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18W Led light bar

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by tasbm5, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. tasbm5

    tasbm5 Member
    from canada
    Messages: 66

    Hello All
    Just looking for some advice ,I have 2 18 Watt LED spot lights on my jeep for plowing at night that help greatly . I was thinking of adding a 18 Watt light bar. Do you think adding it will make it better or am I just wasting my money ?
    Thanks Terry
     
  2. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,058

    Depends where you're going to use it, if it's not DOT compliant, you can't use it on the road. Also LEDs don't get as hot as halogen so you may have ice build up
     
  3. tasbm5

    tasbm5 Member
    from canada
    Messages: 66

    No road use , just looking to use when I'm plowing driveways at night . My plow is a old fisher LD with the sealed beams that are not the greatest and this seems to be a cheaper solution than the intensifier upgrade.
     
  4. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,629

    They will probably help. Just wire them up to the plow with a two prong trailer harness if you remove the plow. If ya don't remove it just wire them up on a switch and turn on while you plow and turn off when transporting. I just added two 18watt led pods to my truck for extra reverse lighting. I read that they do give off enough heat to keep the lenses clear but don't have first hand experience yet. I am going to add a 22 inch light bar to my plow as well and wire it like above. If the snow doesn't stay melted off the lense I can always find another use for it. You may want to try the same. I'm trying out the 22 inch auxbeam with the 5d lenses. It's a combo spot in the middle with flood lenses on the end. Just a thought.
     
  5. tasbm5

    tasbm5 Member
    from canada
    Messages: 66

    Thanks , gonna add it to the plow with the trailer connector. I'm also going to add some
    lights for backing up also did you wire them in to your existing reverse lights or put them on a separate switch ?
    Thanks Terry
     
  6. White_Gold11

    White_Gold11 Member
    Messages: 90

    We are testing a few led bars. Intense lighting, no ice up issues yet, and relatively inexpensive. Just wire in a toggle for running down the road.
     
  7. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    use a relay when you tie into any existing circuit, eliminates teh chance of overload, they dont use heavy gauge wire like the old days
     
  8. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,629

    It just depends on your rig. Mine were 18w leds. Max draw is something like 1.6 amps or something little like that. So I spliced directly into my reverse lights. Mine are 18g awg wire so they can handle it. And I checked the bodybuilder guide for my truck and model year. Confirmed I was good to go with small led work lighting. Just had to add one to each backup circuit, not both lights to one. Anything bigger than the 18-20 watt catagory I would add a relay to be safe. Also check your state laws. I was fine here, but some states especially out east don't allow it so your going to want it switched so they just come on when clearing snow and not all the time.
     
  9. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,629

    Terry this is always the safest route to go. If you aren't sure, and don't have a newer rig that has a bodybuilder guide or similar documents, then be safe and add the relay. They are really cheap, and not hard to wire in.
     
  10. tasbm5

    tasbm5 Member
    from canada
    Messages: 66

    I'm going to buy the light switch harness with the relay in it and just turn them on when plowing.
    Thanks for all the great help guys .
    Terry
     
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  11. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,629

    Just a tip. Those harnesses that come with the lights are usually crappy. Just redo the connectors ext. with the heat shrink that is adhesive lined to keep the water and salt out.
     
  12. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,690

    My lightbar added to bizzard tower

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  13. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,690

    With lightbar on

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  14. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,690

    With plow lights

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  15. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,584

    Hmmm not going to use them on the road?
     
  16. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,418

    I saw a jagoff running a jagoff-bar that went across his roof going down I-94 ..
     
  17. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,629

    I hate that. It was probably on a super shiney, lifted truck, that has never been within 50 miles of a dirt road. Sound about right?
     
  18. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,418

    A 90's chev gasser, a 3"lift, wider tires & right out of the trailer-park with a old beat up 80's camero on a trailer.

    then he guns it when i go to pass him.:terribletowel:
     
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  19. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,338

    Cause you were riding my a$$ for 20 miles...
     
  20. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,629

    Usually around here it's a late model lifted truck with bars all over the thing. We are a big university town. When school is in session there are around 30,000 of them, and growing every year. Mommy and daddy send them to college in the mountains so of course they have to buy them a new lifted truck to make it to class:hammerhead: