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Old 02-11-2019, 12:18 AM
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Rear Cargo Area Lighting

What do you all use for extra lighting in the rear cargo area?

I'm looking for something that still allows for the removal of my hardtop without a lot of additional wires/hassle to deal with.

I saw somewhere (and I can't find it now) where someone had a KC Cyclone LED and a switch installed in their rear windshield wiper motor cover. Anyone have any info on that setup?

Or any feedback on this one? Seems kind of expensive for what it is... but is it worth it?

https://www.quadratec.com/p/ikonic/c...actory-hardtop


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Brawlee rear cargo light. The connection is quick detach. I have no issues taking off the hardtop with it.
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on the Brawlee! Ez install and ez to disconnect if ya wanna lose the top. Plus you can adjust the brightness. Made a world of difference in the back of my JK.


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Yep, I have the Brawlee. Well thought out design.
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Didn't know I needed one of these. I may have to check this out.
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Looks to provide great illumination when unobstructed, but am wondering how much of a shadow is cast into the cargo area when someone is standing there to load/unload?
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I did my own on the wiper housing.
The switch is overkill at the moment because I bought it thinking I would put a mercury switch in there to have the light come on when the glass is raised. I never found a mercury switch that looked like it would last very long so my dpdt switch could've been a spst.
Sorry I dont seem to have a pic of the area lit up nor can I find the pic of the package the lights came out of. They were $14.99 at O'Reilly A.P.

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I built my own cargo lights with LED strips. One strip ios mounted in a U shaped piece of aluminium mounted behind the roll bar. The other strip in mounted on the taillight glass and comes on with a mercury switch.
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Looks to provide great illumination when unobstructed, but am wondering how much of a shadow is cast into the cargo area when someone is standing there to load/unload?


I havenít noticed much shadow at all with the Brawlee while loading or unloading. It goes the full width of the back glass so unless youíre as wide as your rig, thereís more than enough light from the sides to illuminate the rear. I do have a 2 door so I donít have as much to illuminate as a JKU but it does light up my entire Jeep. I have mine set at 50%..100% is incredibly bright.


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I swapped out my interior bulbs for LED's and they seem to provide a lot of light to the cargo area

I did try a couple of additional "battery motion sensor" lights, but they kept coming on due to the movement in the Jeep/shadows from outside

But the cabin lights with LED's seem pretty good
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I swapped out my interior bulbs for LED's and they seem to provide a lot of light to the cargo area

I did try a couple of additional "battery motion sensor" lights, but they kept coming on due to the movement in the Jeep/shadows from outside

But the cabin lights with LED's seem pretty good


Iím lookn at swapping my interior bulbs to leds. Which did you go with? Iíve seen several different swaps. Iím lookn for good & simple!


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Iím lookn at swapping my interior bulbs to leds. Which did you go with? Iíve seen several different swaps. Iím lookn for good & simple!


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I used this pack on my 2017 JKU. Significantly brighter than factory, enough to where passengers have complained when the doors are opened. Only took a couple of minutes after watching a youtube video to make sure I didn't break the dome light lens when taking them off.



The pack came with more than enough bulbs, extra enough to change all 3 bulbs in my Ram crew cab also.
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Awesome, Thx! Heck, for $10 definitely canít hurt to try them out!


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Yep - that is the exact same pack i bought and they are great for the money!
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I just installed this Tuffy Security enclosure and need extra lighting, I have a soft top so most of these wouldnít work.


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Amazon motion lights. Cheap for a three pack. Work amazing !!!
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I just installed this Tuffy Security enclosure and need extra lighting, I have a soft top so most of these wouldnít work.


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These work

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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My wife thought about something like that. Iíd want to make sure that it doesnít stay on when not needed. I was thinking about doing something with a switch that comes on automatically when the tailgate is opened up but itís not much of a priority until it warms up


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My wife thought about something like that. Iíd want to make sure that it doesnít stay on when not needed. I was thinking about doing something with a switch that comes on automatically when the tailgate is opened up but itís not much of a priority until it warms up


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The ones I listed are motion lights. I tested them and they shut off when no motion. I put two in the back of my jeep under the backbone and they work great. Thats even though my fridge covers up most of one of them.

Its 14 bucks and 3 AAA batteries per light and they work great. There are built in magnets so they can attach to metal as well as two sided 3M tape to mount on non-metal items.
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I have the brawlee rear light bar and absolutely love it! Lights up the entire ground behind the jeep.
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I havenít noticed much shadow at all with the Brawlee while loading or unloading. It goes the full width of the back glass so unless youíre as wide as your rig, thereís more than enough light from the sides to illuminate the rear. I do have a 2 door so I donít have as much to illuminate as a JKU but it does light up my entire Jeep. I have mine set at 50%..100% is incredibly bright.


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I have the Brawlee too. each LED throws a wide beam so when you're standing at the back the LED's to ledt and right throw such a wide beam that there is very little shadow and you can see the whole rear area very well. I really like this light and the price point is great also.

I wired mine a little different from the instructions. I did not wire them to the rear overhread but tapped the hot lead from the rear power point ( IE cig lighter outlet) put a switch in right next to it so it so much more convenient. The remote and dimmer still works too.
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LED on The Light Bar

I wired a small Rigid LED to my roll bar and ran it to my sPod. I can use my phone or switches to operate it. It also has a dimming feature.

I know the pic sucks, but it works really well and it's not in the way at all.
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@021411 does it automatically turn on or does it have a switch?

I have it connected to one of these.

https://www.amazon.com/Carviya-Motor...gateway&sr=8-9


You can however wire the lights to turn on when the doors open. I like to manually turn on the lights on and off though.
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I use one of these from Harbor freight, attached with velcro to the ceiling. Works great and when on sale, only a couple dollars.

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What do you all use for extra lighting in the rear cargo area?

I'm looking for something that still allows for the removal of my hardtop without a lot of additional wires/hassle to deal with.

I saw somewhere (and I can't find it now) where someone had a KC Cyclone LED and a switch installed in their rear windshield wiper motor cover. Anyone have any info on that setup?

Or any feedback on this one? Seems kind of expensive for what it is... but is it worth it?

https://www.quadratec.com/p/ikonic/c...actory-hardtop


Thanks for the feedback!

I have this light and it works well but it does eat battery's somewhere quick have to replace them about every 6 months. The other bad thing is when you hit a bump hard in the road the light will flash from the motion switch jerking around. It has a switch you can turn it off until needed. It is bright behind the Jeep and I live it. While it is a bit expensive but it looks like factory installed
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I saw this and ordered it yesterday (delivered in less than 24 hours, gotta love Amazon). Going to install them today, hopefully they work well!
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I saw this and ordered it yesterday (delivered in less than 24 hours, gotta love Amazon). Going to install them today, hopefully they work well!


Definitely post how ya like and what ya think of them. Iím wondering if these could be mounted under the hood? Not sure if theyíd take the heat or not..


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