So I am hoping to get my jeep project started soon and I have always been a fan of the Jurassic Park jeeps. I have looked at people's replicas on here and elsewhere. The thing I really like about the ones in the movie is the rear orange running lights that are mounted above the tail ligts. Does anybody know what these are or where I could find them?
Thanks for the reply,
I wasn't clear in my first post. I mean like the orange lights are separate from the standard tail lights and are mounted just above them. They are big orange ligts that sit above...
Nice one! Its funny if you read the comments in that link many people are wondering what the "orange lights above the tail lights" are for, I'm not the only one! I just always remember them looking cool. I think it is a Spielberg thing, he seems to always have VERY effective vehicle lighting in his movies. The new Indianna Jones comes to mind.
Great link! I have wanted to do a JP Jeep for several years but its too bad mine is a CJ. That would probably significantly change the look and feel, also what would it be like to have this as a daily driver?
I really like the tail lights that Scott posted a link to, but when click on link it says page not found. Anyone use these or know where to purchase these from? Will I need to re-wire or will stock harness be OK? Is it possible to use stock lights with maybe these covers?
US DOT does not allow for any color running lights on the rear other than red. Same as you cannot have a red light for a front marker light, or any white lights on the rear. The only way the license plate light is able to be white is because the actual light isn't shining out, it is only illuminating - throwing light onto the plate, not anywhere else. The color distinction for front rear of a vehicle is the white headlights up front, red tail lights in the rear, and amber markers for 'outlining' the rest of the vehicle. Having white or amber lights on the rear would confuse many of the drivers on the road - they may think you are heading towards them if the rear of the vehicle looks like the front.
Many European vehicles brought over to the US have lights allowed overseas on them, but there is a switch to turn them off. The Dodge Sprinter has this, and the Crossfire also has where you can turn the individual side marker lights on, besides the normal "all marker lights on" position. It all depends on the country they were designed for.
As for the lights in the movie, they may be on there since it is not in the USA, it is on private owned land, and it is a movie (fictional) where they can do whatever they want. Think of how you are not allowed to run your off-road lights anywhere but off-road. That is why you are supposed to have covers on them unless you are off road - so they cannot blind anyone since they are too bright.
1978 CJ5 5.0HO/T177/D300, '86 D30/D44 WT axles, 'glass body, 31x10.5 BFG A/T, TDK galv'd frame - DD and weekend toy
Subdivision 1.Stoplights.(a) Any vehicle may be equipped and when required under this chapter, shall be equipped with at least two stop lamps on the rear which shall emit a red or yellow light and which shall be actuated upon application of the service (foot) brake and which may, but need not be, incorporated with the taillamps and which shall be plainly visible and understandable from a distance of 100 feet to the rear during normal sunlight and at night.
While this section of the statue is only addressing stop lamps, it implies that a yellow light shown to the rear of the vehicle for use as a stop lamp is perfectly acceptable. Since a stop lamp is usually used as a driving light, it should be acceptable by association.
As for the brightness. I will be replacing the 55W Fog lights I bought for the rear with a much dimmer 3-5W turn signal lamp. It will only run with the running lights to "outline" the vehicle as you said.