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Old 01-14-2019, 05:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best quality LED Mfg. in 2019?

I know there has been a lot of talk about LED light bars, and pods but there hasnít been much talk on here within the past couple years about LED companies. I thought there would be a ton of threads

Iím doing a truggy build on the East coast. I already have some J.W. Speaker LED 6Ē DOT headlights and Iím looking for a ~24Ē LED light bar and possibly a few single row lower profile LED lights for fog lights. Iím not looking for a pencil/spot beam 24Ē bar but more of a driving combo.

I donít like buying cheap crap stuff and have to worry about replacing them on a yearly basis. However, I donít want to spend 1,000$ on a 24Ē dual row LED bar. I would rather buy from a US company vs the Amazon china stuff even though most likely everyone gets their parts from overseas. So after several years of offroad use and abuse, whatís some light bars people have had worry free use out of?

Some of the bigger companies Iíve seen running around Rigid, Baja Designs, Rough Country, J.W. Speaker,
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My Olympus Racing lights, out of Colorado have been holding up very well.

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14 days into 2019 and nobody has an answer. Hmm.
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14 days into 2019 and nobody has an answer. Hmm.
Well 2018-2019 time frame .. Seems like in 2010-2014 there was a lot of LED chit chatt on here I guess because they just started getting popular. There used to be several threads about LED companies, best LEDs but not much talk since then on new companies what lights have held up offroad etc. Looks like the old FB and the Gram have killed these online forums which hold a wealth of knowledge which is sad.....
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??? So, you expecting Joe Blow to be able and go out and by 20-30 different lights and review them? You find someone like that, lemme know, probably get some good hand-me-downs. Be willing to bet that the reviews you talk about, were just personal experiences with specific lights. Was about to pass this thread up for just this reason. So many choices, about all you can do is give a personal opinion of a single product.

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As I have said in other threads, no point in buying the big expensive "brand name" ones.

for the price, you can pick up the cheep china ones, buy 3-4 of them and keep them on the shelf. They last 2-3 years (my experience so far). When they burn out/quit working you toss it in the trash, bolt up one of your replacements, and on your way...and you still have only spent 1/10th the price of the brand name ones.

They work just fine for 99% of the stuff needed.
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As I have said in other threads, no point in buying the big expensive "brand name" ones.

for the price, you can pick up the cheep china ones, buy 3-4 of them and keep them on the shelf. They last 2-3 years (my experience so far). When they burn out/quit working you toss it in the trash, bolt up one of your replacements, and on your way...and you still have only spent 1/10th the price of the brand name ones.

They work just fine for 99% of the stuff needed.
True, I have been a cheap bastard with lighting and I have bought the good stuff ONCE. They both shine light and for recreational purposes it works for the most part. The generic stuff I found have shitty lens and frost over quickly in the sand. The good stuff (Rigid Ind.) does not frost over when sand blasted from dunes.

Easy work around is to have glass cut from local shop and replace the cheap plastic lens(if the light allows replacement lens). All in you will still have 1/4 of the cost for the good stuff.
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Baja Designs. Best lights in the business.
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Baja Designs. Best lights in the business.
Both Rigid and BD are top of the line in price and build quality. I honestly didn't know BD did anything outside of motorcycle stuff until recently... I've got my eye on a few Rigid lights... They have so many options and light patterns it's easy to get something exactly what your are looking for.
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Cheap ones work fine. They get water in them, but still keep working.

I recently bought some Baja Designs because I needed something small and bright. I like them. Still expensive, but they are nice.
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True, I have been a cheap bastard with lighting and I have bought the good stuff ONCE. They both shine light and for recreational purposes it works for the most part. The generic stuff I found have shitty lens and frost over quickly in the sand. The good stuff (Rigid Ind.) does not frost over when sand blasted from dunes.

Easy work around is to have glass cut from local shop and replace the cheap plastic lens(if the light allows replacement lens). All in you will still have 1/4 of the cost for the good stuff.
A sheet of clearbra (aka clear vinyl) over the lens would do the trick too. Then it gets hazy, you rip it off, throw on a new one...just like a set of "rip-offs" for goggles.
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i would say Vision X makes some decent shit too
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Run D. They don't make light bars but their 3 inch pods are great. I've been using them on my jeep and a lot of the heavy equipment I work on for 3 years. Good quality light, mid range price. I get them on Amazon.
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Baja designs..

Another company I was impressed with, solid construction and American made; Heretic Studio.
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I agree. I had some baja designs fog lights on a dual sport motorcycle.

They drug pegs in corners with me, they did 100mph on the interstate, they slugged through mud in the az monsoons, they took every pot hole and dirt road I could find. They survived a summer of abusive riding before I hit a javaline and sold the bike. Im planning on getting a baja bug for the same purpose as the bike. Im planning on putting more of the same lights on it. They were great. I worked nights and put 5000 miles of interstate on those lights in two months running back and forth between kmzj and ktus airports. I bet my life on those lights then,and I'd do it again now. Plus was half the cost of kawasaki oem foglights. So I was able to buy a skidplate too.
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Baja Designs for the win.
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