Golight Stryker As Off Road Lights

I have owned my Toyota  FJ Cruiser for over two years and spent lots of time considering what I wanted for lighting. Roof mounted off-road lights are a valuable tool when running at night. They allow you to see over obstacles that would be in shadow if only lit by lights on the bumper or below my line of sight. With the Africa Outback rack I have a very solid platform for off-road lights so the options were wide open. After careful consideration I decided to go with Golight Stryker remote controlled spot lights as my off road lights.

The Stryker uses halogen bulbs and precise optics to provide a penetrating pencil beam. When directed down the road these lights will provide plenty of light that I will never be able to out drive at the speeds that I travel. With the remote control for these lights there is the added advantage of being able to tune where the lights shine creating a custom beam pattern that can shine straight down the road or be setup to point a little to the right and left to fill out the side of the road.

The lights are not cheep at about $240.00 each, but when I considered I was really getting multiple lights in one the cost was well worth it. By being able to redirect the beam from in the cab we can use these lights while driving for looking at potential camp sites from the FJ. Using the hand held remote we can also use the lights to help light our camp during setup or for any other activity outside of the FJ.

The other thing I am considering is leaving the lights powered on at night in camp and keeping the remote in the tent. If there is a disturbance in camp I will be able to fire the lights up from the tent to be able to see what is going on.

The installation was straight forward. I already had the wires to the roof through a marine wire deck fitting. I wired the lights to the same feed but they both are setup with quick disconnect plugs. I am planning on normally running the lights from one remote. However, each light came with it’s own set of remotes. I can reconfigure the lights to use a separate remote by using the quick connect plugs to remove power from one light while I set the other light up to use a second remote.

The power to the lights is power though a relay using a switch in my switch pod in the cab. Once powered up the lights are activated by the remote.

Here is the location of the primary in cab remote control:

Primary in cab remote control

The following 2 photos show the mounting plate that I used to attach the lights to my Africa Outback rack (Both photos show the lights in the parked position):

The following photos show the lights directed forward:

Here is a shot of the lights at night aimed to the side of the FJ:

The lights are designed for marine applications so I foresee having no problems with them as off-road lights.

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tomas

Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

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  4 comments for “Golight Stryker As Off Road Lights

  1. marv riggs
    September 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Some time ago cerca 1989 or so a light bar off road system existed out of california. I believe it was the 360 ligh bar system. it had enclosed lights, eight to the front, four to six facing the rear, and one light to the side. Perhaps I need to remake the system or go to ebay!

  2. marv riggs
    September 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Some time ago cerca 1989 or so a light bar off road system existed out of california. I believe it was the 360 light bar system. it had enclosed lights, eight to the front, four to six facing the rear, and one light to each the side. Perhaps I need to remake the system or go to ebay!

  3. RL Gordon
    September 4, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    I’ve purchased the same Golight Strykers for my 2002 Wrangler. In one of your photos, you show the lights in “parked” position, i.e., facing backward. I didn’t see any reference in the instructions regarding the lights returning automatically to a parked position. I, too, planned on having the lights face backwards when not in use to protect the lenses from the kind of debris that flips up and chips ones’ windshield. Is there some automatic feature that I’m missing or just something you do with the remote, and if so, how do you tell when they are facing backward without stopping and looking? I also see that you had Magnalight change the bulbs to HID and added an antenna for longer distance remote operation. How long did it take Magnalight to get the Strykers back to you and how much does it cost per light. Thanks for your help.

    RL Gordon

    • JMartinez
      December 8, 2010 at 11:52 PM

      The antennas are probably not for the lights. They are most likely communications antennas.

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