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Old 02-07-2014, 08:54 PM   #1
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50 inch light bar

Wanting a 50 inch light bar to install on my GOBI roof rack light bar. Can't afford a Rigid industries one right now so what's the best choice for good quality and price?

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Old 02-07-2014, 10:22 PM   #2
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I bought the Cree 52" light bar from auto-sky on ebay.
I've used it several times and it works great and is super bright. It listed for $289 new. I hit the button that says make an offer. I offered $255 and they counter offered $276 and free shipping. Way more affordable than a $1,400 Rigid. If I get a few years out of it, it will be worth it.
Also on ebay I bought the mounting brackets from E Auto Grilles for $110.

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ebay no doubt. Make sure it's CREE but there are tons of options to look at.
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$440 for a 30,000 lumen 50" from TruxTech.com IP rating of 67 which is water/dust proof. Trust me it's bright!
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$440 for a 30,000 lumen 50" from TruxTech.com IP rating of 67 which is water/dust proof. Trust me it's bright!
Do you have pictures of what it looks like on your Jeep? Your avatar still shows a stock Jeep.
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Also interested to see some pics of different setups.
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I bought the Cree 52" light bar from auto-sky on ebay.
I've used it several times and it works great and is super bright. It listed for $289 new. I hit the button that says make an offer. I offered $255 and they counter offered $276 and free shipping. Way more affordable than a $1,400 Rigid. If I get a few years out of it, it will be worth it.
Also on ebay I bought the mounting brackets from E Auto Grilles for $110.
I have a few questions. I really like the look of a light bar but I wasn't going to spend $1000+ for one...

How's the output? Are there any issues with it such as whistling sound? How is the build quality of it?
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The picture is from their website. My buddy has one though and it is bright.
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I have a few questions. I really like the look of a light bar but I wasn't going to spend $1000+ for one... How's the output? Are there any issues with it such as whistling sound? How is the build quality of it?
It whistles a little at 50 mph. They all will whistle a bit because the design's close to the same on most. If you adjust the light upward like I did it seemed to get rid of most of the noise. If u have a soft top you'll notice more noise because the turbulent air around the bar, but mostly at highway speeds. It's 300 watts and very bright. The quality seems to be good. I've had it mounted for 2 months now. I'm really pleased so far.
My big hang up with buying an expensive light bar is that it only takes one douche with an Allen wrench and wire cutters to heist your $1,200 Rigid light. At $276 I would not feel quite as violated if it was stolen.

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It whistles a little at 50 mph. They all will whistle a bit because the design's close to the same on most. If you adjust the light upward like I did it seemed to get rid of most of the noise. If u have a soft top you'll notice more noise because the turbulent air around the bar, but mostly at highway speeds. It's 300 watts and very bright. The quality seems to be good. I've had it mounted for 2 months now. I'm really pleased so far.
My big hang up with buying an expensive light bar is that it only takes one douche with an Allen wrench and wire cutters to heist your $1,200 Rigid light. At $276 I would not feel quite as violated if it was stolen.

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If I understand correctly most all 50" light bars whistle. There is a thread here on WF that addresses this problem. Light Bar Fix

It seems as though it's the ridges on the back of the light that are causing it to whistle.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:41 PM   #12
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I really want a light bar. Maybe not a 50 but one nonetheless. I am just not seeing where I would use it enough though.

Where is everyone using their lights? I go out in the fields in dark a lot but still doesn't seem quite worth it when I can just use my handheld spot.
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For the most part I'd say they are used more fir "looks"than anything else. I have a GOBI ROOF RACK and with the rack you have a light bar and that bar looks funny with no light..... do that's why I want one and I don't want to spend the $1500 for rigid that's why I'm asking about other manufacturers...if I had the money I'd just buy a Rigid but really don't have that right now....
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For the most part I'd say they are used more fir "looks"than anything else. I have a GOBI ROOF RACK and with the rack you have a light bar and that bar looks funny with no light..... do that's why I want one and I don't want to spend the $1500 for rigid that's why I'm asking about other manufacturers...if I had the money I'd just buy a Rigid but really don't have that right now....
Some people have them mostly for looks yes, but some of us wheel/shoot at night in the desert. Tucson already has a light ordinance because of the local observatory so it makes it especially dark even close to town.
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If I get a 50" light bar its most definitely for looks. =)
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I have a 50" Blackbox Logistics combo spot/flood on a poison spyder mount. Used a plasmaglow switch mounted on my a-pillar. Used the light a few times. You will get questions about what it is. It's super bright.
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I really want a light bar. Maybe not a 50 but one nonetheless. I am just not seeing where I would use it enough though. Where is everyone using their lights? I go out in the fields in dark a lot but still doesn't seem quite worth it when I can just use my handheld spot.
Can't say I ever needed one until I moved out here to Utah and started wheeling with the local 4x4 club and a group of guys off of JeepForum. They do a lot of multi day rides and sometimes it goes into the night by the time you get back to camp. I'm doing a ride to the west desert/ white rocks area with some JeepForum guys next week, but I cant meet them until late so I won't get to the campsite 20 miles into the backcountry till right at dark. The light bar will be a big advantage to help get my tent and campsite set up and light up the trail if the sun goes down before I can find them.
Lots of big mule deer out here so if I can avoid a collision with one of them by seeing them sooner with the added light, that's another advantage.
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I have a Blackbox Logistics 50 inch with a Poison spider mount. Have to admit it is mostly for looks in that I have only needed it once off road over the last three months. But it sure was effective that one time, and knowing it is there when I need it is a good thing.

As an aside, having good rear lights sure is nice for unloading at the campsite in the dark.
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I have a Blackbox Logistics 50 inch with a Poison spider mount. Have to admit it is mostly for looks in that I have only needed it once off road over the last three months. But it sure was effective that one time, and knowing it is there when I need it is a good thing. As an aside, having good rear lights sure is nice for unloading at the campsite in the dark.
What are the rear lights
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do any of these cheaper / more cost effective brands make light bars in white like Rigid's Marine line?
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The rear lights are by Pilot (not sure which model) and come as a $48.00 option for the two with the LOD full width bumper I have. This bumper can be ordered with or without the holes and mounting screws for the lights. Ace, Poison Spyder and others also have the built in lights as an option. They are driving beam so project light pretty far straight back. For unloading or work in the rear a flood would be better, but for me these work for now. In my case the rear lights are wired to a switch in the sPod.
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