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Traveling on backcountry roads at night can be tricky, even treacherous, if you can’t see the terrain clearly.

The challenges of nighttime driving make auxiliary lighting an essential component of any off-road adventure. Yes, standard headlights are enough to keep you between the lines on a dark highway, but those same headlights tend to fall short once the rubber hits the variable terrain of the backcountry.

baja squadron pros

Too many drivers have come to accept diminished visibility as an unavoidable reality of night driving—they shouldn’t. When pulling into campsites, climbing obstacles, or navigating narrow trails, clear vision in front of your vehicle is a game-changer.

Auxiliary lights make backcountry driving undeniably safer and easier, but they also make it more enjoyable.  Now, if you're doubting that it's possible to have fun while being safe, well, we can definitely relate. But with lights, it's different. We promise.

So what's the best auxiliary lighting setup for you? The answer depends on your vehicle's design, your needs, and the type of terrain that you plan to navigate.


baja auxiliary pod lights on JK

A quick primer: Pods are small, low-wattage LED lights. They don’t cast as much light as light bars, but their small size makes them a useful addition when space is limited or customization is needed.

At GetLost, we mostly run Baja Design Squadron Pros.  They’re small, but they throw 4,900 Lumens at just 42 watts.  We like their design and we've had no trouble with installation.  Most importantly, we've fired them up on trail after trail and they've never let us down. Case in point: We used them to light up Moab's Hell's Revenge last spring and more recently on a few nighttime wheeling adventures in the Idaho Selkirks. Take it from us.  Forward-facing pods should be at the top of your list if you're looking to upgrade your vehicle's off-road performance. You'll be amazed how much more you enjoy the nighttime landscape, and surprised when you realize how much you've been missing. We can't imagine heading into the backcountry without them.  

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