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Don’t Take This Lightly: Get Your Shine On With These 24 Bright Ideas For Your 4x4

Posted in Features on June 13, 2018
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Darkness is nothing to tinker with. No matter how you use your 4x4, chances are you’ll find yourself either at work or on the trail after the sun goes down, and being able to see is paramount. With the onset of LED technology, lighting up the dark now requires even less strain on your electrical systems—with some high-output off-road lights drawing less power than a single incandescent household lightbulb.

Lighting solutions for parts of the off-road experience you never thought possible now exist. Whether you need high-power light hundreds of feet down a desert trail, replacements for the factory lamps on your rig, or a flick-of-the-switch solution for flooding an area with light while you set up camp in the dark, we’re here to help with 24 bright ideas for you and your 4x4.

Round and Rugged
Watts up: Rugged Ridge combined visibility-enhancing running lamps and 900 lumens of white light to keep the road and trail visible in the dark. The five LEDs and Fresnel optic lens are housed in a heavy-duty thermoplastic case and sealed against moisture intrusion to IP67 standards.
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Truck- and Jeep-Lite
Watts up: Serving as a direct replacement for many common headlamps, the 7-inch LED headlamp from Truck-Lite produces crisp white light similar to that of daylight. Lenses resist impact from debris while the electronics are sealed from moisture intrusion. The headlamp comes with an H4 three-blade connector.
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Light Up the Summit
Watts up: Summit Racing LED lights are available in pairs, each light featuring a powdercoated aluminum housing, four white LEDs, a wiring harness, and a switch.
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Hood Markers
Watts up: Quadratec built three amber marker lights into the 28-inch J3 Light Bar to increase both the cool factor and utility. The lightbar features 150 watts of power, IP69-rated waterproofing, and easy wiring into parking light circuitry via a plug-and-play harness.
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Off-Road Underglow
Watts up: The Pro Comp 6 LED Rock Light Kit comes with all harnesses and wiring necessary to get light where headlamps can’t reach—underneath your rig. Each of the six lights have three CREE LEDs, a cast-aluminum housing, and are IP69K certified.
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Brighter Bulbs
Watts up: PIAA G3 LED bulbs are packed with features like Pulse Width Modulation, which is said to eliminate flickering, a thinner circuit board for a seamless beam, a quieter fan, and more. These bulbs are available for many common headlamp applications; are designed for plug-and-play installation with OE connectors; and are said to offer better color, contrast, and distance than factory bulbs.
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JL Lights
Watts up: Light the way in front of your new Jeep (or rig of your choosing) with round LED off-road lights from Mopar; offered in 5- and 7-inch varieties that produce 4,080 and 8,000 lumens, respectively. These lights are encased in cast aluminum, which is said to increase heat dissipation and long-term durability. Mopar offers brackets (sold separately) to attach lights to various locations on the Jeep.
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Bed Brights
Watts up: Stop blindly rummaging through your cargo bed in the dark! The 4Z Products Cargo Light comes in 4- and 8-foot varieties, installs in most vehicles without drilling, and turns on automatically when your tailgate opens. Comes with LED strips, wiring, and an override switch.
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Red Bar of Light
Watts up: ARB USA packed this 20-inch lightbar full of tech. Deutsch connectors and a unique seal between the lens and body earn the light an IP68 rating against water and dust intrusion. The lightbar comes with a versatile mounting kit for attaching the light to the bull bar, the pan of a roof rack, and other places on your rig. The 40-LED bar is also available in spot or spot/flood combo lighting patterns.
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Small and Powerful
Watts up: Weighing in at 8 ounces, the S2 Sport light from Baja Designs uses two LEDs to produce 1,130 lumens, and it packs that all into a 3x2-inch housing—so you can mount it where other larger lights cannot fit. The beam pattern can be used as a foglight, cornering light, reverse light, mounted on a roof rack, and much more. Comes with a mounting bracket and an IP69K rating.
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Whip It
Watts up: The Buggy Whip LED whip is a great way to keep you visible to other 4x4s on the trail, but it has other uses. The company suggests mounting the whip for use as an area light at camp, in a cargo bed for nighttime loading, or under your vehicle for rock illumination. Whips are available in a variety of colors and sizes, and they come with mounting hardware.
