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Old 02-10-2013, 01:22 AM   #1
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Lumatech LED light bar install & review

Hey guys, today I installed a custom length LED light bar from Lumatech on ebay. I thought I would document the install and give my impressions of the bar here in case anyone else was curious about them.

First thing first, yes I know this is not a Rigid Industries or other big name brand LED light bar. Yes this is a foreign made light. It also did not cost $400.

I wanted an LED bar for the front of my jeep, but I have to be honest the prices of most of them are simply ridiculous in my opinion. Regardless of the "getting what you pay for" mantra I just refuse to spend the kind of money asked for on the name brand bars. I set out to find an alternative that was within the range I was ok with spending. The brand I settled on is Lumatech, which I found on ebay.

However I needed something special to mount using the provided tabs on the front hoop of my JCR front bumper. The spacing center to center of the holes in the tabs was 10 1/4". I couldn't find anything with mounts that could be manipulated to fit those dimensions. I contacted them via ebay and was provided a phone number and was asked to call them. I did so and had about a good 30 minute conversation about what I needed and what they offered. Their lights has the standard style mounts on the end caps, but could also be mounted using track nuts on the bottom of the light housing.

The next problem was that the 10" bar they offer was too short, and the 20" was way to big. They offered me an alternative, if I wasn't in a hurry and willing to wait around 45 days they would have one custom built for me. I needed about a 16" unit from what I measured. I was happy with the response and attention they provided me thus far and decided to go for it. Customer service goes a long way!

The agreement was I was to pay half up front and the other half when it was in stock and ready to ship to me. However they never sent the invoice for the 1st half, they just ordered it anyway from the manufacturer. Told me I could just pay for it when it was in stock if I liked how it turned out!

They always answered my emails promptly, and as promised the light arrived to them. I paid and this is what I received:







My impression of the light is that it is of pretty high quality. Not quite the fit & finish of the big names, but again around half the price. Plus in talking with the guys from the company, they did a good job of selling me on their processes and quality control for the light boards inside the lights. They are definitely interested in bringing out high quality lights for a reasonable price.

I give the overall grade of the light itself an A-, the powder coat on the mount nuts left a little bit to be desired, and I can see some unevenness in the powder coating of the aluminum light housing as well. I'd also like to see a better setup for the power/grounding wires. Rather then out the middle of the back of the unit, moving the wires to one end plate or the other would sure make the mounted appearance much better. However these are nit-pics, for what I paid I am VERY happy with the unit.

From what I can calculate off their other available units, the specs for this light should be as follows:

14" in overall length
3 light boards with 6 LED's each - 18 LED's total
18 watts
5,895 Lumens


They also offer a wiring harness with relay so I decided to order that as well.
From what I can tell its a fairly generic harness for wiring up HID headlights. But over all my impression of the harness is good. However it did not come as a plug and play unit for the LED light bar application, but I was able to modify it fairly easily to make it perfect for the setup.





More to follow on the install

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To modify the wiring harness to work with the LED bar, here is what I did:



Looking at the above photo, the far left red wire is the signal wire from the switch in the dash. I cut off this plug. The next black wire to the right is the ground wire for the relay, I cut off this plug:



The next red wire to the right is the fused positive battery connection for the relay, no modification needed. The next wires to the right in the black wire loom is the power wires to the lights/led bar themselves. I only needed one of these for the LED bar so I used the one with the male plug and ground wire. I cut the female plug off the other wire and taped the wire back onto the wire loom:



I used the left over plug hardware to modify the wire leads off the LED bar. I pulled the pins out and soldered them to the shortened lengths of the leads on the bar:


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Next thing to do was install the LED bar onto the bumper. I had already went to ACE to secure what I needed. I bought all stainless hardware to hopefully keep the rust at bay.

I planned to use the track nuts with spacers so that I could use the 10 1/4" mounting tab holes to secure the bar. I also decided to hang the bar on the under side of the bumper bar rather then the top. I liked the look better as it blends in better, and think/hope that the bumper bar will help protect it some from getting smacked by limbs etc on the trail. Only time will tell if thats the case or not though.

The hardware I used:



What the hardware will look like on top of the bumper bar mount tabs:





The bolts go down through the tabs, through the spacers and into the track nuts on the bar:

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Next up was time to install the wiring harness with relay. I installed 3 point battery terminal on the battery post. I used one of these for the 12v power supply needed for the LED switch in the cab (the orange wire). I also connected the ring terminal on the fused power wire for the relay. I removed the fuse for this:



The grey and orange wires in the pic run to the switch in the cab. The orange feeds power to the LED in the switch, the grey feeds the on/off signal from the switch to the relay in the new wiring harness. The switch in the cab was one I got from ebay. It fills the empty spot in the 4 switch panel in the dash. It's the 3rd switch from the left in this pic:



Next I routed the power wire from the battery along the inside of the fender lip:





I used an existing grounding point on the backside of the grill to ground the relay:



All that was left under the hood was to tuck and secure the harness wires and relay. I used zip ties in various spots to do so.

After that I ran the feed to the light through the grill and routed it up the bumper bar. I extended the ground wire to a ground on the frame rail and secured it all with zip ties. Last thing was to plug in the socket on the LED bar to the socket on the wiring harness and install the fuse in the harness.



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Old 02-10-2013, 01:26 AM   #5
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The final product:









Over all, I am really impressed with this setup!! I couldn't wait for dark to come to check it out. All I can say is holy crap this thing is BRIGHT!!

For the money I spent I feel it was well worth it! Lumatech has my vote as a trustworthy company with great customer service, and they are providing a good quality option in LED off-road lighting.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:40 AM   #6
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That's cool, man. I'm looking around for LEDs like this and am interested in smaller companies selling for cheaper like this. No need to go crazy and drop $900 if there are options out there. Good write up-appreciate the info!
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Looks nice. Think you made the right choice mounting on the underside of the tabs. Looks like it will be way more protected than if you had put it on the top.

TY for the info and the excellent write up
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Thanks for the compliments. I'm really happy with how it turned out!
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Looks amazing. Great write up
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:52 AM   #10
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Nice work and very informative- thanks!
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Well done sir. I do have a.question for you. I've been wanting to get rid of the third brake light. And put a led light bar inside the factory housing. I've poked around and haven't been able to find what I need. If I gave dimension and uses of the light to lumatec. Would they whip something up? I was wanting it to be a aux light instead of break light. So it would have to be pretty bright.
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Hey nice bumper and winch. I guess I know pretty much exactly how that would look like on my rig if I got one. Looks real cool, maybe I need one now...
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Well done sir. I do have a.question for you. I've been wanting to get rid of the third brake light. And put a led light bar inside the factory housing. I've poked around and haven't been able to find what I need. If I gave dimension and uses of the light to lumatec. Would they whip something up? I was wanting it to be a aux light instead of break light. So it would have to be pretty bright.
Thanks for the compliment! To your question, I really don't know on that. At first guess I am going to think probably not. The factory 3rd brake light housing is very small. I haven't seen any lightbars that small. You could send them a msg and ask though. About all I can say, sorry I'm not more help on that.

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Hey nice bumper and winch. I guess I know pretty much exactly how that would look like on my rig if I got one. Looks real cool, maybe I need one now...
LOL Yessir! I love my whole setup! The only way I could be a little happier with the setup was if the wiring was a bit cleaner. But that is a tiny gripe. Everyone who has seen it in person has been really impressed with it. That includes a couple fellas who are running the big name bars for a lot more money!
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Nice write up! Ive been looking for a low cost, good quality lightbar and these guys look like the place to go. Thanks!

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