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Unread 09-29-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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What LED Light bars are good?

I am looking for an LED Light Bar.

Roof Basket Mounted to the tubes.
Appox. between 32 and 42 inches wide
Spot/Flood Combo.

Curved or Straight? This is for mainly for 4x4 trails at night.

Is there a big difference between the lesser $$ cree vs. the rigid? is the price difference the mounts only?

What watts ... are the 3watts LED bulbs ok or junk?
What lums for good visability? What lums are the police bars.. they sure are bright.

Can these vary in frequency, can I get 3000k yellow or is the white better and what frequency?

Is it best to mount this in front of the roof baskest or inside the roof basket for tree protection? I am thinking just inside the bars?

I'm used to my old school Hella's and they light up a good 1/2 mile light daylight.

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Unread 09-29-2014, 07:58 PM   #2
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You'll have to figure out the mount because it will be more difficult using the standard WK roof rack. I would imagine it will need to be straight just because of the mounting. As for pattern, the diffused on the sides with spot or flood on the middle is best in my opinion, second best is spot in the middle and flood on the sides. There is a big difference between lights -- if you find a brand, research the hell out of it. Do you have to go with Rigid? No. Should you put your time into seeing what lives up to the Rigid "standard"? Absolutely. Lumens are really up to the bar, again, do your research.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Google is your friend. Do some research to narrow down your questions then come ask the group.
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Unread 09-29-2014, 10:34 PM   #3
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I've got a 126w 20" combo light bar mounted in the lower grill and I'm very pleased with it. I purchased it off ebay for about $130 with a harness included but you can actually find it for under $100 now. Mine is rated for around 9000 lumens and its perfect for my occasional use. The one I have is a 30/60 combo so its not going to shine as far as a traditional spotlight but it does act as a really bright flood. As far as quality I have no complaints, I've had mine for about 4 months now and have driven through many thunderstorms/carwashes with no condensation issues. I'm pretty confident that it is just as tough as any of the name brands.



I'm actually looking at upgrading once prices drop a bit. On ebay now they have a 20" 240w 8/60 combo bar with 10w LEDs that looks really promising.
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Unread Yesterday, 06:10 AM   #4
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I went the eBay route - WWWWAAAAYYYYY Cheaper! I just made sure and did my due diligance, such as: shipped from US location (didn't care if it was made in China, just cared it came to me from someone in US), had a return policy with full refund. Other than that, I just made sure it produced the light I was looking for. So far, I have been extremely happy!

I attached my light bar to the leading edge of my Yakima roof rack on some HiLite mounts turned backwards and upside down to keep it as low profile as possible.



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Thanks for the replies and the visual difference photo's with the 39" single on the build thread. There is a big difference between the 3-watt and the 10 watt LED's. That looks like it's a 240 watt bar 24 x 10 watts?

Ordered a shorter curved 32" 180 watt bar which is midway between the 240 watt and the 130 watt and some KC Light tabs to mount it to the 1.5" roof basket tube.

Found there is also a big difference between the higher end light bars and these lower end lights. The difference is the range, these go out several hundred feet vs. the higher end ones (and the old school Hellas) light up a good mile.
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