LED Windshield Glare

ElPolloBlanco

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i have some serious windshield/hood glare with my roof rack mounted 40” spot/flood LED. It’s practically unusable. The glare on the white hood is bad, but it seems to catch the glass in a way that makes it glow. I have an old school INTI rack. I was thinking about ditching the spot/flood LED and going with 4 pencil beam HID’s. I’m just worried that I’ll spend a lot of money to be disappointed like I am now. For those with roof mounted lights, how is the bleed over from the pencil beams and should I go with something else?
 

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I don't have any personal experience, sorry. But have heard from others on mud that it happens. Maybe search can help? Have you tried moving the rack forward or back to see if it helps? Also, could you mount a lip on the lower side of the light bar to limit light going onto the windshield? Would be easy to mockup with cardboard to try different sizes.
 

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I don't have any personal experience, sorry. But have heard from others on mud that it happens. Maybe search can help? Have you tried moving the rack forward or back to see if it helps? Also, could you mount a lip on the lower side of the light bar to limit light going onto the windshield? Would be easy to mockup with cardboard to try different sizes.

I always search before posting. The INTI rack isn’t able to be moved much on the roof. Maybe an inch or two. I’ve looked into the shield thing, but there isn’t much room for one. If you’ve ever seen the rack it has the “cage” in front of the rack that protects lights, I’ve caught a fair share of birds in it so it’s worth having. Darkening the hood isn’t an option, though I have thought about a big louver panel and painting it flat black. I’m sure that the reason it so bad is the flood function of the lights, but good lights are pricey and I’d rather not guinea pig it, again.
 

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Maybe I'm old school, but never understood the fascination of mounting lights on the roof rack facing forward other than for some 'expedition' look value.

Obnoxious lighting location for most use. Bad if it is raining since you are lighting up the rain falling in front of your eyes. Bad in fog. Bad in dusty conditions.

I've always mounted my aux front facing lights on the roobar, never an issue. I'm not a lover of light bars in general but again that's because I prefer the look/function of a more compact light source.

I do have a rear facing LED light that is on the roofrack, there it makes sense to try and 'flood' the rear area to see what you're (not) backing into.

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george.
 

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Maybe I'm old school, but never understood the fascination of mounting lights on the roof rack facing forward other than for some 'expedition' look value.

Obnoxious lighting location for most use. Bad if it is raining since you are lighting up the rain falling in front of your eyes. Bad in fog. Bad in dusty conditions.

I've always mounted my aux front facing lights on the roobar, never an issue. I'm not a lover of light bars in general but again that's because I prefer the look/function of a more compact light source.

I do have a rear facing LED light that is on the roofrack, there it makes sense to try and 'flood' the rear area to see what you're (not) backing into.

cheers,
george.
They are pretty nice in rolling hills in Northern Nevada. Higher the better.
 
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i have some serious windshield/hood glare with my roof rack mounted 40” spot/flood LED. It’s practically unusable. The glare on the white hood is bad, but it seems to catch the glass in a way that makes it glow. I have an old school INTI rack. I was thinking about ditching the spot/flood LED and going with 4 pencil beam HID’s. I’m just worried that I’ll spend a lot of money to be disappointed like I am now. For those with roof mounted lights, how is the bleed over from the pencil beams and should I go with something else?
One solution is to create a lower cut off for the beam. I have my light bar mounted low and behind the fairing. From straight (with the lights off) on it looks like I’m cutting off some of the beam but I’ve played with it a lot and the only thing I am losing is the glare on my hood, no usable forward projected light is lost.
 
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