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    Default Low Profile Flood Lights For My Van

    Iím looking for a low profile flood light solution for my van. I want them to attach to the roof rack but I donít want them to be too obvious. I donít want a bunch of LED cube lights and bars hanging off of the rack. Iíve looked at the single row LED bars and they could work but I would have to mount them to the bars and they would be very noticeable. Thereís 2Ē of space above the van and below the bar that I could tuck lights into but the angle of the light would hit the van body so you would have a dark spot about 10í around the van. I also looked into telescoping light masts but thatís kind of goofy and would require setup etc.

    we pretty much drive around forest roads and camp so weíre looking for flood lights for when weíre out gathering firewood, playing with the dogs or generally working around camp. Ideally I would like something like 10 zebra lights built into the roof rack and nobody knows theyíre there until I turn them on. Make sense?



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    Default Re: Low Profile Flood Lights For My Van

    The ďnobody knows theyíre there until I turn them onĒ is the hard part. Iím sure you can find slim LED bars that will fit and do the job, but it will be obvious they are lights, unless you hide them behind some sort of tinted lens that will rob you of your light. Iíd start with function over form, then try to make a good looking installation. But then this is from a guy who just mounts up floodlights that work, and ignores appearance. 😉
    There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures. ~James Thurber

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    Default Re: Low Profile Flood Lights For My Van

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamilton Felix View Post
    The ďnobody knows theyíre there until I turn them onĒ is the hard part. Iím sure you can find slim LED bars that will fit and do the job, but it will be obvious they are lights, unless you hide them behind some sort of tinted lens that will rob you of your light. Iíd start with function over form, then try to make a good looking installation. But then this is from a guy who just mounts up floodlights that work, and ignores appearance. 

    I think with the correct mounts I can mount them in the space between the roof line and lower rack bar. I also think Iím overthinking the ďhiddenĒ part. Most people I talk to canít even tell my van doesnít have any windows 😂

    Iím leaning towards Baja designs S2 pro just trying to figure out which ones. Spots on the corners then work/scene in between? 8 lights total (4 spots, 4 work/scene)
    Last edited by Bravo30; 02-23-2021 at 11:22 AM.

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    Default Re: Low Profile Flood Lights For My Van

    Depending on how dedicated you are, you could mount them to a rail so they're hidden under the rack, but when you want to use them, they slide out 6-12 inches to extend past the body of the van.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo30 View Post
    Thereís 2Ē of space above the van and below the bar that I could tuck lights into but the angle of the light would hit the van body so you would have a dark spot about 10í around the van

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    Default Re: Low Profile Flood Lights For My Van

    Quote Originally Posted by ameli0rate View Post
    Depending on how dedicated you are, you could mount them to a rail so they're hidden under the rack, but when you want to use them, they slide out 6-12 inches to extend past the body of the van.

    Thatís not a bad idea. Last night I was looking at a light on a telescoping mast that mount to the roof but they were selling for $2,000 and worked off of pneumatic pumps. To complicated and expensive.

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    Default Re: Low Profile Flood Lights For My Van

    Had a good conversation with a guy on IG with the same issues. He went with Rigid A series lights. There small enough and bright enough to do the job. Iíll supplement them with squadrons on each corner. You can check out his van in the link below.


    https://instagram.com/sprinter_sheva...d=f76bqfn9k77j









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    Default Re: Low Profile Flood Lights For My Van

    I believe those are same "rock" lights we installed as bed lights in an '88 F350 I built several years ago for an heir to the largest retailer in the world. They would've been great for use on the outside of the custom rack we had built to haul SUP boards and mountain bikes. The 8' bed was pretty tricked out with a 110 outlet, on-board air, a bed slide with full size spare and Yeti cooler amongst other things.

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