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LED Light Bar Advice

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by ranger_rod, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. ranger_rod

    ranger_rod Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Good Day! I am looking at purchasing a couple LED light bars for my 2000 Ford xlt plow truck. Does anyone have some advice to pass on? Light bars are pretty cheap on Amazon so I am planning on mounting both on the roof, one pointed forward and one for reverse.

    LED lights do not heat up like regular lights and I am curious if blowing snow becomes an issue sticking to the LED lights?

    Cheers and thanks for any info you can pass on.
     
  2. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,033

    Rigid industries, bright and durable.
    Don't get the cheap light
    gets hot enough to melt snow off of it.
     
  3. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
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  4. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 943

    Was thinking of doing the same only with good lights (not ebay crap), but then spoke with a couple of guys who said that with the roof mounted lights, they got snow blind with the extreme light hitting the falling snow in between the windshield and the front of the truck - and - when the plow was raised the reflection was bad. I had not thought of that.

    So I am upgrading my Boss lights to the new ones that just came out this year. Back up lights are easy...or just buy the back up buddy system which is even easier.
     
  5. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    Boss did good with those new lights it looks like. People never realize that the LED's don't get got enough like the old strobes and rotators to melt the snow off. During long storms you need to clear the snow for your lightbar's and such to be seen. Boss was smart to make the lights have a snow melting feature.

    Few years ago I almost got hit by a cop car that I couldn't see because he lightbar was completely covered by snow. It was on but until he was wishing 50ft you couldn't see the snow on his roof flashing. :nono:
     
  6. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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  7. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

    for what? the snow being removed from a light that is not on?
     
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,532

    Did you notice the LED didn't need it?
     
  9. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    Oh true, totally forgot we were talking LED's on steady burn and not flashing... :drinkup:
     
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

    I can tell, it kind of looks like there is something diffusing the bean tho.

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  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Looks like a stupid driver magnet with that many lights.
     
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

    Maybe he works as a carney in the summer.

    or he thinks hes driving a "emergency response vehicle".
     
  13. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,532

    The only steady burn are the rigids in that video.

    I'll give the lights a good coats of wax preseason and spray bottle of good washer fluid with the Rainx additive at double dose once in a while.
    A couple of years ago, I did half my Liberty bar and some of the LED's as a test. It's not a cure all but since my pass side window is always getting salt covered, a shot here and there helps.
     
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    I wasn't aware of the new Boss lights, what are they charging for a set?

    The Trucklite LED headlights went up to $900 last year.

    Roof mounted lights--forward or rear--are going to be a huge disadvantage when it is snowing or blowing.
     
  15. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,532

    True......try working in a disaster response.
     
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    I have...........for 26 years. The kind that beats your kind there.
     
  17. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,532

    Don't worry, it will grow back, grass is like the cubs, there's always next season.
     
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    :confused::confused::confused:
     
  19. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

    1olddogtwo you must of played with a "light`brite " set when you were a kid?


    Q, when you get out of the truck,,,, do you wear something like this also?

    ps yes rain`x on lights does work,, to a point.

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    Last edited: Oct 31, 2015
  20. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,532

    Hell yea I do to both I'm uncomfortable alone in the dark.