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Unread 01-15-2012, 07:14 AM   #1
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Custom homebuilt aux. lights under $200

I wanted some good aux. lighting that would compliment my Cibie Z-beam headlights, didn't find anything, so I made my own.
These lights are built using Hella H-4 headlights, with two switches in the cab for operating the high/low beams.
I bought the buckets from speedway and repainted them. The harness was built by rallylights.
I also took the time to remove the cheapie harnesses from previous lights.

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Unread 01-15-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
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The cab work was easy, I did have to make a jumper wire for the second switch. Left switch is low beam, right switch is high beam...

It did get messy at times.
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Unread 01-15-2012, 07:22 AM   #3
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Getting three 14g wires into the buckets was a challenge, I had to ream out the stem in order to get them in, and pull like crazy.

Last pics are after completion, it's very cool to have high and low beam aux. lights. It got a little cold for pic taking....
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Unread 01-15-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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These are all under $200 too, and there is a lot less work to be done:

http://www.quadratec.com/products/pr...&pmx=200&srt=h

I guess you just love making your own stuff?
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They look great Joel
Having the option of beam patterns as well as using standard off the shelf bulbs makes them very user friendly.
I'll link this in the F.A.Q. when I get a chance
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Unread 01-15-2012, 12:35 PM   #6
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Very, very nice and great job. I’ve never heard of high and low beams for auxiliary lighting before, very ingenious. If I remember correctly you had talked a while back about building some lights, are these the ones? I think that goes without saying but I need to know just to clear things up things for my overloaded old brain.

I think your phrase “It got a little cold for pic taking....” is an understatement at best.
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These are all under $200 too, and there is a lot less work to be done:

I guess you just love making your own stuff?
Why rain on someone’s parade? Even if you can buy something for less you don’t get the satisfaction of creating a product that is unique and original. Don’t know if you have ever fabricated something for your Jeep but if not give it try, you’ll be amazed at the amount of work it takes from the dream stage to final product, even the simplest of things take a lot of thought.

These lights that Joel made are no hack job and are put together very professionally. Creating/fabricating something yourself is extremely rewarding. A lot of times it’s not about the money but instead…well maybe you wouldn’t understand.
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Very, very nice and great job. I’ve never heard of high and low beams for auxiliary lighting before, very ingenious. If I remember correctly you had talked a while back about building some lights, are these the ones? I think that goes without saying but I need to know just to clear things up things for my overloaded old brain.

I think your phrase “It got a little cold for pic taking....” is an understatement at best.
Yes John, these are the lights that I was talking about. Thank you for the compliment too, the high/low beam option is incredible, crazy amount of light from these H-4 Hellas.



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Why rain on someone’s parade? Even if you can buy something for less you don’t get the satisfaction of creating a product that is unique and original. Don’t know if you have ever fabricated something for your Jeep but if not give it try, you’ll be amazed at the amount of work it takes from the dream stage to final product, even the simplest of things take a lot of thought.

These lights that Joel made are no hack job and are put together very professionally. Creating/fabricating something yourself is extremely rewarding. A lot of times it’s not about the money but instead…well maybe you wouldn’t understand.
Well said! These H-4's will blow away those lights from Q-Tec...

I did enjoy working out all the details, lots of second guessing..lol

As far as the cost, the harness was only $92, both buckets were only $50, the rest of the stuff I already had, so my cost was $142. But you're right, it's not about the money!
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Lookin' good! Hey, what's all that fluffy stuff covering your rig ?
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Very nice! Like having two vehicle's worth of forward lighting!! Should provide an excellent, proficient source of extra light when needed.
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Lookin' good! Hey, what's all that fluffy stuff covering your rig ?
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Very nice! Like having two vehicle's worth of forward lighting!! Should provide an excellent, proficient source of extra light when needed.
YES...four headlights, crazy amount of light. Now I'm working on better mounting brackets. These have so much forward light that they need aimed perfectly so as to not blind oncoming traffic.
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I was just staring at my KC pencil beams I have lying in the garage and thinking how great having Hi/lo aux lights would be. Thanks for this write up definately something I'm going to look to do in the future, I already have a h4 harness, the lights and bulbs, all I need now is some E-codes that'll fit.
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I was just staring at my KC pencil beams I have lying in the garage and thinking how great having Hi/lo aux lights would be. Thanks for this write up definately something I'm going to look to do in the future, I already have a h4 harness, the lights and bulbs, all I need now is some E-codes that'll fit.
This was a fun project(except for the snow!) Since you have most of the stuff, it'll be a breeze....

Post up some pics when you finish, I'd really like to see them.
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This was a fun project(except for the snow!) Since you have most of the stuff, it'll be a breeze....

Post up some pics when you finish, I'd really like to see them.
Yep! Might be a little slow. Classes just started and textbooks are more $$$ than I expected they'd be.
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Nice write up. Might be worth trying myself. GO STEELERS!
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