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jkaltitude 08-22-2013 07:43 PM

Best Offroad Lights
 
Hi all,
I am brand new to this forum, well not quite, as I have been doing searching and learning all about wranglerforum.com. I finally decided to make an account so that I can actually communicate with everyone!

My first question is, what are the best 'off road lights' that will give me a bright light (possibly LED?) and something that isn't very expensive, and easy to install. I have the stock bumper, so it would have to fit that if they were those type. Ive also seen lights that mount onto the edge around the windshield. Not sure which would be better.

Thanks in advance,

jkaltitude

Commodore Perry 08-22-2013 09:34 PM

I like my Rigids a lot. Assembled in USA, I know some components are probably made overseas but at least final qc is USA. Great quality, well designed, look good and VERY bright.

vacca foeda 08-22-2013 09:47 PM

There a few vendors with some good deals in the vendors section for lights. The one that comes to mind is Chris at jeepaddons, with a pretty wide variety. I'm sure Jason at krawl Offroad has some too.

BB1857 08-22-2013 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by vacca foeda (Post 4110316)
There a few vendors with some good deals in the vendors section for lights. The one that comes to mind is Chris at jeepaddons, with a pretty wide variety. I'm sure Jason at krawl Offroad has some too.

Just an FYI for the OP and anyone else. I have been a big supporter of jeepaddons since I have been on the forum as I have ought a bunch of stuff with great results BUT their parent company has filed Chapter 11 on August 10th. I am $435 for truck lites as of now so just letting you know you may ant to find an alternative.

unusedusername 08-23-2013 02:09 AM

"You get what you pay for"

The absolute very best is Baja Designs, but at $1800 MSRP an OnX 46" bar is pricey.

Second best is Rigid Industries, who's 50" E-Series bar is $1600 MSRP.

Those prices don't include the mounts, paint if you don't like black, or the required wiring, switches, and relay box.

If you want "not very expensive" then you want something of lesser quality or older technology that will still light up the night, and will probably never give you issues.

Personally, I would go older tech to keep the high quality, but that seems to be an unpopular opinion around here. Most will probably suggest a cheap LED bar of questionable QC.

Hella's 7" round offroad bulbs still work quite well, and they are 1/8th the price they used to be because everyone wants LEDs that don't have the massive power draw that the Hellas do.

JKs have big enough alternators that they can handle the Hellas as long as you don't go crazy with them or try to run your winch and the offroad lights at the same time.

MRT2 08-23-2013 04:13 AM

"Expensive" is relative. You want to see the depths of the ocean from your parking spot on the beach? 50" LED. Nuff' said. (Yes I OVER-simplified it... however let's start with the aftermarket (non-Rigid) LED's and go down from there. (If you're looking for the 'sun' this is your best bet).

jkaltitude 08-24-2013 11:35 AM

Thanks for all the advice guys. A friend of mine put some LED fog lights on her smittybilt bumper. Extremely bright, but I already have factory fog lights on my jku, and I dont really think I want to do fog lights on top of other fogs. Do people still mount offroad lights on their windshield brackets? Kind of think that would look sweet, but haven't really seen any yet. If anyone has these, please feel free to post pics!

JD95YJ 08-24-2013 12:28 PM

If you go with windshield mounted lights, make sure you get "spot beam" pattern, otherwise you'll end up with a lot of glare. I have HID spots on my windshield and love them.

jkaltitude 08-24-2013 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by JD95YJ (Post 4115583)
If you go with windshield mounted lights, make sure you get "spot beam" pattern, otherwise you'll end up with a lot of glare. I have HID spots on my windshield and love them.

How can you tell if they are spot beam? Will it just say it in the description of the lights? Are there any brands you would recommend.

OhSixTJ 08-25-2013 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by jkaltitude (Post 4116885)

How can you tell if they are spot beam? Will it just say it in the description of the lights? Are there any brands you would recommend.

The better brands will say it in the description

zaskar14 08-26-2013 12:57 PM

Is spot beam the same as long range?

BB1857 08-26-2013 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by zaskar14 (Post 4122065)
Is spot beam the same as long range?

Yes it is.


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