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Old 03-03-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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Post Light how many is to much?

I HAVE A 2010 JK I ALREADY HAVE 6 55W OFF ROAD LIGHTS ON MY HOOD AND I WOULD LIKE TO PUT TWO 100W LIGHTS ON MY FRONT BUMPER. HOW MANY IS TO MANY WHEN DEALING WITH OVER LOAD ON YOUR BATTERY?

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Old 03-03-2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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I would ask why keep adding more; are you a fan of the movie MIB2?

You'll save some weight & won't have to worry about draining your battery if you just use fewer higher watt lights optimally placed to fit your needs.

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I bought a light ber that mounts on your hood, it comes with 6 55w lights on it but i wanted to put two 100watt lights on the bumper for tolight up whats closer to the gound around me! Never want to run off the side of the mountain. Besides weight to me won't matter the light bar comes in at 2 pounds
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no.... we also live in telluride,colorado. i could see where that would be funny!
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I HAVE A 2010 JK I ALREADY HAVE 6 55W OFF ROAD LIGHTS ON MY HOOD AND I WOULD LIKE TO PUT TWO 100W LIGHTS ON MY FRONT BUMPER. HOW MANY IS TO MANY WHEN DEALING WITH OVER LOAD ON YOUR BATTERY?
Just do the math; you have a 160 amp alternator. That's huge by auto standards
You have the Jeep's systems on that, heat-a/c, radio, other power, lights, etc. If you use more than 160 amps for all your toys, you're screwed.

You're better off with a couple of good lights rather than a whole bunch of bad ones. Quality not quantity.
There are some nice HID and LED offroad light choices too; more lumen potential per amp for sure.
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Just do the math; you have a 160 amp alternator. That's huge by auto standards
You have the Jeep's systems on that, heat-a/c, radio, other power, lights, etc. If you use more than 160 amps for all your toys, you're screwed.

You're better off with a couple of good lights rather than a whole bunch of bad ones. Quality not quantity.
There are some nice HID and LED offroad light choices too; more lumen potential per amp for sure.
cool thanks i already spent about $200 on the the light bar i have now. i'll look into the led lights
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How many amps is one of those beacon lights that they use at new businesses?
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:35 PM   #9
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How many amps is one of those beacon lights that they use at new businesses?

too many. And don't think about aircraft landing lights either; short life and not enough lumens to warrant the price of admission.

LEDs have the zip, instant-on, and low current draw; nice cct compared to HID too. But HIDs are more affordable right now. And LED spread is, ummmm, usually marginal at best.

Lumen for lumen, you'll see best by halogen. But you only get 1000 lumens or so from 55 watts of halogen. Over 3000 from 35 watts of HID. And 900 from a piddly 10 watt LED.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:16 PM   #10
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So by that standard x4 4.6amp HID lights wouldn't be to large a tax on a yj jeep with no AC?
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:36 PM   #11
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6 is too many lol...and I'd agree that going with smaller, more powerful LED's like the rigid dually's is a better option than the continuous addition of lights. post pics of this set up, would like to see this.
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:43 PM   #12
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What am I missing here?
How about driving it around at night and making the determination yourself as to how much light you need to wheel?

Unless it's purely cosmetic, of course, in which case all bets are off, as we would be into territory where there is no accounting for taste.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:04 AM   #13
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I'm running over 20k lumens on the front of my jeep led's are a lot easier to deal with on the amperage draw. Check out rigid lights for an idea of what's available.
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I would ask why keep adding more
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:28 AM   #15
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Unless you just enjoy the look of a lot of lights, too much at nighttime white-outs everything in front of you at night making it more difficult to see anything and if there is snow, its even worse. Just a thought and my experience. YMMV
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The HID's would be for desert and sand which is primarily where I end up in Southern Cali. and they are the only lights I would add. I am very adverse to LED because of the look and quality of light.
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Check your state's laws....Florida:

316.2396 Number of driving lamps required or permitted.--
(1) At all times specified in s. 316.217, at least two lighted lamps shall be displayed, one on each side at the front of every motor vehicle, except when such vehicle is parked subject to the regulations governing lights on parked vehicles.
(2) Whenever a motor vehicle equipped with headlamps, as herein required, is also equipped with any auxiliary lamps or a spot lamp or any other lamp on the front thereof projecting a beam of intensity greater than 300 candlepower, not more than a total of 4 of any such lamps on the front of a vehicle shall be lighted at any one time when upon a highway.
(3) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.
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Here's a good, quick reference to state laws governing lights, lifts, etc. Most things I've checked have been accurate:

Lift Laws | Suspension Lift Laws By State
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Unless it's purely cosmetic, of course, in which case all bets are off, as we would be into territory where there is no accounting for taste.



Trying to keep accountability for taste would it be considered acceptable to have 130w driving lights at the windshield and then add 55w fogs on the center hoop of my XHD front bumper?
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:48 AM   #20
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This is the law for lights.
Some states might think they have different laws but they don't. Not if they have roads paid for with federal money.

Standard No. 108; Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
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Rigid ftw!
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:53 PM   #23
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At one time, I had 4 130w KC lights, 4 55w no name floods, 2 150w no name long range lights, 2 60w high beams, and 2 55w fog lights on... when over 1000rpm, the jeep could manage it.

Thats 1270w or about 106 amps worth of light. If you are going to do something like that, make sure you wire it properly. Next crazy light build is going to be all HIDs or LEDs...
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