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Reverse lights

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by fms, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    I saw a picture of a forum member's truck and it had what apeared to be four flood lights installed in the rear bumper and hooked up as reverse lights.
    I've placed my reverse flood lights on my Back Rack and they SUCK. Any ideas on how to mount the reverse lights in the rear bumper? I'm not worried about cutting the holes or moving the wires. I'm just not sure how I'd flush mount the lights in the bumper.
  2. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Why not just get 2 or 4 of those rubber 4 in ch sealed beam utility lights and mount them above and/or under the rear bumper. Cheap, flexible, and water proof. I had 2 under the bumper next to the frame hitch- switch went bad mid season never fixed, following season I killed 1 light, following season I killed the other light got to replace both of them now, but 3 seasons and they got plenty of abuse.

    Not the answer to your question, but a possible alturnative to finding a plasma cutter (to cleanly cut the bumper) and figure out the mounting.
  3. Mowerpan

    Mowerpan Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    Last edited: Nov 17, 2005
  4. SLAMllc

    SLAMllc Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 15

    If you could find some round grommet lights you could use a hole saw to drill the bumper. I don't recall seeing any in particular but there should be something out there. I like the idea of the lights in the bumper because under the bumper never last. I did see someone with two lights mounted rearward in the rear most stake pockets on the top of the bed for plowing and it seemed to work great.
  5. Killswitch

    Killswitch Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Thats that guy from Alaska....with the 9.5 or 10' blade.

    Thats a nice setup. He said he bought that bumper used for 150 I think too.

    I know its not what you're doing but heres my simple setup that works good.

  6. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Oh, I wasn't even thinking of those type of lights- good idea!
  7. Killswitch

    Killswitch Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Plus these rubber floods are available at awdirect for 12 dollars, and I can change one out in less than five minutes if it gets taken out.

    Plus they are one wire self grounding which cleans up the install as well.
  8. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Mounting these lights is relatively easy, but the thing is, is if they're mounted below the bumper, they fill up with snow and don't shine to well. On top of the bumper is much better, but they still get some snow buildup once in awhile when they're on the ends of the bumper...especially with a stepbumper. On top of the bed rail is an awesome place fro them because they are kept out of the buildup zones. I prefer the spot over the flood type, because the spot goes out plenty wide, and lets you see longer ditances behind you. The flood type, while putting out a wider light, just doesn't seem to put out enough light.
  9. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,366

    Why don't you like the lights up on the back rack??
  10. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    With the lights on the top of the Back Rack I get a great view of my truck's bed. No matter how I adjust the lights I get glare from the bed and they don't seem to project far enough behind me. In addition, in heavy snow I get a lot of glare from the reflection off the snow.
    The lights by the lic. plate will not work due to the spreader and the lights on top of the bumper will prevent the tail gate from coming down.
    I'm going to have to mount them below the bumper or in the bumper. In the bumper seems a lot more secure, but I haven't been able to find flood or driving lights that are designed to mount there.
    Thanks for all the responses.
  11. Killswitch

    Killswitch Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    If you have a spreader and you have these floods or similar you should be ablse to easily mount them on the top of the bedrails at the back end. That was my original choice, but then I decided to mount them where I did and they work good enough. True though.....these lights are only like 20 or 25 watts but they also only draw like 1.95 amps from what I recall.
  12. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

  13. Acmemechanic

    Acmemechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    I cant see

    Go to any Heavy truck parts counter tell the counter man what you want and right straight away they will have about two dozen choices for you!!!!!!!!!:confused: :confused:
  14. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    the clear themselves very quickly once you turn them on tho so it's really not an issue. Most of these rubber sealed beam units are 35 watts and any heavy truck place or AG equipment supply will have them
  15. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,366

    What I don't understand, is if you're looking out the mirrors, how do you see your bed??

    I've got a 2003 and 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, and was looking out the mirrors today, and I don't even hardly see the side of the box.

    Even in the rearview mirror, it's adjusted so at the bottom of the mirror is the top of the tailgate.

    I can see how the tailgate will cause a shadow out the back end, but I suppose a guy could always take the tailgate off anyways.
  16. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    I just purchased the spreader, so last year the bed was empty while I was plowing. I don't tend to use my mirrors as much as I turn and look out the back window. It's going to be an interesting transition this year with the spreader in the bed.
    I didn't take my tailgate off because I had to transport an ATV to one of the sites. The atv rear tires rest on the tailgate.
    One way or the other, with the lights on the top of the Back Rack a lot of light gets caught in the falling snow before it gets behind the truck.
  17. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Try turning on the cargo light and looking through the rear view mirror... the bed lit up can create a mirror effect from the rear window.
  18. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,366

    I guess I just never look out the back window / mirror, just the side mirrors.

    Must be from always pulling a 24' enclosed trailer in the summer, you get used to not being able to see out that window / mirror anyways.

    Or are you saying it creates a mirror effect on the inside of the windshield?
  19. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I suppose depending on the tint of your windows it could be a mirror on the front too, but I have not encountered that, I have encountered the rear window becoming a mirror, and while I personally can drive sans rear view I refuse to plow driveways that way- too risky. I did it once and it cost me a tailpipe (SS factory Dodge and muffler flange broke- total repair over $750 in parts alone at the time)
  20. Rondo

    Rondo Member
    from 54166
    Messages: 52

    Backup Lights

    I am currently installing a pair of off-road lights for use as backup spot lights.
    I have a 1987 Blazer but this could apply to all pickups by using the stake pocket in the bed.
    Because these will be mounted inside the body, I will have to fab a sheild to prevent a nasty glare on the back window.
    I simple made a bracket that mounts on the rear bolt for the top. It's about 20" long. The wiring is temporarily tapped into the battery with a switch and a fuse but I plan to run it through a relay and trigger it with the backup light. :eek: