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Old 05-21-2019, 08:57 AM
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Pics of Large Lights on A Pillar?

Although small cube LEDs are all the rage, anyone have pics of large lights on their A-pillars?

Looking at Hella 700FFs which are ~6.5" in diameter. Are these too big? Obstruct vision?

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LEDs are the rage because they are much brighter and draw less than halogen. The larger LEDs are pricey.
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LEDs are the rage because they are much brighter and draw less than halogen. The larger LEDs are pricey.
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$450??? wow....
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This isn't really a large lens, but its definitely a unique mount design.

I mounted them up high and pointing to the sides, to get an overhead view of the surrounding area, and help minimize shadows.
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A-pillar lamps are classic styling and functionality for Jeeps. The fad of cubes on most rigs now a days are simply because most of them are cheap, making it an easy and inexpensive upgrade. I think they look like ass. Before anyone gets their panties in a wad, yes there are high end cubes... its just not my style. I prefer function over form and aesthetics over anything else. 4" A-pillar LED rounds are for me the perfect size if combing with other front end lights.

https://www.quadratec.com/products/9...t=lower-funnel
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I have hellas on my pillars and they work great. LEDs suck
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I have hellas on my pillars and they work great. LEDs suck
That's logical.

LED's are brighter, draw less power, have massively longer lives, functional color, and are becoming less and less expensive every day.

Again, great logic!
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I am not against LEDs at all. On my last Jeep (the green one in pics) I had added eight 4" round floods to my cargo cage...two on the a-pillars; two on the top cage on each side; and two on the rear. Worked great, and since they were made out of 'Chinese-ium' they were really cheap. Wired to a daystar lower dash switch panel with 4 switches: Front, left, right, rear.

The reason for the question is that the new-to-me '15s previous owner had set up a couple lights on it. There are two Rigid LEDs on the A-pillars; and two of the same bolted to the bumper connected to the fog light circuit (it has an aftermarket bumper that does not have cutouts for the stock fogs).

The Rigids connected to the stock fog light wiring have a weird behavior of having an intermittent flicker when the switch is off (work fine when on). Don't want to resolve this on this thread...however on another thread I started, someone gave me a wiring diagram to add a capacitor and resistor to the circuit.

While I am not against the idea, I am favoring replacing the fogs with bulb type lights, since that is what would have been on there originally and should play nice with the can bus or whatever (tpms?).

The current (rigid) 'fogs' are bolted to the bumper, but there are two tabs on the nerf bar which don't have anything on them. So am thinking of moving the fog-rigids to the nerf tabs and wiring them to the same circuit as the a-pillar lights (its own dedicated switch) for off road lighting if I want to keep the small squares.

I would then put the Hella fogs on the bumper with the oem wires. Should kind keep the small square lights up higher and somewhat uniform looking, while keeping the lower lights round and consistent with the round lights on the grill.

But am toying with the idea of making ALL the accessory lights look "classic" Jeep...ya know, round.

Thanks for reading my 'out-loud thinking'!
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That's logical.

LED's are brighter, draw less power, have massively longer lives, functional color, and are becoming less and less expensive every day.

Again, great logic!
And look like poopoo

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A-pillar lamps are classic styling and functionality for Jeeps. The fad of cubes on most rigs now a days are simply because most of them are cheap, making it an easy and inexpensive upgrade. I think they look like ass. Before anyone gets their panties in a wad, yes there are high end cubes... its just not my style. I prefer function over form and aesthetics over anything else. 4" A-pillar LED rounds are for me the perfect size if combing with other front end lights.

https://www.quadratec.com/products/9...t=lower-funnel
Me like. I have KC square cubes which were about the same price. Yours have a good look
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I don't have large lights on my A pillar, just 4" KC LZRs. They were right around $280. I have them on an angle too. I also have my KC G6 Gravitys on a slight angle also.
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$450??? wow....
They're some of the best in the business, so there's a reason why they're so expensive.

Rigid Industries, ARB... check those prices...

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They're some of the best in the business, so there's a reason why they're so expensive.

Rigid Industries, ARB... check those prices...

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I'm a cheapskate when it comes to offroad lights; Amazon for me. Bright but ugly, functional, don't care if they get smashed or stolen.

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And don't get the amber version. Why buy 11,000 lumen lights and slap a filter on them. sheeeesh.
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Here's some old various pics, but I've always run KC's for that classic look...the 8" variety. 6" or smaller seems small to me, especially for a lifted 4-door with some meats. If you opt for the 8", spend the extra $ for the MOPAR brackets, since they set them "down & out" a little more than the straight-up look that others do which impedes view more. Zero glare BTW.
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Here are some Vision X lights on my a-pillars

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There's a Jeep locally that has massive round A-Pillar lights and it looks ridiculous imo. They're probably 9" in diameter.

The 4.5" Vision X lights are perfect size for round A-Pillar lights. I went with the Rigid D-SS for functionality and I ended up liking the look. Mostly because they're not that noticeable.

Once you go too big on the A-Pillar you start loosing functionality and it will actually block your vision.
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My Hella 500s arrived today Gotta love Amazon! Cut, splice, paint the hardware black, bolt on. They look great and work perfectly on the OEM fog harness.

I think I will keep the small led Rigids on the A-pillar.

I moved the small Rigid cubes that were wired to the fogs to the top of the Nerf bar, but still need to wire them. I plan to connect them to the A-pillar Rigids circuit so all 4 come on together.

How do you all run the wire from the top of the nerf bar (grill guard bar) to the body? On mine the bar does not have an opening to run the wires thru the tubes which would be nice and clean. I am pretty ocd for securing wires and making it look neat and finished...

I guess my options are that I could drill a hole in the tube and snake it thru, or just cable tie the run right to the tubes. Does anyone just let them hang loose between the lights and the bumper or grill?
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Put the hella 100 watt bulbs in them and look out

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Why would you suggest putting 100 watt bulbs in a 55 watt housing?
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Put the hella 100 watt bulbs in them and look out
OE fog wiring will not like that one bit.
Plus, as fogs, the 500 has a non-compliant beam pattern. The standard bulb will blind enough people. 100w will kill them.



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How do you all run the wire from the top of the nerf bar (grill guard bar) to the body? On mine the bar does not have an opening to run the wires thru the tubes which would be nice and clean. I am pretty ocd for securing wires and making it look neat and finished...

I guess my options are that I could drill a hole in the tube and snake it thru, or just cable tie the run right to the tubes. Does anyone just let them hang loose between the lights and the bumper or grill?
I tend to change lights every so often as something taunts me so I just ziptie the wires.
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OE fog wiring will not like that one bit.
Plus, as fogs, the 500 has a non-compliant beam pattern. The standard bulb will blind enough people. 100w will kill them.

I tend to change lights every so often as something taunts me so I just ziptie the wires.

These are the 500 Fog version; frosted lenses with the low/wide dispersion pattern. My Hella Lights :: HELLA 500 Fog

Gotta love cable ties. All the runs on my green Jeep were just cable tied on.
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These are the 500 Fog version; frosted lenses with the low/wide dispersion pattern. My Hella Lights :: HELLA 500 Fog

Gotta love cable ties. All the runs on my green Jeep were just cable tied on.
Good choice then on the lights. The "driving" version is somewhat substandard in pattern/performance.

If you want to tinker, read this:
https://www.danielsternlighting.com/...ght_color.html

I tinted a set of lights per his method and they came out quite well. But don't go with a snappy yellow bulb and certainly not with the high wattage one...
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