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Which lights to get?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Stockmonester, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Jun 8, 2011 at 4:24 PM
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    Stockmonester

    Stockmonester [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just ordered the smittybilt street bar now im trying to figure out which lights to stick on their. Im stuck between hellas 5inch round or kc 5x7. any input would be appreciated thanks
     
  2. Jun 8, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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    5 or 6in round for sure
     
  3. Jun 8, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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  4. Jun 8, 2011 at 4:54 PM
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    David K

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    Brand names (Hella, KC, Vision X, Baja Designs, PIAA, etc.) aren't the first consideration IMO.

    The TYPE of light is...

    1) Pencil (spot) Beams: For long distance down the road/ field... narrow beam pattern, high speed driving applications. Best mounted high, above cab.

    2) Driving (euro) Beams: For more area in front of your truck lit up, like high beams and low beams together. Best mounted in front of truck same as headlights.

    3) Fog (cornering) Beams: For close in, wide pattern light as well as for use in fog. Best mounted low, below bumper.

    Now, of the three types of light patterns you have choices on how the light is produced:

    a) Halogen (inexpensive, but draws more power. 55-130 watts typical)

    b) HID or Xenon (expensive, but draws less power and produces brighter light. 35-70 watts) Avoid colors higher than 5,000ºK, as they will be dimmer.

    c) LED (Very expensive, but draws almost no power for the super amount of light output. Not recommended for dusty conditions like off road racing because of high reflective effect).


    For my needs, I have 2 Hella 4000 100 watt Halogen pencil beams and 2 Kragen 35 watt HID euro beams:

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  5. Jun 8, 2011 at 6:49 PM
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    I have photos of the light comparrison between stock, HID, & Pencils... Let me know if you would like to see that or if you have seen it already.
     
  6. Jun 8, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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    tacokid09

    tacokid09 it's about the off-road miles

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  7. Jun 8, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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    memario1214

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    I have Hella 500FFs on my light bar and love the output from the 55w HID I have in them
     
  8. Jun 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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    Hellas 500ff it is im gonna order one set first see how i like it with just 2 lights. Since i dont have to worry about shipping im not to concerned see how it turns out.
     
  9. Jun 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    hella 500ff are bright as hell man. even without hids - i have them behind sheet metal (not mesh) and it still lights up EVERYTHING
     
  10. Jun 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    Thats what im looking something to light the road up a little more at night the deer around here dont like to get out of the middle of the road to fast. Came close to nailing a huge buck last year with the truck
     
  11. Jun 23, 2011 at 3:14 PM
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    would the protective laminate be a good thing to get to protect the lights a little bit to?
     
  12. Jun 23, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

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    dont hold your breath.
    :laugh: I had 4 hella 500's and was not the least bit impressed.

    I converted 2 of them to HID and WOW. I would recommend everyone with the 500s or 700s to convert them to hids.
    http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/Apexcone-Raptor-HID-Kit
     
  13. Jun 23, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

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    if your worried about the deer then it sounds like you need to get yourself a nice steel bumper :cool:
     
  14. Jun 23, 2011 at 3:30 PM
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    ill keep that in mind. i got the two driving lights on fog lights on order wanna get these in before saturday night madness up on the hill july 9.
     
  15. Jun 23, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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    Anyone else got the PIAA 550's? I'm way more then happy with them
     
  16. Jun 24, 2011 at 4:05 AM
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    I had (6) Hella 500s on my truck, all halogen at one point. HATED THEM

    I think having one Hella 500 converted to HID on the front of my truck would have been way more useful


    HIDs are the way to go, without a doubt
     
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