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Old 09-08-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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New TJ owner looking for specific lighting recommendations

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A TJ has been on my automotive "bucket list" for some time. I pulled the trigger last month, and have been spending a ton of time lurking here in WF. Now I hope you might share some advice. I'm not new to messing with electrical add-ons in my cars - my biggest triumph to date was adding an OEM (Euro spec only) rear view camera to my '13 Golf TDI, complete with camera hidden behind self-actuated VW hatch lid handle - but I haven't had a Jeep since my '88 Cherokee died a painless and well-earned death from rust and old age.

My TJ is a 02 X, 4.0/5spd, a/c, stock wheels/tires, two tops, stock bumpers and no factory fogs. This TJ will not be a true daily but will be used regularly all winter when the roads/weather demand. It will make regular trips to the mountains in all sorts of crappy weather all winter. It will not be offroaded. In the summer it will be the fun car that replaces the series of great-but-impractical two seaters I could only use six months a year.

I swapped the seal-beam headlights for Hellas and 55w H2s. Now I'm looking for two more types of lights, and I would love your input:

1. Best possible fog lights for install in the OEM bumper or, if necessary, a light bar mounted on the OEM bumper. These are the lights that will be used in rural two-way traffic so I won't blind other drivers. So they have to have a defined cut-off and not spill light everywhere.

2. An LED light bar (or something else you recommend) that will be used on-road but only when there is no other traffic. This happens a lot where I live and drive. I want daylight. These would augment the high beams and light up everything on the road. These would not be used for fogs or inclement weather, and would not be used when it would annoy or blind other motorists.

For both, I'm not looking to make my Jeep into a poser off-road beast. Subtlety is prized, if that is an option. So for example I'd rather have a light bar down below near the grill or just below the windshield than standing high and proud above the A-pillars and roof. But at the same time I'm open-minded.

Please, if you have recommendations, share them with me. I would appreciate not only your specific brand and model recommendations but also vendors you trust with decent pricing, guides for where and how to mount them, and any suggestions for wiring to help me avoid dumb mistakes.

Thank you all in advance, I appreciate your input.

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