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Old 09-27-2012, 08:16 PM   #541
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Hill, I just came across a writeup for some of the HIDs. It included pics and it looks like these do have a full clear housing on them. It makes them look way better. Are you still doing an install of these?


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I have quite a few open fields on my property, something that'll light up a trail and field for late night runs, a solid 1 acre span I guess you could say
Here's my .02 cents. IMO If you want distance and not so much to the sides, get spot or driving lights. If distance isn't as important as lighting a broad area including off to the sides, get flood.

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Here's my .02 cents. IMO If you want distance and not so much to the sides, get spot or driving lights. If distance isn't as important as lighting a broad area including off to the sides, get flood.
Thanks, I was wondering what the difference was. Is 55 watts a fairly strong light? It seems a lot of lights have that power range
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Well most OEM low beam headlights are rated at 55 watts. But the type of bulb and housing make a world of difference. And you are correct, many companies offer aftermarket lights with 55W bulbs. Of course they also offer lights with higher wattage too.

Hopefully Hilldweller or one of the others will chime in. He is a wealth of knowledge and should be able to provide more insight to help your decision.
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FYI ,If your looking for some interior lighting that is super bright for cheap I picked up some led 5K bulbs on ebay. They are by far the brightest interior lights i've ever seen.
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Installed the CIBIE Lights and wiring Kit from Daniel Stern and what a difference they make in driving at night now.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:25 PM   #547
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Installed the CIBIE Lights and wiring Kit from Daniel Stern and what a difference they make in driving at night now.
Ah yes!
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:33 PM   #548
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im going to do the truck lite kit ,probably around christmas
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I have my sPOD installed, now all I have to do is hook up my front bumper & windshield mounted lights...Each light has a black & blue wire on it; do I just run those wires straight to sPOD & discard the rest of the wiring that came with the lights? Does it make a difference which color goes to the ground? What if the wiring on the lights doesn't reach to the sPOD? Thanks!
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I have my sPOD installed, now all I have to do is hook up my front bumper & windshield mounted lights...Each light has a black & blue wire on it; do I just run those wires straight to sPOD & discard the rest of the wiring that came with the lights? Does it make a difference which color goes to the ground? What if the wiring on the lights doesn't reach to the sPOD? Thanks!
If your wiring is too short, you need a wiring stretcher. Buy a good brand, the cheap ones don't work.
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Seriously? Stretch a wire?
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Seriously? Stretch a wire?
Very expensive, very finicky, best ones are unobtainable.
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Very expensive, very finicky, best ones are unobtainable.
Sorry, my sense of humor got the better of me. Engineer joke!
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I have my sPOD installed, now all I have to do is hook up my front bumper & windshield mounted lights...Each light has a black & blue wire on it; do I just run those wires straight to sPOD & discard the rest of the wiring that came with the lights? Does it make a difference which color goes to the ground? What if the wiring on the lights doesn't reach to the sPOD? Thanks!
OK, OK, serious answer.
1. Ground, usually black is ground, use the same color wire to ground all lights.
2. Short wire, add more, either use a crimp connector, or solder the wires together. Make sure to use the same wiring gage when extending a wire & if possible use the same color insulator to prevent confusion later.
3. Should have been # 1: When using an S-pod this replaces the relay & switch that came with the lights.
4. You didn't ask about fuse size, do you know what amp rating fuse you need?
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Ok, I'm looking to get the KC Apollo flood lights to mout on my windshield. Any reviews or words to be said before I get them? Are they bright and offer a good span of light?
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Ok, I'm looking to get the KC Apollo flood lights to mout on my windshield. Any reviews or words to be said before I get them? Are they bright and offer a good span of light?
Here is a link to a KC light thread. You my be able to get more information by PMing the OP.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/kc-w...ts-165297.html
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Sorry, my sense of humor got the better of me. Engineer joke!
Anymore of this nonsense and you will be banned from this thread for 5 minutes.
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I thought you were the Chrysler shill, not the humor police...LOL!
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It was a joke. LOL

