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best setup for led backup lights

Discussion in 'Back-up Buddy - Back-up & Utility Lights - Trucks' started by djbinding, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. djbinding

    djbinding Junior Member
    from Mass.
    Messages: 2

    Anybody have a good idea for mounting backup lights on backrack? I've been mounting under rear bumper in the past but they get destroyed by snow banks. Wondering if there will be enough illumination from the rack
  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,835

    You plow at night, can you charge extra for that?

    Try searching
  3. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,041

  4. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Check out www.back-upbuddy.com we have a light set up that slides into your 2" or 21/2" hitch receiver and plugs into your 7way rv connector. THATS IT NO HARD WIRING! Constructed of 3/16" steel and black powder coated. For safety it has a Whelen amber strobe and 2 utility lights that move up and down, in and out. Automatically goes on in reverse and with the conveniently placed switches on back of unit you can with your parking lights on use it as a utility light for those times when you need that extra light. Most rugged simple to use back-up lighting unit on the market today. Has a 30 day no questions asked money back warranty. You can purchase online or call Annmarie at 888-856-3723 and she will happily take your order or can answer any questions you may have. Anyone in the Seekonk, Ma area can now pick up the Back-up buddy at Pioneer Heavy Duty Truck Parts on rt6.

    Hope everybody has a safe and Merry Christmas. Now lets bring on some snow here to the north east.

    Thank you.
  5. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    I have been using 20 to 24" led light bars. Pull no power, easy to wire into reverse lights, and will light up the night.
  6. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,359

    I've got a version of this that they made for me. I've attached mine to my spreader. Last year I had to take my spinner off to pull our skidsteer out, and when I put the spinner back on afterwards I didn't attach it properly. An hour later I drug the spinner down the street at 40 MPH for about a mile with the lights attached. Put it back on correctly and the lights still work perfectly. Very bright as well. I turn them on when I'm spreading so I can see my spread pattern.

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  7. Gibson431

    Gibson431 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    20170306_161656.jpg here are my lights. They are 7" double row led and they are tied into my reverse lights. Makes a world of difference. For the front and rear 120 on amazon 20170306_161631.jpg


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  8. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,189

    mounted 2 halogen at corners of mine and work fine for my needs
    ill get a pic and post it later,(thought i had one)
  9. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,082

    Stop backing your truck into snow banks.

    The way I mount mine under the bumper the bumper would get ripped off at the same time the lights did if I hit a pile hard enough to bust the lights.
    Philbilly2 likes this.
  10. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,189

    sorry forgot to take the pic...ill try and remember next time im out and it is dark
  11. iceyman

    iceyman PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,289

    Have 2 leds facing bedside on the backrack

  12. iceyman

    iceyman PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,289

    And my salter led that is on the bolt so when i do back into a snowpile it just shifts back and doesnt break

  13. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,419

    Nailed it!!!

    I have had quite a few trucks threw the years with lights mounted to the hitch or rear bumper platform in one way or another and never lost one light to a snow bank.

    You are doing it all wrong if you are losing lights... you need to correct your plowing "style" ... not the mounting location.
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  14. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,419

    Oh, and I hate the glare you get from rack mounted lights in a heavy snow. You can't see pst your rack if they are mounted up high...

    Had one truck with them... they were disconnected after one event and used as work lights as apposed to backup lights. Food for thought.Thumbs Up
    SHAWZER likes this.
  15. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 31,572

    Bumper mount or under bumper are worthless if you have an Ebling.....

    We started mounting our jagoof lights on the back plow itself..........what a difference it makes when it's snowing. Put the lights as far back as you can.

    PS If you're not backing into piles, you're not doing it right.
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  16. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,925

    I was wrong Mark...After viewing some of these pictures...There are bigger Jagoofs than you...Better step up your game
  17. doccafs

    doccafs Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I run with 4 led lights with my reverse lights, that have been frosted to spread out the light. They are located on the frame behind the bumper 2 on each side and 4 on the headache rack on their own switches. Was thinking about 2 in the bumper flush mounted but so far they have not been needed. I also use my truck for doing repairs on trucks and heavy equipment on job sites.
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  18. Superior Sealcoating

    Superior Sealcoating Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Check out the Nilight led flood lights on Amazon. I bought a set for my truck a couple years back and wired it into my reverse lights as well as wired it up to a switch to override my reverse lights. Only about $20 for 2 of them and they work awesome. They are pods so you can just cut out a small 4 inch square in your bumper and flush mount them. Never have to worry about ripping them off as they are flush mounted!
    On a Call likes this.
  19. Tberrylawn

    Tberrylawn Member
    Messages: 93

    This is on my 2017 f350. Have a magnum back rack with strobe's n more 3000lumens light going forward and back (2 each way). I then have two Ridgid lights under my rear bumper.
  20. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,359

    I'm having some cut into my rear bumper with a plasma cutter right now. They'll be wired to a 3-way rocker switch. Off, on in reverse, and on all the time. I don't have any on my backrack, because the spreader would be in the way of the light.
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