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I've been thinking of getting a light bar for my quad. Does anyone here have one that could help me out with some advice on them? What kinda are the best? brightest? Best deals for price? And where did you get them? online or is there somewhere around here that sells them?
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amazon.ca look under "LED light bars"
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amazon.ca look under "LED light bars"
X2 Amazon got a 24 in waterproof dust proof. made in Canada for $74.00.


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Don't make the same mistake I made! You need to make sure it's "IP" rated. Apparently IP is short for waterproof!
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Ip is not short for waterproof. But there is an ip scale. Make sure it's ip67 or higher.
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Good advice so far! What does IP mean then, or what does a higher rated bar do better?
Any suggestions on brands?
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http://www.dsmt.com/resources/ip-rating-chart/


I bought 54" for $135 Canadian shipped to me. On eBay. Don't worry about brand just buy one that's ip67

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I've been thinking of getting a light bar for my quad. Does anyone here have one that could help me out with some advice on them? What kinda are the best? brightest? Best deals for price? And where did you get them? online or is there somewhere around here that sells them?
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I used to import container loads of LED from Asia for use here in Canada being placed in different kinds of housings / fixtures.


IP means ingress protection which is fancy words for the fixtures protection from dust and moisture. First number is for dust and second is for moisture.


So if first digit is 6 means sealed from dust.


Second digit if 6 then protected from splashing water, 7 means protection from being dunked in water and 8 means protection from being under water and under pressure.


So IP68 means the fixture is protected from dust and protected from being submerged under water.


Problem with A LOT of the lesser name stuff is the IP ratings are outright LIES. So more important than price look for a reputable re-seller with good reputation or brand that they need to protect as assurance what they say the IP rating is is the actual ratings. Trust level is very low from many offshore sources.
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[QUOTE=boakley;737922]I used to import container loads of LED from Asia for use here in Canada being placed in different kinds of housings / fixtures.


IP means ingress protection which is fancy words for the fixtures protection from dust and moisture. First number is for dust and second is for moisture.


So if first digit is 6 means sealed from dust.


Second digit if 6 then protected from splashing water, 7 means protection from being dunked in water and 8 means protection from being under water and under pressure.


So IP68 means the fixture is protected from dust and protected from being submerged under water.


Problem with A LOT of the lesser name stuff is the IP ratings are outright LIES. So more important than price look for a reputable re-seller with good reputation or brand that they need to protect as assurance what they say the IP rating is is the actual ratings. Trust level is very low from many offshore sources.[


Best advice would be see the sellers feedback. It's pretty tough to figure out which are better without trying them out over time. So do the best do diligence you can an if the cheap light shats the bed then move on.
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I've been thinking of getting a light bar for my quad. Does anyone here have one that could help me out with some advice on them? What kinda are the best? brightest? Best deals for price? And where did you get them? online or is there somewhere around here that sells them?
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All depends on your budget as to whats best and brightest haha.

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http://www.dsmt.com/resources/ip-rating-chart/


I bought 54" for $135 Canadian shipped to me. On eBay. Don't worry about brand just buy one that's ip67
DO worry about brand. At least make sure they use CREE LED's at minimum.





You could pay $50 for a 24" bar with 8000 lumens of light, in a, somewhat okay light pattern. Or you could spend up to $800 on a 20" bar putting out 13,000 lumens in the best light pattern available.
All depends on budget!

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All depends on your budget as to whats best and brightest haha.



DO worry about brand. At least make sure they use CREE LED's at minimum.





You could pay $50 for a 24" bar with 8000 lumens of light, in a, somewhat okay light pattern. Or you could spend up to $800 on a 20" bar putting out 13,000 lumens in the best light pattern available.
All depends on budget!

Do the work on what you want for pattern an light power. Imo worrying about brand means sucking with outrageously priced products. The cheap light bars can give you great light and spread.
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Do the work on what you want for pattern an light power. Imo worrying about brand means sucking with outrageously priced products. The cheap light bars can give you great light and spread.
they can be pretty good yeah no doubt. especially for the price. But brand does matter. the cheap cheap cheap ones that don't use CREE led's are not worth buying. can still get cheap ones that use CREE led's (and most do use CREE now anyways bust some dont).

after seeing a name brand light bar in person though, it's pretty phenomenal how much better they are compared to the cheap ones.
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But you can buy 6 cheap ones for same price as a expensive one...they all do the same job..if a cheap one lasts only a year or 2 that's fine..I like my 80 buck 32 inch arsenal one..18000 lm

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But you can buy 6 cheap ones for same price as a expensive one...they all do the same job..if a cheap one lasts only a year or 2 that's fine..I like my 80 buck 34 inch curved arsenal one
true, you can get 6 low performing lights and have a ton of lights all over your rig, and still not achieve the same distance in output. Or you can buy one and not have a mess of lights on your rig. lol.

I agree, for most peoples uses here, on an ATV or side by side, the cheap ones are more than enough and just replace every year or two since they dont last as long.

IF I was to get one, it would be for the truck, and it would be a name brand that I know will have excellent output, for a longer period of time, and give me longer distances lit up.

But to each their own. before seeing the difference for my own eyes, I may not have this mind set. but after seeing the difference first hand, not in a video or online, I personally would pay for the good stuff. it's also not all about lumens, it's about optics as well. The reflectors play a HUGE role in where that lights goes


Think of it this way, you could buy 6 cheap Chinese quads, or one expensive name brand quad. I don't see any cheap Chinese quads on this site..... figured maybe you guys would like performance and quality over price.


Just tossing out more options for the OP.

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I never said 6 all over the machine..one..and you could replace it 6 times over..most only keep the rides a couple years anyways...on the truck they are illegal and cracking down hardcore on them right now. I'd rather spend 200 bucks on a cheap brand then 2500 bucks on a rigid brand for my truck if I ever felt the need to put on something I couldn't use on the roads.
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204Rider. ..do you Warrenty stone damage to the lense or cracks from impact? If not then why would someone buy an expensive one vs a disposable cheap one? They are subject to abuse on a machine
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I never said 6 all over the machine..one..and you could replace it 6 times over..most only keep the rides a couple years anyways...on the truck they are illegal and cracking down hardcore on them right now. I'd rather spend 200 bucks on a cheap brand then 2500 bucks on a rigid brand for my truck if I ever felt the need to put on something I couldn't use on the roads.
If you're spending $2500 on a Rigid your an idiot lol. Rigid isnt even that good.... yeah its better than chinese crap but its still not that great.

and they are not at all illegal on trucks. They need a cover when on pavement where you don't even need it.... but they aint illegal at all. Offroad, gravel roads, use it all ya want.

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204Rider. ..do you Warrenty stone damage to the lense or cracks from impact? If not then why would someone buy an expensive one vs a disposable cheap one? They are subject to abuse on a machine
You can warranty them, yes. The name brands have awesome warranties for lenses, and the whole unit. Rigid had a bad batch of lights that would condensate. They sent new lights out, without requiring the user to send theirs back first. Most places would require a return of defective item before a new one is sent out. most name brands will do this.



and just in case anyone's wondering, no, I do not sell name brand lights. I have nothing to gain, or lose from people buying cheap shit, or good shit. I'm just giving my opinion on the matter.
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thats also not mentioning with some of the pricier brands, like Baja Designs (What i would go with) you can swap out the lenses, for different light patterns, colors, etc. depending on your use. So summer, you could have in a white beam winter you could swap it out for an amber, or blue, for better use in the snow.
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