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Anyone have any brands of light bars that are well made? Or anyone ever have luck with an eBay special? I think it's ridiculous what a rigid light bar cost, I feel like tour just paying for the brand name!
 

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I like the cheapo amazon ones. Installed a lot of different ones on my friends rock crawlers I’ve built and they all work well. The 2 on my Toyota truggy have been through 2 rollovers and still work great.
I don’t see the point in spending that much on a light bar. Especially when you can buy 5+ of them for the price of 1 name brand bar.
 

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I have some cheap amazon light bars and some Rigid and Baja Designs cubes as well. I have to honestly say for day to day stuff you can't beat the cheap bars. I really can't see That much difference between them at all. I've had the cheapos on the truck for years and still working fine. From the winters of Colorado to the heat and humidity of Georgia and no issues.

Now if I was racing the Baja 1000 I would spend the extra money but I just can't see them being worth 10+ times the money for a daily driver?

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I like to buy it once and forget about it.
Good quality does that for you in my opinion.
I do, however, wait or look for a sale on what I want to try to keep the cost down.
 

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Is there a difference in light output of the cheap bars are the same wattage and what not as the name brand? I am the same way but once and forget about it but I’m mainly just using it for when I drive at night on the country roads or when I’m going snowmobiling up north!
 

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I had a Westin 24in light bar mounted to a Smittthilt bull bar on my last truck. The Westin wasn’t cheap by any means, not Rigid expensive but not Amazon cheap.

Anyways, less than 2yrs later the black paint had pitted and flaked off, plus the lense would fill with water.

The next lightbar and cubes I bought were amazon specials because I can replace them 3 times for what a name-brand light would cost. Haven’t installed them yet but will before winter.
 

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I had the Traveller brand light bar from Tractor Supply on my front bumper for over two years and was completely satisfied with it.
Shortly after getting stationed at JBER my light bar was stolen at a hotel in Anchorage.
Since Tractor Supply isn't up here and they don't ship up here I used Amazon for a replacement. 4wdking is the brand I chose and am pleased so far after a couple of weeks.
One thing I looked for was at least an IP68 rating. It seems that a lot online are only IP67 rated.
 

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I can't figure out what the brand is, but I have a 29" quad-row light bar that I purchased on ebay. It is insanely bright, and after 2 years of extreme Kansas temperature changes (I mean below zero wind chill in the winter and over 110 heat index in the summer) the glass is still crystal clear and there is no moisture inside. I haven't tested its impact resistance, but the housing seems very sturdy.
 

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What’s a good wattage and lumens for the best and brightest light output?
 

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Anyone have a good way to keep people from stealing them?
 

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Is there a difference in light output of the cheap bars are the same wattage and what not as the name brand? I am the same way but once and forget about it but I’m mainly just using it for when I drive at night on the country roads or when I’m going snowmobiling up north!
Many companies claim high output but when tested, fall well short of advertised.
It’s like buying a big box of corn flakes and finding it 1/2 full on opening.

Google is your friend. If you find something you like, look at reviews.

I bought a 20” BrightSource All Spot LED lightbar on sale. Reg $400 bought for $200.
10,700 Lumins. Housing is still all black, glass is as clear as the day I bought it. Not one spot of humidity inside.

How do I keep from getting it stolen? I mounted it in my bumper and installed all fog cubes beside It. There is a series of things to dismantle before the light bar can come off.
 

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Anyone have a good way to keep people from stealing them?
Use torx or security screws something someone doesn't generally carry in their toolbox. If someone wants it bad enough they will always find a way. The idea is to just make it a bigger hasle.
 

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Rough Country 20" x5 led bar works really good they were back-ordered for a month but I found one on eBay that was scratched and got 30.00 off so I paid 225 and I scratched it more squeezing it in the front bumper!
 

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My light bar came with tamper proof allen screws and a special allen wrench to install it. Tamper proof torx are your best bet if it comes with regular hardware, or just find a way to weld it to the truck lol
 

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Anyone have a good way to keep people from stealing them?
My light bar came with tamper proof allen screws and a special allen wrench to install it. Tamper proof torx are your best bet if it comes with regular hardware, or just find a way to weld it to the truck lol
Thanks for that I will have to check that out!
 

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Between my brother and I, we have had about 20 or so different cheaper bars from kawell, riorand, auxbeam, northern lights, no names, extreme LED, etc on our trucks, cars, ATV's. They all worked well for 2 to 3 years and then most of them started to exhibit condensation issues and yellowing of the lens. A couple of the auxbeam ones had a moisture vent on the back and they never have had moisture inside of them but the lenses have yellowed and the black powder coat has faded substantially. A couple of my buddies have rigid and they aren't very good IMO, not much brighter and they have had condensation issues as well. Our climate in northern canada with tons of freeze thaw cycles, -40° in the winter is probably hard on these lights though.

