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Planning Lighting Upgrades

So as the title states, I am planning some lighting upgrades on my 2014 GC Limited.

To start off, I am going to replace the tail lights with V3 Triton LEDs. I need the 3157 style with inline resistors, correct?

I will also be adding rear fog lights to the Jeep. The plan is to wire them to a separate switch and use them as rear fogs as opposed to having them mimic the rear stop/turn lights. I would like them to come on in the dim setting when the lights turn on and then switch to the brighter setting with a separate switch when I need them to be rear fogs. I would like to put V3 Triton LEDs in there as well, I just don't know what style would fit the rear fog light housing. Which style V3 triton LEDs would I need? I'd like to place the order for both the tails and rear fogs at the same time since they are backorder until the end of June.

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Looks like I may have been overthinking the rear fogs. I can just order the V3 Tritons with the hardwire pigtail set, correct?

I will also be adding an LED light bar up front in the lower grills. As much as I would like to go with something like a Rigid LED light bar, I can't justify the cost since it won't be used all that much. Instead I will be going with an OPT7 C2 22inch bar which will be enough for occasional use. Anyone have any experience with these? The reviews that I have seen so far seem to be pretty good. They may not be as good as the Rigid LED light bars but they seem to be good enough for my needs.

Finally, I want to replace the front fog lights with HIDs. I plan on getting a Xenon Depot H11 kit in either 4300k or 5000k, haven't decided yet. I looked through various threads and it looks
like I will need the CAN-BUS fix, correct? Will I need the relay harness or not? I couldn't find a concrete answer for the relay harness.

Thanks in advance!

-Roman

EDIT2:
Also just to confirm, the reverse lights use 921 and 7440 bulbs, correct? And do the reverse lights require any resistors if I'm replacing them with LEDs?

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Re: Planning Lighting Upgrades

Wow, lots of good lighting upgrades there! I just ordered the V3 brake/turns and you need the resistors so you don't get quick flashing in the cluster. I also just ordered 3k HID's for the front and you need the canbus fix but the relays aren't necessary although they don't hurt. Lastly, reverse lights do NOT need the resistors as they don't blink. I know I didn't answer all of your questions, but that's the info that I came up with researching lights.
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Re: Planning Lighting Upgrades

Placed the order for two sets of Triton V3s and LEDs for the reverse lights. Going to try to pick up the rear fogs at the dealership with employee pricing either this week or next week.

Still need to get the light bar and HID fogs. Good to know that the relay harness isn't required, I figured I needed the can-bus fix from the threads I've read so far.

Now I need to figure out where I am going to put the switches. I'm thinking of putting them in the little cubby under the climate controls. Just need to take some measurements but it should fit. Then I need to finalize the plan for how I am going to wire all of this. Currently planning on adding another fuse/relay box in the compartment under the driver's seat. It being close to the battery is a nice bonus for simplifying some of the wiring. I have a schematic drawn up, just need to review it and make sure I didn't miss anything.

Part two of this upgrade will be a switch to the OEM HID headlights. Still in the planning stages but I should be able to retain full OEM functionality, including being able to control the DRLs though the menus. Also, depending on what things I can sniff out from the can-bus data, enabling AFS, auto-leveling and headlight washers might be a possibility with the use of an arduino.

If I can sniff out what I want in the can-bus data, I want to turn the rear fogs into an extra set of brake lights under heavy braking (ABS). The plan is to flash the rear fogs when ABS kicks on. Now I just need to find the time to do some logging of the can-bus data.
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So, instead of paying double the money for back ordered Tritons, why not go for the Philips bulbs discussed a few threads down on this page? Just curious.


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Re: Planning Lighting Upgrades

The price difference gets much smaller after you add in the can-bus fix, resistors and all the components to make a wire harness for the resistors. I would rather not cut or splice into any factory wiring.

Plus not having to build my own harness is a time saver. I will be building enough harnesses for the other upgrades. Not having another couple harnesses to build is a small win.
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