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Old December 2nd, 2014, 22:22
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Best type of LED lights for driving

I'm looking to get some driving lights on the front of my cherokee, I do have a winch mounted up front and decided that mounting a led bar on my fair lead mount may not be the best idea. Since I want to run them full time to make for the poor headlights, I was looking at pod lights, I heard 16 watt would be the limit? And spot or flood ? I was looking at a vendor on naxja, Zeus. Trying to take advantage of some sale prices. What do you all think?
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 23:06
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

why not address the crappy headlight issue and run these:



or if you have some coin, then these:

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Old December 2nd, 2014, 23:18
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

The 16w pod beam pattern will still blind other drivers. I treat them as I would my high beams and turn them off when there is other traffic.

Our LED drop in headlights in the right housing work wonders however. We have tweaked them a few times and they have gotten better each time. Clean cutoff and crazy bright! On sale this week too! Check out the vendor forum!
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 23:22
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

I will say that I like what I have seen as far as what Olympus off-road offers.
But, have you upgraded your headlight harness? That helps SO much.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 08:09
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

Fix your headlights. Get a good housing not the crystal things you have now. Most of those pod LED lights will blind other drivers.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 08:24
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

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I will say that I like what I have seen as far as what Olympus off-road offers.
But, have you upgraded your headlight harness? That helps SO much.
+1

I did the harness upgrade and the improvement was amazing. Pretty easy to do as well.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 08:25
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Fix your headlights. Get a good housing not the crystal things you have now. Most of those pod LED lights will blind other drivers.
x2. real housings with good H4 bulbs and upgrading wiring does wonders.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 08:52
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

I'd just drop the coin on Trucklites or JW Speaker headlights. Fix the source of the problem instead of buying crapy LED aux lights and blinding the whole world.

I did the Autopal H4 housings and the light was marginally better. Maybe the new harness would have helped.


On another note, in the next month or so, Rigid is coming out with DOT legal duallys and small E-series bars for fog/driving lights.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 09:06
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

I did these retrofits, took about a day. Next pair would only take a few hrs. total cost was under $150 and tons of light output 55w HID without blinding everyone

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Old December 3rd, 2014, 10:10
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

My personal rig running First Gen Olympus H4 LED headlights in Hella E-code housings. On stock wiring from 1978 at that. Nevermind the left headlight, adjuster is broken at the time of this photo!

The current Gen that is shipping now eliminates the driver, you literally just put the light in the housing and plug it in like you would a sealed beam. Oh yea, lifetime warranty!

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Old December 3rd, 2014, 14:08
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

Thanks, I did buy some aftermarket, supposedly bright headlights a few years back, so I'm not sure if it's remove able bulb or not, also is there a kit for the wiring harness upgrade? Maybe that would help my existing lights, I think I'm going to get Olympus pod lights with the covers,yellow should make on the street use acceptable?, that I can also use off-road. If I have plug in in type bulbs I'll go Led that route too
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 14:35
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

Placed a 10" Baja Design light bar on the cowl between the windshield wiper arms. I'll take a few pics, and pass on details once complete.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 14:53
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

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Thanks, I did buy some aftermarket, supposedly bright headlights a few years back, so I'm not sure if it's remove able bulb or not,
If you are talking about the ones in your picture, then yes the bulb is removable. However no bulb will help the terrible beam pattern the housings create.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 15:10
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

Ya the beam pattern is super sucky, like there is no beams. Like driving in the fog always
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 15:37
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Re: Best type of LED lights for driving

Back when my XJ wasn't yet a buggy, I did an upgraded harness, with E-Code housings and Hella 90/80 bulbs (or whatever it is near that).

HELL of a difference.

I'm all about LED Lights (soon to be a vendor myself ), but would be too afraid to run LED's for headlights considering my luck, I'd break one. As well, unless the LED headlights have a built in heater, it can suck to have to scrape your lights since LED's won't put off the heat that regular bulbs will.

Here in CO that can be a rather daily issue...
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