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We probably get 10 calls a day asking about lighting options for the Hard Rock, X, and 10A bumpers- asking questions from "what are the best?" to "I'm on a budget after buying this Jeep and just want some lights." Because of this, we decided to post our opinions of what works, looks good and give some info on the different lights and brands we like to use.

Auxiliary Lighting:
(For Hard Rock, X, and 10A you will need auxiliary light brackets that can be found here: Maximus-3 10A/X Rubicon Auxiliary Light Brackets)

Good:
(This would be the category for budget lights just to have something mostly for looks, but could function when needed.)

Runner Up:
Hella 500 Black Magic
These lights are exactly what you would expect from a $100 kit. It gets the job done, but is not comparable to an LED by any means. The looks of this light is what most are drawn to since it has a "Blacked out" appearance.
Hella 500 Black Magic Driving Lamp Kit - Auxiliary Lighting - Lighting - Exterior


Winner:
Warn W650D
The Warn 650 Series Driving Lights have a better light output than the Hella Black Magic, but still fall in the budget category at $170 for the pair
Warn W650D 6-1/2 inch Halogen Driving Light Kit



Better
Runner Up:
IPF 900XS
These halogen lights will definitely outshine and throw light farther than either of the previously mentioned lights. We use a ton of these on AEV builds because of their price point and style. Many people still love that classic round light look and the IPF’s work perfect for them!
IPF 900XS Series Complete Light Kit


Winner:
Baja Designs XL Sport
Baja Designs is one of our favorite lighting companies to work with. The quality of the light and housing are top notch, while the light output is one of the best in the industry. From what we’ve seen, they have more light output than Rigid. Since this is an LED light, We do have the specs on output. (1800 Lumens each, at 20w output)
Baja Designs XL Sport LED Light


Best:
Runner Up:
Baja Designs XL80
This was a little difficult to decide on. While the XL80 is by far one of the brightest lights on the market, we just couldnt give it the win because they are still a new light and we have only installed a few pairs. (none on a Hard Rock though) With 9500 Lumens each at 80 watts of light output, you definitely cant go wrong with them if you need that much light.
Baja Designs XL80 LED Light Pair


Winner:
ARB 21 Intensity
While the 32 gets an honorable mention, we think that they are just too big and bulky. With that said, the 21 Intensity gets our vote. The 7” lights pack a HUGE punch with a light output of 6950 lumens at 74w each. Until ARB comes out with a true combination patterned lens, we recommend using a spot on the drivers side, and a flood on the passenger side to get the best of both worlds.
ARB 21 Intensity LED Light


Honorable Mentions:
Rigid Industries
We use a ton of Rigid’s lights as well. However as bumper lighting, we feel that the D2s are too small. The XL series are the right size, but Baja Designs puts out more light with less LED’s, and the Q Series are just too big.
 
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As far as lights go, some owners prefer the new bar setup over the classic round-shaped lights mentioned above. If this is you, check out our breakdown of these 10” LED light bars, perfect for your Maximus-3, Rubicon Hard Rock, X, or 10A build! All 10” light bars utilize these brackets by Maximus-3, to mount the light bar to the bumper.


Good – This is for the budget build or new owner looking to get into the world of Jeep upgrades. The lights in this category can function when needed, but may not have the same build quality as a high end LED light, or lack certain features such as the ability to rebuild the light or replace the gasket if moisture becomes an issue.

Runner up:
Lifetime LED 10” Single Row



The Lifetime LED 10” Single Row bar falls into the budget category at $149.00, and provides a 30,000 hour life span, features a shatterproof polycarbonate lens, IP67 waterproof rating, and 4500 lumens. This light also features a lifetime warranty, and a choice of spot, flood, or combination light patterns.

Winner:
Morimoto X Bar 10”



Coming in at $200.00, we chose the Morimoto X 10” bar as our winner for the budget category because it features a higher waterproof rating (IP68), more Lumens (5500), and the lens guards are interchangeable, allowing you more customization options (sold individually)! These lights feature a 10 year warranty, and the housings are made of aircraft grade aluminum with a piano black finish.

Better – These lights are for the owner looking to step it up a notch, and are a great product both in terms of cost and construction.

Runner up:
Rigid Radiance 10”



Our runner up for this category was the Rigid Radiance 10” LED light bar at $170.99; these light bars are really neat in that they've got a unique backlit system (run on a separate wire) that can remain on while the LED lights themselves are offline. This product has an output of 3528 Lumens, and the housing is constructed of high-grade aluminum alloy.

Winner:
Baja Designs 10”



The winner in this segment is the Baja Designs 10” S8 LED Light Bar, at $296.10, with an output of 4000 Lumens, also featuring an aircraft grade aluminum housing, and providing 49,930 hours of life. These lights can be ordered with an amber backlight, and are available in spot, wide, and combination lens configurations. These lights are also waterproof up to 9 feet!

Best – This category is for the build where no expense is spared, and provide the best quality of light, construction, durability, and longevity over the other categories.

Runner up:
Rigid E-Series 10”



Here we've got the Rigid E-Series 10” LED light bar, coming in at $399.99. This light features a lifespan of 50,000+ hours, produces zero UV emissions, an unbreakable lens, and is offered in a spot, flood, or combo pattern as well. This light is powerful, efficient, and durable, and makes a great addition to any build.

Winner:
Baja Designs OnX6 10”



We chose the Baja Designs OnX6 as our winner in this contest as it is highly popular, and is both extremely efficient and powerful. This LED light features an output of 6,450 Lumens with a life expectancy of 49,930 hours, and is completely waterproof. This LED bar has a limited lifetime warranty, and is available in driving, spot, wide, and high-speed beam patterns. If you're looking for a high-end light bar for your Jeep Wrangler, this one is for you!
 

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Great info! How about options for mounting LED's to the rear Hard Rock bumper??? I'm surprised nobody has come out with a lighting option to fit into the inserts on the bumper.
 

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ARB Intensity with or without the Maximus-3 Light Bracket

Auxiliary Lighting:
(For Hard Rock, X, and 10A you will need auxiliary light brackets that can be found here: Maximus-3 10A/X Rubicon Auxiliary Light Brackets)


Winner:
ARB 21 Intensity
While the 32 gets an honorable mention, we think that they are just too big and bulky. With that said, the 21 Intensity gets our vote. The 7” lights pack a HUGE punch with a light output of 6950 lumens at 74w each. Until ARB comes out with a true combination patterned lens, we recommend using a spot on the drivers side, and a flood on the passenger side to get the best of both worlds.
ARB 21 Intensity LED Light



I would really liked to use the brackets. i think it looks awesome a little elevated off the bumper. The ARB21 intensity lights are just perfect. I have used the flood and spot combo and they are a great day like light with the best illumination you can find. The bracket does not work. Between the two brackets it is to unstable for the weight of the light. It creates a flicker. I like the Maximus-3 products, but this would work better for direct bolt on lights without the additional bracket of the ARB21's.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/help-rocky-mountain-hunting-jku-hr-_-build-ideas-1911033.html
 
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