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So, Rigid has come out with new LED's that offer a high and low setting. They are just like their old lights but now come with a rocker switch for high/low/off. Their Low setting is advertised as 20% of High.

-Rigid Industries High & Low Dual Function LED Lights |Rigid Industries LED Lighting, Leader in Off road LED light bars, truck LED lights, Marine LEDs, and Industrial LEDs

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Let's hear some input on these new lights and any ideas you guys may have for use of them. I'm looking for ideas too.

I've been looking at getting D2's to replace my fogs and now i'm seriously considering these.

My thoughts right now are to wire them into my fogs just like normal, but instead of using their included "3 position rocker switch" I was just going to wire them to my fog switch and high beams? So when I turn on my lights they are off, turn on my fogs they come on in low beam mode and then when I turn on my high beams they go into high mode as well (instead of just turning the fogs off like they do now).
 

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These sound pretty cool.
Yeah, they really do. And not that much more than the current versions of the same lights. I'm definetly set on getting these over the regular ones if I can figure out if the wiring will work.
 

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I ended up getting a bunch of Bean LED Industries LED's or I would get some of these.
 

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LED's don't care about voltage so much... It takes a certain amount to fire them, then a certain amount to blow them, but anything in between will work.. the lower voltage is dimmer, the higher is brighter. You can go get a variable resistor from radio shack or a dimmer light switch from the hardware store and do the same thing. For what it's worth, you can also 'overdrive' halogen bulbs for more lumens, but at cost of shorter life and ease of blowing.. you can push a 325luman bulb rated at 12vdc to 450 or so by pushing 14vdc to it...

Anyway, your fogs go out when high beams come on because most state laws consider high beams two extra lights. Most state laws allow only a total of four drive lights on front of vehicle, so they are wired from factory to do what they do. Change that at your own risk.. it's done, and done often... I've never heard of a cop nailing anyone for it, or an inspection station issueing an infraction because of it, but by the letter it is illegal in most states.

Right now I'm looking at top racks for my rig, and I'll have light all around.. I plan on using a lightbar and HID spots on front.. led has light wash all over HID, but nowhere near the throw of HID. I'm going to get clever with this setup, though, and charge it from an aux battery pack I have mounted in my bed which is charged both through a 12vdc trickle tied into the main batteries, but also a solar panel on top of the camper shell.. the trick is going to be remote on/off of all or chosen lights from a fob.... It will be nice to have such a thing returning to the truck at night in the woods from hunting or some such...

Btw... I can't bring myself to buy rigid. They're overpriced by my reckoning... There aren't that many places in the world that make the diode, and most makers buy from Cree. Meaning, the casing, reflectors, and lenses may be better, but durn near all of them are using the same light source. And I'll spend a few dollars at radio shack to get a variable resistor, or even a three position variable resistor, before I pay rigid prices.
 

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LED's don't care about voltage so much... It takes a certain amount to fire them, then a certain amount to blow them, but anything in between will work.. the lower voltage is dimmer, the higher is brighter. You can go get a variable resistor from radio shack or a dimmer light switch from the hardware store and do the same thing. For what it's worth, you can also 'overdrive' halogen bulbs for more lumens, but at cost of shorter life and ease of blowing.. you can push a 325luman bulb rated at 12vdc to 450 or so by pushing 14vdc to it...
So basically what youre saying is if I wire up the standard D2's to my low beams and high beams it'll do the same thing?

Anyway, your fogs go out when high beams come on because most state laws consider high beams two extra lights. Most state laws allow only a total of four drive lights on front of vehicle, so they are wired from factory to do what they do. Change that at your own risk.. it's done, and done often... I've never heard of a cop nailing anyone for it, or an inspection station issueing an infraction because of it, but by the letter it is illegal in most states.
Yeah, I know whay they go off, but the 6.4 doesnt have another light that comes on for high beams, it just gets brighter so it would still only be 4 lights.
 

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No, the voltage to your headlights doesn't change, the other beam is being used instead. It remains 12vdc or somewhere there about.

Most led will handle anything from 12vdc to 30vdc.. the more, the brighter but also you're cutting into the life. If you wanted to rig your existing led bar for dimming/bright, you'd have to introduce a capacitor (which stores and often jumps voltage) and a variable resistor.... Basically you'd charge to the capacitor/resistor with 12vdc and that would pass through to the lights... Call it standard brightness.. to increase the brightness you'd either spin the dial or throw a switch (fixed level) and jump the voltage to 24vdc.. poof.. brighter lights. Or... You could have 12vdc (current brightness) as your high setting, and just use a variable resistor to lower the voltage... The issue is that the led's will fire likely around 8 or maybe 9vdc, but be really dim... Which would be good for daylight running I reckon, but not much use otherwise. The low being the 12vdc brightness and high being likely triple the lumens at 24vdc (it isn't a linear scale, the output increases exponentially with more input) would be the most useful way to approach it.. for that you need either a capacitor or dual input 12vdc and an isoltated bridge for clean 24vdc.
 

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If you were trying to create something a daytime running light module would probably work.

The high beam LEDs in my car are set up like that.
 

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That all sounds super complicated. I think my idea may just work just fine. Idk
 

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Mine are ordered, may be a while before they are put on. I'll let y'all know.
 
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