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Old 03-02-2014, 11:37 AM
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Hello guys,
anyone have feedback on these 20" Compact Off Road LED Light Bar - 54W | Off Road Light Bars | LED Work Light & Off Road LED Light Bars | Super Bright LEDs
I'm using this bracket Rigid Industries 2011-2012 Superduty 250/350 Lower Grille Mount (40136)

it's all going on a 2012 F250 but I'm attaching to my grill since I have a bull bar that blocks the original location

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Im surprised there's not any response here.
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Probably no one here has used them, or no one who signed on yesterday.
I haven't, I just use tractor floods. They are cheap, give good light for the slow speeds off-road and I don't have to worry about them getting broken or stolen.

As for mounting location, if you're really using them off-road, a higher mount will provide better lighting. The shadows thrown by objects won't be as long so it's easier to see if that dark spot in the road is just a little dip or a pit that will swallow your truck.
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i think Tom hit it on the head.
most people that off road go slow, and use regular lights.
LED lighting is new and only been around a very short time.
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I'm not really a fan of LED lighting. many LEDs have a very low CRI (Color Rendering Index), and will screw with colors. They put out a disproportionate amount of blue light which tends to make them appear brighter than they actually are. You eye will actually react more to the blue light and become less sensitive, therefor making the shadows darker (think about using a red light at night to maintain your night vision). This is the same reason I don't like silverstar bulbs or other bulbs that have a blue coating on them.

I use LED's for flashlights because they are unbeatable for maximum light & runtime for a given battery, but I do still prefer halogens for headlights/driving lights. If you are having issues with heat or you want more light but would have to install a bigger alternator or do a bunch of rewiring, then LEDs may be a good option, but otherwise they aren't my first choice.

That being said, CREE & Nichia do make LEDs that are over 90 CRI, but good luck finding them in a lightbar. No one will buy them because their output numbers aren't as impressive as the lower CRI units. I run into the same issue with flashlights, ones with high quality light rather than high quantity are hard to come by.
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Just wanted to add. A great setup would be an offroad light that takes either a 9005 or 9006 bulb, and fitting them with a a 9011 or 9012 HIR bulb.

read about HIR bulbs here: HIR Headlights 9011 9012 bulbs

I put a set of 9012 HIRs in my mountaineer for the fog lights to replace the 9006 silverstar zXe bulbs. I considered using a 9011, but I didn't want to draw more than stock current without a relay.
These produce a nice yellow light, and give you more light for the same wattage of a normal halogen bulb. Kind of a win/win.

Silverstar zXe on left. Philips 9012 HIR on right.

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LED light bars are very popular in Australia for off road or country driving.
We have large distances with no fencing, so we get a lot of strays on the road from rabbits to camels. you want as much light as possible with black cows on the road at night.
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Great article on real off road lights.
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