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NOW, I'm REALLY Throwing Light!!! 60-3W LED Light Bar

So, you can find these things on eBay. They're called "Work Lights" because, I guess, they have No Business on a vehicle


I stumbled across one of these there in a 72W (2-rows of 12-3W LEDs) that was 12" long and decided to buy it for a buddy for Christmas. Another friend (we think along thesame lines) ended-up giving ME one of these (180W 2-rows of 30-3W LEDs) that was 32" long... The 12" would fit nicely in the bumper, down between where the FogLights go, but32" presents a problem! I don't have a Rack of any kind (but, like my Air Horns, I'm more of a hide-it-away kind of guy) and there seemed little other place to try to shoe-horn it in. I was stuck with the Grill but, this thing's pretty big...

To do it, I first had to relocate the AC Condenser back closer to the IC. Because it's at the very top of the grill, I only needed to tilt the top of the condenser back. I took a3/4" section out of each leg of the "L" and rewelded them.





I then fabricated a Support Bar out of 1/2 X 1, thin, square stock to hang it on.





Attached it at the, stock, header panel mount.





And bolted the arms, that the LightBar came with, to it.





The completed Support Bar now looks like this in the truck.







Now, these pictures really don't do anything like represent what all these lights are doing. I only have an automatic, point & shoot camera and not a lot of experience with these night shots. They just don't do justice to what it actually looks like with them on.

Here's the, Low Beam, 35W HID Projectors alone ON (notice the nice, cut-off, "shadow line" they have)



Next, Both the 35W Projectors and the 55W (High Beam) HID reflectors ON (brightboxed and a LOT bigger difference then the pic shows)



And finally, the 35W Low's the 55W High's AND the 180W Light Bar (everything) ON



The Light Bar completely Obliterates the other lighting. Because I shoot fireworks shows, for municipalities and private concerns, we're often out in the middle of nowhere at night, on golf courses or on playing fields, tearing down racks that took us all day to set-up. We Need lights! I used to think I was Throwing Light with the HIDs This Light Bar gonna snuff 'em all out now! (can you actually have too much light?) The biggest drawback to HID Highs is that they're not instant ON like they should be ("is that a deer up there in the ROAD?") and was never happy with the delay in producing a throw down the road. THIS has now been solved! I get the Instant throw from the LEDs and whatever's added as the 55's come up.


From the front at night.





And in the day.





I was temped to try and eliminate the coverage of any of the emitters by opening the grill itself but, once off I found that there are a pair of fiberglass "struts" that support the opening behind the grill sections I'd be removing. It would weaken things and, I donno, might not look right either...

These things come in All Spot, and what they call, 30-70 (30% Flood - 70% Spot) and the difference seems only in that the reflectors for the Floods are Crenellated and Smooth for the Spots. I paid @ $120 for the all spot 72W, the 180W was a gift, it came 30-70 and I see them for @ $250
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i like where you mounted that. i looked at getting a 21.5 and replacing my fogs with it but i didn't think it would look good

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Really nice, def dig this. I have a 01 and will eventually look at the 05 conversion and ill def have to add this in

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Looks beautiful NoRalPh, How is your alternator holding up?
I only have one set of 55W HID's and 55W PIAA's but I might try 2 of those light bars if budget permits.


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I don't really worry about the alternator,,, should I???

I mean, the HIDs draw less than filament bulbs, and the LEDs even less than the HIDs!

I think the batteries and charging system can take it
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True, my alternator was going bad and having trouble with my current setup so I found one that put out a little more, I wouldn't know how well the factory setup worked.


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How did you wire it any fuses relays etc @NoRalPh
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Well, sometimes I want the LightBar to come on with the HiBeams and sometimes I don't. So, I used a relay with its coil (85 & 86) supplied by the HiBeam power to activate it but, interrupt that wire going to the coil with a sw in the cab (can't have it come on during a DOT inspection or anything) Then the power wire to the relay (30 & 87) is on a 14ga w/15A fuse.

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While reading this tread i came up with an idea. Remember those old high beam switches in the floor. You could wire the light bar into one of those and eliminate a switch in the dash. Plus if you ever drove a truck with one of those switches, it should be second nature to just hit it real quick if need be.

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I do remember switching to the "Highs" with that footswitch it would be an easy enough thing to do too

In my case, the LightBar just comes on with the Highs all the time. The switch inside is hidden because I rarely use it (I transport explosives sometimes have to go through a yearly DOT inspection and remember to flip it Off before I go...)
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