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Old 10-24-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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What off road lights do I want?

Got a 2014 JKUR and want more lighting. Want something small and clean, with bolt on installation. No drilling. Was thinking windshield mount. Ideas?

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Got a 2014 JKUR and want more lighting. Want something small and clean, with bolt on installation. No drilling. Was thinking windshield mount. Ideas?
How much money are you looking to spend, and how much lighting do you need? Also, what are you trying to achieve with said lighting? Distance? width? Right in front of the jeep, etc.

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How much money are you looking to spend, and how much lighting do you need? Also, what are you trying to achieve with said lighting? Distance? width? Right in front of the jeep, etc.
Good questions. I guess about $3-400 max, if thats possible. The stock lighting is weak at best so I'd just like to augment them. I guess mid range distance. The fog lights do a pretty good job of lighting up right in front, but then I lose my brights. So it would be nice to keep the stock fogs on and still have more light. Keep in mind I also don't want to overpower the stock alternator either.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:04 PM   #4
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go LED, best bang for the buck. and the choices there, in size and everything....well there is something for everything.

if you want a decent set up, check out seward offroad - good people, reasonably priced product. And I want to say lifetime warranty.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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Hello! I am new to the forum but am very active on some of the other forums. I fully agree with you, the stock lighting system is pathetic, an upgrade is needed. After tons of research I decided to go with lighting from Olympus Offroad, I have a 17" pro series lightbar that blows the stock lights away. I just ordered a 50" bar, I cannot wait until it arrives. Olympus Offroad is probably one of the better companies to work with (and my personal favorite) they have a lifetime warranty on their lights and if you do a search on them and find anything about a faulty light or anything, you see that is has taken care of right away and everybody is happy with them. I had an issue with one of the Axle shafts I ordered, Olympus corrected the issue within an hour of my receiving the shaft. I have yet to find another company that cares about it's customers as much as Olympus. Another cool thing, most of their lights come with free rock lights! Check them out! If you have another questions send me a message!
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:27 PM   #6
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keep in mind some brands of off road lights run for a ridiculous amount. don't be fooled that the more you pay the better they are.

my suggestion would be the small cube LED lights that are placed on the sides of the windsheild. that would be a good start. you just have to figure out what brand you'll be wanting. there are tons of different brands that sell LED lighting.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:37 PM   #7
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How much money are you looking to spend, and how much lighting do you need? Also, what are you trying to achieve with said lighting? Distance? width? Right in front of the jeep, etc.
If you haven't looked yet..here is a "guide" you get what you pay for. You can get some for about $50 from local auto parts store. the other end of the Spectrum a 50" light bar will run you about $1K you need to give more info and maybe make some decisions on your own to begin with.

Here is a little guide I have 4 KC lights on the front of my TJ...and that is very "old school" but it does what I want...and I have about $400 in those lights with brackets wiring switches relays fuses harness and lights themselves. Sorry not much help, but maybe it will help you figure out what you need for your Jeep. Congrats on new Jeep!!
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:52 PM   #8
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Checkout Black Box Logistics and/or Aurora LED. They offer good led lights similar to Rigid Industries but more affordable.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:06 PM   #9
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I just put two of the Rigid 20w led spots on my a-pillars. I'm a believer...they blow my Hellas out of the water.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:30 PM   #10
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The new BBL 5" LED lights are 90W and put out crazy light They run about $250.
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LightForce 270's ...amazing light...and filter options (clear, infra red, blue, yellow, near/far...).

Had hella 550/700/500... on rovers and these blow all of those away.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:44 PM   #12
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Truck Lite for the headlights and Rigid D2 for the A pillars and Rigid dually flood for the rear... done and done
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Good questions. I guess about $3-400 max, if thats possible. The stock lighting is weak at best so I'd just like to augment them. I guess mid range distance. The fog lights do a pretty good job of lighting up right in front, but then I lose my brights. So it would be nice to keep the stock fogs on and still have more light. Keep in mind I also don't want to overpower the stock alternator either.
For on road driving, upgrading the headlights themselves is the best choice. That ranges from better bulbs, to full out replacement of the headlights. Check out the trucklite leds like the other poster mentioned. Right around $400 or so and most seem happy with them.
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X 2 on the light force 270 blitz,

They are the best halogen lights out there as far as I'm concerned.

