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Old 07-22-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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Question Need help figuring out lighting setup!

Hi everyone,

Name's Mel, and I'm from Canada. Been cruising the forum since I got my JK in Feb and have since started adding my own little personalizations to the thing. So far mostly cosmetic besides rock rails and grab handles.

Long story short, the next thing i'm willing to spend money on is a nice set of auxiliary lights. I don't know much about lights and mounts and how to wire them. Very very basic knowledge. I only tinker on electrical stuff on my motorcycle but on the Jeep it freaks me out.

I'm looking for either round or square trail lights to go on either side of the windshield, possibly a SMALL light bar on the top, OR if someone can suggest another option that I don't know about I'd be open to that.

Things I'm looking for:
-Nothing crazy! Just a tiny bit of extra lighting for camping and trail riding
-Nothing too ridiculously bright
-Something easy to install
-Cheap is always in mind
-Last but not least, I want it to be as low-profile as possible.

Thanks in advance! I appreciate everyone's input on my questions. So throw your best advice my way.

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Do you want lights that you will use while driving to/from the campsite, or lights to use while at the campsite?

I've got a nice light on the tailgate that will allow us to light up the campsite at night if it is needed, but I wouldn't want that one on while driving as it's pointing out the back.

I have other lights I use while driving to/from...

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I got these, came to around $200ish:

Inspired Engineering 6 CUBE Driving lamp Special
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Rough Country Jeep Wrangler JK Windshield Light Bracket

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Old 07-23-2014, 12:22 AM   #4
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For the price, you can't beat this thing. I've only had it for a few weeks so I can't comment on longevity, but it seems well built and it's damn bright.

Amazon.com: Eyourlife 24" Off Road LED Work Light Bar Flood/Spot Combo Beam-3W LED-120W-9000 Lumen Great For Jeep Cabin/Boat/SUV/Truck/Car/ATV: Automotive
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:08 AM   #5
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Do you want lights that you will use while driving to/from the campsite, or lights to use while at the campsite?

I've got a nice light on the tailgate that will allow us to light up the campsite at night if it is needed, but I wouldn't want that one on while driving as it's pointing out the back.

I have other lights I use while driving to/from...
thanks for the help so far, guys!

unusedusername, I'd like something for while driving (not hwy) mostly. Camp light is a bonus
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:11 AM   #6
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For the price, you can't beat this thing. I've only had it for a few weeks so I can't comment on longevity, but it seems well built and it's damn bright.

Amazon.com: Eyourlife 24" Off Road LED Work Light Bar Flood/Spot Combo Beam-3W LED-120W-9000 Lumen Great For Jeep Cabin/Boat/SUV/Truck/Car/ATV: Automotive
I had to double check the price on that one.
I couldnt believe it! at that price, It'd be dumb not to try em.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:38 AM   #7
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I had to double check the price on that one.
I couldnt believe it! at that price, It'd be dumb not to try em.
Look at the reviews though... seems not to last.

Personally, I started out with a couple of Duallys in the spot where the useless factory foglights usually go. I used this bracket to make them fit.

They are too bright to use on the road but not crazy bright. I was looking for crazy bright since I drive in the middle of nowhere at night, so I added a huge light bar over my windshield.
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Look at the reviews though... seems not to last.

Personally, I started out with a couple of Duallys in the spot where the useless factory foglights usually go. I used this bracket to make them fit.

They are too bright to use on the road but not crazy bright. I was looking for crazy bright since I drive in the middle of nowhere at night, so I added a huge light bar over my windshield.
Go figure, of course it was too good to be true.

and yeah, that's the little square lights I was talking about
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:27 AM   #9
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As your in Canada take a look at princess auto Round LED Spot Light | Princess Auto
I picked up 2 of these to go on my A pillars, all aluminum housing and quite bright for the size and price, I've had them on for a few months now and they seem to be holding up fine. They also have a flood light in the same style.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:51 AM   #10
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As your in Canada take a look at princess auto Round LED Spot Light | Princess Auto
I picked up 2 of these to go on my A pillars, all aluminum housing and quite bright for the size and price, I've had them on for a few months now and they seem to be holding up fine. They also have a flood light in the same style.
Nowww you're speakin' my language. I looked all over that page, doesnt say if that price is for 1 or 2 lights. Worth a try, at the price.

Have any pics of how you mounted them?
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Nowww you're speakin' my language. I looked all over that page, doesnt say if that price is for 1 or 2 lights. Worth a try, at the price.

Have any pics of how you mounted them?
The price is for one light, I used Smittybilt light brackets from 4 wheel parts $31.99, I did wire mine into a relay but it's unnecessary as each light only draws 1.5 amps, if you put a switch that will handle 5 amps and a 5 amp fuse in you'll have no problems.

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Look at the reviews though... seems not to last.
When I looked there were a decent number of good reviews and a few negative ones. I figured screw it -- a matching name brand light is $350. I can buy 6 of these for that price. If it lasts a year or two I think I got my money's worth.
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The price is for one light, I used Smittybilt light brackets from 4 wheel parts $31.99, I did wire mine into a relay but it's unnecessary as each light only draws 1.5 amps, if you put a switch that will handle 5 amps and a 5 amp fuse in you'll have no problems.

