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Old 11-07-2013, 06:33 AM   #1
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Flood+Spot lighting positioning pros and cons?

I'm about to invest in some lighting for my rig. I'd like to get two pairs of LED Lights. One set for the a-pillars and one set to upgrade the fog lights in the bumper.

I was thinking of doing one set of floods and one set of spots. Can anyone with experience speak to mounting spots high and floods low vs floods high and spots low? Does it even matter?

If it matters, these will mostly be for rural blacktop driving (like two lane highway), light trails, and logging roads for camping. It's on a 2012 JKU Rubi.

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Old 11-07-2013, 09:15 AM   #2
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Hi,
I just finished adding lights to my 2013 JKUR. Here is a photo:
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The lights are from Seward Offroad who produce great lights at a very competitive cost.

For use on rural roads, no question the most useful light is the 12" Twin Light Bar on the bumper. It is aimed fairly low and illuminates the road beautifully without being too obnoxious. Cost was less than $200.
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The A-pillar lights are Twin T-2 floods. They are aimed outward slightly to illuminate what's beside the vehicle and are mostly useful off-road. I had considered spots instead and was advised to go with floods, which was a good call.

The 50" Twin Light Bar is amazing and it's hard to describe how bright it is unless you see it for real. It is aimed a little higher and can be used on a rural road by itself or with the smaller light bar. But it really is a bit much for on road use. I did use it a few days ago when I thought I saw some deer moving off the road and it answered the question quickly.

They are all wired up with an SPOD, which is a little costly at first but really is a great solution if you plan to have more than 2 electrical accessories.

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Floods (fog pattern) go low to iluminate just in front and to the side. Spots (driving / long range) go higher to reach far down the road.
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Floods (fog pattern) go low to iluminate just in front and to the side. Spots (driving / long range) go higher to reach far down the road.
The beauty of the light bar is that is has both spot and flood patterns in the same light. The outer LEDs are floods and the inner LEDs are spot based on the mix of reflectors.

If you are considering use on-road, many jurisdictions have laws prohibiting high-mounted driving lights, so a bumper mounted light is much less likely to attract unwanted attention.

Also remember that your fog lights already provide low mounted flood light, so I did not want to replicate.
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