Best light location - JeepForum.com
 22Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 28 Old 08-27-2019, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
young jeeper
Registered User
1986 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 33
Best light location

I am looking to add some lights to my CJ7 since we use it for night hunting but I am curious what the best place to add lights is. Would some round KC lights on a bar above the windshield create too much glare on the hood? I know they make some that are more of a spot than a flood, perhaps that will helps?


1986 CJ7
Chevy 350 carb
Muncie SM465
Skyjacker Softride 4" lift
young jeeper is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 28 Old 08-27-2019, 05:13 PM
StoneTower
Registered User
1985 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Fair Oaks
Posts: 1,269
Usually the higher the light is mounted the better the range especially off road. For hunting you could get yourself a piece of green or camo cloth and place it on the hood with magnets to hold it there while you are hunting if you find you have too much glare.
trailhead2004 likes this.
StoneTower is offline  
post #3 of 28 Old 08-27-2019, 05:33 PM
Jim1611
Web Wheeler
 
Jim1611's Avatar
1985 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 7,700
I think some of those tractor style flood lights mounted on the back would be handy. Wire them into a switch that way you won't have to rely on them being tied into the back-up lights.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
(Crabtree Shackle Hangers)

My build thread

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Jim1611 is offline  
 
post #4 of 28 Old 08-28-2019, 04:45 AM
John Strenk
Moderator
 
John Strenk's Avatar
1976 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Shalersville Ohio
Posts: 19,065
I'll tell you, snow plow lights are high and work well. And work great as a brush guard.
Cutlass327 and Jim1611 like this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
John Strenk is offline  
post #5 of 28 Old 08-28-2019, 06:13 AM
jeepdaddy2000
Registered User
 
jeepdaddy2000's Avatar
1971 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Eagle Point
Posts: 8,224
I have found lights mounted on the roof glare and have a tendency to blind. I like having them down low on the front bumper, or better yet, on a push hoop.



I run a set of Bosch 55W rectangular driving lights upgraded with 100W bulbs on the front of my F350. They really cut the night and provide a much wider fan than conventional spot's.


You also have the option of a hand held spot or something like a golight. These give the option of being able to rotate in the desired direction.

The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from it's government
Thomas Payne
jeepdaddy2000 is offline  
post #6 of 28 Old 08-28-2019, 06:23 AM
bob4703
Registered User
1974 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Easley
Posts: 2,109
Before proceeding make sure you can legally night hunt from a vehicle in your state.
Spieg8 likes this.

-----

Paved roads are prime examples of government over spending!
bob4703 is offline  
post #7 of 28 Old 08-28-2019, 09:43 AM
Renegade82
Registered User
 
Renegade82's Avatar
1982 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Lewistown
Posts: 5,315
Garage
I wouldn't recommend putting them low, like on the ws hinges. They tend to glare off the hood. I have mine mounted high on the ws side rail. I don't get glare and I can also reach out the window and rotate them to the side some when spotting for deer. Although mounts for the ws side rails are hard to find, but easily made if you weld.
Jim1611 likes this.

The end of a defining era.... JEEP R.I.P. 1941-1986
My frame off Re-Build: (the 4 year saga....)

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Renegade82 is offline  
post #8 of 28 Old 08-28-2019, 09:58 AM
Ross
Registered User
2001 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 14,600
Quote:
Originally Posted by young jeeper View Post
I am looking to add some lights to my CJ7 since we use it for night hunting but I am curious what the best place to add lights is. Would some round KC lights on a bar above the windshield create too much glare on the hood? I know they make some that are more of a spot than a flood, perhaps that will helps?
I like extra light on the bumper, front and rear have one mounted to the rear panel. My state has laws saying you can mount auxiliary lights lower than 12 inches or higher that 44 inches. I know many vehicles come with lights lower and higher that that. I had a friend get a ticket for having lights to high. Not sure if you state any laws that my limit where you can place them.

Out of curiosity, what can you hunt at night?

01 TJ,33X12.5Falken WP ATs,Winch, ARBs F&R, belly up, some armor,4.0,5spd
Ross is offline  
post #9 of 28 Old 08-28-2019, 02:57 PM
PTS54870
Registered User
 
PTS54870's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 4
These aren't the brightest lights available, but I like them and I don't notice a glare problem.
Attached Thumbnails
20190603_125642_1567025737904.jpg  
Jim1611 likes this.
PTS54870 is offline  
post #10 of 28 Old 08-28-2019, 10:48 PM
BagusJeep
Web Wheeler
 
BagusJeep's Avatar
1981 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Bali
Posts: 6,956
The PO put this swivel lamp on the windshield hinge. Handy to point at stuff but it does glare off the hood and makes night driving difficult. I never use it but then i never go hunting from my Jeep.
Attached Images
 

BagusJeep lives in Bali.

