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What off road lights are you using?

what off road lights are you using

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#1 knightofsuffolk

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Posted January 28 2016 - 10:51 AM

I'm looking to set up some new off road lights on my 04 F-250.
Truck has a Backrack, so there are several mounting options, that'll be the easy part for either spots or a spot/bar combo.
What I'm looking for:
One small flood light to cover the bed/back of truck area for nighttime at the beach, etc. Probably will want an external rocker mounted right to the Backrack itself for this, maybe another switch in the cab too.
(Wouldn't suck for late into evening wood gathering/hunting trips either)

A set of backup lights, (preferably flush bumper mounted as I've wrecked two sets mounted under the bumper from plowing.)

A light bar/spot combo for BIG/LONG front end lighting.

Maybe an additional set of driving spots or even floods for the front bumper as well, already have stock fog lamps which are pretty good, these would be for a little extra off road.

So...
What brands, types, wattage? Things have changed a whole lot since the basic Pella or KC Daylighter days.
So the LED's, are they the way to go? Or a combination of LED and incandescent? I know the LED's have a very low draw, which is certainly a bonus to the electrical system. Electronics in the truck are solid with a heavy duty alternator.
I've been looking around, with the LED's there is a VAST difference in prices and I'm sure quality, from $30 or so to several hundred.
So, where to go? I don't mind spending some cash for a GOOD setup, but $5-700 for ONE light bar seems a bit much.
Are you guys buying online or using a local 4x4 shop? I don't need the install done, the wiring is in my skillset.


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#2 NYram

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Posted January 28 2016 - 11:02 AM

i have a set of these on the rear of the truck.
very well made and EXTREMELY bright
http://www.piaa.com/...d-Beam-Kit.aspx

on the front i have a 50" curved light bar. I have the 5w Cree led version. Also extremely bright.


also up front i have these mounted in my bumper
http://shop.ironcros...nt-bumper?pp=24

or you can do what i did and find the company that actually produces them for all these other companies.

http://www.summitrac...6smwaAi0H8P8HAQ


those round led fog/driving lights fit perfect in my bumper also. recessed in so they will not smash the lens. I haven't had an issue with mine and I push cars around frequently with mine.
http://www.ironcross...umperFront.html
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Posted January 28 2016 - 11:05 AM

http://fcklightbars.com/

I gave a curved light bar and 2 pods on my Jeep. Had them for about a year and not a problem. If you follow them on Facebook, they run some pretty good deals every few weeks. The only downside to this company is that they take forever to ship. Took about a month each time for the 2 orders I got from them.

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Posted January 28 2016 - 11:09 AM

Check out Rigid Industries (http://www.rigidindustries.com)... They have the best stuff on the market.

For the front id recommend a curved LED bar on the roof for spot lighting (http://www.rigidindu...-lighting/88521)

and a smaller floor light in the grille (http://www.rigidindu...lighting/120112).

Could use a similar flood light for the cargo area, then pods cut into the bumper for reverse lights (http://www.rigidindu...-lighting/98001)

Edited by 1895guy, January 28 2016 - 11:10 AM.


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Posted January 28 2016 - 11:16 AM

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Posted January 28 2016 - 11:17 AM

HIDs (xenon) are the way to go if you want pure illumination power. To light up the bed of the truck I would go with LED lights.
HIDs are what a lot of cars use for headlights, big difference vs incandescent lighting. Although they require ballast to run
LEDs are great for lighting up a wider, shorter area and draws less power as you noted.

Don't forget to upgrade/install backup lights.

Edited by tidriver, January 28 2016 - 11:33 AM.


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Posted January 28 2016 - 01:16 PM

I just installed a pair of KC LED light cubes on my XJs A-pillars. Nothing crazy, just an additional light source. I'll eventually install a light bar on my new winch bumper and maybe some pods in the rear.
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Posted January 28 2016 - 01:19 PM

Bought my son cubes from here. Heard nothing but good things from truck forums. Wont break the bank, when dealing with them communication was great.

http://sidetrackedoffroad.com/

Edited by coqui, January 28 2016 - 01:20 PM.


