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Old 06-10-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone!

So here's the deal. I'm about to bite the bullet and install a ridiculous light setup on my 2008 JK Unlimited because I feel the need for a fun jeep project. It is going to consist of the JK Rugged Ridge windshield light bar and 5, 55W 6000k 7 Inch HID Lights (2 floods on the outside and 3 spots in the middle). The whole set up is going to be wired up to 2 rocker switches on my Daystar switch panel... One switch for spot lights, one switch for flood lights. I'm simply posting this thread for advice from people who have similar setups. Has anyone used this particular light bar? And what is the best way to wire 3+ lights to one rocker switch? I'm looking for any and all advice you guys can give me as I recently picked up this jeep and am still a novice when it comes to auxiliary lighting installation. Even the smallest of details (even if unrelated) will be very much appreciated. If all goes well the setup should look like this when I'm done...http://www.omixdealer.com/images/ite...l/11232.21.jpg
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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Hey Everyone!

So here's the deal. I'm about to bite the bullet and install a ridiculous light setup on my 2008 JK Unlimited because I feel the need for a fun jeep project. It is going to consist of the JK Rugged Ridge windshield light bar and 5, 55W 6000k 7 Inch HID Lights (2 floods on the outside and 3 spots in the middle). The whole set up is going to be wired up to 2 rocker switches on my Daystar switch panel... One switch for spot lights, one switch for flood lights. I'm simply posting this thread for advice from people who have similar setups. Has anyone used this particular light bar? And what is the best way to wire 3+ lights to one rocker switch? I'm looking for any and all advice you guys can give me as I recently picked up this jeep and am still a novice when it comes to auxiliary lighting installation. Even the smallest of details (even if unrelated) will be very much appreciated. If all goes well the setup should look like this when I'm done...http://www.omixdealer.com/images/ite...l/11232.21.jpg
Thanks everyone! OlllllllO
If you're going to be wiring multiple lights into one switch, you'll want to be sure to not overload the wiring or switch. Obviously, you want to make sure to use a relay to protect the wiring and the lights. The relay can be overloaded just like the wiring can. You never want to put more than 2 lights on to one relay. Use this diagram to give you an idea of the wiring you'll need to do.



I haven't used the RR light bar but I have installed a few other brands and wired them up just the way you plan. It turns out great and I guarantee you'll be happy with it. I hope this helps!

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:58 AM   #3
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Hi Zach,

Thanks a bunch for the reply. When I finish buying all the equipment for this project I'll use this diagram for the three middle spot lights. However, with the two outside flood lights will I also need to use a relay? Or will a simple 2 light wiring harness suffice? The only lighting I've wired up consists of HID fogs and Headlights along with a strobe kit inside my grille. All of which came with their own relay harnesses pre-wired so it was pretty much plug and play installation. All I had to do was run the wires and connect the leads. I am completely in the dark when it comes to the uses and functions of electrical relays and I apologize in advance if I sound ignorant. Due to the fact that I will be using 55 watt lights, is there any size relay that you recommend? Will I need different size relays for the different circuits or will a standard 40 amp relay suffice for each circuit? I have been looking around different websites and as of now I have not found a pre-wired 3-light harness, so unless anyone says otherwise, I'm most likely going to have to build my own according to the diagram you provided. I'm pretty sure I can find a pre-wired harness for the outer two flood lights with built in fuse and relay as I have seen them before. Also, for a more simple question, what is the best way to run wires coming from the roof? I will obviously be making use of channel tubing to hold everything together as I like everything to not only function well, but also maintain that "Clean" factory look. I hate having a mess of wires in my engine compartment and I have been known to be a little OCD with the mods to my JK. Can the wires be run through the hollow tubing of the light bar to keep them concealed and safe? And what is the best location to run them into the engine compartment? As always I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thanks again! OlllllllO

