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Coyote_94YJ 06-15-2012 07:14 AM

The Official JK Aftermarket Lighting Thread (HID, HALO, Fog, Etc..)
 

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Jimmiseitz 06-15-2012 10:20 PM

Ill Post First, Just got home from my shift at the Prison and the UPS man was kind enough to get a signature from my buddy a couple of doors down. My Rigid D2's have arrived. And now Im clueless how to go about getting them installed. It has directions and I can follow them But I dont know the best place to run the wire Harness. ( suggestions )

PapasJP 06-16-2012 03:54 AM

I want to run a pair of driving lights on my front bumper hoop and I don't want to spend any serious cash on them as they could magically disappear.

But, they will need to be as short as possible so they don't show over the hood when I drive, say less than 2 1/2" tall.

So the question is, which set of lights have you seen that might fit the area and are of good quality?

Thanks,

Hilldweller 06-16-2012 05:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PapasJP (Post 2478960)
I want to run a pair of driving lights on my front bumper hoop and I don't want to spend any serious cash on them as they could magically disappear.

But, they will need to be as short as possible so they don't show over the hood when I drive, say less than 2 1/2" tall.

So the question is, which set of lights have you seen that might fit the area and are of good quality?

Thanks,

You want cheap-n-stinky and work pretty well?
Pilot makes some.

There are tamper-proof hardware kits available if you want something that works really well though. The difference in light quality makes a big difference in visual acuity when you use driving lights (auxiliary highbeams) on the road.
If you're just using them offroad, get some cheap HIDs; lots and lots of light, poor CRI and focus (but who cares?).

Jeepoffroad04 06-16-2012 07:03 AM

What do you guys prefer halogen or HID? Driving or long range for the bumper?

Jimmiseitz 06-16-2012 07:51 AM

LED, or HID

NJSAHRA 06-16-2012 11:50 AM

Led

Ricky-2012JKU 06-16-2012 02:32 PM

HID all the way just make sure the kit you buy has high and low beam. And dont for get the relay harness.

SilverSport 06-16-2012 06:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeepoffroad04 (Post 2479169)
What do you guys prefer halogen or HID? Driving or long range for the bumper?

Is your Jeep mainly an offroader or DD?

Jeepoffroad04 06-16-2012 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by SilverSport

Is your Jeep mainly an offroader or DD?

DD with some mild wheeling at night

SilverSport 06-16-2012 07:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeepoffroad04 (Post 2480746)
DD with some mild wheeling at night

IMHO get halogen or LED. Extra light for offroading and DDing.

Jeepoffroad04 06-16-2012 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by SilverSport

IMHO get halogen or LED. Extra light for offroading and DDing.

Thanks I will look at halogen (leds cost an arm and a leg). Do you think I should get driving or spot lense?

Mentat Bashar 06-16-2012 09:11 PM

Would it be possible to post links to places you can purchase LED lights? It seems like JW Speakers are hard to find especially the fogs and signals.

Jeepoffroad04 06-16-2012 09:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mentat Bashar
Would it be possible to post links to places you can purchase LED lights? It seems like JW Speakers are hard to find especially the fogs and signals.

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lighting-...42&t_pl=102687 kc also has some led lights

Hilldweller 06-17-2012 04:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Mentat Bashar (Post 2481055)
Would it be possible to post links to places you can purchase LED lights? It seems like JW Speakers are hard to find especially the fogs and signals.

The Chrome Shop in Arkansas has sold Speaker in the past at good prices. River Raider sometimes too.
You can always contact Speaker for a list of retailers...

For lots of unbiased headlight info:
Headlight Shootout - JeepForum.com

SilverSport 06-17-2012 07:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Jeepoffroad04 (Post 2480819)
Thanks I will look at halogen (leds cost an arm and a leg). Do you think I should get driving or spot lense?

Do you plan to use the lights for on road driving or just offroading?

Jeepoffroad04 06-17-2012 08:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SilverSport

Do you plan to use the lights for on road driving or just offroading?

offroad only.

Mentat Bashar 06-17-2012 08:10 AM

Thank you for the links and replies. I contacted Speaker before to find a dealer in my area, Kansas, and they sent me to a place in Colorado. I contacted that dealer who never contacted me back. Plus, their website sucked. Clicking on the Speaker lighting section of their website sends me back to JW Speaker's website.

So I gave up.

lilMAC25 06-18-2012 11:17 AM

Truck-Lite LED Headlamp Kit for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I've seen "Truck Lite" LED's discussed before, but in every instance it seemed people were including different harnesses to eliminate flicker issues. So a couple questions

A. In the above link, are these the "Truck Lite" LED's that everyone has been discussing?

B. Do I need to purchase anything above and beyond to avoid flicker issues?

Thanks

Macman1138 06-18-2012 07:33 PM

LED is the only way to go.
The Truck-Lite head lights are well worth the money.
Get them!

Macman1138 06-18-2012 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lilMAC25 (Post 2485796)
Truck-Lite LED Headlamp Kit for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I've seen "Truck Lite" LED's discussed before, but in every instance it seemed people were including different harnesses to eliminate flicker issues. So a couple questions

A. In the above link, are these the "Truck Lite" LED's that everyone has been discussing?

B. Do I need to purchase anything above and beyond to avoid flicker issues?

Thanks

You need the "pig tail" adapter, one for each light.
I have noticed slight flickering only when idling at stop lights.

cmgrant 06-18-2012 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Macman1138 (Post 2487509)
You need the "pig tail" adapter, one for each light.
I have noticed slight flickering only when idling at stop lights.

