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Unread 12-13-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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Best offroad foglights for the $$$

Hello all, I recently ordered a set of A pillar light mounts for my zj from detoursusa.com. Also a set for a yj for the father in law. Was wondering what a good pair of flood lights would be for us both? We plan on using them for trail riding to/from hunting grounds and etc. Any ideas?

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Unread 12-13-2013, 11:58 PM   #2
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I got the beam-style for my ZJ for $40.00, they are ridiculously bright for spotlighting and night wheeling. I also have the mounts from Detours. Check out my avatar.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 10:55 AM   #3
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Which lights do u have? I was thinking about some led 27w ones. But idk how bright they would be
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Unread 12-14-2013, 11:01 AM   #4
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Its not the most economical light but I have a 30" double row LED light bar. It fits nicely between the luggage rack rails and the light output is amazing. With the light bar on I can not even tell the headlamps are on too and that's with brighter bulbs and E-code lenses.


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Any LEDs are bright, I got this bar off amazon for under $300 and it is crazy bright. 40" 15,000 lumins, don't worry about buying name brand LEDs. Just get the most leds you can fit.
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You guys with the light bars.. how well does the beam hit forward of the hood? I'd hate to drop that kinda coin and have a big glare coming off the hood.

I'v been considering an HID swap into my Hella 500's.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 11:48 AM   #7
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You guys with the light bars.. how well does the beam hit forward of the hood? I'd hate to drop that kinda coin and have a big glare coming off the hood.

I'v been considering an HID swap into my Hella 500's.
Its hard to explain but the LED bar has focused beam, meaning the light is not scattered. Meaning I get no glare at all. The only thing I notice is when using the light bar in rain or snow you will get reflection back from the drops/flakes. Its not a big deal to get used to but a little annoying.

I have been in vehicles with KC style lights on top and a-pillar that scattered a lot of light that reflected back of the hood and stuff. These LED bars dont do that unless something is directly in front of them to reflect off of.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 11:53 AM   #8
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HID's have a good output and are worth looking into but there are many ways of cutting corners especially by going with a cheap kit. When it comes to lighting, you get what you pay for. If you're gonna light up your A pillars, perhaps a little more versatility would be beneficial. The lightforce 140's fit nicely in that location and can change from spot to flood in a matter of a second just by rotating the housing similar to that of a mag light flashlight. Most people put spot lights there to avoid glare. KC has some scoops that mount in that location to reduce hood glare but they look ridiculous.


These are the 170 strikers but the 140's are a little smaller by 30mm. Same features including interchangeable lenses for different driving conditions and weather. Colors and throw are both mixed and matched to give you the best light for your application.

I also went for a bar across the top for those late night trail runs that I need to just see everything.
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What I like about HID and even LED lights other than light output and lower power needed is their color temperature. If you select the color temp maybe somewhere around 4000-6000k the light output will be very white, it will show a blueish hue but they produce white light. Its a lot better than the dull yellow of conventional bulbs, just changing the color can make a world of difference.
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Its hard to explain but the LED bar has focused beam, meaning the light is not scattered. Meaning I get no glare at all. The only thing I notice is when using the light bar in rain or snow you will get reflection back from the drops/flakes. Its not a big deal to get used to but a little annoying.

I have been in vehicles with KC style lights on top and a-pillar that scattered a lot of light that reflected back of the hood and stuff. These LED bars dont do that unless something is directly in front of them to reflect off of.
Focused beam = cutoff.. that's exactly the input I was looking for! Thanks..

Is there a better brand of lightbar/smaller LED light to buy nowadays? I see a lot of guys jumping on the vendor bandwagon for these, would like a better quality setup if it's available and not all from the same factory in China.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 12:53 PM   #11
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My lights are all from ebay. lol 34" lightbar on the roof was like 200~ shipped. Lights on my winch were 67 for both shipped. Bother are quite bright and work very well.

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Focused beam = cutoff.. that's exactly the input I was looking for! Thanks..

Is there a better brand of lightbar/smaller LED light to buy nowadays? I see a lot of guys jumping on the vendor bandwagon for these, would like a better quality setup if it's available and not all from the same factory in China.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 02:51 PM   #13
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4'' HID's from ebay light output is amazing

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Unread 12-14-2013, 06:55 PM   #14
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The lightforce 140s do seem quite functional with the ability to focus spot or flood. But the base looks plastic and cheap? I was thinking about the 6", 6 cree led set. Run about $150 but I can't seem to find any videos or comparisons on them. There was also a 7" hid I liked. Ugh spending money is so difficult haha
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Unread 12-14-2013, 07:01 PM   #15
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The more I look at the lightforce, the more I lean towards them. But do you have to order the diff lenses from them? I've searched online can't seem to find any
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