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
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