Another vote for the Truck-Lite 2nd gen. I love them. I only occasionally notice flickering on a uniform vertical surface (like a fence), and they look great as well.

CG

SilverSport 06-18-2012 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Jeepoffroad04 (Post 2482014)
offroad only.

I would suggest following Hilldweller's advice in post #4. Get some HIDs for gobs off light.

ShoreWrangler 06-20-2012 06:18 AM

I'm leaning towards the PIAA 520 series aux lights. Can anyone suggest which model (such as ATP or SMR or ION Crystal) I should get? I plan to use mainly for on-road travel. My area is rural with many dark 2 lane high speed roads and we have deer all over the place. I want something I can flick on when there are no other vehicles on the road to keep from hitting deer. Thanks.

Havok 06-21-2012 02:56 PM

Hilldweller, I was hoping you'd be on this thread... as I value your oppion on this subject. Fluted lights vs. Spot and placement. are spots better for windshield mounts or front mounted light bar. also if I run fluted is the light pattern directed enough that I can use them while on the highway?

Studda 06-21-2012 06:37 PM

What are some thoughts on the jw speakers, they worth the money??? Stuck between the trucklites 2 and the jw

Hilldweller 06-23-2012 10:39 AM

This thread and Joel's work have merit; lest we forget it:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/ral...all-73538.html

Quote:

Originally Posted by Havok (Post 2499229)
Hilldweller, I was hoping you'd be on this thread... as I value your oppion on this subject. Fluted lights vs. Spot and placement. are spots better for windshield mounts or front mounted light bar. also if I run fluted is the light pattern directed enough that I can use them while on the highway?

Those are broad questions.
I'm not a huge fan of lights up by the A-pillar but can see the usefulness of them in a couple of situations:
1. A couple of smallish lights pointed down and away from the Jeep to see the sides of the road in really tricky areas with dangerous side obstacles.
2. A pair of sharp focus pencil beams for use when you're plowing your way through tall grass or you've been doused with mud and can't get out yet to clean your headlights.

As for patterns and whatnots on the bumper, I personally like a set of floods up there for trail use and a set of driving (Euro) pattern for auxiliary highbeam use. Some could be fluted and that isn't always an indicator of how the beam will actually work. I'd just stay away from anything with hokey claims, weird lenses/reflectors, claims of extra light from bulb coatings, etc.

Bosch Compact 100s come in a few flavors and work great. Hella Rallye 4000s in the Euro pattern have a wonderful spread of light. Cibie 5.75" convex H1 reflectors in a simple Grote bucket yields you one of the best set of driving lights you can imagine and won't cost much.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Studda (Post 2499948)
What are some thoughts on the jw speakers, they worth the money??? Stuck between the trucklites 2 and the jw

I haven't installed or tested the new Speakers yet but I have them on my bench. The heatsink area is smaller than their previous iteration and the lens is plastic; but other than that, they look the same as the old ones.

So, extrapolating from that, let's assume that the light pattern will be about the same as the old ones.
If that's the case, and that's a big if, there are differences in the beam pattern between the Trucklites and the Speakers.
The Trucklites have a very broad spread of light and maybe a bit too much foreground lighting to be considered perfect for fast highway speeds. They have amazing highbeams but a weird "X" artifact from each light that some find distracting.

The old gen Speakers that I had produced a predictable spread of light, fairly broad and even but not nearly as wide as the Trucklites. The highbeams were also quite good.
The Speakers did not have superfluous amounts of foreground lighting and were well-suited for the highway in that regard.

Foreground lighting ---- if you're going fast you don't want it because it tends to constrict your pupils and you won't see as far.
If you're going slow and picking your way along a trail, along a twisty road with deer, you'll like it.

So, pick a winner? It's up to the user.
For me, I'd go with the Trucklites for where I live and how I drive. I'd be perfectly happy with the Speakers though and would just use my supplemental lights more often...

fdnc2774 06-23-2012 10:48 PM

Anyone have a reccomendation for a replacement fog light for the bumper. I know some think they are useless but im currently upgrading to h4's from rallylights for my headlights with the phillip extreme bulbs. (Thanks for the advice hilldweller) . .would really like to upgrade the fogs with a nice white light to match the headlights. Stock fogs blow imo. Any help would be appreciated

Hilldweller 06-24-2012 05:19 AM

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Originally Posted by fdnc2774 (Post 2507857)
Anyone have a reccomendation for a replacement fog light for the bumper. I know some think they are useless but im currently upgrading to h4's from rallylights for my headlights with the phillip extreme bulbs. (Thanks for the advice hilldweller) . .would really like to upgrade the fogs with a nice white light to match the headlights. Stock fogs blow imo. Any help would be appreciated

Search on here for somebody who's done the Pilot swap.
Doesn't break the bank and it gives you more light.

JKUCRUSHMIKE 06-24-2012 12:42 PM

Does anyone else feel that this is not how we want our light questions answered. Seperate topics are needed with the massive amount of light options that are available. Not impressed with posts being closed and pushed here.


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