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Are you tired of your ditch lights wobbling? **New Diode Dynamics Release**

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by memario1214, Jun 17, 2020.

  1. Jun 17, 2020 at 4:21 PM
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    memario1214

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    Howdy!

    One of the biggest complaints/concerns that I hear about from folks is that their ditch lights wobble, the lights stick up too far, and the light glares off of the hood. Well, Diode Dynamics heard our cries and are offering a new ditch light bracket that can hopefully solve the problem! I believe that they will announce these very soon, but you are seeing it here first. :D

    FEATURES -
    • Bolt-on fitment for the 2016+ Toyota Tacoma (3rd generation)
    • Allows you to mount two SS3 LED Pods (or pod of your choice) above the hood
    • Utilizes existing mounting points and hardware for a simple installation
    • Thick-gauge stainless steel construction
    • Low-profile design

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    Pricing -
    • Brackets Only - $60 + Shipping
    • SS3 Sport Power Ditch Light Kit (Brackets and Pair of lights) - $240 SHIPPED
    • SS3 Pro Power Ditch Light Kit (Brackets and Pair of lights) - $360 SHIPPED

    If you are interested please shoot me a PM. I have a stocking order of these with my name on them already so I should have a good amount of stock!

    https://youtu.be/a2NwrM5_fVA

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  2. Jun 17, 2020 at 4:22 PM
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    Yes.
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    I’m curious at how the mount addresses hood glare concerns.
     
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    This. Also, any photos of the ditch lights properly aimed to the side? I’d like to see how much light they put off when aimed out and down to the ground......as ditch lights.
     
  6. Jun 17, 2020 at 4:36 PM
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    Yes.
    the DD lights have a VERY focused beam. That’s how.
     
  7. Jun 17, 2020 at 4:36 PM
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    Did you watch the video? The type of light you mount certainly plays a part. Also, your light best be getting shipped this week. I'm calling on a few items tomorrow. Confirming the info I gave you is one of them.
     
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    Lol. Thanks buddy! I’m anxious to finish up my wiring. I have my powertrays mostly built. Just waiting on the three lights.

    I haven’t watched the video; I’m familiar with DD design philosophy. I was just wondering since it seemed the mounts had something to do with hood glare. Perhaps with a low shield or something. But I get that it’s the combo pack, or mount + SS3 that gets the job done.
     
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    I had no idea bouncing ditch light brackets were an issue. Never had that issue in the 1+ year i've had my Caliraised... but those lights are beautiful!
     
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    Yes.
    My XL80’s bounce like a mofo. But I have a couple underlying issues I think is contributing to make it considerably worse than it should be.
     
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    I'd love some brackets
     
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    We could always set you up with a set of SS3s if you'd like!
    We can make that happen. Just shoot me a PM, and we'll get you set up!
     
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    @memario1214 anything with these aimed to the side? I already have ditch brackets that I’m happy with but have been considering SS3s for a while now.
     
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    Yes.
    You probably would want the flood pattern for ditch lighting. Although not sure how they would do at speed, since it’s more of a “scene pattern” it looks like.

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    First, check out the pics that @SearArtist posted above. However, I personally would recommend the SAE driving pattern for a ditch light. You just unfortunately don't get any more distance with a flood pattern. You'll keep the glare off of the hood, but you'll additionally get some more distance to help identify those pesky critters at speed if you angle them out slightly! I don't have any video of the SS3 SAE Driving pattern yet, but if you check out this video I posted you'll see that DD stuff is generally pretty true to pattern. P.S. What you're looking for starts at about the 7:15 mark.

    https://youtu.be/gwHUpzBzksU
     
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    Interesting, unfortunately it doesn't look like there would be much of a functional improvement for real ditch lighting by going with SS3s over the current BD S1 Spots I have in the ditch position now. I guess I'll wait to see if some people pick these up for ditch lighting purposes and see what their thoughts are.
     
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    Awesome, now wondering what color and pattern to get. I already have a set of SS3 Pro Fogs in Yellow. I'm tempted to get a set of SAE driving Ditch lights, but not sure if i should get yellow or white. I'm kinda leaning toward Yellow pros with white lenses for a warmer light. Do you sell the Lenses seperate?

    I'm trying to find the thread where the fogs were tested in this fashion to see what that color temp would look like anyone running yellow ss3 pros with white lenses installed?
     
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    @crashnburn80 showed a 9% loss in intensity with the yellow lens compared to the white. I would buy the yellow and get some clear lenses. That way you can swap them. Lenses are cheap to swap compared to the whole light. That’s why I like BD lights as well. Don’t like a pattern - switch the lens and try a new one.
     
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