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Old 04-04-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Looking for pictures of A-pillar mounted lights

My girlfriend has had her new JKU for only a couple of weeks and is eager to start making it hers. With that being said, her first mod is probably going to be a set of hood mounted lights (and probably KC Daylighters because she loves the smiley face covers they come with ). What I didn't realize until now is the fact that they can be mounted in front of the windshield or to the side of the windshield, in front of the mirrors. I guess with the side version you can still fold the windshield down and they might be less in your line of sight (is the front version an obstruction of view at all?). However, we both seem to agree the front version is more "natural" while the side version is much less common and might look at little funny.

Any pictures of any light type/mount position would be much appreciated. Also, how complicated is a DIY kit as far as the wiring goes?

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What you are describing is A-Pillar mounted lights. That is the place to put them, not on the hood. I would suggest Rigid Industries LED Dually or D2. Low amperage draw, brighter than any traditional incandescent light, last longer and impact resistant. They don’t have smiley faces but the function better than anything. Here's my A-Pillars. You would need to buy mounts. Most offroad lights will mount in most all A-Pillar mounts.





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I haven't seen any led light that can compete with the KC Daylighter 130 watt spot lights. And with a 23 year warranty they last a long time. Plus much cheaper than led.
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I haven't seen any led light that can compete with the KC Daylighter 130 watt spot lights. And with a 23 year warranty they last a long time. Plus much cheaper than led.
Really??

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #6
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What lights are those?
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:35 PM   #7
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KC Slimlites... The long-range ones... The high-wattage ones--I believe 130w?
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Rigid's LED lights are the best hands down.
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32" on the hood

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PIAA 510 on the windshield (110W)

KC Apollo fogs(55w)

I like the 510's on the windshield because they are small and non intrusive but till pretty powerful. I almost bought Daylighters for my bumper but I wanted something closer to street legal. At 55W it isn't blatantly obvious that my fogs aren't street legal because they aren't over the legal power limit

On the windshield they are always illegal so you don't really have to worry about that. I still run my windshield ones on back roads late at night. Just gotta pay attention and shut off your lights before you can actually see the oncoming car, not after
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Thanks for the input, guys. Her and I both actually despise the look of what seems to be the new LED fad (no offense). Anyone have any pictures of this KC bracket in use? I've looked everywhere and haven't seen anyone running the side bracket (although the KC site does say it's new). I think we pretty much know what we're going to get now but more photos are always welcome.
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I haven't seen any led light that can compete with the KC Daylighter 130 watt spot lights. And with a 23 year warranty they last a long time. Plus much cheaper than led.
The 23 year warranty is on the housing. The housing is just a round piece of metal. Thats like giving a warranty on a cast iron pan. The bulb is NOT under any warranty, and if we are talking straight brightness, a quality HID offroad light will outperform a traditional halogen bulb, not to mention, draw FAR less juice. I also recommend the dually D2 or any other quality LED light. Now, if you like the round light look, that's fine, you can choose form over function, but don't kid yourself that you are getting better performance.
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Thanks for the input, guys. Her and I both actually despise the look of what seems to be the new LED fad (no offense). Anyone have any pictures of this KC bracket in use? I've looked everywhere and haven't seen anyone running the side bracket (although the KC site does say it's new). I think we pretty much know what we're going to get now but more photos are always welcome.
I tried to order that about two months ago and it wasn't out, so I doubt many people are running it yet.
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Hi

I also wanted the round form, but the D2 lights are like a box, like the wrangler box so they do fit nicely and You hardly notice them because they are so small. It do not hinder they view through the glas.

Easy to install, You get harness och switch. And I use the Smittybilt bracket.

English is not my native language, but i Hope You understand my D2 light video anyway.



These are cheaper and bigger, maybe to big?

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No pics yet Ill post some with my new black KC Daylighters on my white JK do not BUY the SMITTYBILT PILLER BRACKETS they sit way to low and you have to cut the bolts off at the bottom of the light to make them fit I do not know the type of led that Omar is useing but my 100watt daylighters would blast those things out of the water they do not seem as bright as the daylighters and are 2-3xs as exspensive as KC for something that you will only use maybe 3-4 x a year .
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If you check out the smitty apiller brkts youll see how youve got to cut the light bolts off to clear I did this with hacksaw after I mounted the lights on the brkt then mounted the whole thing in place here are some pics might that help you these are the KC Daylighters good luck on your decission Joe.
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2 130w lights are going to crush your battery.

I ran 4 hella 55 watt lights on a light bar on my rhino and then ran a 12" led bar on my teryx. The difference was night and day in regards to brightness.

leds crushed the standard bulbs and my volt meter didnt drop off the cliff when there powered up.

you couyld literally leave your led lights on all night with no fear of killing the battery. 130 w lights would kill your battery before you even did a tire change out on the trail.

