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Yzzerdd
August 31st, 2017, 20:08
I didn't take any before pictures, as I was too excited to get these in; nevermind the fact that everybody here probably knows what the stockers look like. LED's on a vehicle CAN be a touchy subject, but I wanted to improve the visibility behind me without having spotlights or what-have-you hanging off the rear bumper. I did see a picture wherein someone flush-mounted two thin, rectangular LED assemblies in the lip-That would've been my next step, if this hadn't worked out so well.

These are DuraFlux 2500 Lumen light bulbs, 160W equivalent power. I'm not sure how much amperage they draw, but plan to check in the future. The difference is dramatic-Here's a shot of the vehicle with them on, the view as I back into a space, and with them off.

I'll post some more "professional" pictures soon, with measurements and such under more defined conditions. I'll also entertain requests, should anybody be looking for something more specific.

https://thumb.ibb.co/erU9HQ/IMG_3271.jpg (https://ibb.co/erU9HQ)

https://thumb.ibb.co/irm6xQ/IMG_3262.jpg (https://ibb.co/irm6xQ)

https://thumb.ibb.co/he5AP5/IMG_3264.jpg (https://ibb.co/he5AP5)

Jack

Yzzerdd
August 31st, 2017, 21:53
Here's a stock photo of the bulbs for reference- They arrived as shown, nice neat solder joints and professionally constructed. Not cheap Asian Pacific Rim garbage. I'm not intending to advertise for this company at all, but these bulbs are what convinced a skeptic and known tight-wad to spend $10.

https://thumb.ibb.co/doctBk/s_l1600.jpg (https://ibb.co/doctBk)

J

Tbone289
September 1st, 2017, 09:38
Can you give us a part # for those?

Yzzerdd
September 1st, 2017, 12:16
Can you give us a part # for those?



The eBay listing has "DF-3157" as the part number- eBay item 232334783400.

I am not affiliated with the seller of the above eBay item. A google search of "DuraFlux 3157" brings up other sources as well.

J


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thegrayham
September 1st, 2017, 16:07
Did you have to do any ballast / capacitor, or were they simple plug and play? I wouldn't mind some additional back up lighting for night wheeling.

Yzzerdd
September 2nd, 2017, 06:10
Did you have to do any ballast / capacitor, or were they simple plug and play?



They're plug and play, absolutely no modification necessary. Generally, you'll only need a resistor/etc if replacing turn signal bulbs or brake/turn(or hazard) combo bulbs.

J

Here's another shot:
https://thumb.ibb.co/keXRYa/IMG_3277.jpg (https://ibb.co/keXRYa)
https://thumb.ibb.co/cTDpmv/IMG_3280.jpg (https://ibb.co/cTDpmv)


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Anak
September 2nd, 2017, 07:51
I am guessing, from the shape of the bases of those bulbs, that yours is a late model ('97+).

And those years at least have a big enough lens to get some light through it.

iwannadie
September 2nd, 2017, 12:31
Not trying to hate but I am not a fan of all the recent hyper bright led lights. It sucks being on the receiving end of them. I known they are just back up lights but I had someone pulling out of a parking spot and the lights were pretty much eye level, I was seeing spots afterwards.

Yzzerdd
September 2nd, 2017, 13:15
I am guessing, from the shape of the bases of those bulbs, that yours is a late model ('97+).


You'd be right, 2000.

Iwannadie- I appreciate the input greatly. I was concerned as to the brightness of hr bulbs, I certainly wouldn't put in LED headlights- They are quite bright. Typically I'm just backing up into my garage at night, but when I'm out and about, I'll keep that consideration in mind.

J




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Kentucky Jelly
September 5th, 2017, 06:32
You'd be right, 2000.

Iwannadie- I appreciate the input greatly. I was concerned as to the brightness of hr bulbs, I certainly wouldn't put in LED headlights- They are quite bright. Typically I'm just backing up into my garage at night, but when I'm out and about, I'll keep that consideration in mind.

J




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Brightness isnt the issue for headlights. It is having a proper cut off, or beam. Nice led headlights will not blind oncoming traffic. There is nothing wrong with led headlights, and they are some of the best money spent on these old jeeps imo.

iwannadie
September 5th, 2017, 12:39
Brightness isnt the issue for headlights. It is having a proper cut off, or beam. Nice led headlights will not blind oncoming traffic. There is nothing wrong with led headlights, and they are some of the best money spent on these old jeeps imo.

Correct. It is the people sticking improper light sources in housing that are not designed for them. The people with HIDs in stock halogen housings that blind everyone and aren't even throwing useful light down the road for themselves but wow they sure "look" bright and "cool". /rant

Yzzerdd
September 5th, 2017, 20:23
Brightness isnt the issue for headlights. It is having a proper cut off, or beam. Nice led headlights will not blind oncoming traffic. There is nothing wrong with led headlights, and they are some of the best money spent on these old jeeps imo.

The issue I've run into is finding quality bulbs that will give the proper beam pattern. I've read many threads here about it, probably would go with the trucklites. Right now I have the brightest standard bulbs that Napa had available, Wagner brand. They're OK, but the Sylvania UltraStars in my wife's car are much brighter.

J

Edit: Note, I have not yet upgraded my OEM headlight wiring harness. I'm sure to get through the winter on the bulbs I have now AS LONG as I do the wiring this fall. I don't want to put $360 of headlights on the front of the Jeep, only to have them knocked out in an icy parking lot.

fallacist
September 6th, 2017, 10:58
The issue I've run into is finding quality bulbs that will give the proper beam pattern. I've read many threads here about it, probably would go with the trucklites. Right now I have the brightest standard bulbs that Napa had available, Wagner brand. They're OK, but the Sylvania UltraStars in my wife's car are much brighter.

J

Edit: Note, I have not yet upgraded my OEM headlight wiring harness. I'm sure to get through the winter on the bulbs I have now AS LONG as I do the wiring this fall. I don't want to put $360 of headlights on the front of the Jeep, only to have them knocked out in an icy parking lot.


When you get your harness, don't skimp and get that crappy putco harness. Spend money once and do it right the first time and get the ARB or another higher end harness.

notamos
September 6th, 2017, 22:50
When you get your harness, don't skimp and get that crappy putco harness. Spend money once and do it right the first time and get the ARB or another higher end harness.

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