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Old 01-16-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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LED Lights... Spot or Flood?

Hey everyone,

Im trying to set up some lights,

2 Round LEDs 4 inch at the base of the windshield,

Light bar on the bumper or on the hood.

Now heres the question, I have ZERO experience with lights. Wich should be spot lights(15 to 30 degrees), and wich should be floods? (60 degrees)

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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I'm no expert by any means either, but I believe a popular combo is to put spot patterns up high (on the a-pillars) and floods down low (on the bumper). Good luck!

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:43 PM   #4
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Hey everyone,

I'm trying to set up some lights,

2 Round LEDs 4 inch at the base of the windshield,

Light bar on the bumper or on the hood.

Now here's the question, I have ZERO experience with lights. Which should be spot lights(15 to 30 degrees), and which should be floods? (60 degrees)
Spots on the windshield brackets, Floods/Driving/Fogs on the bumper.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:01 PM   #5
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I read something that said for high speed off roading i guess like racing they recommended spot, For rock crawling types of speed the chose flood. I know I'm in no hurry when off roading. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:09 AM   #6
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is using a flood on the windshield bracket a bad thing? Glare off the hood maybe? I like the idea of a flood better than a spot for slow crawling at night.
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is using a flood on the windshield bracket a bad thing? Glare off the hood maybe? I like the idea of a flood better than a spot for slow crawling at night.
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Windshield - Spots Bumper - Floods
This is my setup
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Have you ever had issues with glare from floods being on the windshield bracket?
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Have you ever had issues with glare from floods being on the windshield bracket?

No, but the problem is that much of the radiated light goes wasted when it is not aimed at the ground. Lower mounting allows more of the light to reach the road/trail where it illuminates your path. If flood lights are mounted high, the light can be reflected back by dust, rain, trees, etc.
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I'm running Rigid Dually's on the a-pillars in spot formation.

On the front bumper, I have a Black Box Logistics 12" bar above the fairlead and flanking it on either side are two of their floods pointed out from center at a slight angle.

In my opinion, for forward facing lighting, you never want floods higher than the bumper. The light will either glare in your face, or be wasted in areas where you don't really need light. Just my $0.02.

There's not much that I CAN'T see on the trail.
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Hey everyone,

Im trying to set up some lights,

2 Round LEDs 4 inch at the base of the windshield,

Light bar on the bumper or on the hood.

Now heres the question, I have ZERO experience with lights. Wich should be spot lights(15 to 30 degrees), and wich should be floods? (60 degrees)
Floods go down low, driving beam (or combo beam) is somewhere in the middle, and spot as high as possible.

As you can see, it's pitch black here....



My setup will light up an entire canyon on a clear night (not kidding.)
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is using a flood on the windshield bracket a bad thing? Glare off the hood maybe? I like the idea of a flood better than a spot for slow crawling at night.
Yes, you will lose a lot of your light. You wont get distance with the center of the beam, you'll have lots of glare, and the hood itself will block a lot of the peripheral light.

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