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Unread 02-06-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Aftermarket or homemade dome light ideas.

I'd like to add a dome light to my CJ7 and was thinking about fishing a wire through the roll bar using the little hole in the top center for the factory hard top rubber bumpstop and the whole on each leg by the seat belts. I've looked at several different LED options but can't find one I think will be bright enough. Has anyone found a good way to add a dome light on the roll bar that is bright enough?

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Unread 02-06-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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LED's are available as replacements for any incandescent light bulb. If you find a housing that takes IC bulbs there's a replacement LED available for it. I've replaced the IC bulbs in my 4Runner interior and they are like daylight compared to the IC bulbs.
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Unread 02-07-2013, 01:19 AM   #3
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What about something like this:

Trucklite p/n TL-19206



It uses this base with 2 screws. Grounds thru a screw:
P/N TL-19726



I just Googled for a pic. Those are a popular light for 18 wheelers for trailer license plate lights. Any truck supply store or even a truck stop should have the light and base. They also make one about half its length, and I know the shorter ones are available as LED, so I imagine the longer ones are too.
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isn't your top fiberglass? that would exclude the grounding through the screw, you'll have to run a ground along with you lead from your switch.. of course, if its on the roll bar, its grounded.. that is the same light I have in the back of my hardtop.. puts out nice lighting.. I like the LED strip lites tho, much brighter, less power..
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Unread 02-07-2013, 06:43 AM   #5
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Buy LED dome or other type of light from West Marine or another marine parts supplier. They are all built for salt water and will last much longer.
I say go for fishing the wire through your roll bar. You can use the roll bar as your ground however I think a dedicated ground wire is always a better bet.
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Unread 02-07-2013, 07:01 AM   #6
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I just installed the Quadratrec dome light, and had it not been for my ignorance, would have been easy. It gives off more than enough light and was only about 20 bucks. I ran my wiring under the roll bar pad.
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Unread 02-07-2013, 09:52 AM   #7
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This one is pretty cool. All machined and anodized aluminum with a contour to fit the bar. We chased the wires through the cage and ran a switch in the dash. It's super bright too. $40 on eBay.

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Unread 02-07-2013, 01:32 PM   #8
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I studied the wiring diagram and i turns out when you turn the lights knob all the way to the left it provides a ground, not a hot, for interior lights so I'll need to run both leads through the roll bar to it. ElbeHills that looks perfect. I'll track that one down.
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I bought a back up light for a utility trailer. I think it was around $6. the bulbs can be replaced with LED's if you want. I tapped into the wire for the rear dome light, on the factory hard top, right behind the drivers door and ran the single wire under the roll bar padding. I did run a dedicated ground to one of the roll bar bolts. I only ran the ground because I have a glass body
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I stuck one of those magnetic powered deals on my dash. It's terribly redneck-ish. But, it works. I also stole the cupholder from my kid's booster seat and hung it off the defrost vent.
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i just installed one of those round stickon lights, looks good, like a regular dome light .
but all you do is just touch it and it comes on, touch it again and it goes off.

has a couple of battery's you can replace when necessary.

works great.
looks good
cost almost nothing and has no wires hanging down.
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i just installed one of those round stickon lights, looks good, like a regular dome light .
but all you do is just touch it and it comes on, touch it again and it goes off.

has a couple of battery's you can replace when necessary.

works great.
looks good
cost almost nothing and has no wires hanging down.
I have one of the touch LED lights on my dash also. When it's foggy the moisture makes it come on and kills the batteries.
Works good, except for the random coming on when it rains.......
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Unread 02-07-2013, 09:03 PM   #14
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I like the little magnetic ones mentioned above. Have several of them.
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The issue with the battery powered ones is that the batteries do not fare well in the cold, and then when you really need it they are dead! I tried it when I first got the CJ.
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