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Old 03-21-2018, 02:26 PM
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I may have overdone it a bit

Got the aux back-up lights mounted in the bumper I built. I may have overdone it a bit, but I'm trying to prepare myself for when I get as old a LuckyMac and can't see (or remember) chit.

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:29 PM   #2
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WOW! I may need my sunglasses. Having worked many a night shift as a Deputy, you can never have enough light.
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Did you put them on their own switch? Or did you wire them in to come on with the regular reverse lights?

I was thinking of doing something like this, but I was thinking I would put them on their own switch.
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:53 PM
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I tied them into the back-up light circuit. Thought about a seperate switch, even have one in place for it. What I did switch up (no pun intended) was that they're wired hot, so even when the key is off, you can put it in reverse and the lights come on. I did that for camping, just in case I want to light up an area for set up or take down.
I should mention too that these are mounted to point outwards at 45 degrees. Now that I see them I kind'a wish I had mounted them at a lesser angle - more toward the back and less to the sides. They're diffused lights, but still too spotty.
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It seems like I always have a need for light at the rear of my vehicles. I deal with it a lot especially with my truck when I'm hitching up a trailer, or recovering a deer, etc. The cargo lamp just doesn't cut it, and so I was going to put lights down on the bumper and wire them to a switch in the cab. I don't often need them when I'm backing, but when I'm working around the back of the vehicle, there just is never enough light. If I happen to need them for backing, I can just flip the switch.

I think I'm going to move the floods I have on my Jeep front bumper to the rear, wire them up to an independent switch, and put different lights up front. The ones I have on there now don't really do a whole lot since I upgraded my headlamps, so I need something brighter or that throws more light up front anyway.
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I agree with Jarhead Al. You can't ever have too much light. You may want to re-aim them or use a lens that diffuses the light even more.
I'd use a separate switch and use them for setting up camping or whatever.
I was considering front wheel well lights so that I can see front tire placement on the trail at night. Only problem is that I might forget to turn them off when I got back on the street and totally embarrass myself.

I have a monster hand held spotlight that plugs into my cigarette lighter that I use to check out wildlife or (hopefully not) change a tire if necessary. Usually it lives in my console.

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I can't tell if he's taking off or landing but I'm getting off the runway.
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One of the first mods I did when I got my YJ was mounting LED lightbars. One mounted on the front bumper along with a pair of LED driving lights, a pair of LED spot lights mounted on windshield brackets and a LED lightbar mounted underneath the spare tire. OEM backup lights ain't worth crap. I connect mine to my backup lights. Like Jarhead said, you can never have enough light.
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One of the first mods I did when I got my YJ was mounting LED lightbars. One mounted on the front bumper along with a pair of LED driving lights, a pair of LED spot lights mounted on windshield brackets and a LED lightbar mounted underneath the spare tire. OEM backup lights ain't worth crap. I connect mine to my backup lights. Like Jarhead said, you can never have enough light.
I hope this doesn't go too far off topic, but how did you run the wires for the spots on your WS brackets? I have a pair of brackets there, and spots would be great, but I just can't see in my mind's eye how I would route the wires.
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Looks good. I recently added a little 6" led bar under my bumper wired to a switch. Night and day difference backing up. And super useful for working after dark. I threw led bulbs in the reverse lights before, which made a difference compared to stock, but I still wanted more.
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Definitely put them on a switch. That is what I have on my YJ and it is awesome. The best thing is when you have some a$$wipe with their brights on right behind you.
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@Camper_Bob . Np. With the LED lightbar and driving lights I installed a relay kit for each under the hood to the battery. As you know there is limited access for the windshield and I had no desire to drill holes, so I ran wire along side the outside of the windshield into a small pocket where the windshield and door frame meets, ran the wires to the back of the top portion of my dash. Found a center point where the wiring from both light met up and dropped them down behind the dash. Under the dash I connected the wires to the relay kit and ran the wires to my switch panel and wires through the firewall to the battery. I hope that helps you out.
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@Camper_Bob . Np. With the LED lightbar and driving lights I installed a relay kit for each under the hood to the battery. As you know there is limited access for the windshield and I had no desire to drill holes, so I ran wire along side the outside of the windshield into a small pocket where the windshield and door frame meets, ran the wires to the back of the top portion of my dash. Found a center point where the wiring from both light met up and dropped them down behind the dash. Under the dash I connected the wires to the relay kit and ran the wires to my switch panel and wires through the firewall to the battery. I hope that helps you out.
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Did you put them on their own switch? Or did you wire them in to come on with the regular reverse lights?

I was thinking of doing something like this, but I was thinking I would put them on their own switch.
Using "back to back" diodes, you can control them with two power sources.

I have the Rigid Radiance lamps in my rear bumper. Still need to finish the wiring. The white will come on with the reverse lamps or switch. The red will come on with the brake lamps.
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Using "back to back" diodes, you can control them with two power sources.

I have the Rigid Radiance lamps in my rear bumper. Still need to finish the wiring. The white will come on with the reverse lamps or switch. The red will come on with the brake lamps.
Thanks for the tip! I figured there would be a way to do that. But I don't necessarily always want them to come on when I'm backing up. At least that's what I'm thinking right now. If I find myself switching them on every time I'm backing, I might re-think that and put something different in.

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