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post #1 of 18 Old 11-18-2014, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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LED headlights+winter=bad! any ideas?

So I'm running trucklite headlights and we had our first snow storm yesterday. I had these all last year but have finally decided to try and fix my problem now. I have a long drive to work and have to stop on average 3-5 times to clean off my lights to see because they don't heat up to clean off the lenses. I have done a search and came up with nothing on this topic so far.so does anyone have any ideas or anything they are already using to melt the snow?

My only idea is to try to run a hose from the heater somewhere up to the headlights and point it down so it blows the heat onto the light. Of course I haven't looked into this at all so I have no idea how hard it would be just an idea I had. As ridiculous as this seems, pulling over on a highway with semis doing 70mph next to you and a lot of bad drivers just isn't my idea of a good adrenaline rush.

So who has ideas or plans already working?
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Thst is a big issue with led lighting. You might be better off going back to a stock type for winter.
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Truck-Lite just introduced heated LED headlights this year at SEMA. Look for those to come out soon, maybe you can get an exchange with the upgrade.

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post #4 of 18 Old 11-18-2014, 08:13 AM
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Most of the light manufacturers claim that their headlights do not provide much heath, as it may cause melting in a warm weather. Light bulbs do heat up pretty well on the filament. But it may not be enough to melt the snow on the go.

I found an older thread for you, that may be helpful: https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=83292

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Good find on that article. Good info too and I like they de-icer spray idea. But as for the guy who said I'll run as many lights as needed or the response from truck lights saying they still performed well in winter...well all of my off road lights and fogs were completely covered by at least an inch of snow(except my rear lights which aren't much help driving). And I know for a fact other cars lights weren't covered and no light cut through the pile up on my lights because the snow was almost packed so it was level with the grill at one point.
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Thats why I haven't went to led headlights. I want to bad since I have led all over the jeep. But I'm in Indiana and will have the same problem. I knew I didn't want them when all my leds snowed over 2 years ago. I got the rebel hid headlights and they heat just enough to melt but just enough lol. Ive thought about going to stock for winter but stock light sucks!
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Truck Lite just announced that they have a heated version of their lights coming out.

Edit - didn't read all of the responses.

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I got the jw speaker led head lights and I haven't had a issue with snow build up on them up here in Canada. Going on my 3rd year

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Personally I think the concerns about snow/ice build up on the LED headlights is overblown. Yeah I've had some snow and ice build up on my Truck-Lites, but no worse than any other halogen headlight on any other vehicle I've ever owned or driven.

If the snow is coming down bad enough to cause build up, doesn't matter what light you're using on what vehicle, you're going to have a problem.

Sure my rig has seen the trail, but I wheel it like a soccer mom looking for a parking spot at Nordstroms.
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I wonder if you could wax the lenses so the snow won't stick as easily?

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I wonder if you could wax the lenses so the snow won't stick as easily?
RainX maybe?
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RainX maybe?
i've coated my fourwheeler headlights in rainx, works well until mud eats it off

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I recently did the JW's also. Didn't notice the build up until I flipped on the high beams and no difference. WHAT? Got out and sure enough about 1/2 inch packed snow. Really don't want to put the stockers back in but may. And they do have wax on them and that didn't prevent it.
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I got the jw speaker led head lights and I haven't had a issue with snow build up on them up here in Canada. Going on my 3rd year
No offense, but I'm not sure British Columbia is indicative of a true northern winter. I would be very concerned about keeping the snow off at -40, driving home in a blizzard!
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RainX maybe?
Tried Rain X, but it didn't help. Glass Science glass rain clear gel would be more effective.
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I had Truck Lites, then I had the heated Truck Lites Offroad Elements was selling last year and now I've upgraded to the Morimoto Sealed7 HID Projectors from The Retrofit Source. To say they're leaps and bounds better than the Truck Lites would be an understatement. Also, The Retrofit Source has some really sweet black friday deals going on.

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I live in SC but I plan on going on some trips and I'd love to go LED but since this issue has been brought up. Ill probably wait now...

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honnestly, the only times I had issues in the past two years, is when it snows around 0. When its really cold, the lens stays cold, and so is the snow, so it just flow around without sticking.

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