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Best/most affordable 7" aux lights? Any thoughts on LEDs?

So considering buying a bunch of 7" offroad lights w/cages. Although I still haven't decided on a roof mount yet; I plan to mount 4 on the roof, 2 on the windshield and 2 on the back.

Honestly I probably will hardly ever use them, but I figure what the heck. I know PIAA's and most other are expensive, so I'm ideally looking for an affordable solution.

I found some good LED ones I'm still waiting on pricing for; wanted to know if anyone has experience with LEDs w/built in ballasts or if there are any other entry level aux lights I should be looking at?

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All of the LEDs that are worth a damn a pretty expensive, but then again you wouldn't need all the lights you want with them either because they are bright.

Hella 500s are cheap and pretty bright. Look on Amazon.com and you can get a pair for about 40 bucks.
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I think I'm actually going to have a manufacturer build me some custom ones....going to use this housing I think, but black out the "Jeep" letters and replace the halogen with LEDs
http://www.aodic.com/Products_View.asp?ID=1342


Anyone interested in a group buy? Should be able to get em for around $50 per light...
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If you do, please let us know how they work.

I an not certain, but I think LEDs require a completely different reflector so I don't know if it's as easy as just swapping the halagen bulb for LEDs.

Here is an examble of good LED lights.
http://www.visionxoffroad.com/
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Yea they need a reflector + ballast...they company makes existing LED aux lights but they all have crappy fascias/protectors so I'm just having them add this nice looking "Jeep" one to it.

Still trying to negotiate prices with them; if I got a few of you on here interested in them I'm sure we'd be able to get a good deal.

Just curious; what do typical 7" LEDs retail for on the market?
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Just curious; what do typical 7" LEDs retail for on the market?
The only LEDs I'm familiar with that are decent are the xmitters, but DAMN they're expensive!
http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...-1-c-1219.html


$600 PER LIGHT!


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The only LEDs I'm familiar with that are decent are the xmitters, but DAMN they're expensive!
http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...-1-c-1219.html


$600 PER LIGHT!
do you get a jar of vasline with it

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$600 per light? Thats insane! If I'm able to offer something comparable for less than $100 do you think a lot of people will be interested in it?

By the way, has anyone installed strobe lights/sirens in their headlight housings? I'm looking at putting strobes in my headlights- no real reason, only cause I can pick them up for literally next to nothing.
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I have strobes in my tails and in my front turn signals - I couldn't do my headlights because I have Deltas and they are glass so I made little housings and put them in the top corners of the outer grill slots.

Great for helping dad move heavy equipment or if I have to park in a sketchy spot by a road while geocaching or when I help out the sheriff's dept.

The trick with the xmitter lights is that they use 10 watt leds, I havent seen more than a 3 watt available in bulk at a decent price.
The thing about leds is that most don't need much of a reflector at all, the led 'bulb' itself will focus most of the light forward anyway.
Look at the xmitter bars and at the round one, hardly any reflector.


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Eagle Eye Lights are pretty affordable and are available in either halogen or HID. Check them out here: Eagle Eye Lights

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I have strobes in my tails and in my front turn signals - I couldn't do my headlights because I have Deltas and they are glass so I made little housings and put them in the top corners of the outer grill slots.

Great for helping dad move heavy equipment or if I have to park in a sketchy spot by a road while geocaching or when I help out the sheriff's dept.

The trick with the xmitter lights is that they use 10 watt leds, I havent seen more than a 3 watt available in bulk at a decent price.
The thing about leds is that most don't need much of a reflector at all, the led 'bulb' itself will focus most of the light forward anyway.
Look at the xmitter bars and at the round one, hardly any reflector.
The VisionX LEDs put out a lot of light for the little draw they pull! Very impressive.

If you are rarely going to use the lights I would stick with Halogen. They offer the biggest bang for your buck.

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