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Old 10-24-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Question LED Headlights on JK in Extreme Cold

Just curious if anyone has been running current generation LED headlight replacements (thinking Trucklite or Speaker) in extremely cold weather? From what I understand, both of the big name LED products have undergone revisions and are now in at least their second iterations. From some posts, I gather that these models have had heaters/heat sinks/warming elements removed in the current generation. I am concerned about this as I live in Minnesota where it gets and stays cold here for a long time ie: snow that falls in November stays until April; ambient (not wind chill) temp is 10 or lower for extended periods. Is anyone from Minnesota, or North Dakota, or Alaska, or Maine, etc... running LEDs and if so how do they do in winter? Thanks much!

I am trying to decide between the popular LED, hidprojectors or something like Hellfire (if they ever restart production) for my 2013 JK.

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Just curious if anyone has been running current generation LED headlight replacements (thinking Trucklite or Speaker) in extremely cold weather? From what I understand, both of the big name LED products have undergone revisions and are now in at least their second iterations. From some posts, I gather that these models have had heaters/heat sinks/warming elements removed in the current generation. I am concerned about this as I live in Minnesota where it gets and stays cold here for a long time ie: snow that falls in November stays until April; ambient (not wind chill) temp is 10 or lower for extended periods. Is anyone from Minnesota, or North Dakota, or Alaska, or Maine, etc... running LEDs and if so how do they do in winter? Thanks much!

I am trying to decide between the popular LED, hidprojectors or something like Hellfire (if they ever restart production) for my 2013 JK.
I've been running Truck Lites for a month with no issues. It was snowing here this morning and the lights turned on fine. I don't expect any issues in cold weather. Canada = stupid cold!

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Old 10-24-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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I've been running Truck Lites for a month with no issues. It was snowing here this morning and the lights turned on fine. I don't expect any issues in cold weather. Canada = stupid cold!
Good to know. Have you been through freezing rain or some extended single digit weeks of cold morning starts? Looking to see if performance degrades in the cold, or if freezing rain just sort of sticks and congeals on them instead of shedding off.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:59 PM   #4
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Good to know. Have you been through freezing rain or some extended single digit weeks of cold morning starts? Looking to see if performance degrades in the cold, or if freezing rain just sort of sticks and congeals on them instead of shedding off.
The weather has been pretty warm until a few days ago so I can't be much help with that. I would think snow and ice would build up on them though because they don't get warm.
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The weather has been pretty warm until a few days ago so I can't be much help with that. I would think snow and ice would build up on them though because they don't get warm.
Yea, that's sort of what I was thinking too. I thought maybe someone installed some last winter and might have some info on how they held up and performed. I realize regular lights don't get all that hot, but then again, water is pretty good about knowing the difference between freezing and just a few degrees above freezing.
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my truck lites iced over and were basically useless the other day. I'm awaiting a response from truck lite.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #7
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my truck lites iced over and were basically useless the other day. I'm awaiting a response from truck lite.
Don't think they will help much. I'm seeing more and more commercial trucks with factory led headlights. My kenworth company truck has halogen projectors so they're fine but the rest of the lights are LEDs. Gotta stop every hour in heavy snow to wipe off the tail lights.

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Well, after 2 months my Trucklites have not disappointed. It's been chilly in Minnesota, and we have had rain, freezing rain, fog, sleet and snow, and ambient sustained daytime temperatures below -10. Thus far no issues beyond what you'd get with any lights. I've cleaned off some accumulated slush after snowy rush hour drives, and some rain that froze on there over night. I've had to do those things with the OEM lights before so I'm not sore about it. Happy customer here.
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:11 PM   #11
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I'm sure these were far from quality leds, but I saw a car with what looked to be a 40-50" single row light up top in the cold the other day and it was on, and barely lit! It was no brighter than his headlights...
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:21 AM   #12
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Cold ambient temps won't effect the operation, but if you are driving through a snow storm, snow may build up on them since they don't get warm enough to melt the snow/ice
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...just a thought...can't take too much to mount a set of washer nozzles under the lights...pointed up...and run good de-icer washer fluid...
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A rep from Truck Lite told me to use Rain-X on the lights and the freezing rain and snow will not stick.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:37 PM   #15
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have had mine for a month and had freezing rain stay on them with lights on. not happy with output of light,seem to have worsened from new
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after the freezing rain passenger side had high beam coming on and off

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