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Old December 28th, 2012, 09:15 PM
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LED auxiliary lighting

Strongly considering these for my front winch bumper:
http://www.amzn.com/B005WWI62K/
http://www.amzn.com/B005WWIV3O/

Anyone have any input either way on using these LEDs versus a traditional Hella-ish setup? Right now I'm thinking these have to be vastly superior....but feedback is welcomed.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 12:12 AM
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Can't comment on that particular brand. Only have two comments. 1. LEDs are the cats pajamas on fire. 2. Compare apples to apples or in this case lumens to lumens. Find out what you like and compare wattage to lumens between the products that you are interested in.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 12:14 AM
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I just bought some Rigid LED bars. Will post once I've had a chance to use them.
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I have 3 pairs of rigid LED dualies on my truck and I love them. They put out a lot more light than you think.
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On basic lighting my build will be 100% led excrpt for the headlights.
Having driven through a ton of miserable fog in VA this week LED rear fog lights will be aded to the shopping list. Going with Wipac NAS style. Front fog, yes but no decision yet on brand or light source.
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I figured this would be the response. I just went ahead and ordered up the round LED above and will wire it up as a rear worklight and see how I like it before ordering up some for the front

Aesthetic question: round or square lights on the front SG bumper? I'm thinking three round, then if I decided to get carried away I could do the squares on the NAS cage.
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Jason, go round on the SG brushbar. It just looks better. I have 3 on mine, and like the look.
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Great thread guys. I as well was looking at LED work lights for the rear as well. And I like those led light bars. Carl what kind did you get (length)? I was considering one of those. Can't wait to see some pics.
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Hey Carl,
Do you have a picture of the light bar installed? I am assuming you put it up top (but could be wrong) - and would love to see it with the low profile rack you have on your truck. TIA

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I went a little crazy and ordered a 50" SR (Single Row) Rigid LED bar for the top (16000 Lumens) and I also got a 20" SR LED Rigid LED Bar to replace my Hella Black Magics on the ARB bumper in front of the grill (6400 Lumens). The idea behind the 20" was to get less draw, more lumens and increased airflow to the radiator as the SR Bars are very low profile, especially compared to round Hellas.

The 50" is still in the box as it looks like I have to fab a mount in order to install it on top of the roll cage. The 20" hasn't arrived yet. I'll post pictures as soon as I get them test fitted.

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Great thread guys. I as well was looking at LED work lights for the rear as well. And I like those led light bars. Carl what kind did you get (length)? I was considering one of those. Can't wait to see some pics.
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I think the low profile combo of lights and rack is going to look really good as well as be practical. The only interference will be my snorkel top sticking up and blocking the bar. Will have to work something out there.

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Do you have a picture of the light bar installed? I am assuming you put it up top (but could be wrong) - and would love to see it with the low profile rack you have on your truck. TIA

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Will the LEDs throw the light far down the road trail? I have 3 hella hid 4000's and love them on the trail. It's like driving in daylight at night.
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I have almost converted everything to LED. Only have a few dash lights (turn signal indicator, etc) and headlights left to convert . I'm going for the JW Speaker 8700 Evolution model.

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On basic lighting my build will be 100% led excrpt for the headlights.
Having driven through a ton of miserable fog in VA this week LED rear fog lights will be aded to the shopping list. Going with Wipac NAS style. Front fog, yes but no decision yet on brand or light source.
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Depends on what kind you get. They come in different versions, spot, flood or spot/flood combo. The bars I ordered are spot/flood combos.

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Will the LEDs throw the light far down the road trail? I have 3 hella hid 4000's and love them on the trail. It's like driving in daylight at night.
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It's important to distinguish between raw lumens and effective lumens. Most manufacturers only advertise the raw lumens because it is a higher number. The good ones advertise both. The JW Speaker headlights I'm looking at for example are 1,350 Raw Lumens but only 760 Effective Lumens. Raw lumens is a theoretical output number before loss through lenses etc has been included. Effective is the light you actually get.
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Isn't Hella coming out with a 4000 with LEDs?
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Here they are

http://www.myhellalights.com/index.p...llye-4000-led/
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I like my china LED worklight (similar to the circular one you have linked above). It's the OR light in the bed of my truck, which has 480 lumens and a lifetime of something like 8000 hrs. My guess is that lifetime number is conservative. The beam pattern is something like a 90-100 degree flood, so as you can imagine the range is not very long. 1200 lumens is probably plenty bright as a work light.

I think I like the rigid dually 2x2's better, as they are available with known beam patterns, performance specifications, and are not significantly more expensive than the cheap china LEDs.

Another company that seems to make decent product is lazerstar, which is sort of "upscale china". Less of a guarantee on things like weatherproofness, but a more up to date selection of LEDs.

http://www.lazerstar.net/products/lx-led-light-bars

Then, there's the "they're all made in China, so let's make 'em even cheaper" and who knows what the specs are lights. Maybe good, maybe bad, but they're bright for however long they last:

http://www.trailworthyfab.com/Trail-Series/

Or if you're the handy type:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...light-bar.html

I'm not sure I understand the economy of 20-30 inch light bars that cost $600-1000. One could fab up an HID floodlight that produces significantly more light than these for much less money.
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Jason, go round on the SG brushbar. It just looks better. I have 3 on mine, and like the look.
Pencil/Euro/Pencil

Cornering/euro/cornering

I had three for a little while, I was running the 2nd combination.

The ARB "Intensity" LED's are rather appealing, Im a sucker for marketing though. There is a video of them on youtube

It seems Hella is more oriented to the OEM than ARB, Rigid IF PIA etc.
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