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Posted this in the lighting section, but doesn't look like that one gets as many looks so thought I'd fish for opinions here instead.

I'm getting ready to upgrade my headlights and wanted to get the opinions of you guys from cold weather states who have been running LEDs (especially KC Gravity Pros, Trucklites, and JW Speaker J2). Have you had issues with ice/snow accumulation? I'd rather not spend the extra for heated lights if not necessary, but would happily do so if it meant safer travels in Montana winters.
 

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I have had non heated LED's since 2013 and never had an issue. I put a lot of miles on and spent half the winter driving in the dark. I had Trucklites up until I got my recon that came with leds and both do just fine in my opinion.
 

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I originally used a paint sealant on my rig during the winter season in Chicago. It helps and does make it easier to clean if needed be. I then ceramic coated them the following season and have had no issues. This can be seen as overkill but whatever makes my time in the cold as short as possible is good by me.
 

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I have used JW's, and now a set of JW knock off's.
I live in upstate NY, and spend 3 months a year at snowmobile camp, where temps drop to -30° at night with tons of snow.
Put it bluntly, my LED's suck!!!!
If you're in cold/snowy, especially wet heavy snow area, get heated Truck lites, or go with non LED's
 

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Heated TruckLites. They just work. I have to drive even in terrible weather (ok I admit it, it's fun)... I have pictures of the front of my Jeep where the only thing clear is the headlights.

I've seen posts from non-heated owners saying they work fine and posts from non-heated owners saying they are unusable.

I've never seen a post from a heated owner saying they were unusable.

I believe other makers now have heated options - it's a no brainer to me, unless you barely get any snow.
 

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heated trucklites…
good cutoff,work flawlessly in nasty weather.
my only complaint would be the color temp,
it seems to be absorbed by wet roads
 
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JW has a heated version. I’ve loved my 8700 JW but I’ll be upgrading to heated lights as soon as I can. I’ve had enough trips across Wyoming and Utah in the winter to be happy without the heated version.


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I live in MN. Have had the non heated JWs for a few years. Last winter was super snowy, no issues with the non heated lights. All i do is spray some Rain-x on them in the fall and clean them if they are in bad shape mid winter. Really not a concern to me.
 

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I have had slush / ice build up on my LED lights but it doesn’t happen often. Road salt and grim seems to be more of a problem on all lights.


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I have had my lights get snowed over twice in 5 years. But it was a wet heavy snow. JW Speakers..
 

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From my experience (I live in Michigan), it really depends on how long you drive in the snow. My daily commute is 45 minutes each way. I have never had a problem with accumulation to cause a problem regardless of the type of snow for my daily commutes.

When I went on a longer trip, I noticed after about 2 hours driving in some heavy snowfall that my lights were accumulating snow. After 2 hours of driving in heavy snow fall, I was ready to stop off at a gas station for a break anyways, where I grabbed a coffee and on my way back to my rig, took my gloves and just wiped off my headlights and I was good for another 2 hours of driving.

Folks on forums seem to make a bigger deal out of this than what I have witnessed. Getting heated lenses are not worth the additional cost in my opinion.
 

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I live in southeast Idaho. I installed a set of Morimoto Super7 headlights and they get pretty warm. I can't imagine ice caking up on them, and I imagine it would melt off within minutes from a cold start. Amazing cutoff and illumination, as well.
 

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I’m in Maryland, and drive when we have tough snowstorms. I have the OEM leds, which cake up with ice/snow. Every time I stop, I have to clear the lights off.

Get the heated lifts. You won’t regret it. I am, as soon as I can’t stand the OEM lights anymore.
 
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My Jeep has the optional LED headlights.
We were on a short 1 1/2 hour trip to a casino. It started snowing. Warm temperature, 30-34 degrees with big clumps of wet snow falling. Before I knew it, my headlights were almost completely covered except for a small spot near the top. It was acting like I had my high beams on. The only time I could really see was when a car was coming at me. I did not know this happened until we stopped to check into the resort.
This was the only time this has happened. I drive a lot in the snow too. I live on the west shore of Michigan.
 
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