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How bad is hood glare with roof mount led?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by rc51kid, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. rc51kid

    rc51kid

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    The title says it all really. How bad is the hood glare with a roof mount light bar? I have a dark green 80 and the hood has the clear coat pealed off. So for now it is almost a flat black. If i moumted a 40 or 42" light bar on my gamaviti rack how much of a problem is the glare?
     
  2. N22

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    Never bothered me much on my silver truck.
    With a dirty windscreen was more annoying.

    Having lights up high is nice at times. In tall grass, brush, water crossing, really low fog, snow drifts, etc.
    Not very nice for rain, falling/blowing snow and fog higher than your hood.

    Keeping closer to the front of the roof is nicer.
     
  3. Gun Runner 5

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    I've got a 42" light bar mounted on my roof and glare isn't really an issue on the hood however my brush bar mounted antennae glows like its electrified. :)
     
  4. JCruse

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    I don't have a roof bar (yet) but I think I would just order a sheet of the appropriate plastic material and make a shield for the bottom. Just a strip really, attached with some UHB tape.
     
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    It depends exactly where you mount them...

    Find something straight about 6' long, and rest it from the hood to the roof, so it hangs over the roof some. If you mount the lights ABOVE (forward of) that line, they'll shine on the hood. If you mount them BELOW (behind) that line, they won't.


    Your location isn't in your profile, but your avatar makes it look like you wheel in the desert. I only lived out there for a few months - all my wheeling is in forests, so things sticking up above the roof get ripped off. I keep my lights low, and in FRONT of me. But with the headlights I have now, the only aux lights I need are under my side mirrors.
     
  6. Dissent

    Dissent Always tweaking...never satisfied. GOLD Star

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    I've found that less than 12" back from the windshield, on top of my Prinsu rack, I get horrible windshield glare. At 12" all the glare is gone. I've not seen any glare on my black hood. That said, I'd put as much light low as you can before going high. We aren't going to overdrive our lights on most runs with these trucks and the low light shows terrain changes better than high lights plus the branches and such don't interfere with low mounted lights. Alternatively, get a light bar that you can easily rotate or remove to stow when not needed.