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    Default LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    I am looking for some LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters? Are the work lights off of ebay any good? My daylighters just draw so much electricity.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmg View Post
    I am looking for some LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters? Are the work lights off of ebay any good? My daylighters just draw so much electricity.

    Thanks for the help.
    I am guessing your KC lights are halogens, and the correct term to use is that they draw a lot of current. There are other choices of light types that may draw less current but put out more light. LED lights are more efficient but for the most part they can be a lot more expensive and are a rather new technology. HID is the most go to technology as it is more efficient that halogen and more efficient than some LED technologies also and a lot more cost effective at this time.
    I think you will have to give more information to those who know of other lighting solutions as to be able to compare.
    How many watts are the bulbs in your lights and what model # are they?
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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    The original KC Daylighter is a 150watt sealed beam but there are halogen ones that use a 55 or 100 watt H3 bulb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morelite View Post
    The original KC Daylighter is a 150watt sealed beam but there are halogen ones that use a 55 or 100 watt H3 bulb.
    I had a pair of 100watt H3 ones back in the 80s.
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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    KC did/does make a 35watt HID Daylighter but they are expensive, best price I found was around $800 a set a few years ago.

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    I have the 150W ones.

    They are bright but just put a huge strain on my electrical system in my truck. I found some LED work lights on ebay but I dont know how well they work.

    I dont have a lot of money to spend on these. I am just wondering if there is a better LED light to replace my daylighters with.

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    I have a pair of Dually D2's hung under the back shackles of my truck to use as reverse lights. Totally overkill. They are much brighter then the Lightforces 170s I have in front. As soon as I can afford it I will put 2 more pairs in the front. On my meter they draw under 30 watts each. They work really well for me. I think they look great too since there are no round shapes on the front of my truck and the D2s are square.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmg View Post
    I have the 150W ones.

    They are bright but just put a huge strain on my electrical system in my truck. I found some LED work lights on ebay but I dont know how well they work.

    I dont have a lot of money to spend on these. I am just wondering if there is a better LED light to replace my daylighters with.
    I think you are probably going to be short on money going for LEDs to replace 100+ watt halogen incans. Incans are dirt cheap to make while LEDs would require multiple emitters special reflectors/optics and probably some sort of electronic circuitry.
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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    What is your vehicle that can't spare 300 watts of power? The easiest and most economical option is to replace your sealed beams with replacement parts using lower wattage bulbs.

    I had a set of those sealed beam Daylighters.....and from what i recall, you won't find an affordable commercial LED replacement.

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    Has anyone seen or used this product. http://www.soundoffsignal.com/white_...rect_1400.html I wonder how these would be compared to my Daylighters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingofwylietx View Post
    What is your vehicle that can't spare 300 watts of power? The easiest and most economical option is to replace your sealed beams with replacement parts using lower wattage bulbs.

    I had a set of those sealed beam Daylighters.....and from what i recall, you won't find an affordable commercial LED replacement.
    It may be cheaper to upgrade the alternator than to try and get an LED replacement for 150 watt halogen lights.
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    I'd just upgrade the alternator as lynx arc suggested or I have seen people who have had brackets fabricated to hold dual alternators. If you only use the lights occasionally, you could probably save the most money by just adding another battery to your car's electrical system. Most of the people that I have seen doing these upgrades are using massive amounts of power to drive their car audio systems.
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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    Check out the rigid series of LED lights.

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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tmg View Post
    Has anyone seen or used this product. http://www.soundoffsignal.com/white_...rect_1400.html I wonder how these would be compared to my Daylighters.
    I have some and can tell you the spot beam looks exactly like this:

    From my recollection, the 150 watt Daylighters were very bright focused spotlights. I'm just not aware of an LED product that is as bright....unless I am looking back through rose colored glasses.

    The Rigid Duallies are dimmer, and the long lightbar products are pricey. You specifically mentioned that you don't have much money to throw at this. That is why I really recommend that you just get lower wattage replacement lamps. I'm not using my 1400's anymore. If you are in Texas or somewhere close, and dead set on buying some LED's, I'll sell them to you for a good price. They are used but in excellent condition.

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    I also have a pair of rigid industries duallys they are very bright, tough as nails too. highly recommended.

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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheExpert View Post
    I also have a pair of rigid industries duallys they are very bright, tough as nails too. highly recommended.
    Do you have the original Duallys or the D2's?
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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    If they are strictly for off road use, why not just keep the daylighters and convert them to HID. I know a lot of offroaders change the Hella 550 FF's to HID. Don't think you can get much brighter and you don't have to worry about blinding other drivers. Hid kits are pretty cheap these days.

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    I'm going Rigid D2s. Kit will be ordered this weekend.

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    I have the original but i am getting the d2s and 40" in the next couple months, can you say bright? the d2s are 5200 lumen for the pair and the regular duallys are 268000. d2s are $380 the duallys are $200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishx65 View Post
    If they are strictly for off road use, why not just keep the daylighters and convert them to HID. I know a lot of offroaders change the Hella 550 FF's to HID. Don't think you can get much brighter and you don't have to worry about blinding other drivers. Hid kits are pretty cheap these days.
    Do you know what would be a good HID kit that would fit my sealed beam KC daylighters?

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    Has anyone used the cheap ebay knock offs for the rigid light bars?

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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tmg View Post
    Do you know what would be a good HID kit that would fit my sealed beam KC daylighters?
    OOPs, didn't no they were sealed beamers. Didn't know KC still sold sealed beam units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishx65 View Post
    OOPs, didn't no they were sealed beamers. Didn't know KC still sold sealed beam units.
    KC sold a lot of lights and the ones I had were pretty sturdy so it would not surprise me that a lot of the sealed beam light are still out there burning up the night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishx65 View Post
    OOPs, didn't no they were sealed beamers. Didn't know KC still sold sealed beam units.
    yea the 150W ones are sealed beams.

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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    Since we're talking offroad, it doesn't have to be a highway legal headlight or driving light.

    My 2000 Crown Vic is a former cop car. The spotlights use the H7680X bulb. That uses HIR technology, to give more light output from 80 watts than the traditional (or used to be a traditional "upgrade" in the past) #4537 100 watt landing light, yet it has a 300 hour life, as opposed to 25 for the landing light. For a "quick fix," you might try a pair of the H7680X bulbs, taking you from 300 watts drain to 160 watts, and giving a nice long life. There's also the H7680 bulb: it has a bit more output than the H7680X (275K cp vs 230K cp), costs more and has a much shorter life.

    A source: http://www.replacementlightbulbs.com/lamph7680x.html


    Not long ago, at work, I replaced the bad bulb on a Q-Beam handheld spot with the H7680X bulb. It does have a convex face, but that was no problem. Brinkmann wanted more for the short-lived Q-Beam bulb, and the H7680X made better light for less power drain. We sometimes use these lights with a portable battery, so I appreciated the efficiency.

    I live in wet country, and my vehicles usually sit outside. Therefore, I appreciate real glass sealed beams, particularly on trucks that sit a lot and only get used offroad now and then.
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    Default Re: LED off road lights to replace my KC Daylighters?

    I had a pair of Truck-lite 10" LED spots and 4" LED floods on the front of my Jeep along with JW Speaker #8700 LED headlights.
    It was a wonder to behold all of them on at once...




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