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LED Light Bars

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by linckeil, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,259

    I wasn't sure what section to post this in, but I'm looking for some experiences people may have in using LED light bars to supplement your existing plow lights.

    The lights on my plow truck suck. I know the newer plow setups with isolation modules and modern lighting are leaps and bounds ahead of the 20 year old technology that runs my plow lights. they have always been enough for me to do the job, but I definitely find myself wishing they were better.

    I see a lot of low draw LED light bars putting out a ton of light. I'm toying with the idea of mounting a 20-30" bar in between my existing plow lights. I would wire them with a 3 position switch (on,off,on only with high beams) and through a relay.

    anyone have such a setup? in the middle of a storm i'd imagine the lights may reflect off falling snow and do more harm then good (hence wiring them as I described).

    anyone have an experience or thoughts on the matter? pictures would be nice if possible.
  2. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,027

    I recently purchased a rigid industries light bar, 20"
    It puts out 18,000 lumens. It's bright and durable.
    I got that on sale but it still cost 700$.
    When purchasing led lights you need to remember they're usually meant for off road use only, however Rigid does make a light that is DOT approved but it isn't as bright and is aimed differently.
  3. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,259

    the rigid lights are really nice, but absolutely outrageous at $700 for a 20 incher. I'm sure they are heads and shoulders above the others, but I can't stomach that cost.

    I'm thinking of this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ight bar 22&qid=1445277968&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

    this light has really strong ratings. out of 65 reviews it has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5. 12,000 lumens is not as bright as rigid, but far better than what I have currently. it does have a 1 year warranty. I figure if it self destructs after the warranty period maybe i'd upgrade to a better light. but right now i'm in the experimental phase and can deal with a $75 hit if it doesn't work out as I hope it to. but taking a gamble at 10 times that amount is a bit too rich for my blood at this stage.

    and yes, most all of these light bars are only for off load use - i plan to use it only when plowing (on private property). so where did you mount your light? got a picture? how do you like it? I hear nothing but great things about rigid - as one would hope at those prices....
  4. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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  5. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    I would say its a great idea for when you are in a driveway or an EMPTY parking lot. I had two small pod lights we used as work lights and if I ever left them on while driving the would blind anyone near the beam at 1200 lumens.

    If you have the 12000 lumen bar on and a car is coming at you they are going blind and won't see the road. You could mount the bar between the headlights as long as A. you can see and B. its aimed so that the output helps you the most
  6. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    I had a plow truck come at me last year on the road with his light bar on. I couldn't see a thing. By the time I got turned around he was gone. If I could have stopped him I'd have ripped them off his truck. Be sure to tie them to your high beams and aim them properly lest you hurt someone.
  7. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    Im down in Texas for a semester at school here, and there are dumba$$es with daddy's pickup truck with all the toys and gadgets running around with 50" lighter bars on the roof turned on on city roads in this town. I can't stand it. :gunsfiring: Time to weed them out! :angry::gunsfiring:
  8. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    I have two sets of led lights on my truck two Atomic led pod fog lights in the grill and two square chines ones on my back rack. Both are very bright. If i ever put some on my plow I would put a plug on the grill lights and run a wire and corresponding plug to two pods mounted on the outside of my plow lights with an extending bracket. Because i wouldn't not use the fogs when the plow is on. The lights would be the same height as my existing fisher plow lights and would just be out wider on each side. I would want them on a on off switch so i can turn them on or off and not blind people and not sacrifice valuable viewing area in-between my plow headlights. And i think the lift triangle raising in front of the light bar and blocking the light and sort of blinding you would get old fast.
  9. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,259

    thanks for the link. i'm never in the boss forum so that explains why I didn't see that thread. but I knew someone else must have done it. I'm gonna go ahead and give the setup a shot.

