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Lights for backing up when plowing with Jeep

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by striker102, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. striker102

    striker102 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I couple of places I am plowing this year I am having trouble seeing when backing up. I am looking for recommendations for some lights in the back to help me see. I would like something that is not permanent that I could plug into the lighter.
  2. rjigto4oje

    rjigto4oje PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,380

    Check ebay there are a lot search check out other threads led's are great
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Cree led replacement bulbs.
  4. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 821

    I just bought some Rigid Industries led defused dually's. I plan on putting them on the rear bumper tomorrow and see how they work.
  5. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I installed some driving lights from Fleet Farm. They work great.

  6. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    On my GMC I just replaced my OEM bulbs with LED. I like them. A lot more light than stock bulbs.
  7. MetzEnterprizez

    MetzEnterprizez Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I bought a pair for something like $32 on ebay. they are 6 LED bulbs at 1350 lumins and I tell you what!!! they are AWESOME!!!! Super fast shipping too!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. ColliCut

    ColliCut Member
    Messages: 33

    I just ordered a set-up from whitenight.com. I ordered the permanent-mount ones, but they make a unit that slides into your 2" receiver hitch. It includes a quick-disconnect plug, the other half of which to be hard-wired into the truck, or if you really want to make it easy they make an adapter that just plugs into your 7-way trailer light socket. There's a selector switch on the unit itself where you can switch between on, off, or auto (triggered by reverse lights). It looks like a really neat set-up and I know that at least a couple of our fellow members use them.

    I'll try to put up a review once I get them installed on my '02 F-250 SD.

    EDIT: Wanted to add that I got mine on Amazon.com for about 80 bucks.
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

  10. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 821

    I used the LED replacement back up lights on my Rubicon. Very bright, however the Jeep receptacle is factory "Angled" inside the taillight housing. Therefore when I put the led bulbs in they focus /aim the light to the rear right/passenger side rear (both lights face that way). I tried to straighten the receptacle by bending in slightly but he really didn't work well. Hence I put on specific auxiliary back up lights. I installed the Rigid Industries defused lens dually's ($170 per pair) yesterday. I didn't get to try them out as much as I would like to nor did I get pics or video yet. But they seem very bright. I will post pics and perhaps video soon. expensive lights, but their products are pretty nice with very little power draw.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  11. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I was going to recommend something like this, but larger/heavier. That way you have some extra weight while plowing...and some extra protection in case you hit something(or are hit by something/someone). He could make 1 with 4 lights instead of 2 to really light things up.

    Not sure, but I think it was TCLA that I've seen post a pic of a custom 1 he has on one of his trucks. Pretty nice, simple, and looked inexpensive to make.?..
  12. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 821

    Here are some pics I just took of the Rigid defused lens Dually's LED I put on. It was raining, not greatest shots for distance. The defused beam is supposedly the recommended lens for back up lights. They also have DUALLY D2 lights which have 6 Led's not four like these have.




  13. bschurr

    bschurr Member
    Messages: 60

    I mounted a pair of rectangular 6" LED lights under the rear bumper - they are recessed so they can't really be seen when they are off and they can't get whacked if I back up into a snow bank. For little lights, they throw off a ton of light. I wired them to a relay then to a separate Contura switch that I mounted along with the other toggle switches in the dash. I didn't want to tie them into the back up light circuit so they can be used independently of my gear selection but perhaps a DPST switch set up is in my future...

    Here is a pic.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  14. Fantastic

    Fantastic Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    I ordered these last week off eBay... $24 for two... 12v 27 watts each (3w per led)... I'll be mounting with a magnet (I don't need them on year round) to the tail gate... I'll run wire on the truck that will stay year round and the lights will have a long enough lead to reach where I connect to the installed wire. This will also allow the use of my tail gate and if I should happen to hit something the lights won't be low enough to get damaged. I'll take some pics and see how they turn out!

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2013
  15. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    This is what I did. Have a pair on the boat (salt water), and a pair on each Jeep. They are sealed lights and work great.

    Ridgid ones may be "the best", but LED technology is evolving, don't want to spend too much money on it when cheaper ones work basically just as well (kind of like buying a top of the line computer).
  16. mcapenos

    mcapenos Junior Member
    from 15089
    Messages: 1

    If you have a common 7-way RV plug receptable on the back of your vehicle you could probably use an EZAUX auxiliary adapter.
    It has the relay built right in so all you do is make one 'red wire' connection to ANY auxiliary lights you choose.
    You don't need to run any wires from dashboard or cut or splice into your factory wiring harness.
    This adapter turns your auxiliary lights on anytime you put your vehicle in reverse.
    OR there is a switch on the adapter so you can turn them on and leave them on.
    See www.ezaux.com for more info.
  17. XJMikey

    XJMikey Junior Member
    from NY, USA
    Messages: 1

    I have 2 harbor freight tractor flood lights on the back of my XJ. They provide plenty of bright usable light that makes backup safer feeling.

    They cost about $7 - $8/each.
  18. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 821

    I got to use the new Rigid Dually defused lights the other night. They are very bright, but for me, not quite bright enough. I am fussy I like super super bright lights. So I am swapping them out for the Dually D2 defused lights. Guy a buy from will swap for me of course adding the $142.00 difference in price. Ill let ya know how they work once I get them. Again The Dually' are plenty bright enough for most people.
  19. bschurr

    bschurr Member
    Messages: 60

    Thats a lot of $ for a pair of lights that you are gonna simply bolt to the top of the rear bumper - personally, I would be concerned about theft. But hey, for that kind of dough, why don't you get a pair of the E Series 6" diffused or a pair of the E2 Series 4" diffused LED bars. They are a little lower profile and throw off 4500 lumens each!
  20. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 821

    I know they are expensive, really expensive that is for sure.payup I want small as its a Jeep. Considering how expensive the Dually D2's are, I didn't even price out any of the larger ones. They are great lights, but prices are insane. Wish they would consider lowering the prices some.

    PS: I did spring for the Rigid E series 30" Combo for my Ford F350. $760.00 OUCH
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014