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Shine and Dandy: Denali Electronics LED Lights for our 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Bumper and backup lights for our off-road adventures

Jered KorfhageAuthor, Photography

Denali Electronics has expanded its range of products to include LED lights for Jeeps and 4x4s, and our 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was in dire need of the company's help.

Although our stock halogen headlights and foglights were still functional, when traveling off-road, the incandescent bulbs just didn't deliver the lumen output we needed to see the trail after dark. Denali Electronics had the LED solutions to three of our problem areas: headlights, fog lights, and light for the rear of the Jeep. Denali's M7 DOT-approved 7-inch headlights are drop-in replacements for the lamps in your Jeep Wrangler, as well as your hog, and feature high- and low-beam settings, along with anti-flicker adapters.

In the spaces on the front bumper where the factory fog lights once sat, we opted for spotlights to send a hearty punch of light far down the trail. The Denali D7 Auxiliary LED Light Kit was a perfect upgrade. The pair of LED lights use 14 10-watt LEDs to generate a spot beam capable of 1 Lux at 1,500 feet. Last, we needed LED light for the Jeep's back bumper for traveling in reverse and for working in the tailgate area. Denali's flush-mount LED pods would give the low-profile light we needed, where we needed it.

We started with the easiest task: removing the stock headlights and dropping in the Denali M7 LED headlights.

A wiretap for the M7's halo feature is included, shown here.

We finished by plugging the adapter into the Jeep's factory wires and replacing the screws.

The Denali D7 LED lights take up less space than the stock bulbs and throw far more light down the trail.

Installation was as simple as inserting the mounting hardware through the Jeep's existing holes.

We wired the leads directly to our sPOD Source, so the lights could be controlled from the cab via our Mini6 switch panel.

Out back, we measured for proper placement of the LED flush-mount pods and drilled holes accordingly.

The final step was running the wires along the Jeep's tub and connecting to the sPOD SourceLT.

While tinkering under the hood, we replaced the Jeep's tired battery with a spankin' new Pro Power Ultra unit from Duralast.

Our Denali D7 LED spotlights and the flush-mount rear bumper lights are both operated by the sPOD SourceLT and Mini6 switch panel. This system requires only one pair of wires to the Jeep's battery and a single ethernet cable into the Jeep's cab for operation, reducing the complexity of wiring electrical components on your vehicle. Even better, the Mini6 switch panel can be operated via the company's smartphone app.

For More on This 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
General Grabber A/Tx tires
sPOD SourceLT and Mini6 Install

Sources

Denali Electronics - denalielectronics.com
sPOD - 4x4spod.com
Duralast - duralastparts.com