I'm wondering if there is a way to create a lip at the bottom of an LED bar to prevent most of the light from hitting the hood. It seems wierd to me that this isn't a major issue for most. I know lights that high up aren't that desirable or useful, but I'm curious how people who do use them keep the light off the hood.
I guess a GOBI roof rack could have a custom mount that could move the light bar rear-ward to put the bottome bar under it and create a barrier for the front of the vehicle.
Well, the glare is dependant on hood color/angle and width/heigth/angle of the aux lights-
My windshield lights are wide and low and easily adjusted 180°, but there is still a very light glare off the front corners of the hood, you can't see it from the drivers position so it's a "who cares" glare-
I can't tell you anything about a light bar, beit LED of other--I won't use one anyway, my lights are more than enough/w no problems and I can use the bumper lights legally along with the headlights/w no trouble for oncoming vehicles-
1) mounting angle; if the light bar is not angled properly, it will 1, cut the output short, and 2, put more of the hot white light on your hood. Angled up, it will throw further and avoid the hood most all the way.
2) quality of light bar. They are not all made equally. And no, that does not mean Rigid is the only way to go. By any means. But a few LED bar manufacturers have actually dialed in their reflectors better which will put light where it should be. Not on the hood.
So bottom line, find a truly dialed in LED light bar ( not necessarily the most expensive, there are many high quality, lower cost options, but no LEDs are cheap) and then aim it properly. I'll take a photo of mine later tonight to show how it's aimed.
I have the windshield mounted Driving lights. Yes, I wish I had the Spot lights there, after-the-fact.
And I have a yellow Jeep. The glare is there, but liveable.
What I have done is angled the lights out a little to the left/right. I found that the headlights are more than enough for me to see whatever is out in front of me on the trail (I live in Georgia, where there are no open spaces, just TREES.) I use the windshield lights to see off to the sides, to where I will be turning to. For my purposes at night driving, this is very useful.
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