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Nope. It's only to show you're an offroader.

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Nice article below on this topic:

https://keepsmilingpowersports.com/blogs/news/what-s-my-light

Beware that as per RTA they should be covered when driving on road. Due to road noise and wear and tear, i chose to make them removable by mounting them on rubber magnetic pads and the cable goes to an outlet plug which I put in the engine bay. 

Takes me 5 mins to install or remove them and they stay in perfect shape. Mines are from Eyourlife, à Chinese Amazon brand. Probably still 3D from what I noticed, but nevertheless happy with the results.

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I would not buy only based on the type of LED.

A 5D would not necessarily be better than a 3D. You need to look into the Lumens delivered per watt used and the color temperature, I would get something with a color temperature between 5000K to 6500K. 

  • Less than 2000K: gives off a dim glow of light, similar to what you might find from candlelight; best for low-light areas where ambient illumination is welcomed
  • 2000K-3000K: gives off a soft white glow, often yellow in appearance; best for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and outdoor spaces
  • 3100K-4500K: gives off a bright amount of white light; best for kitchens, offices, work spaces and vanities where task lighting is needed
  • 4600K-6500K: gives off a bright amount of blue-white light, similar to that of daylight; best for display areas and work environments where very bright illumination is needed
  • 6500K and up: gives off a bright bluish hue of light, often found in commercial locations; best for bright task lighting

 

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35 minutes ago, Javier M said:

I would not buy only based on the type of LED.

A 5D would not necessarily be better than a 3D. You need to look into the Lumens delivered per watt used and the color temperature, I would get something with a color temperature between 5000K to 6500K. 

  • Less than 2000K: gives off a dim glow of light, similar to what you might find from candlelight; best for low-light areas where ambient illumination is welcomed
  • 2000K-3000K: gives off a soft white glow, often yellow in appearance; best for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and outdoor spaces
  • 3100K-4500K: gives off a bright amount of white light; best for kitchens, offices, work spaces and vanities where task lighting is needed
  • 4600K-6500K: gives off a bright amount of blue-white light, similar to that of daylight; best for display areas and work environments where very bright illumination is needed
  • 6500K and up: gives off a bright bluish hue of light, often found in commercial locations; best for bright task lighting

 

Correct, but all off-road LED lights will be in the 6000K range probably. 

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17 hours ago, Frederic said:

Correct, but all off-road LED lights will be in the 6000K range probably. 

I don't think so, specially dragon mart bargains. 

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34 minutes ago, Javier M said:

I don't think so, specially dragon mart bargains. 

All these marketing jargon and tech spec aside which maybe hard for layman to test/verify, after my first bad experience I went with the self testing technique.

I tested 10 different lights in various brand shops, that they were happy to hook up on small car battery and give me a demo.

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@Frederic that's a good idea with magnetic pads, exactly what I'm looking for!

How do you fix your wires going from the light bar to the engine bay? Any hints there?

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, Mikhail Lukichev said:

@Frederic that's a good idea with magnetic pads, exactly what I'm looking for!

How do you fix your wires going from the light bar to the engine bay? Any hints there?

Thanks!

https://www.desertcart.ae/products/47075192

these are the magnetic pads I bought. 

I only have one thick black cable running along the side of the windshield that goes to the engine bay. Doesn’t bother me during the drive.  I hook up the lights by using a regular three pin household power plug. 

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18 hours ago, Frederic said:

https://www.desertcart.ae/products/47075192

these are the magnetic pads I bought. 

I only have one thick black cable running along the side of the windshield that goes to the engine bay. Doesn’t bother me during the drive.  I hook up the lights by using a regular three pin household power plug. 

89E1582F-9314-45D9-843B-43F595C3A8A7.jpeg

Excellent! Thanks a lot! I need to do something similar =)

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