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Back-up Light thoughts

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by priwi, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. priwi

    priwi Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I've been looking at numerous back-up light solutions and would like some feed back. I would like the install to look very clean and not overly noticeable but very functional. I will be installing the lights on a NBS GMC, any pictures of existing install would be great.

    Option one:
    Sound-off Signal - 1000 or 1400 lumen spot lights (Square Cases)

    Option two:
    Sound-off signal - 2 Mighty lights

    Option Three:
    Sound-off signal - 2 Ghost lights
  2. bossplwr09

    bossplwr09 Member
    Messages: 37


    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
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  4. Kale Lawn

    Kale Lawn Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 107

  5. JeepTJ

    JeepTJ Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    The only problems I see with these lights are:

    35W internal HID ballast. Instant power on with 15 seconds to full bright I'll be done backing up in 15 seconds!

    12 Volt DC source – 8.1 Amps startup, 3.8 Amps average draw after 60 second startup. 8.1 amps is almost twice the power requirements of one 55 watt halogen light.

    Output: 3200 lumens +\- 400 lumens. = 2800 min?

    Last edited: Nov 14, 2010
  6. priwi

    priwi Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Let me ask this a different way....does anyone know the lumen rating on the mighty lights or ghost lights?
  7. 54powerwagon

    54powerwagon Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    get a white knight works great looks good and comes right off when done.
  8. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    just go buy the cheap ones that auto zone sells and be done with it. always been plenty bright on my truck. on a side note, it wouldnt buy anything plastic, as it cracks when hit..metal fine, flexable rubber fine. no hard plastic
  9. Toolin Customs

    Toolin Customs Member
    from Md
    Messages: 48

    the sound off lights are great, I use them all the time. If your just going to be using them as enhanced reverse lights. the 1400 lumen or even the 1000's might be a bit much. the 500 in a flood pattern is a great light. or what i do alot is use two of the mini 3led white floods from sound off, these are truely powerfull little lights. you can put two on a tag brkt and get tons of light out of them. If your going to be using these as work lights, then definitly go big and get some 1000 or 1400 lumen lights. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me a message and I'l do my best to help you out or get pics, what ever you need.

  10. OHSIX6OH

    OHSIX6OH Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 25

    Friday I purchased the back-up buddy with 50w halogens,As soon as it arrives I will mount it and take some night shots and post them here not sure if its what your after but it was priced right ..:cool:
  11. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,440

    Made my own hitch light with some cheapo fog lights (works when put in reverse). Works good.
    Also have a set of 55w work lights in my headache rack (not part of the reverse light circut).


  12. 496 BB

    496 BB Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    8.1 amps is a cheap poor designed ballast. Most are below that an around 6 amps.

    Also with that being 3200 lm Im guessing its a 4300K bulb. +/- 400 lm is par for after market cheap bulbs which 90% are all the same. Halogens are right around 900-1200 lm so its a big difference even with the variance.

    Most important thing here is DO NOT buy HIDs for back up lights OR high beams (unless you plan on burning them for periods at a time). Its pointless. They do not act like halogens and come on almost instantaneous. It takes a bit to "warm up".

    Other thing is I dont understand why everyone is shelling out all this money on LED lights when they are no brighter than a good halogen and are 2-3 times the price. Problem with LEDs is the viewing angle of the bulbs (each component). Halogen is 360* viewing angle while most LED bulbs are around 45*. The less viewing angle typically the brighter. I have 360* viewing angle LEDs components in my dash and switches in my truck but they are now way as bright as a 45* LED. This is from the 360* LED having opaque glass to get the viewing angle but in return cutting down on lumen output. I see Sound Off says they have a 45* viewing lamp but how far out is it until that 45* angle takes place? I bet its a ways. Hate to tell you this but 1200 lumen is 1200 lumen no matter how you look at it. A halogen or LED 1200lm is the same brightness. I love LEDs (My truck is full of them AND HIDs) but the technology in aftermarket lighting companies is NOT there yet. Its all a marketing campaign. If you want good LEDs you will have to make them yourself and they are not cheap.

    If your want to spend money then get some Hellas or PIAAs and be done with worrying about it. If you cant see after that you either have too dark window tint or your blind and shouldnt be driving in the first place ;)
  13. Kale Lawn

    Kale Lawn Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 107

    agreed... with my route I plan on leaving my HID burn a long time... most of my accounts take over an hour to plow... I leave my back-up lights on the entire time I plow.. they only shut off during transit. I have them on an seperate switch... I know most people do it different, but this works for my set-up