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Posted January 28 2016 - 01:21 PM

Some advice from someone who surf fishes primarally at night. DO NOT drive around on the beach at night with extra lights blazing! It pisses everyone off, alot. Now if you want something to light up the bed, go for it but a front mounted light bar think twice. Personally I run the beach with parking and fog lights only and if there is a bright moon I only use the parking lights. If your driving fast enough that you need headlights or more you shouldn't be on the beach.
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#10 knightofsuffolk

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Posted January 28 2016 - 03:34 PM

I just installed a pair of KC LED light cubes on my XJs A-pillars. Nothing crazy, just an additional light source. I'll eventually install a light bar on my new winch bumper and maybe some pods in the rear.
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Do you get a glare from the mount being so close to the windshield?

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Posted January 28 2016 - 03:40 PM

PIAA 525'S...High, low (fog) & park all in 1 light

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#12 knightofsuffolk

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Posted January 28 2016 - 03:42 PM

Some advice from someone who surf fishes primarally at night. DO NOT drive around on the beach at night with extra lights blazing! It pisses everyone off, alot. Now if you want something to light up the bed, go for it but a front mounted light bar think twice. Personally I run the beach with parking and fog lights only and if there is a bright moon I only use the parking lights. If your driving fast enough that you need headlights or more you shouldn't be on the beach.


Was asking about what light systems people are running, not an etiquette lesson in using them.
There are limited instances where a top light bar is of great assistance in plowing too, but I only mentioned plowing regarding the backups. Oops.
With 31 years running the beach, I do know a thing or three I assure you.
Thanks anyway.

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Posted January 28 2016 - 03:48 PM

Check out Rigid Industries (http://www.rigidindustries.com)... They have the best stuff on the market.

For the front id recommend a curved LED bar on the roof for spot lighting (http://www.rigidindu...-lighting/88521)

and a smaller floor light in the grille (http://www.rigidindu...lighting/120112).

Could use a similar flood light for the cargo area, then pods cut into the bumper for reverse lights (http://www.rigidindu...-lighting/98001)


Yeah, had found those Rigid lights, they can definitely be on the high side like a mortgage payment!
I know they have a couple series that run a few hundred, that's a little easier to swallow, how good are they?

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Posted January 28 2016 - 03:53 PM

I paid way too much for a rigid light bar. 2nd light bar was a phillips i bought on eBay 21000 lumens 1/4 the price and just as bright. Do yourself a favor check out Phillips led light bars

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Posted January 28 2016 - 04:09 PM

the ebay light bars are fine. An LED is an LED. Rigid doesn't have any special components. They're still getting their product from china the same as everyone else and just putting their name on it. I can guarantee if you pull them apart compared to one from ebay they look identical inside. I've done it.
I think i paid $150 for my 50" light bar. Works every time i hit the button, doesn't leak, and is bright as hell. Nobody is going to know the difference. And if it lasts 3 years I'll buy a new one for $150. Why pay $600 for a light bar and then in 3 years if it stops working or gets stolen you have to buy a new one anyway.
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Posted January 28 2016 - 04:35 PM

Was asking about what light systems people are running, not an etiquette lesson in using them.
There are limited instances where a top light bar is of great assistance in plowing too, but I only mentioned plowing regarding the backups. Oops.
With 31 years running the beach, I do know a thing or three I assure you.
Thanks anyway.


I saw light bar and beach, it struck a nerve. I'm glad you know a thing or three, would be nice if others knew as well. Good luck with the search.
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Posted January 28 2016 - 04:38 PM

Bought my son cubes from here. Heard nothing but good things from truck forums. Wont break the bank, when dealing with them communication was great.

http://sidetrackedoffroad.com/


Nice stuff, price point is pretty good, lots of options.

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Posted January 28 2016 - 04:44 PM

Hahaha All of these efficient low draw LED lights..
I'm old school. Hellas on my rover. Cheap, disposable, and work.
Not to mention that you can roast marshmallows on them.


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Posted January 28 2016 - 06:13 PM

Do you get a glare from the mount being so close to the windshield?

No, my hood is Monstalined so no glare but I get some off of the antenna so I think I'll rattle can it flat black.

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Posted January 28 2016 - 06:19 PM

Las far as long range, I have these on my bull bar and they are super bright with serious range (like miles):

KC HiLiTES 120 SlimLite Chrome 130w Spot Beam Light System https://www.amazon.c...d_RgQQwbB07RNBG





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