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Old 02-27-2014, 05:58 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!

This post is essentially regarding the aesthetics of the lights I recently installed on my JK. I understand and am in agreement with the statement "As long as you like it..." - and I do like them - I simply want your opinions.

First off - the lights I purchased were two pairs of cheap Eagle Eye 9W LED DRL/Reverse/Parking 6000k color temp lights from an international seller on eBay. My initial intentions for these lights were to use them as reverse lighting but have decided to go with an alternative for that. So, I used one pair as interior lighting (footwells) and the other as DRLs. As interior lighting they are great - the beam is pretty concentrated at short range but provide all the convenience light we need.

I decided to mount the second pair as DRLs on my winch cable bracket - this was the most convenient location to place them simply due to the fact that I wouldn't have to modify my bumper in any way/shape/form (I would be willing to drill/modify the bumper for accessories that are actually worth it).

The lights are wired up to turn on when the key is in the ACC/ON position and therefore are on during the day and night. This might be something I might change - perhaps have them on only during the daytime. (DAYTIME running lights )
I mounted these lights using cheap L brackets I purchased at Lowe's and modified them a bit to fit the DRL and the mounting bolt. Excess metal was also removed to make it look "better".

My main concern and purpose for this post is to obtain opinions AND suggestions on the placement and overall look/feel of them.

What do you guys think?

As for comments/opinions made by the non-matching (color) headlights/LEDs, I'm receiving my Truck-Lite Headlights in the mail soon. =)
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Old 08-19-2014, 08:30 PM   #2
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I like it.
Simple and effective.
How/where did you wire it?
Any flicker?

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Old 08-20-2014, 09:00 AM   #3
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I like it.
But a word(s) of caution: There is a reason that front air dam is sloped backwards like the bow of a boat. It is intended to shield the less durable guts of the suspension and to plow over stuff and let the chassis ride high. Whether that is rocks, mud, trees, razor grass, or lesser vehicles, that plate is intended to take a beating while minimizing the approach angle between the leading edge of the tire and the leading edge of the most forward protrusion (in most cases a bumper).

In your case, the Bottom of the winch cable rollers is the most forward protrusion....and you have cushioned it nicely with these LED lights. In short....they are gonna be your first point of contact. Even driving through tall grass has the potential of grabbing them and turning them eschew or plucking them from their mounts. No worries if they are inexpensive and fun to replace.

I would consider the possibility of mounting them inside the drain holes of the air dam, or perhaps adapting the mounting bracket to allow for it to be used at the top of the pins for the vertical cable rollers. Another option could be to mount them INSIDE the grill, at the top of the #2 and #6 grill slot creating an almost-raptor look (only much cooler since its on a wrangler).

There are virtually unlimited options, given the versatility of the lights that you have chosen. Naturally each of those options has its strengths and weaknesses.

But as you said in your opening....what matters MOST is what YOU like.

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