My father in law has a set of baja designs LP9's and they are absolutely amazing! The quality and brightness and color temperature of the LEDs is far beyond the cheaper brands. He can use them on his kenworth, driving logging roads for 4-6 hours every night 5-7 days of the week during the winter and for that kind of use the baja designs lights are worth every penny.

For my use on back roads using them for maybe an hour or 2 every week, the cheaper ones do just fine. I have found that the bigger the reflector and higher the power the led, the brighter the bar is. My JGL lights have been my favourite, and if you are willing to put on round driving lights instead of a bar then these are the best I've used:
https://www.jgautolight.com/cannon-led-driving-light-25w-12v-24v-offroad-automotives-led-work-light_p25.html

I have 4 of these lights installed on my truck and they beat out my last setup of a 42" 240w curved auxbeam and a 32" light bar 320w with 5w leds. The big reflector and 25w chip shine light a lot further. The lenses and housings are better constructed and they come with legit deutsch plugs on them as well. For $46 a pair plus shipping they have been my best light purchase this far. I did put 3m ppf on the lenses to help protect them a little better.
 

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Between my brother and I, we have had about 20 or so different cheaper bars from kawell, riorand, auxbeam, northern lights, no names, extreme LED, etc on our trucks, cars, ATV's. They all worked well for 2 to 3 years and then most of them started to exhibit condensation issues and yellowing of the lens. A couple of the auxbeam ones had a moisture vent on the back and they never have had moisture inside of them but the lenses have yellowed and the black powder coat has faded substantially. A couple of my buddies have rigid and they aren't very good IMO, not much brighter and they have had condensation issues as well. Our climate in northern canada with tons of freeze thaw cycles, -40° in the winter is probably hard on these lights though.

My father in law has a set of baja designs LP9's and they are absolutely amazing! The quality and brightness and color temperature of the LEDs is far beyond the cheaper brands. He can use them on his kenworth, driving logging roads for 4-6 hours every night 5-7 days of the week during the winter and for that kind of use the baja designs lights are worth every penny.

For my use on back roads using them for maybe an hour or 2 every week, the cheaper ones do just fine. I have found that the bigger the reflector and higher the power the led, the brighter the bar is. My JGL lights have been my favourite, and if you are willing to put on round driving lights instead of a bar then these are the best I've used:
https://www.jgautolight.com/cannon-led-driving-light-25w-12v-24v-offroad-automotives-led-work-light_p25.html

I have 4 of these lights installed on my truck and they beat out my last setup of a 42" 240w curved auxbeam and a 32" light bar 320w with 5w leds. The big reflector and 25w chip shine light a lot further. The lenses and housings are better constructed and they come with legit deutsch plugs on them as well. For $46 a pair plus shipping they have been my best light purchase this far. I did put 3m ppf on the lenses to help protect them a little better.
Where did you get the mounting bar for the round lights? Those type of deep reflector light always have amazing throw. I might swap over to those.

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I actually made the mounting bar myself out of 1 1/2" schedule 40 steel tube, 3"x3"x3/16" angle iron for the side brackets and 3/16" flat bar for the mounting tabs. I used a metal cutting circular saw set to a 4° bevel for an 8° total bend set the depth so I had about a 1/16 to a 1/16+ of metal left and it bent very easily. Welded the bend shut, the angle iron mounting brackets and the flat bar tabs on, epoxy primed it and then got it professionally bed lined within the chemical bonding time frame of the epoxy primer. I purchased 316 marine grade stainless bolts and some 1/8" rubber between the bar and the bumper and the mounting tabs and the lights. If you don't want to make one, n-fab and westin make one similar but sticks out a bit farther due to it mounting below the bumper (behind the tow hooks I believe but not sure).
https://n-fab.com/light-bar-with-tabs/2015/ram/3500
The deep reflector and 4.7" round reflector impressed the heck out of me compared to all the bars I've used. They shine way further and still give off decent flood lighting although the bars were better at flood but I already knew that going in as they have a 10° spot pattern. These ones are basically vision x light cannon knock offs.
 

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Another vote for rough country. Very affordable and appear to be a little better build quality than the generic amazon stuff. That being said, I've run some generic amazon stuff too and they've all worked just fine. There are some pretty good youtube videos out there displaying the difference between the cheap stuff and high end stuff. Some of them show some pretty drastic differences. But $150 vs. $700 for the same size light bar is a no brainer to me!
 
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