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Remote Controlled
Watts up: Golight gives you the power to direct light where you want it, all from the comfort of the driver seat. Options exist to mount the light permanently or via suction cup, and the light can be controlled via wireless remote or hard wire. The 65-watt H9 bulb throws light over 3,000 feet while the housing rotates 370 degrees and tilts 135 degrees.
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Folding Light
Watts up: Harbor Freight lets you keep 390 lumens of foldable, USB-chargeable, magnetic-base light in your tool bag, glovebox, or in the shop. High/low modes allow you to save battery life and the head can swivel and rotate 180 degrees.
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Crawl in Color
Watts up: Light up the underside of your rig with HELLA ValueFit Northern Lights Rocker LED lights. Not only do these lights brighten the obstacles hidden beneath you, but they do it in any color of your choosing. Did we mention you control ’em from your mobile phone? The kit includes four RGB LED lights, one converter, and mounting instructions.
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Bright Boost
Watts up: JEGS helps you replace your worn-out factory bulbs with high-output Xenon bulbs that throw whiter light down the trail. Bulbs are sold by the pair, crank out 65 watts apiece, and are said to reduce eye fatigue.
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The ViCowl
Watts up: Don’t just mount lights on your Super Duty, do it with menacing style. Fab Fours gives you the ViCowl—an 11-gauge steel system for mounting your choice of LED cubes or 20-inch lightbar (both sold separately) to the visor area of your 4x4. Why, you might ask...well, why not?
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Dual Burning Brights
Watts up: J.W. Speaker takes your stock headlamps and turns up the brightness. The Model 8700 Evolution J2 7-inch lights drop right in place of the factory lamps on ’07-and-newer Jeep Wranglers, require no anti-flicker harness, and give your high and low beams an extra punch of DOT-compliant light.
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Rack of Lights
Watts up: KC HiLites gives you a sleek, lightweight-aluminum system for loading your rig while lighting up the trail. The M-RACKS integrates a 50-inch Gravity LED Pro6 Light Bar and four C-Series Area LED Flood Lights into a low-profile rack that only adds 2.75 inches of height to your vehicle. Available for many popular 4x4s.
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Ford Projectors
Watts up: The RECON Projector Headlights are designed to increase the lighting capabilities of ’99-’16 Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450 crew cab trucks. The lamps feature smooth OLED halos and come with your choice of smoked or black lenses.
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Light Cannons
Watts up: The Vision X ADV Adventure Series LED Light Cannons help you blast 14,980 lumens down the trail. The powdercoated trunnion allows for 45 degrees of aiming adjustment and the slim 4-inch housing makes mounting easy. Lights are available in 8.7- and 6.7-inch varieties, and come in paired kits with a dual harness, relays, a lighted rocker switch, and more.
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Glowing Grille
Watts up: Need more LED light in the front of your truck? Of course you do. Westin has mesh grille covers with LED bars seamlessly integrated into the design to brighten whatever road, trail, or parking lot you find yourself on. Custom-fitted for most newer Ram, Ford, Chevy, and Toyota trucks.
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For the Road
Watts up: Rigid Industries brings you an LED light solution certified for use on the road as well as the trail. The SR-Series 30-inch Driving Light focuses on spreading high-intensity light across a low range, making it inoffensive to oncoming traffic. Comes with a wiring harness and switch, mounting brackets, and all hardware necessary for installation.
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Rough Country Cubes
Watts up: Rough Country built 2,880 lumens into a compact 2-inch cube, making it easy to mount on your bumper, roof, or anywhere else on your 4x4. The pair of lights comes with a wiring harness, toggle switch, and 36 watts of LED goodness.
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Light Headed
Watts up: No matter how many lights you have bolted to your rig, sometimes that 10mm socket disappears into a crack that even daylight dares not enter. Either fish it out while teething on a flashlight or strap this LED headlamp from Energizer to your noggin for hands-free light! This lamp requires three AAA batteries, kicks out 315 lumens, and we found them on sale for around $20 at time of print.
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