    and yes, these lights are very dangerous if used with oncoming traffic. I hope the cops start cracking down on these idiots. they are a much greater threat than someone doing 5-10mph over the speed limit - which is the usual target of the police around here.
  10. snowymassbowtie

    snowymassbowtie Member
    Messages: 75

    Just a heads up. I read somewhere that amazon is having a problem with fake reviewers. I would be Leary about reviews on any web site. I know I am.
  11. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    Its more for smaller items. if there are a ton of reviews it should be alright. (Sellers were paying people on Fiverr to review their items)
  12. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,259

    so i installed the light i linked above today. i made a bracket to mount it. its wired on a 3 position switch just as i planned - on, off, on with high beams. i also went through a relay, although it probably wasn't necessary. between the light, switch, relay, and relay holder i am in it just under $100. the wires and steel i had laying around.
    i'm very happy with the light. tonight when it was dark enough i went for a test drive and i hate to use this pun, but it was literally night and day. i was amazed. i tried to take a picture of just my high beams and then just the light bar, but the flash on my camera at night wouldn't allow me to take a decent picture of the light output. i'll see if i can try and use a different camera.
    so now the only question is how will it perform in falling snow - that remains to be seen but so far this installation is a success and a huge upgrade.





  13. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,259

    and that's just a reflection in the first picture - the light is not on.
  14. ilucas

    ilucas Member
    Messages: 43

    Just checking in to see if you had an update on your light mod. Are you happy with your set up? How is it in heavy snow? does the light bar interfere with your line of sight in the middle of the plow frame?

  15. Zigblazer

    Zigblazer Member
    Messages: 79

    I put this "Light Bar" on my plow a couple years ago. $100 in total parts. Got the LED flood lights on amazon for less than $10 each, 2 cheap flood lights for $10, and put HIDs in the larger flood lights for $32, then built the rack. Wiring, 2 relays, and 3 switches (HID, LED, Strobe) in the dash brought the total up to $100. I used the same LED lights in the back for reverse lights, I wired them to come on with the LED top lights, and still come on in reverse. Built the cage because I'm rough with the truck and was sick of breaking lights.

    It all works great, except I chose 3000k HIDs that are just too yellow to help much in the snow. The LEDs put the HIDs to shame.

    I now have to figure out how to outfit my new plow truck with lights. I still have to get the dump box on anyway, but I am leaning toward a light bar for the front like the OP did. Not sure what for the rear until I get that dump box on.

    Another point is that only DOT approved lighting is allowed to be used while on public roads, regardless of type and brightness. But you still can't stop jerks from running around with all of the off-road lights on blinding people.

    I live in the country and did occasionally use my LEDs as brights, but as soon as I saw another car, they went off. Which did suck because the plow lights were almost useless. The new plow lights are so much better than the old, so extra lighting isn't such a priority. Warning lights will be more work, the dump box will block the view from the rear of the cab mounted one.



  16. anteater6788

    anteater6788 Junior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 5

    I used a 20" amazon LED bar wired on it's own switch and relay, also have a 6" LED on each side which is nice in tight driveways or if your looking for a house number in the dark, they are also on their own switch.


    Stock headlights


    Stock lights plus the center LED.


    The side lights.

  17. ilucas

    ilucas Member
    Messages: 43

    looks good, nice neat job!

    how are they during a storm with snow falling?
  18. john r

    john r Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 239

    Thats a good idea with the side lights
  19. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,259

    very happy with the setup - glad I went with what I did and avoided the huge expense of a rigid light. I'm sure they are great, but couldn't justify the cost and I really couldn't imagine the benefit of a light any brighter than what I am using.

    I too was concerned about the line of sight, but you get used to it real quick. going down the road its a non-issue. when plowing in tight quarters I sometimes find myself peering between the top of the hood and the bottom of the light (the pic I posted from inside the cab shows the gap I am talking about).

    as for falling snow, I find it reflects back just as it does with the existing headlights - just at a greater intensity. it did not pose enough of a problem that I would turn the light off, but I did wire it in such a way that I have that option. it's more work to wire it as I did, but well worth it to have that flexibility.
  20. snowish10

    snowish10 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Put a 30'' led bar on the front of mine, hooked it up to my high beams on my plow.

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