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MichaelW
05-07-2007, 11:43 PM
And the words were spoken and so it became.

Rock lights that is. With some driving lights added for good measure.

I read somewhere about some $150+ LED rock lights for a pair. As much as I liked the idea of almost no power rock lights in a small compact container there was no way I was going to pay 80 bucks a light. Especially given my track record with lighting which is I usually break them long before they can burn out. So I found some Super Bright LEDs on the internet for about 4 bucks each. This was 6 super brights in a plastic case ready to be mounted on the Jeep to illuminate my path at night.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/products/caraccent/alm-x6_b.jpg

So I bought a boat load so I'll have spares and proceeded to mount them under my Jeep. I thought about screwing them on but concluded that would be too much work and some places would be near impossible to get to with a drill. So I went off to the local home center and bought some gas and oil water repellant sealant/contact adhesive. So far this stuff is working wonders and all I did to prep was wipe down the area I was going to attach the lights to with acetone.

The wiring was pretty straight forward as I had already run the wires to the grill for when I got around to doing this. But enough rambling here is some pics.

Here is a picture with the flash so you can see what we are looking at. Notice I had lots of poltergeists to help me take the pictures. ;)
http://www.mjw.com/jeep/light/light-01.jpg

No flash. The lights are a lot brighter than they appear and the cameraman was tired after laying on his back all day long playing with lights to get a tripod.
http://www.mjw.com/jeep/light/light-02.jpg

Flash again.
http://www.mjw.com/jeep/light/light-03.jpg

No flash.
http://www.mjw.com/jeep/light/light-04.jpg


While I was in the wiring mood I also wired up my driving lights.
http://www.mjw.com/jeep/light/light-05.jpg

http://www.mjw.com/jeep/light/light-06.jpg

http://www.mjw.com/jeep/light/light-07.jpg

And there was light. And he saw that the light was good. So he decided to change out his diff covers, but that's tomorrows project. :D

Living Still
05-08-2007, 08:48 PM
Nice job looks like you have 360 lighting now :D . Where did you mount them to be out of the way and still put out a good amount of light?

MichaelW
05-09-2007, 08:52 AM
Mostly on the bottom of the body, above the frame. I have a couple on the frame that may be in harms way but I bought lot's of spares. :D

Thanks Casey!

obxjeep
10-07-2007, 07:05 AM
Do you have a link to where you bought those $4 lights. I was looking at doing the same thing, but couldn't find any light I liked until I saw those that you used. Thanks!

MichaelW
10-07-2007, 10:49 AM
So I found some Super Bright LEDs on the internet for about 4 bucks each.
Oops sorry about that this thread originally existed elsewhere and I could not post links or names.

Super Bright LEDs (http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/commerce.cgi?product=ACCENTS). Whoa, seems like that had a price increase. Maybe it depends on how many you order? Still cheaper than other LEDs. :)

nam6869usmc
10-07-2007, 01:53 PM
Michael, you are one "Bright"Guy:D,....great job,

BeerMonkeY
10-07-2007, 02:11 PM
thanks for the link, these are what i was looking for. although i really dont wheel at night , thses still look good and id rather have them and not use them that much than need them and not have them

MichaelW
10-07-2007, 06:08 PM
Thanks guys! You are welcome.

MaRShiN
10-07-2007, 10:40 PM
Looks like my car :smokin:

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a52/piercedupdude/LEDs.jpg

So that means I can do the same thing to my Jeep for Night Wheeling? :innocent:

MichaelW
10-07-2007, 11:02 PM
Not neon!:thefinger:

Although I thought about it as a joke.

Red lights are cool plus preserve your night vision. :grinpimp:

MaRShiN
10-07-2007, 11:05 PM
lol they're actually LED's and do patterns and strobe!!! lol but yeah I was just teasin. Looks great!!

Po' Riggity
10-08-2007, 08:05 AM
Very cool lookin little lights. I have some cheapo harbor freight lights as rock lights, and they work, but they were a pita to install.
Scott

MossMan
10-08-2007, 08:08 AM
And the words were spoken and so it became.
And there was light. And he saw that the light was good. So he decided to change out his diff covers, but that's tomorrows project. :D

:laughing:

Did you use any of the factory harness or switch in this? I've got a set of Hella 500's I want to hook up this week and I thought it would be cool and clean to use the factory hardware since those fogs are gone. I don't know if it will carry the load though.

MichaelW
10-08-2007, 08:14 AM
:grinpimp: Glad someone got a laugh. :grinpimp:

You are right the factory harness wouldn't be up to the task with the 55 watt Hellas, plus they would only be on with the low beam. You could mount 55 watt fog lamps to act like the factory ones but you would need a relay to switch a bigger power line.

I made my own switch panel using some illuminated rockers from Napa. I mounted them in the plastic panel in front of the shifter console.

MossMan
10-08-2007, 09:48 AM
I figured as much. The cool thing is that Hellas come with all the wiring, a relay, and an illuminated rocker switch so it will still be and easy hookup. :D