warranty. Lazer Star technicians researched and durability-tested
LED lights from dozens of overseas
manufacturers to find one that they were
comfortable putting their name on.
The PreRunner LED light bars are
constructed with impact-resistant poly-carbonate lenses and a durable, high-strength aluminum extrusion housing.
The PreRunner series also uses corro-sion-resistant stainless steel hardware for
assembly and mounting.
The PreRunner LED bars feature
3-watt, X-Series Cree LEDs with a
6000K color temperature that is very
similar to the sun. Available in spot, flood
or a combination beam option, the Cree
LED features an optimized reflector system for reduced hot spots, and the lights
are also rated to IP67 for dust and water
intrusion. The Lazer Star PreRunner
series has a 30,000-hour life rating and is
backed with a comprehensive three-year
warranty. Blackout covers are included
for 50-state roadway legality.
WHAT IT IS:
LED light bars have pretty much
taken over the off-road lighting market—and with good reason. The multi-LED light bars produce more lumens of
light per watt than HID technology and
are proving to be incredibly durable.
Reputable off-road lighting companies
like Lazer Star, Rigid, Vision X and
KC Hilites have been busy developing
incredibly high-performance option s for
racers and hard-core enthusiasts for the
past few years. The LED lighting options
from these companies have been developed specifically for our market and
are incredibly good but also relatively
What makes these super-high-quality
LED lights seem even more expensive
is the steady influx of cutthroat-priced
Chinese knockoff brands that look
very similar to the higher-end brands.
Whereas a top-quality 40-inch light bar
might bring $800–$1400, no-name budget light bars are popping up for $300
or $400. Most of these knockoff light
bars are proving to be less efficient and
reliable than the name-brand options,
but they are still a viable option when
considering the huge difference in price.
The major factor that keeps the average
consumer spending the big bucks on
race-quality lights is the peace of mind
that comes from dealing with a reputable company that offers a warranty
LAZER STAR PRERUNNER SERIES LED LIGHTS
Installation is very well thought out,
and there are both slide-track pivoting bottom mount and threaded
side-mounting options. Our cage was
prefabricated with welded-on end
brackets, but the bars come complete
with bolt-down end brackets or bottom
mounts for horizontal tab mounting.
One thing we noticed about the end
mounts was that the threaded holes
were fairly shallow and required careful
bolt selection or washers if not using the
supplied upright brackets. The wiring kit
is also well thought out and even uses
the waterproof, quick-release Deutsch
connectors that we love on the more
expensive Lazer Star light options. The
kits come pre-wired with ground and
positive-lead eyelet connectors, an on/
off switch, relay, Deutsch connectors,
and a long-enough loom to mount the
lights wherever you desire.
The PreRunner LED light bar puts
out about the same amount of light as
its similarly sized, higher-end brothers.
The higher-end, race-quality lights seem
slightly more refined as to the spread
of the flood and clarity of the spotlights,
but for most consumers, it would be
hard to tell the difference. For the time
we tested our PreRunner lights, they
were completely trouble-free, and they
Lazer Star’s new PreRunner LED lights produce a great amount of light for a very reasonable price. The 40-inch, dual-row, 3-watt bar produces 25,200 lumens
with a draw of 21 amps, and the 4-inch Cubes produce 1824 lumens of turning light with a 1.66-amp draw. Both have a three-year warranty.