Best position for driving lights on a ute

Hello

For those of you out there who own utes, where is the best place to mount driving lights, on the roll bar abover the roof, or on the bullbar up front?

Thanks in Advance

Snowy
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Reply By: Member - Donks1 (NSW) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:55

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:55
On the bull bar

You can't see through the light when on the roof

Donks1
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Reply By: Madfisher - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:04

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:04
I am sure their also illegal to use on the road if roof mounted. Roof mounts are for show only.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:05

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:05
I've always liked them mounted high on the bullbar on any vehicle ... depends on the brand and whether any rearwards glare is caused by the casing / lense design.

Bonnet glare ... caused by roof mounted lights gives me headaches ... flat black painted bonnet / stickon vinyl and other measures were not worth the effort to resolve the issue ... mounting them further back caused blindspots directly in front of the vehicle.

Mind you ... I wanted the lights for function ... not a B & S look.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:14

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:14
I have 2 Lightforce XGTs (converted to HID) mounted on the bullbar as well as 4 x Lightforce 170s mounted at the back of the dual cab.

The high mounted 170s provide a better spread of light as far as I'm concerned, (even though they aren't HIDs).

The HIDs give me good distance, but the roof mounted lights tend to show-up some dips etc that would otherwise not be visible due to the angle of the bullbar lights being below the line of sight of the driver's eyes.

The bonnet glare is an issue unless the lights are far enough back so as not to shine on it. Mine do not light up the bonnet in any way.....the only evidence I get is that the UHF antenna is lit-up.

I have them wired such that I can have the roof lights on only if I already have the HIDs on which (of course) can only be on if I'm on high beam. So, if I have all the lights on at once and then dip down to low beam, all 6 of the Lightforce spotties go off. But as the roof lights are supposedly illegal for on-road use, I can isolate them and just use the bullbar mounted spotties alone if need be.

Roachie
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Reply By: D200Dug- Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:26

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:26
Sorry I was going to say "On the front of the vehicle" but I will not be a smartarse.

My problem with roof mounts is driving through dust or rain with them on creates a curtain of very disturbing light.

I would mount as high as possible on the bull bar.

I have 3 lights 2 wide angle and one long range spot.

I find this works well for me.
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Reply By: Snowy 3.0iTD - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:29

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:29
Thanks to all who replied, the bullbar it is.

Snowy
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 21:18

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 21:18
Snowy


On the bull bar

Against ADRs to mount on roll bar.



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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 21:43

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 21:43
Also in most States is illegal to mount them higher than the bonnet line as it is illegal to mount even Codan Autotune aerials in the line of sight of the driver.

Yes I know its done but read the rules Anything over 30mm diameter is a nono.





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