After having a set of the FYRLYT Nemesis 9000 4WD driving lights for about six months or so, I finally managed to use them extensively on a long drive back to Cairns from Kowanyama, in the Gulf Country.
My thoughts: wow! These are most definitely the best 4WD driving lights I have used so far.
I bought the Nemesis 9000 lights after being extremely disappointed in an expensive set of LED driving lights that made me feel like there was just way too much brightness up close on the road for my eyes to handle. My eyes felt like they were straining to adjust from the very bright road just in front of the vehicle out to distances where you need to detect and react to wildlife or stock. Doing this for several hours at a time was causing eye fatigue very quickly.
Although the FYRLYT Nemesis 9000 4WD driving lights were also expensive, at this point in time they provide the lighting solution I’ve been looking for.
They aren’t a huge light for the output that they give, which allows plenty of airflow through the grill if that is a concern.
The mounts for the lights are machined out of billet alloy by the looks of them and they provide a snug and secure fit. They didn’t move at all during the many miles and hours of corrugations and dodging wet season mud-holes on the Gulf Development Road during this trip.
I had the lights fitted by the auto-electrical professionals at DC Tourers in Cairns. The heavy-duty wiring handles the draw of the 250W halogen Osram bulbs. If you are doing the install yourself, I wouldn’t cut corners on wiring or use a pre-existing wiring harness that isn’t to the FYRLYT specs. FYRLYT is very specific about this on its website as well.
Below is a brief glimpse of how they look from the driver’s perspective. This video was taken with a phone so may not be exact with colouring or brightness, but it will give you an indication.
While doing the post-trip clean-up of the Toyota, I did find four or five cracks in the lenses of the FYRLYT lights that I could not explain. When I called FYRLYT and spoke to Paul, he instantly offered to replace them under warranty, which was a great response to what is most likely a material defect.
The cracks looked a lot like impact damage, but we hadn’t been showered with rocks by any passing vehicles on this trip. In fact, due to the wet season, we may have passed a total of about five vehicles over the two days driving on dirt roads to get over to Kowanyama and back. The standard Toyota headlight covers suffered no damage at all, which also supports the view that there may be a material quality issue. I’m not sure, but hats off to Paul for immediately rectifying the problem.
Regardless of the cracks, the light quantity and quality from these driving lights are fantastic. They improve night drivability of the vehicle by a good margin of safety in my humble opinion. The service response to the issue of the cracks in the lens covers also really highlights what a great Australian company FYRLYT is and how much they back their product.
UPDATE AS OF 30 September, 2019
FYRLYT replaced two sets of the plastic lenses due to the cracking issues and sent me their glass Pyrex lenses, which replaced the plastic ones. They appear to be handling the heat of the lights without issue.
During the wet season of 2018/19, I did a couple of trips with these new glass lenses in absolutely torrential rain. Unfortunately, I noticed a small amount of water inside the lenses of both 4WD driving lights, which was very disappointing. I removed the lenses and cleaned and dried them out, but the reflectors did get some minor staining on them that I could not remove or polish out.
Since that time, I have not noticed any further issues with water getting into the lights, so I am not sure why it occurred. The installation instructions for the lenses advised using a small amount of detergent or similar to assist with lubricating the seal when rotating them in, so maybe I was too liberal and it allowed a bit of water past the seal – not sure.
The output and colour from these driving lights are still fantastic. However, I have now added a Light Bar from Ultra Vision to my new roof rack. This light output is much whiter and is very broad, which is a fantastic addition for off-road driving. I’ll do some further trips with this lighting combination and see how it all goes before settling on what I want to do, but the combination of the two results in some pretty substantial light out the front of the vehicle.
UPDATE AS OF 1 March, 2020
The Far Northern Wet Season has again unfortunately caused some leakage issues for the new Pyrex lenses, which resulted in another call to FYRLYT about the problem. Once again, it was first-class response, this time from David, who said that they had experienced a few cases of seal de-lamination occurring on the first batch of the Pyrex glass lenses, which has been rectified. I now have a replacement set on its way, which I hope will see this issue put to bed.
As slightly frustrating as these niggling issues have been, by simply picking up the phone and speaking with the guys at FYRLYT each time, we’ve managed to get it sorted and I’m still a happy customer. I will update this blog again after some time with the replacement lenses when I know for sure whether it has been fixed.