That's perfect. It looks like I might be able to put em up easily. Anything special I should know about wiring these in?
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Those bolts in the picture are size 40.... i bought a 50 bit and was pissed when it didnt work lol.... I just bought a similar pair, but i need to get some bigger washers to attach the light bracket to the mounting hardware...they will be done tonight
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Those bolts in the picture are size 40.... i bought a 50 bit and was pissed when it didnt work lol.... I just bought a similar pair, but i need to get some bigger washers to attach the light bracket to the mounting hardware...they will be done tonight

This cost me around 70 for everything
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those look nice as well!
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I probably should have got 30 degree angle since they are on the windshield, but i don't actually need the lights, the stocks are fine for my DD, but I do like to spot for deer on the back roads, so I plan on angling them slightly out to the sides of the road, I dont do any night racing
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That's perfect. It looks like I might be able to put em up easily. Anything special I should know about wiring these in?
Not really, a switch, a fuse, some 16 guage wire. red to +, black to - or even to the bracket if you want, pretty straight forward.
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Not really, a switch, a fuse, some 16 guage wire. red to +, black to - or even to the bracket if you want, pretty straight forward.
Awsome. I can do that.

Thanks for everyone's input on the matter
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Found some here on the canadian amazon.. what do y'all think? I know the usual rule of thumb is you get what you pay for and these are.. CHEEEAP. But it says they're made for atv-ing and jeep/trucking. For the light use they'll be getting, think I can manage with these cheapies?

http://www.amazon.ca/Pieces-1500lum-...uxiliary+light
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Ok, I gave in on the cheapness and went for something a smidge better. Here's what I ordered today (with the brackets) :

TaoTronics® TT-CL01 27W 1800L LED Flood Lamp for Working / Driving / Fog, Off Road Flood light-Jeep Cabin, Boat, SUV, Truck





Size: 128 mm × 110 mm × 55 mm
Power: 27W (9pcs * 3W LED high-power lamp bead chip adopt crystal yuan normal square piece packaging) emitting light colors: white
Voltage: 10V to 30V (DC)
Lumen: 1800 lm
Color temperature: 6500 k
Shock waterproof level: IP67
Lens: PMMA organic glass
Shell color: black shell
material: aluminum alloy
Light type: Floodlight 60 degrees
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That's perfect. It looks like I might be able to put em up easily. Anything special I should know about wiring these in?
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Ok, I gave in on the cheapness and went for something a smidge better. Here's what I ordered today (with the brackets) :

TaoTronics® TT-CL01 27W 1800L LED Flood Lamp for Working / Driving / Fog, Off Road Flood light-Jeep Cabin, Boat, SUV, Truck





Size: 128 mm × 110 mm × 55 mm
Power: 27W (9pcs * 3W LED high-power lamp bead chip adopt crystal yuan normal square piece packaging) emitting light colors: white
Voltage: 10V to 30V (DC)
Lumen: 1800 lm
Color temperature: 6500 k
Shock waterproof level: IP67
Lens: PMMA organic glass
Shell color: black shell
material: aluminum alloy
Light type: Floodlight 60 degrees


Sounds good, remember if you use those lights, on the windshield like the above poster.... those bolts are #40, not #50 or #45.... I had to go to the local( 15 min away) store 3 times last night..... ( i was driving my motorcycle I know i should have taken my jeep)
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Thanks everyone, got the lights on with no issues and got them working


My only issue now is the right side light (as you sit in the jeep) is way dimmer that the left and I think it's caused by having more resistance than the other because of extra wiring needed to get everything together.

Any tips on how I can fix this so the two have equal power? Keep in mind, I'm a rookie when it comes to electrical.
I did, however put in a nice fuze and soldered all connections.
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I bought a wiring kit with the fuse already wired with a switch in it. all i had to do was wire the lights into the kit.... place my switch....and wire the kit into the battery
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I bought a wiring kit with the fuse already wired with a switch in it. all i had to do was wire the lights into the kit.... place my switch....and wire the kit into the battery
Cool. That sounds smarter than what I did.
Where/which website did you get it?
and approx. how much $$?
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Thanks everyone, got the lights on with no issues and got them working


My only issue now is the right side light (as you sit in the jeep) is way dimmer that the left and I think it's caused by having more resistance than the other because of extra wiring needed to get everything together.

Any tips on how I can fix this so the two have equal power? Keep in mind, I'm a rookie when it comes to electrical.
I did, however put in a nice fuze and soldered all connections.
Looks good, With LED's they don't draw very much power, however you could try running a slightly heavier wire to the right one and it may help, or try a relay in it.
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Looks good, With LED's they don't draw very much power, however you could try running a slightly heavier wire to the right one and it may help, or try a relay in it.
I'll try the heavier wire idea..
Whereabouts would I put the relay?

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