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i want to install led light bar behind the grill or the bumper to get extra light at night did any one tried that and if so please attach photos



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Unless you're dropping a couple hundred on a quality name brand light bar (like Baja Designs), you're not gonna get good output. The optics simply aren't up to the task and regular headlight high beams will outshine them easily. Thus it's not worth it at all. Gotta get a real good light bar for it to be remotely worth it.

Also installing a light bar in the front bumper will greatly reduce airflow to the radiator. Something to consider.

You can get a Hella grill, came OEM for our cars but is quite rare. The grill has two Hella driving lights on it for supplemental high beams, they work quite well.

If you really want a light bar, go for it! My other car has one... in the back LOL.

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I'm not familiar with many LED light-bars, so I can't comment on them. If you're doing hi-speed desert driving, it's hard to beat Hella's 500 or Rallye 4000 lights for over 1km of illumination. http://www.filthymotorsports.com/Hel...hella-r4kx.htm

Trail-tech has some good HID lights as well. I used to have their mini-HID on my downhill mountain-bike. http://www.trailtech.net/lighting/hi...race-light-hid

Any light you get will require making some custom brackets. Best to attach to rear of metal bumper as that's the sturdiest mounting points in that area. Similar to this installation: http://www.saabisti.fi/saab-96-v4-ra...driving-lights
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A proper driving light will beat a cheap light bar every time. Light bars can't keep up even with headlights.

22" 120W LED light bar at 150 feet:



LED light bar + my HID projector low beams:



Not very useful.
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You have a 22" LED light bar? Converting into truck? Do you have gun rack too??
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Yeah I welded a bed onto my MR2 and keep my guns and fireworks in there.

I do have a 22" light bar but it isn't attached to anything. I don't really have a use for it.
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The only cheap bars that could even possibly be worth it are the 4d or 5d or whatever they're calling them now a days hyper spot optics, look like a bunch of fisheye lenses. They keep a pretty tight beam and could be mounted in place of the logo grill between the head lights and tied to the high beams, high enough up with correct aiming they might send enough light down range to be useful, but I'm skeptical even of that.
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Ah, LED projectors! Osram has always been a leader in auto lighting.
https://www.stedi.com.au/st1000-260-...light-bar.html

Having 23660 lumens available seems a little obscene.
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Well you don't need to get one that big obviously LOL. And that's likely drawing 1/2 to 1/3 the theoretical wattage and producing 1/2 to 1/3 the theoretical lumens.
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Seems they've measured +14000 lumens OTF. Wow...



And a 5-yr warranty is very nice!
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That would make them one of the few legit companies then, nice. Most are just drop shipped chinese stuff like my 2 7" spot units.
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