I am only the Chrysler shill during the week. LOL
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FYI ,If your looking for some interior lighting that is super bright for cheap I picked up some led 5K bulbs on ebay. They are by far the brightest interior lights i've ever seen.
2007-2012 Jeep Wrangler JK 4-Door Complete 12 Bulb LED Interior Kit 5000K

Do you think they will work on a '13?
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:43 AM   #562
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New overall JK headlight champ:
90mm Hella bi-halogen projectors

Here they are installed in a 2011 JKU AEV build, full SMS kit/harness.

We were camping and in the woods --- we didn’t have any markers to use but I measured the light at the same spots as usual --- 25yards L/R, 50 yards L/R, 75 yards L/R -- ~25' apart.
Vehicle is on the right side of a 2-lane dirt road, driver's tire ~21" from right edge; camera on hood in front of driver. All photos were shot on full auto "night mode” and ambient light is almost nil --- I'll post them later after I finish uploading everything.

2 additional readings at 25' center and 109 yards center.

Lux readings Lowbeam/Highbeam:

25Right-86/ 94 * 25Left-21/ 21

50Right-23/ 46 * 50Left-9/ 17

75Right-10/ 25 * 75Left-5/ 11

25 feet dead center 715/ 966

109 yards Highbeam only: 14

And 37 lux at 109 yards with highbeams and Hella 4000 Rallye (Euro beam) burning.





And this is Dendy's trailer, just for some more eye-candy:

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Old 10-01-2012, 11:57 AM   #563
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Front Bumper / Lighting Install Question

So this past weekend I removed my factory bumper (2013 JK) and put on an aftermarket one. My Stock bumper had 2 built in fog lights that worked off the steering wheel. I simply disconnected them when I did the bumper install and neatly tucked them under for now.

My question now is regarding the new lights. I have not ordered anything yet but my question is three fold:

1) How do lights typically come that mount to bumpers? Are the wiring harnessess already the same type as what was on my jeep or do I need to do some "eletrical work". I want to be able to use the same control as before on my steering wheel and with VERY minimal work.

2) For you guys that mount them up on the Bully bar, where do you run the wires? Do you just let them float down and rest on the outside of the frame/bumber? Is there anyway to make it cleaner?

3) Finally, to use the existing harness...can anyone make recommendations on lights for a 2013 Jeep Rubi with an Smitth XRC bumper.

Appreciate the feeback
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So this past weekend I removed my factory bumper (2013 JK) and put on an aftermarket one. My Stock bumper had 2 built in fog lights that worked off the steering wheel. I simply disconnected them when I did the bumper install and neatly tucked them under for now.

My question now is regarding the new lights. I have not ordered anything yet but my question is three fold:

1) How do lights typically come that mount to bumpers? Are the wiring harnessess already the same type as what was on my jeep or do I need to do some "eletrical work". I want to be able to use the same control as before on my steering wheel and with VERY minimal work.

2) For you guys that mount them up on the Bully bar, where do you run the wires? Do you just let them float down and rest on the outside of the frame/bumber? Is there anyway to make it cleaner?

3) Finally, to use the existing harness...can anyone make recommendations on lights for a 2013 Jeep Rubi with an Smitth XRC bumper.

