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Old 11-13-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Windshield lights....few basic questions.

I was thinking of adding some windshield lights to the JK but had a few basic questions.


1. How much of the windshield is blocked in the left and right corners? Can someone post a picture from sitting behind the steering wheel.

2. Wiring the set-up...I read a few threads about install, but where do you attach the interior switch...do you need to cut a hole in the lower dash.

3. What is a good all black light kit out there, is there any you should stay away from.

4. Is it as simple as bolting right to the existing windshield bolts and running wires under the cowl.

5. What is a good size and wattage to get.

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I was thinking of adding some windshield lights to the JK but had a few basic questions.

1. How much of the windshield is blocked in the left and right corners? Can someone post a picture from sitting behind the steering wheel.


I don't have a pic of this but my KCs are easy to see but don't really block your view much

2. Wiring the set-up...I read a few threads about install, but where do you attach the interior switch...do you need to cut a hole in the lower dash.


I put my switch right above the left front speaker, there are a few different spots. You will just have to hold the switch in place and see which you like best.

3. What is a good all black light kit out there, is there any you should stay away from.


I have the black KC Daylighters 100 watt, they are amazing.

4. Is it as simple as bolting right to the existing windshield bolts and running wires under the cowl.


There is a mounted you attach the the windshield hinge with the existing bolts, easy peasy.

5. What is a good size and wattage to get.


My 100 watt/ 6" are more than enough for me.

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Old 11-13-2011, 02:13 PM   #3
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I just added the Rigid Dually LEDs...they are nice n small with great light output. Don't block my view at all. Wiring is straight forward, directions are easy. I went with KC windshield mount brackets, I thought they put them in the best position. Switch is in the front lower dash by my right knee...there is a good amount of room back there for the wires and it hides the small switch well.
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Good questions and good answers. I would have asked the same.
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Rigid Dually LEDs from the inside. These don't block my view at all...just installed today.
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here's where I put the switch.
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Thanks for the reply's fella's....

TanManRubi......looks great, how about an exterior shot as well.

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Thanks for the reply's fella's....

TanManRubi......looks great, how about an exterior shot as well.

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I just installed PIAA's this weekend. Everything went fine until I had to connect the wire from the switch to an existing "hot" wire. I tapped into a brown wire and while the little led on the switch lights up and goes from red to green ... the lights themselves do not light up.
I have triple checked and everything in connected. Are there wires you tap into that don't have enough "juice" to power the lights?
(Don't mean to highjack your thread ...).
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Be careful of Hella 500s or any that the glass is visible from the side as you may get a halo bounce back effect at night. Will try to post pics tonight. There are ways to remedy, but I wish I'd gone a different route to avoid having to fix
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I just installed PIAA's this weekend. Everything went fine until I had to connect the wire from the switch to an existing "hot" wire. I tapped into a brown wire and while the little led on the switch lights up and goes from red to green ... the lights themselves do not light up.
I have triple checked and everything in connected. Are there wires you tap into that don't have enough "juice" to power the lights?
(Don't mean to highjack your thread ...).
Go strait to battery with both white wires i have the same lights .and im sure you wont forget to turn them off when you park
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I just installed PIAA's this weekend. Everything went fine until I had to connect the wire from the switch to an existing "hot" wire. I tapped into a brown wire and while the little led on the switch lights up and goes from red to green ... the lights themselves do not light up.
I have triple checked and everything in connected. Are there wires you tap into that don't have enough "juice" to power the lights?
(Don't mean to highjack your thread ...).
Which PIAAs?
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PIAA 510. I like the 4" size versus the latger 6" most seem to do.

If I connect straight to the battery, there is a small LED light on the switch they provide. Dumb electrical question ... is there enough draw from this LED light to drain the battery? Am I better off putting in my own switch with no LED indicator light?
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PIAA 510. I like the 4" size versus the latger 6" most seem to do.

If I connect straight to the battery, there is a small LED light on the switch they provide. Dumb electrical question ... is there enough draw from this LED light to drain the battery? Am I better off putting in my own switch with no LED indicator light?
I have the 510's on my jeep now and i love the lights. I didn't use the switcher came with because when I looked at the instructions it said you need a relay. But to answer your question no it won't drain your battery if it is hooked up according to directions
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I liked the simplicity of hooking the white straight to the battery liked mentioned above. This is the battery drain from the led light on the switch that I'm concerned about.
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I liked the simplicity of hooking the white straight to the battery liked mentioned above. This is the battery drain from the led light on the switch that I'm concerned about.
I don't think the LED is on unless the lights are and if those are on then your battery will definitely die. If you want the ease of hooking straight to the battery with no relays you can buy the KC Hilites wiring kit. I think I paid $18 for mine on quadratec
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I just installed PIAA's this weekend. Everything went fine until I had to connect the wire from the switch to an existing "hot" wire. I tapped into a brown wire and while the little led on the switch lights up and goes from red to green ... the lights themselves do not light up.
I have triple checked and everything in connected. Are there wires you tap into that don't have enough "juice" to power the lights?
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