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Old 02-24-2019, 08:33 PM
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Installed the solar cab lights today... here's a review

As some of u know https://caboveramerica.com/ has come out with some cab lights for the people like me who didn't get to have them as a option on the truck, I also wouldn't drill holes in mine as i have had a lot of issues with cheap aftermarket one's in the past, paint lifting and water damage. So when these came out i was very interested in the concept. Solar Lithium-ion battery power.

So i bought them, installed them today, couple points here..................
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The case they arrived in was like a cheaper version of a Pelican case( foam lined hard case) very impressive packaging
The fit and finish are also very impressive no cheap plastic (listen up Recon)
Charged up and ready to install
Two very quality remote controls
Good instructions and user info.
I emailed COA before i installed them with a couple questions, Someone got back to me with in a hour, and was very helpful
Being a universal fit i was surprised how easy they installed with very little issues, the profile on the f-250 roof is contoured and there are only so many lines they will fit, I have factory dimensions for the OEM lights to go by and i am with in a Inch here and there, I assume these lights have a little bigger footprint to them..
They have three Modes to choose from. Bright...Extended run( less bright) and Flash Emergency or Strobe Mode they call it,

Packaging was impressive

Laying them out before


trimmed the two end one's for a better fit

all done in two hours

Love the new look
I'll post a short video of the strobe affect when i convert the file.
I had suggested a group buy for this forum if there were enough interest, I would still be willing to follow through on that, i learn a ton by reading this forum saves me hundreds in Maintenance costs, So i can go Buy more Accessories for the truck!
Read here https://caboveramerica.com/about/ for more info, and i would be happy to answer any thing i can.
 
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:45 PM
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Thanks, I'm considering these as they can be removed if I ever sell the truck and no holes is a huge plus.
 
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:55 PM
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Thank you for sharing this! I have been considering these as well
 
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Yes absolutely, I will be keeping them when i upgrade. Just went out now that is dark, and they are a perfect match to the running lights on the extended run mode. Quite impressed !
 
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:02 PM
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Really cool writeup - very interested in these. My STX doesn’t have them - what a great nighttime driving feature and no holes, no upfitter tie-in, very cool. Looks great.
 
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If there was a way to make them turn on and off with the truck... I do like the idea of the strobe settings for moving farm equipment.
 
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:11 PM
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The remote has to be pressed to activate them (RF signal) the strobe setting is pretty neat, definitely gets your attention !
 
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Didn't know something like this existed. Those look great on your truck.
 
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:21 PM
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Thanks, here a night shot i just took...
 
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:34 PM
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Here is the strobe affect..
 
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Originally Posted by RCR70ss View Post
The remote has to be pressed to activate them (RF signal) the strobe setting is pretty neat, definitely gets your attention !
can you turn them on from in the truck? Is there an indicator so you know they turned on?
 
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Nice job OP. Any idea how long the battery is good for if you have several cloudy days?
 
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Old 02-25-2019, 05:32 AM
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RCR, thanks a ton for sharing. I went to the site and read up a bit. I may have misinterpreted this, but it appears they take 30 hours to fully charge for a 12-14+ duration..?

I'm gonna call them today and see what that means...

Your truck looks great...!!!
 
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Old 02-25-2019, 05:48 AM
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That is gonna be the test, weather they are self maintained or not, for me i have a fair amount of sun on the truck in the summer, don't park in a garage. i don't drive the truck as much in the summer either as i'm on 2 wheels hopefully. If u do park in a garage, they recommend you install a fluorescent fixture above the roof line and they will charge from that, If they don't keep up to my driving habits I'll be back here Letting you know.
 
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interesting concept probably wouldnt work in alaska.
 

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