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Upon further thought and consideration, I have decided to instead wire in the lights to 3 individual rocker switches. One switch will control the 2 outer forward facing flood lights, One switch will control 2 forward facing spot lights, and the third switch will control a single, rear facing light for reverse and utility purposes in the very middle of the light bar. I have looked into harnesses and have chosen to purchase three KC hi-LITE relay harnesses that come pre-wired with a 20 amp fuse fuse and 40 amp relay for simplicity's sake. These will all run to 3 Daystar 20 amp LEDrocker switches. Input on installation, wire "cosmetics" and running are still very much appreciated. Thoughts and comments are also welcome. Thanks again! OlllllllO
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Upon further thought and consideration, I have decided to instead wire in the lights to 3 individual rocker switches. One switch will control the 2 outer forward facing flood lights, One switch will control 2 forward facing spot lights, and the third switch will control a single, rear facing light for reverse and utility purposes in the very middle of the light bar. I have looked into harnesses and have chosen to purchase three KC hi-LITE relay harnesses that come pre-wired with a 20 amp fuse fuse and 40 amp relay for simplicity's sake. These will all run to 3 Daystar 20 amp LEDrocker switches. Input on installation, wire "cosmetics" and running are still very much appreciated. Thoughts and comments are also welcome. Thanks again! OlllllllO
That sounds like the better way to go to me.. Good luck! Sounds great!
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I have the RR light bar. With two switches. The hardest part is getting the light wires through the bar. I ran power to the pass side cause its closest to the battery. Then ran light ground by drive side to random bolt. Also I consolidated three lights power wire into one heavier gauge wire where the top part of the bar bolts together. Then the same with the other two lights. This way is easier with 2 wires instead of 5. Then also the same with the ground wires rolled into one also by the bolt on the bar. I also use the Daystar switch panel with 4 switches, 2 for up top, 1 for windshield lights and 1 for bumper lights. If you have any questions just let me know. I'm happy to help.
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I have a vaguely similar setup on my YJ only I have a Warrior light bar with 4 vision X 55w HID euro beam lamps. I wired them individually but ended up twofering the inside two and the outside two and then have rear facing amber led strobes. I have it all wired through an SPOD. I love my overhead lights. I get some grief from guys about snagging on the trail but beach and dune riding they're my slice* of daylight. Just gotta watch those low garages. Good luck with your install! It's totally worth taking the time and running all your wires inside the bar nice and clean!



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Thanks guys. Love the pix! Looks like you guys have some pretty clean installs with some serious light output. I'm still saving up for the install. Total price is going to run $660 for materials, lights, bar, wiring, etc. (J.E.E.P = Just Empty Every Pocket). I'm at $300 now so it shouldn't be too much longer. I'll definitely be posting pix once the install is complete. I'm still hooked on the idea of using 3 relay harnesses hooked to three switches that will give me more control over my light output and also be less taxing on the battery and relays (yes, I finally did my homework on the proper use of relays). Jeepguy7972, if you have some free time, is there any way you could please post some up close pix of how you ran your wires? It looks like my install will be almost identical to yours seeing as you have a JK. If not that's fine because I'll have to cross that bridge anyway when I do the install. Happy Jeeping! Appreciate the input as always! OlllllllO
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Hey no problem. It will have to be about a week cause I'm out of town. But as soon as I get back to my baby, I will post some more pics.
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That's fine. Like I said, it's still going to be a while until I can save up for the total install so no rush. I took a look at the pix of your orange JK. The blacked out grille goes nice with the Hella Black Magics on the bumper and A-Pillars. Are you running Hella 500's on the roof or are those KC highlights? All in all, a beautiful rig you've got there. The remainder of my project list is the roof lights, XD Rockstar Wheels, steel bumpers and winch, and a 2.5" lift. Going to take a while but it will be worth it!
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@Jeepguy7972, dumb question but with the amount of wiring I'm dealing with, what size diameter split wire tubing to you recommend to hold all the wires together? 1/2" inch or 3/4" inch? A spool of 10 feet of the stuff goes for around $4.00 wicked cheap on ebay. Thanks again! OlllllllO
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Well with a total of 9 lights converging under the hood I went with 3/4. I also have the RR duel battery tray and duel battery relay. When I do any night wheeling I usually have all the lights on (13 w/ headlight and fogs) so it's nice to know I won't drain the battery. Especially if I use the winch. Eventually I hope to upgrade to LED but for now I'm good with what I'm running. As for light brand. RR 6" up top, hella black magic on windshield and due to a recent encounter with a deer, I now have PIAA's on the bumper.
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Who has this lightbar? Looking to get one for my 2014 jku. Does it come with gaskets to avoid scratches when bolting it on?

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