I have mounted auxilary lights on every vehicle I have ever owned be it a drop top sports car or my two Jeeps, at least fog lights (often factory now). I use the fogs routinely to light up narrow roads and to watch for deer. They tend to light the sides and ditches of the road better than headlights.
I have windshield mounted floods and bumper mounted driving lights on both my JK (for sale BTW) and my new TJ Rubicon. It is generally illegal, so the cops tell me, to have them uncovered. I was nearly ticketed once until I showed him they were a new install and there was no wire connection. Now I keep them covered and the fuse pulled unless OR.
I use the aux lights for:
Lighting my campsite while setting up in the dark
Pulling my tractor out of the pond once in the dark
Navigating OR trails or fire roads
Fog lights, I run 90% of the time, as long as they are true fogs and throw a LOW but wide beam. I do not want to blind oncoming drivers.
I am sure laws vary by state (and interpretation cop by cop) but I have been told numerous times OR lights must be covered or fuses pulled. That any light mounted higher than a factory headlamp MUST be covered and made INOP on roads. That fog lamps must operate only when head lamps are on low beam, and where legal, driving lights only when headlamps are on high beam.
well let me say HE!! YEAH their worth it my brother has a wk and rigid everywhere. I have had my baja 100 watts forever on the roof of my zj and the front bumper. Just recently added a set oh hellas on a westin light bar. I love em but will be eventually changing over too DDM Tuning off road xp series
I got the harbor freight, "kc knck offs" I use them
Just everytime I drive at night when no other cars trucks Are commin at me I plan on comvertin them to hids to be brighter there cheap and they work great
I built a lightbar using Halogen Spot lights and mounted it under my roof basket for protection. Works well and lights up as well as anything I've seen. Also the totaql cost was under a $100 by doing it by myself. They are totally "worth it".
Lights are worth it if you use them. If they're for looks, get a cheap pair and a light cover and wax them well. I don't see those LED lights worth it at all for that kind of money, unless you have it to waste. In which case, at least mount them up high so you don't get so much hood glare.
I have 2 Daylighters mounted high on the side of the windshield and they're used mostly for spotting. I turn them slightly to the side so I can use them to see my side while driving and my buddy does the same plus he has the handheld spotlight for looking anywhere. We light up the woods!
I don't night wheel at all - old eyes and driving at night don't mix well, so lights are simply not a priority for me. But I won a pair of Daystar KU80000s (with 110W halogens for 2,000\10,000CP) in a raffle - put em on my GMC and never used em, moved em to my JK and again never really had a NEED ..... until one time I got really bad hung on a rock ledge about 4pm standard time in SuperLift Park AR. Yes we were wheeling in a pair - but the gorge (can opener) was tough and there was no way to winch safely with only what we had - by the time we went back to park center and returned with a third rig to help extract it was well past dusk and into dark. Off trail at dusk was the rule (but J understood and I did not get in big trouble ). Coming back off the ledge after the extraction I had to go UP the rocky gorge before I could turn around and take the trail around it and down. Because of the elevation of the lights on my hoop - they were invaluable for lighting the shadows between the rocks - stock headlights gave me no clue how DEEP those gaps were! Without the added light I could very easily have put a wheel into a hole deep enough to send me over.
For the only time I have ever needed them- a pair of magnetic based spots would suffice - but dont ever put anything magnetic on the cowl of a JK - if you like your compass. lol.
But for me the bottom line is - I'd rather have them and not need them then need and not have! Of course had I not won the daystars I wouldn't have had ANY aux lights - low enough in my priority to skip on the build sheet. but now experience has taught me to at least buy cheap ones or have a plan B for emergency.
J Wm Bishop EA, ASADE
The wagon should, of course, be as light as possible, but strength should not be sacrificed to lightness, for on any but the regularly traveled roads, the wagon will get many a hard knock...
I use the bumper ones (lowest, center, 100w each) while driving on normal roadways. They light up the lane very well, and allow for a better view of the
immediate road ahead. The ones on the windshield I use for lighting up higher areas ahead, or when driving in hilly/mountain areas. The 4-light bar on the
hood is one I built for lighting a broad area when parked. They are flood beams, and light to the side of the Jeep as well as vertically up into trees above.
Really handy when setting a campsite or doing a road recovery at night of a vehicle in a ditch or the like. The LED bar is my newest addition and was added
for dark mountain driving and times when the Jeep needs to not have the engine running, but I still need to light an area with little amperage draw.
Lights are important. Spend $1-200 bucks and get a good LED bar or a set of KCs. Even one set will be a good addition to the rig in the long run.