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Unread 12-04-2014, 11:48 PM   #1
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Most Bang for Buck-Lights

Still new to jeep life. Have spent some $$$ on getting 94 YJ road worthy for me and the family. Need to slow the pace on the outbound cash, as I save for bigger ticket items, tranny, paint, etc. However I want some additional lights for off roading. What is best entry level light selection for providing some additional light for off roading....without blowing up the bank ?

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Unread 12-05-2014, 12:30 AM   #2
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ebay or amazon.com led bars. You can get them for under 100 . Take your pic on size and go for it
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Unread 12-05-2014, 06:43 AM   #3
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Unread 12-05-2014, 08:45 AM   #4
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Eyourlife led bar from amazon. A fraction of the cost of name brand. If it fails try to negotiate a replacement with the company, but be ready to throw it in the trash can... these have excellent reviews for looks, light quality, and durability though!
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Unread 12-05-2014, 09:35 AM   #5
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I was just thinking the same thing.....there are some cree an others at low prices on ebay but wasn't sure if it would be throwing away money.
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Unread 12-05-2014, 09:59 AM   #6
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I like a mix of HID and LED
They really compliment each other. In the desert, LED's alone don't reach far enough for my liking.
The HID's do though.
But the HID's aren't as good as the LED's up close.

We only wheel at night here during the summer because of the heat, and this time of year it gets dark so early...

The important thing for longevity is to turn them on and leave em on. Turning HID's on and off while hot will shorten the life.
It's also not good for LED

These are the HID's I have
http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/el...=related-right

The LED's were about $175
There are cheaper, but I wanted cree's
So for two quality ARB switches, two relays and the lights was about $525
That's for A LOT OF LIGHT.

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Unread 12-05-2014, 10:12 AM   #7
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Are there companies other than Cree that make the actual bright LEDs? if so, how do you know they are actually Cree brand? It could be like the capacitor plague when all those panasonic capacitors turned out to be fake even in legitimate electronics.

I'd say the main advantage of buying a brand name light bar like Rigid etc (I assume they all have cree LEDs), is that they will probably just repair or replace it for you for free if you are ever unhappy. You also probably don't hear of DOA LEDs on a Rigid bar because they very likely test them all before they leave the factory and maybe even again at the distributor. You won't get that with a bargain brand.

Also, when choosing brand name vs knockoff, remember: If it is mission critical, price doesn't matter. Don't buy a knockoff if your life will depend on your light working. For most of us failure is just an inconvenience (headlights are backups to drive out of the woods at a slower speed). Don't use Eyourlife brand bar as a work light if your job is to climb to the top of the statue of liberty to clean the arm pits.

I bought the cheap one because I don't really like the looks of the LED light bars on our YJ so I'm still on the fence about whether I want to keep it. I like the old fashioned giant circle lights across the top. The LED bar that I bought was cheaper and far brighter though, so I guess I'll have to learn to like it.
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Unread 12-05-2014, 10:40 AM   #8
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There is a chart somewhere (I used to have it) where you can compare the diffrent kinds of LED's.
Lights are pretty crucial to me but not for fifteen hundred bucks. I'll strap a flashlight to the hood first.


I think about it this way, the light has been on for 2 years so far, and I use them A LOT!
If they burn out next week I'll order another one.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 02:00 AM   #9
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I appreciate all the feedback. I wil post pics of light upgrade when complete.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 07:26 AM   #10
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Aircraft landing lights. Search on here
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Unread 12-07-2014, 01:09 PM   #11
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Real aircraft landing lights use high voltage and would be expensive and inefficient for use on a Jeep.
(over 30 volts and 1500 watts)

It can be done, but I wouldn't call it bang for the buck.

Bang for the buck, and lumens per amp, HID is still king, even though LED's are improving.

I wanted aircraft lights like those found on commercial jets. The price and power demands quickly settled that.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 01:37 PM   #12
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Are there companies other than Cree that make the actual bright LEDs?
Cree is based off of USA design. Most of the China made lights, which is truthfully damn near all of them, advertise as being "Cree" LEDs but may not actually have Cree LED or Cree technology built into them. The cost has come down so far on the China stuff that it makes the Rigid stuff look as though it's priced at quadruple what it's worth. In the end it's your money, decide if you want cheap or quality customer service. I can't see any circumstance where my life will depend on my lights, so I went with SuperBrightLeds.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 09:16 AM   #13
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Cree is based off of USA design. Most of the China made lights, which is truthfully damn near all of them, advertise as being "Cree" LEDs but may not actually have Cree LED or Cree technology built into them. The cost has come down so far on the China stuff that it makes the Rigid stuff look as though it's priced at quadruple what it's worth. In the end it's your money, decide if you want cheap or quality customer service. I can't see any circumstance where my life will depend on my lights, so I went with SuperBrightLeds.
I agree, I like my surefire flashlight, but on the jeep it'll be cheap lights for everything except headlights which have to work 100% of the time.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 05:43 PM   #14
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I know some may smirk at this, but, I got mine from Harbor Freight. At about $30 and 55w each, they light up the trail pretty good. I like them so far.....

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