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Old 12-02-2012, 12:36 AM   #1
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Review my light set up

I'm trying to figure out my lighting set up so this is what I have and tell me what you think or what I should change. I'd like to stay low cost but with decent quality. Whats the difference between 100w and 50w? *Here it goes*

-----Windshield lights

$35 kc *Mount **
KC HiLiTES 7316 - KC HiLiTES Windshield Light Mount Brackets in Black for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Kc *100w Apollo long range (or driving?) $117
KC HiLiTES 150 - KC HiLites 6" Apollo Pro Series 100 Watt Long Range Lamp System with Stone Guards in Black - Quadratec

------bumper lights

Kc Apollo 100w driving or fog $117
KC HiLiTES 151 - KC HiLites 6" Apollo Pro Series 100 Watt Driving Lamp System with Stone Guards in Black - Quadratec
Fog
KC HiLiTES 152 - KC HiLites 6" Apollo Pro Series 100 Watt Fog Lamp System with Stone Guards in Black - Quadratec

I see they do the driving in 55w and 100w

-------switches

Day star rockers $13
Daystar KU80011 - Daystar Rocker Switch - Quadratec

Day star lower dash switch panel $20
Daystar KJ71034BK - Daystar Lower Dash Switch Panel for 11-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with Automatic Transmission - Quadratec

Or A-pillar switch panel for a lot more $80
Rugged Ridge 17235.96 - Rugged Ridge Driver Side A-Pillar Switch Pod Kit for 11-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec


I'm open to honest options here.*

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:31 AM   #2
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I can't speak for those particular models, but I have 2 pair of KC 130 long range in the same spot you are looking at setting up, and the slim lites came with switches, but I am currently looking at splicing those into my high beams. The only time I use my KCs is when the high beams are on.

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That's very much the same route I went but I changed it up a bit after running the windshield lights for a year or so. I had KC Daylighters at the windshield and use the A-pillar switch (I even mounted my air pump switch there).
I didn't like how the daylighters blocked the corners of my windshield so I moved them to the bumper and replaced them with Rudgid Dually D2s.
I know you said you want to keep the cost down but even though the D2s are pretty pricey IMO they are worth it.

Here are some pics of the evolution of my lights. The inside pic of the KC light is a little larger than the one with the D2 but you get the idea.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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Just remember, you cannot legally run 100 watt lights on the road. You can the 55 watt lights.

Most states say you can run one additional set of driving or fog lights (55 watt) along with your headlights as long as the additional set is below your factory headlights, and are supposed to be turned off or turn off automatically with the use of the high beams.

Some run them with high beams and haven't gotten hassled, but other have been ticketed for them.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:45 AM   #5
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That is an important point. Wiring in the long distance lights to shutdown with the highbeam is the absolute best. No fumbling for switches when an unsuspecting car comes around a corner.
There are 2 ways to look at lighting- buy cheap and replace later or buy quality once and be done.

1 good pair of lights will outshine multiple set ups so I suggest you spend that amount from your list above on 1 good set of lights. It will pay off in the long run.
My favorite long range lights are LightForce. LED spots for ditches.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:29 PM   #6
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Is there a big difference between the light output on the 55w vs 100w? The windshield lights will only be used for off road and the fogs on the bumper(or driving?) will be used all the time but our country roads have almost no traffic and getting pulled over for lights isn't a issue.

Are kc lights that bad?

I'm thinking maybe the 5" lights for the dash after seeing those pictures. What size are those daylighters
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Is there a big difference between the light output on the 55w vs 100w? The windshield lights will only be used for off road and the fogs on the bumper(or driving?) will be used all the time but our country roads have almost no traffic and getting pulled over for lights isn't a issue.

Are kc lights that bad?

I'm thinking maybe the 5" lights for the dash after seeing those pictures. What size are those daylighters
Sorry, I didn't see your post.

The KC lights are great, I just wanted smaller at the windshield. They are only 6" but they really started to bug me and Ridgid Duallys are much smaller. I've seen people with even bigger lights at the windshield and they hqave no problems. If you go with KCs, I'd recommend going with the slimlights. The daylighters are so large, I couldn't get behind them with the squeegee at the gat station and it was a pain changing the passenger windshield wiper.
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Should I go with the driving lights or long range on the windshield. I already got the mounts in.

They will be used on off road trails that have lots of turns so the long range really isn't needed there, but they will also be used on gravel strait county road (no traffic). So will the long range not light up everything I need it to light up when I'm on the trails?
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yeah,Should I go with the driving lights or long range on the windshield. I already got the mounts in.
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Long range on the windshield, driving on the front bumper. You'd be surprised how much they will light up if aimed properly.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:43 AM   #11
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Long range on the windshield, driving on the front bumper. You'd be surprised how much they will light up if aimed properly.
The problem with long range lights on the windshield is that the glare on the hood can be annoying when watching for critters at night. Windshield mounted lights are best suited for trail use where you want to flood the immediate area with light.
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Long range on the windshield, driving on the front bumper. You'd be surprised how much they will light up if aimed properly.
So you don't recommend the fog at all?


Any one ever tried the KC Apollo lights?
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That is an important point. Wiring in the long distance lights to shutdown with the highbeam is the absolute best. No fumbling for switches when an unsuspecting car comes around a corner.
There are 2 ways to look at lighting- buy cheap and replace later or buy quality once and be done.

1 good pair of lights will outshine multiple set ups so I suggest you spend that amount from your list above on 1 good set of lights. It will pay off in the long run.
My favorite long range lights are LightForce. LED spots for ditches.
What kind of tires are those? I like them!
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What kind of tires are those? I like them!
Those are Pitbull Rocker tires. One very aggressive and well performing tire from what I've seen on the trail.
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You can go fog or driving light on the front bumper, 55 watt max is legal for on-road, Windshield lights (no matter whether it's driving or long range) are illegal for use on the road.
And the glare isn't really bad with long range lights on the windshield. If you use the stone guards it will be less aparent.

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