We’ve created “Effective Lighting Score (ELS™)” for one reason; to better describe lighting performance in the off-road space.

While competitors claim their lights project further, the main difference between Baja Designs and the competition is that we prioritize Blend Angle and Blendability over distance. We’ve established 10 lux to be the minimum amount of light needed to safely operate a vehicle. 10 lux is equivalent to the amount of light present at twilight.

Learn about the four key factors of ELS™:
Blend Angle / Blendability Distance / Output

What are Blend Angle and Blendability?

Blend Angle: Blend Angle tells us how wide the light’s beam pattern will be in degrees. The Blend Angle or width of the beam’s pattern is measured to a minimum of 10 lux.

Blendability: Blendability describes how evenly lumens are distributed across the light’s horizontal beam to 180 degrees.

Blendability
0-3 Sharp Cut-Off
4-7
8-10 Smooth Blend
Blend Angle

Blendability Scale:
0-3:  Minimal transitional light.
8-10: Smoothest transitional light; reduced distance.

What is Distance?

Distance

Distance tells us how far the light’s center beam projects in feet, before diminishing to 10 lux*.

10 lux is the standard to which we measure our lights and is equivalent to the amount of light during twilight.

  • *Lux is the luminous flux over a given area. 
  • 1 to 0.25 lux is roughly equivalent to the amount of light present on a full moon.

What is light output?

Lumens

Light output is the amount of light that can be seen after passing through the secondary optics, measured in effective lumens. Raw or theoretical lumens are the light emitted by the LEDs with no optics, lenses, and housings present.  We use effective lumens instead of raw lumens to accurately portray how much light output you have to work with.

Want to dive more into the science of ELS™, download our white paper:
CLICK HERE

Hover over the numbers below to learn what each
represents and how to read the ELS™ Score.
(Example score = Squadron Sport Spot)

82° / 6.0 / 229' / 1957

82° / 6.0 / 229' / 1957

Blend Angle

How wide is the beam pattern in degrees, measured to 10 lux?

82° / 6.0 / 229' / 1957

  Blendability

How smooth is the light across the pattern?

82° / 6.0 / 229' / 1957

Distance

How far does the usable beam pattern travel in feet, measured to 10 lux?

82° / 6.0 / 229' / 1957

Output

How much light after the optics is available to work with?

See ELS™ in Action

Choose a light below to see a representation of its light pattern.

How to Read the ELS™ Score:
(Blend Angle) / (Blendability) / (Distance – ft.) / (Output)

Twilight @ 10 Lux
Squadron Pro Driving Combo
ELS 122°/ 7.2/ 266'/ 3708
Squadron Pro Spot
ELS 86⁰/ 6.2/ 323'/ 3443
Diode Dynamics SS3 Pro Spot
ELS 102⁰/ 2.1/ 429'/ 2164
Squadron Racer Spot
ELS 84⁰/ 5.2/ 374'/ 1765
Squadron Sport Driving Combo
ELS 112⁰/ 7.1 / 183'/ 2441
Squadron Sport Spot
ELS 112⁰/ 5.3/ 229'/ 1973
Squadron Sport Wide Cornering
ELS 124⁰/ 6.7/ 114'/ 2506
S1 Spot
ELS 72⁰/6.1/155'/1927
Diode Dynamics SSC1 Spot
ELS 48⁰/4.3/177'/1737
LP4 Spot
ELS 134⁰/ 6.7/ 438'/ 7953
LP9 Pro Driving Combo
ELS 142⁰/ 7.4/ 599'/ 9999
XL Sport Spot
ELS 60⁰/ 3.9/ 418'/ 2253
XL Sport Driving Combo
ELS 80⁰/ 6.4/ 324'/ 2765
XL Racer
ELS 58⁰/ 2.4/ 674'/ 1825
XL Pro Wide Cornering
ELS 102⁰/ 5.8/ 162'/ 3363
XL Pro Spot
ELS 60⁰/ 4.1/ 498'/ 3228
XL Pro Driving Combo
ELS 88⁰/ 6.6/ 432'/ 3764
XL80 Wide Cornering
ELS 66⁰/ 6.1/ 202'/ 8063
XL80 Driving Combo
ELS 62⁰/ 5.0/ 392'/ 8278
S8 10" Wide Cornering
ELS 126⁰/ 6.5/ 158'/ 4595
S8 10" Spot
ELS 88⁰/ 6.2/ 329'/ 4690
S8 10" Driving Combo
ELS 116⁰/ 7.1/ 323'/ 4910
S2 Sport Wide Cornering
ELS 72⁰/ 7.1/ 80'/ 1112
S2 Sport Spot
ELS 72⁰/ 5.8/ 173'/ 1058
S2 Sport Driving Combo
ELS 74⁰/ 6.3/ 137'/ 1094
S2 Pro Wide Cornering
ELS 76⁰/7.2/97'/ 1814
S2 Pro Spot
ELS 80⁰/6.2/193'/1955
S2 Pro Driving Combo
ELS 78⁰/6.6/148'/1774
Rigid Ignite Spot
ELS 66⁰/5.2/123'/782
Rigid 10in E-series
ELS 92⁰/5.7/436'/10811
OnX6 10 Inch Hybrid Laser
ELS 86⁰/6.4/627'/6353
LP9 Pro Spot
ELS 140⁰/6.8/778'/10441
LP6 Pro Spot
ELS 134⁰/6.6/528'/6926
LP6 Pro Driving Combo
ELS 136⁰/7.5/471'/7284
LP4 Driving Combo
ELS 136⁰/7.5/395'/6686
Heretic Quattro LED Pod
ELS 78⁰/5.9/215'/1326
Heretic 10 Inch Light Bar
ELS 88⁰/5.2/437'/3554
Rigid SR Lightbar
ELS 114⁰/4.8/415'/5036
Light measurements have been measured by an unaffiliated 3rd party laboratory at which Baja Designs then imported those measurements into a simulated behind-the-wheel environment through the 3D-rendering program Keyshot. All lights have been simulated with a pair of lights (except OnX6+ and S8 light bars) and on the same plane to keep comparisons equal. *ELS™ uses effective lumens, which is the amount of light available after it passes through the secondary optics. For more information on this, refer to the ELS™ white paper.