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Cheap Grill-mounted Driving Lights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by larryde09, Jul 9, 2010.

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Cheap grill-mounted driving lights

Poll closed Aug 8, 2010.
  1. Harbor Freight

    2 vote(s)
    6.5%
  2. Walmart, Autozone, Advanced Auto, etc

    14 vote(s)
    45.2%
  3. Only light bars or quality lights are worth it

    14 vote(s)
    45.2%
  4. Do nothing, driving lights suck

    1 vote(s)
    3.2%
  1. Jul 9, 2010 at 6:20 AM
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    larryde09

    larryde09 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2nd Gen and I want to install some driving lights to improve the high beams. Although I'd love to do a light bar w/ PIAA's, my budget is non-existent so I'm thinking of buying some cheap lights and mounting them in the grill (it's the stock grill). I've read some similar threads, but I want to get everyone's opinion or experiences...

    Are cheap lights worth it? Has anyone found lights that fit well and are bright enough to make a difference? Pics of your rig would be appreciated. Here's one option from harbor freight. I've read some walmart lights worked too. What's the deal with having to cover driving lights when on the street unless they have a mesh guard? Do I need to be take this into consideration?

    Let me know your experiences...
     
  2. Jul 9, 2010 at 9:40 AM
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    I have the Hella FF 500's and they work great. I use them in Virginia so i dont hit any deer. Has been succesful so far. Cost me 70 $. I have them mounted on a bull bar.
     
  3. Jul 9, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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    Zombie Runner

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    I have the hella 500's and i wasnt impressed with them at all. They are a very weak 55w light. If you get some get a 100w light.

    are ou thinking of mounting them behind the stock grill?
     
  4. Jul 9, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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    I would be interested in anything you find out. I am looking to do the same w/o adding a bar on the front. Mine isn't so much about the $$ as I don't have the room to make my truck any longer. It won't fit in the garage if I add a push bar on the front. :eek:

    So I am looking at adding lights someway off the grill or bumper where it would not increase the overall length of the truck. I've even considered using some of the LED lights and mount them behind the grill if necessary.

    I just started looking at options so am interested in anything anyone finds too. I will post if I sort out a solution.

    Thanks,

    pyrate
     
  5. Jul 9, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    Zombie Runner

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    ^I have the harbor freight light in the bed as well. I cut off the little black reflector covering the bulb and it made it twice as bright.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Jul 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM
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    Jimmyjohn

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    If your going to put on lights put on Good ones. I like Piaa.
     
  7. Jul 9, 2010 at 12:10 PM
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    look up the procomp 130 driving lights. love mine. bout 45 bucks each. and they are 130w bulb all metal no plastic and glass not plastic lens...high quality
     
  8. Jul 9, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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    Yeah, I'll definetely post what I decide to do. I have my foglights and bed lights in my build if you're looking for any ideas.



    I never thought of the lower grill until I saw a post here on TW. That's certainly an idea, as long as they light up the road ok at that height. A goal of this project is to dress up the boring stock front, since its the only place I haven't really modified yet, so i don't want to hide the lights down there.
     
  9. Jul 9, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    I bought driving lights from Walmart a few weeks prior to browsing around Harbor Freights and found similar ones for $6 less!
     
  10. Jul 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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    Interested to know how they would do behind the stock grill, seems like they would get about 50% blocked.
     
  11. Jul 9, 2010 at 12:56 PM
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    Ditto. I even bought some better H3 bulbs. I'm saving up for a LED bar.
     
  12. Jul 9, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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    x2 there isnt a way to put normal driving lights back there...unless you do a grillcraft or satoshi
     
  13. Jul 9, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    I did the HID mod to mine and they are brutal now. The led bars are cool but way over priced. You shoud try and do the HID mod. 40 bucks from DDMtuning
     
  14. Jul 9, 2010 at 1:03 PM
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    Yeah, I'm assuming they'd have to be a square shape and fit in between the grill bars. If I did round off-road driving lights, I'd spend the money on a light bar. I'm just looking for something that will compliment/extend my high beams and be a fun project.
     
  15. Jul 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM
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    Had them on a previous truck. A good value. I would have them on my current truck, but I still need to decide what lightbar to buy.

    When I bought my 130s they did not include wiring, so keep that in mind. It was not a big deal for me, I am comfortable with wiring.

    If you need lights on the cheap, check the classifieds on here for a used lightbar, then pickup some pro comps!
     
  17. Jul 10, 2010 at 9:51 PM
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    Hella 500 from WallyWorld (or 500FF for off-road)...at $60 a pair, you won't feel bad if something happens to them.
     
  18. Jul 11, 2010 at 7:35 AM
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    Thanks for the info.

    My friend that helped build my step bars is willing to do it, but now he lives 7 hours away, so that's not in the near future. I'll send you info if I ever get it done.
     
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