Work light options

Submitted: Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:07
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Does anyone have any suggestions for a roofrack-mounted work light?? I have been looking around for something that draws less power than the typical 55w flood lights that are normally mounted on the rear of the roofrack or on a post behind the spare wheel. I have 12v flouro's that I use around camp but am after something that is permanentlly mounted to the roofrack and puts out enough light to set up camp. I was thinking about LED's, but cant find any that appear to be suitable. Any ideas, prices, where to buy them, light output, etc would be great!
Thanks
Drew
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:08

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:08
www.narva.com.au
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:16

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:16
I bought one specifically designed for that very purpose with loom, switch and all you need as a kit from ARB. The switch has 3 positions, On, Off and 'on with reverse". Comes with very simple installation instructions and I think it cost me $80. you can also buy the kit with 2 lamps. It's not a massive flood light, but I have it mounted to my roof rack and it provides enough light for set up /reversing etc.. In hindishg I would have gone with two but horses for courses I guess.. .
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:47

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:47
$80 ? Crikey, I didn't think they let you through the doors for under $200 !!
Sounds like an ok bit of kit.
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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 11:54

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 11:54
Yeah ARB can be a bit pricy I know, but their gear is excellent and always reliable.. and if worse comes to worse and something fails they always back it up without question.. I have nothing but high praise for ARB in Adelaide.. Their prices are usually flexible too if you are prepared to develop a relationship with them.
Sounds like I work for them I know, but trust me, I'm nothing more than a very satisfied customer..
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Follow Up By: Drew - Karratha - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 12:26

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 12:26
In the latest ARB catalogue they are $190 for the kit (with 2 lights) - I dont mind paying the money for good quality gear - but is there anything better / as good that uses less battery power??
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:42

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:42
Drew,
I've seen LED truck reversing lights at Adelaide Truck and 4wd.
They are about 3 inch square, and are Taiwan or Chinese copies and cost about $60-70. Contain a heap of LEDs, but have no idea how much light they put out.

Any truck shops nearby??
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Follow Up By: Drew - Karratha - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 13:05

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 13:05
No, there arent any truck shops near here, but I find it easier to get things from as far away from here as possible (usually cheaper and more friendly service anyway....)
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 13:55

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 13:55
Drew- Check out Auslec in Crane Circle, or Some of the electrical shops in the KIE They had the LEDs last time I was looking around there.

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Follow Up By: Member - John L G - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 18:28

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 18:28
Phil/Drew

I have got some LEd reverse lights on the back of my truck and whilst they are bright to look at, they do not throw a lot of useful light. They are not cheap at $90ea so was a bit of a waste of dollars.

I ended up putting, in addition, a set of el cheapo 55w Fog lights down the back which are just great. Wired up to use withj reverse or can be independently operated.

I have also installed a flood off the roof rack which can point anywhere but that is a bit of an amp guzzler.

Have Fun
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 21:40

Monday, Jun 26, 2006 at 21:40
Lightforce do 2 work lamps.

A bolt on unit and also a suction mount with a lighter fitting.

Both are good quality units.

I like the suction one as you can use it under the bonnet or on the wheel arch.

Regards Derek.
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