Appreciate the feeback
On 2011 I just used a tap connector to tag on for my fog lights on the new bumper.
I saved the old bumper and OEM fog light connectors just incase.
The upper set of lights I installed on top of my quad-hoop bumper I did differently.
I taped the wires with black Scotch 33 electrical tape and then ran them close to the bar with a quick wrap of tape here and there. It's all black so you don't notice it.
I ran a new hot from the battery, to a set of rocker switches just below my steering wheel. These 2 switches control the upper front spot lights on the bumper and a single back up spot light below the rear bumper.
This allows me to run the lights anytime I want.
And the rear spot also lets me blast the late night tailgater.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:21 PM   #565
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OK, OK, serious answer.
1. Ground, usually black is ground, use the same color wire to ground all lights.
2. Short wire, add more, either use a crimp connector, or solder the wires together. Make sure to use the same wiring gage when extending a wire & if possible use the same color insulator to prevent confusion later.
3. Should have been # 1: When using an S-pod this replaces the relay & switch that came with the lights.
4. You didn't ask about fuse size, do you know what amp rating fuse you need?
Thanks for the info so far...The lights are Hella 500's with 2 fuses...One @ 2 amps & the other @ 15 amps...
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Thanks for the info so far...The lights are Hella 500's with 2 fuses...One @ 2 amps & the other @ 15 amps...
The 2 amp fuse is for your signal lead to the relay coil. The 15 amp fuse is the power fuse for the lights. I'm not familiar with the S-pod wiring in detail, but as I understand it, their system is fused internally. Therefore, use a 15 amp fuse with the relay you attach the light (+) lead to. No need to use the 2 amp fuse as the signal lead is from their switch, if I understand their system. If you have a wiring schematic, and can post it, we can confirm.

Run the blue wire from each light back to the S-pod & attach it to the relay you want to use. Run the black wire from each light to a ground stud in the engine compartment & secure it there. you should then be able to turn the lights on and off with the S-pod switch corresponding to the relay you used. If I remember correctly, S-pod has some kind of start up calibration procedure to be done before you start to use it. Be sure to read and follow their directions.
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Which is Flickering, the LED Headlamps or the Foglamps?

I'm waiting for the delivery of a '13 Sahara JK. I would like to put the LED aftermarket Headlights in when I get it but having read about the "Flickering" problem I'm having second thoughts. However as I read more in this thread it seems that the flickering is not the Truck-Lite LED's but the foglamps. I'm confused can anyone straighten out a NOOB?

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So this past weekend I removed my factory bumper (2013 JK) and put on an aftermarket one. My Stock bumper had 2 built in fog lights that worked off the steering wheel. I simply disconnected them when I did the bumper install and neatly tucked them under for now.

My question now is regarding the new lights. I have not ordered anything yet but my question is three fold:

1) How do lights typically come that mount to bumpers? Are the wiring harnessess already the same type as what was on my jeep or do I need to do some "eletrical work". I want to be able to use the same control as before on my steering wheel and with VERY minimal work.

2) For you guys that mount them up on the Bully bar, where do you run the wires? Do you just let them float down and rest on the outside of the frame/bumber? Is there anyway to make it cleaner?

3) Finally, to use the existing harness...can anyone make recommendations on lights for a 2013 Jeep Rubi with an Smitth XRC bumper.

Appreciate the feeback
Not sure how much help I will be but here goes: The key is to find a fog light that uses the same bulb as the factory fog, then all you have to do is extend the body wiring to mate with the light in the new location.

The second alternative would be to extend the body wiring and use the wiring connector from the light set you buy in place of the production connector.

regarding routing, it depends on how hard you want to work at hiding the wiring. you could just connect the wiring to the lights & let it hang where it wants, at the lowest effort end, or you could drill routing holes into & out of the bull bar, route the wiring thru the bull bar and protect the wiring with grommets at the holes on the high effort side. In the middle you could put the wiring inside a plastic wiring loom and tape or tiewrap the loom behind the bull bar. All are possible, you just have to pick the direction & go.
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And here are the photos of the light patterns during the test. They don't do the lights justice at all ---- it was pitch dark outside and my camera isn't what it used to be. You also can't tell just how long this dirt road was, how wide, etc.
The numbers speak for themselves though; the lights did better than all of the previous entries.


Here's the 90mm bi-halogen on lowbeam:


Highbeam:


And with the Hella 4000s burning:
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SoFla, I have a 12.

My LED lights were flickering, no question at all. The harness from Rallylights fixed that 100%.

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