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Long range, fog or driving?

So I'm gonna pull the trigger on some KC Apollo lights and I'm gonna windshield mount them.
Of the three varieties...long range, fog and driving...what's the best choice for the windshield location and what would I get the most "practical" use from.
My rig is mostly a daily driver with some occasional light wheeling.
I was thinking driving...but I figured I'd ask the experts.
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depends where you plan to night wheel.

In the desert I prefer long range... in the forest I prefer driving lights.

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depends where you plan to night wheel.

In the desert I prefer long range... in the forest I prefer driving lights.
Thanks...well considering I'm in Fl with limited access to deserts (LOL!!!), I would guess driving would be my best option.
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Thanks...well considering I'm in Fl with limited access to deserts (LOL!!!), I would guess driving would be my best option.
You'll get the most use out of some driving lamps. You'll get some distance that will cover a wide section ahead (wide compared to what spots would).

Fogs wouldn't go much farther than 20-30 feet. Spots will reach out there, but will leave some dark spots.

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You'll get the most use out of some driving lamps. You'll get some distance that will cover a wide section ahead (wide compared to what spots would).

Fogs wouldn't go much farther than 20-30 feet. Spots will reach out there, but will leave some dark spots.
Thanks Rip...it sounds like driving is the best option then. I appreciate your input.
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So I'm gonna pull the trigger on some KC Apollo lights and I'm gonna windshield mount them.
Of the three varieties...long range, fog and driving...what's the best choice for the windshield location and what would I get the most "practical" use from.
My rig is mostly a daily driver with some occasional light wheeling.
I was thinking driving...but I figured I'd ask the experts.
Windshield mount and above = Long Range
Bumper to windshield = Driving
Bumper and below = fogs

Check the research for yourself. These lamps work the best in these positions.

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While I wouldn't hesitate to put a long range light on the bumper, I would not put a fog on the roof/WS. But consider this. Regardless of the light, the lower it is, the less it seems to reflect in adverse weather.

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Thanks Rip...that makes total sense. I went with the driving lights...figured if I wanna go long range later I can move the driving to the bumper and put long range on the windshield.
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Thanks Rip...that makes total sense. I went with the driving lights...figured if I wanna go long range later I can move the driving to the bumper and put long range on the windshield.
Sounds good. Get us some pics when they're mounted!

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Windshield mount and above = Long Range
Bumper to windshield = Driving
Bumper and below = fogs

Check the research for yourself. These lamps work the best in these positions.
x2 you need to broadcast the higher you are so you aren't blowing off all of your light into the hood and what not.

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Sounds good. Get us some pics when they're mounted!
Will do...thanks for the input guys!!!
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Question...for anyone that's installed the KC or any other windshield type mount for lights: Do you put anything between the bracket and your frame, like foam or some sort of gasket...or does it just mount metal to metal?
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Question...for anyone that's installed the KC or any other windshield type mount for lights: Do you put anything between the bracket and your frame, like foam or some sort of gasket...or does it just mount metal to metal?
Most people try to use something. I used a piece of inner tube rubber.

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Most people try to use something. I used a piece of inner tube rubber.
Thanks...that's what I figured. I'll have to find something.
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Installed...I'll get 'em wired up this weekend!!!
(I ended up cutting "gaskets" out of an old neoprene mouse pad work from work...LOL!
Worked like a champ.))

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Installed...I'll get 'em wired up this weekend!!!
(I ended up cutting "gaskets" out of an old neoprene mouse pad work from work...LOL!
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