1981 CJ7 258ci - Bagusjeep
1984 CJ7 258ci - Puthijeep
1981 J20 258ci - Gladys
1951 Willys CJ3A/MB/M38 - Little Willy
1995 Cherokee 4.0 - CHEROKEE
BagusJeep is offline  
post #11 of 28 Old 08-29-2019, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
young jeeper
Registered User
1986 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ross View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by young jeeper View Post
I am looking to add some lights to my CJ7 since we use it for night hunting but I am curious what the best place to add lights is. Would some round KC lights on a bar above the windshield create too much glare on the hood? I know they make some that are more of a spot than a flood, perhaps that will helps?
I like extra light on the bumper, front and rear have one mounted to the rear panel. My state has laws saying you can mount auxiliary lights lower than 12 inches or higher that 44 inches. I know many vehicles come with lights lower and higher that that. I had a friend get a ticket for having lights to high. Not sure if you state any laws that my limit where you can place them.

Out of curiosity, what can you hunt at night?
I live on a farm and we have open feed piles so a lot of it is raccoon hunting but we also do some coyote hunting with thermal and have quite a bit of off-road driving to get to places where we will sit. So some of it is hunting and the other part of it is getting to a place to hunt. Also, when cattle get out, it’s usually at night so it would pull double duty.
Ross and Cutlass327 like this.

1986 CJ7
Chevy 350 carb
Muncie SM465
Skyjacker Softride 4" lift
young jeeper is offline  
post #12 of 28 Old 08-29-2019, 02:32 PM
Cutlass327
Web Wheeler
 
Cutlass327's Avatar
1978 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Beach City
Posts: 6,577
My $0.02..


Above the windshield is an issue with tree limbs knocking on them. A friend has a rail buggy and he actually mounted them under the top hoop of the cage to avoid this - I learned from his mistakes.



I have considered leaving the plow frame on as a brush guard, but the lights are kinda fragile, so I would recommend a sturdier light if that route is taken.



I put my KC Daylighters on the front bumper, and being I worked on heavy trucks I had spare parts laying around like Bendix AD-9 dryer mounting clamps which when welded to the bumper made nice protective rings from the brush... I will say, these work great for everything I need them for.

Rick

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


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Cutlass327 is offline  
post #13 of 28 Old 08-30-2019, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
young jeeper
Registered User
1986 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cutlass327 View Post
My $0.02..


Above the windshield is an issue with tree limbs knocking on them. A friend has a rail buggy and he actually mounted them under the top hoop of the cage to avoid this - I learned from his mistakes.



I have considered leaving the plow frame on as a brush guard, but the lights are kinda fragile, so I would recommend a sturdier light if that route is taken.



I put my KC Daylighters on the front bumper, and being I worked on heavy trucks I had spare parts laying around like Bendix AD-9 dryer mounting clamps which when welded to the bumper made nice protective rings from the brush... I will say, these work great for everything I need them for.
That is actually a really good point. It seems every CJ light bar mount sticks up quite a bit. I also fold my windshield down quite a bit so I don’t want to lose that function. I might get a bull hoop for the front and mount a couple there and call it a day. I will also be replacing the headlights as well so anything is an improvement.

1986 CJ7
Chevy 350 carb
Muncie SM465
Skyjacker Softride 4" lift
young jeeper is offline  
post #14 of 28 Old 08-30-2019, 12:29 PM
HackFabrication
Registered User
 
HackFabrication's Avatar
1976 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Canton
Posts: 4,254
Old School Cool:
Attached Thumbnails
20161006_160339.jpg  
Ross, BagusJeep and Jim1611 like this.

"In the end...It's all Hack."
HackFabrication is offline  
post #15 of 28 Old 08-31-2019, 12:27 AM
Renegade82
Registered User
 
Renegade82's Avatar
1982 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Lewistown
Posts: 5,315
Garage
Good points. I put mine so they are about 3/4-1" below the hardtop and they are even with the ws frame top. If the top fits, the lights will fit (think garage door). If they hit a branch so would the ws have. Not likely to allow that to happen.
And with them high at the sides I can also put the ws down and they clear the hood, since it tapers in.
Attached Images
 
Cutlass327 and BagusJeep like this.

The end of a defining era.... JEEP R.I.P. 1941-1986
My frame off Re-Build: (the 4 year saga....)

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Renegade82 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome