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LED pods - yes or no?

I came across someone on IG who installed LED pods in between the hood and windshield of his WK2. I'm not into whole light bar thing, but I thought this was a decent setup and could be of some use as well. Any thoughts on this?

Also, what is the wiring job like when installing lights... PITA I assume?
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:08 PM
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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

I think you would end up being blinded by hood glare.
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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

IMO, a-pillar lights look terrible on any vehicle that isn't a wrangler. And even then, I'm not a fan. I put some cube lights in the grille of my WJ and they looked/worked great.


Screwing them into the wiper cowl is pretty janky. The wiring is pretty straightforward though, just like wiring up any light. Power and ground from the battery, run a wire through the firewall for the switch, the power from the interior to light the switch.
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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

I believe they can bolt onto the underside of the hood. As for glare, I could definitely see that being a problem.


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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

Why create more blind spots? I'm not even sure that setup is legal in all states.
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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

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I'm not into whole light bar thing, but I thought this was a decent setup and could be of some use as well. Any thoughts on this?
Since you asked.

This looks marginally less worst than a light bar. I honestly think light bars should be left to tractor trailers.
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:38 PM
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I think you would end up being blinded by hood glare.
This.

It makes it useless.
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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

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I believe they can bolt onto the underside of the hood. As for glare, I could definitely see that being a problem.
Also keep in mind that your hood is aluminum and could easily get bent. The brackets I've seen for these lights don't strike me as being sturdy enough to keep the light from bouncing as you drive. That gets transmitted to the hood.

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Why create more blind spots? I'm not even sure that setup is legal in all states.
I'd have to wager that it's not legal for highway driving in any state. The lights are too high... almost head height to oncoming drivers.
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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

There are various threads related to adding lights. Here is one with my contribution for a discreet setup:

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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

With LED's being so small/versatile, I am a big fan of hiding them. How about a couple of strips tucked in behind the grill? Almost invisible, and should still give pretty excellent light.
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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

I have a set of Rigid Midnight Edition lights mounted to my WK2 and I love them. They're mounted with a 'prototype' version mount from Steel Armadillo. Prototype meaning that they didn't fit right and the driver's side needed to be bent up to clear the windshield wipers. Jon with SA is working on this. These mount under the hinge so any additional weight (very, very little) is taken by the hinges not the hood There is no hood glare with these (they are the spot light ones) and provide significant improvements in putting light down the road. Much more light than the headlight 'brights'. I'm 40 and have noticed a significant decrease in my night vision as I've gotten older and these help a lot when going down unlit country roads. I use these as brights and shut them off when there's any oncoming traffic.

The wiring wasn't bad, but I have done wiring on numerous car audio setups (including my GC) so I have experience doing it.

I have the switch mounted in the center console.

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Re: LED pods - yes or no?

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I have a set of Rigid Midnight Edition lights mounted to my WK2 and I love them. They're mounted with a 'prototype' version mount from Steel Armadillo. These mount under the hinge so any additional weight (very, very little) is taken by the hinges not the hood There is no hood glare with these (they are the spot light ones) and provide significant improvements in putting light down the road. Much more light than the headlight 'brights'. I'm 40 and have noticed a significant decrease in my night vision as I've gotten older and these help a lot when going down unlit country roads. I use these as brights and shut them off when there's any oncoming traffic.



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Solid input and setup. Do you have pictures from any additional angles (direct front, direct side)?


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