I run 2 of them on my rig right up front with the combination spot/flood lenses and they turn night into day way out in front and to the sides.

I really can't recommended them enough.
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Lightforce's with Trucklights...the latter will be hot if I hit snow and the LED's don't melt the ice enough....
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Meant former...the LED's don't likely make enough heat to melt stuff.

Rumor has it the next version of the Trucklites will have heaters..that would be perfect.....but it is a rumor...may be years out. These ones are super at night and the LightForces are just silly bright.
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I went with Seward Offroad lights. Here is a pic of my setup:


If I could choose only one light, I would start with the 12" light bar on the bumper but my combo is amazing. Seward makes a nice product at a fraction of the cost of Rigid. I have Rigid backup lights and they are OK but way overpriced and not as bright as the Sewards.
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LightForce 270's ...amazing light...and filter options (clear, infra red, blue, yellow, near/far...).

Had hella 550/700/500... on rovers and these blow all of those away.
Agreed! I have 2-270's and 6-170's I can see Russia at night from here! LIGHTFORCE ONLY BEST CHOICE!
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Got a 2014 JKUR and want more lighting. Want something small and clean, with bolt on installation. No drilling. Was thinking windshield mount. Ideas?
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Where can I find the Lightforce 270s in the US? Google isn't turning up much help as far a dealers
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Where can I find the Lightforce 270s in the US? Google isn't turning up much help as far a dealers
I don't think there is a 270. As far as i know, it only goes up to 240's. I could be wrong. Their model number is the diameter in mm and the 240's are big enough so 270's would be gigantic. I believe people are jumbling it up with the 170 models which are common. As a few other posters including myself have mentioned, this brand is by far the market leader up in AK where we go around in near darkness for 1/2 the year. I'm sure the 240 Blitz model is what you're after. I haven't seen a lot of the genesis lamps around here but maybe people just don't like the styling of it. Be ready to drop a ton of money if you plan on getting the HID versions.
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Agreed! I have 2-270's and 6-170's I can see Russia at night from here! LIGHTFORCE ONLY BEST CHOICE!
I would not count out Rigid industries, dually D2. Lower battery draw and higher output. I think you need to look at it as solving for something, BEST is really a highly over used term.

If light force is working for you that is great.
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Though the LEDs are nice and bright even the spots don't have the trough of a good halogen or hid. The LEDs just don't have the power to shine that far.
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Though the LEDs are nice and bright even the spots don't have the trough of a good halogen or hid. The LEDs just don't have the power to shine that far.
Inch for inch, that's true. You need a bigger LED light to shine as far as a good HID. My 50" will light up a mile (spot) on a clear night.
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Inch for inch, that's true. You need a bigger LED light to shine as far as a good HID. My 50" will light up a mile (spot) on a clear night.
I would second that. With a 50" light bar, a 12" light bar and two LED floods, I could not imaging wanting any more lights. With this combo, I have far, near and out to the side totally covered.

LEDs have totally eliminated HID and incandescent from flashlights and bicycle lighting, so automotive lighting cannot be far behind.
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I went with Seward Offroad lights. Here is a pic of my setup: If I could choose only one light, I would start with the 12" light bar on the bumper but my combo is amazing. Seward makes a nice product at a fraction of the cost of Rigid. I have Rigid backup lights and they are OK but way overpriced and not as bright as the Sewards.
Happy with the Seward 50? Did you use their mounts? Can you take a pic from the front and a pic from the side with the lights off so I can see the mounting position..thx!
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I just put two of the Rigid 20w led spots on my a-pillars. I'm a believer...they blow my Hellas out of the water.
I'm starting to lean this direction, couple questions... Do you get extra wind noise? Do you get any reflection off the hood? My jeep is white so I'm not sure if reflection would be more or less of an issue.

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