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Check out the Hella Rallye 4000 compact driving lights, I have the full size version and they are amazing, the compact version is just as good. They are not cheap but they are worth every penny. They turn night into DAY.
The guys at Rallylights.com are some of the best in the business, they can answer questions and build you a wiring harness so your lights can be triggered by your high beams.
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I have the hella black magic and I think they are killer for long range. They light up the night for ever in front of me.
Saving up for an LED bar for short range on my frt bumper
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No pics yet Ill post some with my new black KC Daylighters on my white JK do not BUY the SMITTYBILT PILLER BRACKETS they sit way to low and you have to cut the bolts off at the bottom of the light to make them fit I do not know the type of led that Omar is useing but my 100watt daylighters would blast those things out of the water they do not seem as bright as the daylighters and are 2-3xs as exspensive as KC for something that you will only use maybe 3-4 x a year .
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I did not have to cut my bolts with the Smittybilt bracket, but my Dually D2 is much smaller, probably smaller bolts.

I got a great package price, 2 dually D2 and harness and switch and the smittybilt brackets.

I like that the Smittybilt bracket mounts low because it will not hindrence my view, I do not se them at all from the inside.

I think they are only for offroad use only and I use them as campinglight sometimes and are not so afraid to drain the battery. They are probaly not so good if you drive onroad at highspeed as the beam distance is not super great.

Very easy to install directly to the battery and I installed the switch here without any drilling, used a rubber grommet.




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Omar I do see the differance they put out more light to the sides of the road and I bet if you aimed them a little higher you would get more distance but I still feel the KCs go further Ill do some night vid when I get a chance and post it have great day and stay warm over there. Joe.
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Omar I do see the differance they put out more light to the sides of the road and I bet if you aimed them a little higher you would get more distance but I still feel the KCs go further Ill do some night vid when I get a chance and post it have great day and stay warm over there. Joe.
Thats why most of us run a number of LED bars, each with a different function. My d2s are aimed slightly outward to light up the sides. My 10" on my fairlead floods immediately in front of my Jeep, about 200 feet. My 50" is 100% spot custom ordered which acts like a spotlight and illuminates to hell and back. The KCs you speak of, if they throw farther than the d2s (very probable) their narrow light band will be a drawback. Again, if you insist on not going LED, and want the round look with maximum throw, go HID. They are brighter, and consume FAR less power.
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LEDs are a great choice!

I know a LOT of Jeepers love the traditional look of the KCs. That being said, LEDs throw a LOT of light, and pull very little power! I know that Rigid Industries is the "big name" in LEDs. However, they are also carry a HUGE price tag! Before you spend your money (or your girl friend's), you owe it to yourself to check out Black Box Logistics! They have an outstanding product at a price that won't put your debit card into melt down status, and the people there are all about customer service! Also, if you really do want the round lights, they do have 5" and 7" round LEDs that are easily mounted on your A-pillars

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Here is my 4 8.5" hella lights on top and 2 5" hellas on the bottom
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Omar I do see the differance they put out more light to the sides of the road and I bet if you aimed them a little higher you would get more distance but I still feel the KCs go further Ill do some night vid when I get a chance and post it have great day and stay warm over there. Joe.
Hi from Sweden

We all have different needs I got the LED lights because wanted to more light to the sides, dont want to hit a mammal and want much spread for finding a camping site and put up tents and such, like a working light.

One of the reason to get the D2 was that I found excellent install instructions on Jeep forums, and it is so easy to install.

And it is nice never have to change the bulbs

Another reason for small lights and low pillar bracket was that I did not want it to hindrence my view, I am a birdphotographer and need to see out as much as possible.

The light spread is overall

As I drive so slowely on backroads it is not so important for me to see what is very further down the road.

I agree Your KCs probaly go much further, like a spot. And offcourse better onroad lights for fast speed.

My Dually D2 is not legal for onroad driving (in sweden) so I might get some legal spot light for onroad. As for now my stock high beam has proven be rather OK, we have the stock Hella H4 lights here in Europe, that I have read that it puts out more light than the US H7 lights.

I agree that the cost little to much.

I might ad a 20" spot lightbar on the hood, if I find and legal one for onroad use.

Please post a vid, always intresting

Anyway, Your pictures show the date Year 2004 and it is a JK

Best regards from Sweden
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Omar:

Good looking D2 install on your JK. After seeing your install pictures and video, you convinced me to do the same.
I was about to buy the KC 130 watt driving lights until I saw this thread.
Thanks again Omar.

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how do you tun the light wires drill holes in the windshield frame??
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how do you tun the light wires drill holes in the windshield frame??
What do you mean? Are you meaning lights that are mounted behind the mirrors or on top of the windsheild?
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Behind the mirrors i been thinking about getting some but Idk how to run the wires

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