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Unread 01-16-2015, 04:31 PM   #1
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Hidden LED Light Bar Rack

Hello all, I have decided that this summer, I would like to make my own roof rack for my WJ, and within that rack, I would like to hide a 40" LED Light Bar (Rigid Industries of course).
I first thought about mounting it behind a plexiglass or polycarbonate "wind ramp", or whatever the proper term is, and then tinting the plastic so you can't see it until its on. Well, I looked, and there was no getting around that that would reduce light output.
So, my next option is a little more tricky.I would like to have it automated in some way that it lays down hidden in the rack, and with the press of a button in if lifted above the rack, or in some form "out" of the rack to be used.
Here is an example of one company who has already done such a thing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia9UV3hmyDE
http://www.purefjcruiser.com/baja-ra...em-p-4745.html

Does anyone have some ideas on how to do this? Parts, critiques, or other ideas on how to do this are all welcome.
Thanks,
Jake

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Unread 01-17-2015, 02:11 PM   #2
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Either a servo or a linear actuator and a connecting rod to a hinged mount
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Unread 01-18-2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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Do you have any part numbers or good websites? Thanks
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Unread 01-18-2015, 08:10 PM   #4
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Sorry, I don't. Google is surely your friend in this instance.
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Unread 01-22-2015, 08:35 AM   #5
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Look at


http://www.trossenrobotics.com
Servocity.com
Or
Sparkfun.com
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Look at

http://www.trossenrobotics.com
Servocity.com
Or
Sparkfun.com
Thanks! Will do!
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Unread 01-27-2015, 06:56 PM   #7
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I've been thinking about this for a while but my thought is put the light behind the "wind ramp", or whatever the proper term is , and move the wind ramp with the actuator. Not sure if up or down would be best. If you flip the top down you can set it up so there is no glare on the hood?

Just throwing out more ideas.
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