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Old 03-21-2015, 06:25 PM
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I've decided to mount a 42" light bar in the grill between the fog lamps in the lower air dam on my '15 Ram Sport like a few members have done in the forums. I've been searching through ebay for a decent light and it appears that there are two main setups people are selling there.

The first is a Osram 400w, 10 degree/40 degree combo that produces roughly 40k lumens of light output such as the one here. These run about $250 shipped.

The other is a Cree/Epistar 280w, 30 degree combo that produces roughly 24K lumens of light output such as the one here. These run around $160 shipped.

Obviously the 400w setup has a tighter angle and produces more light at farther distances but I am curious how it compares to the Cree/Epistar setup. Does anyone have any first hand experience with the two? I intend to use this for night time off-road use in the high desert and the dunes. I guess my only worry is that there will be a significant gap in the near field w/ the tighter spots, but then again being so close to the ground it may fill out the road ahead nicely. Thoughts?
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I do like the look of those curved light bars

I asked a guy that had one on his Toyota's roof
he said that ORW had them in stock locally
i didn't ask him which brand his was
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As low as you're mounting it, I wouldn't be too concerned about distance. You won't project that far unless you aim the bar high. I have a 30" Rigid RDS that pushes 15k lumen and that's plenty for illumination purpose. If you're mounting it low, the brighter light is just going to wash out everything directly in front of the truck. Check out my RDS thread and view some of the illumination shots. It will give you a good idea of what 15k lumen looks like.
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Thanks for the advice. I just got the new wheels and tires on yesterday and it looks titties if I do say so myself. Mufflex DOD14M going on today. Light bar to follow.
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