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Hello.

Like many other owners of the Ram 1500 sport, I wanted to do something to turn the otherwise for-show only hood scoops into something more practical and cool...

I decided to integrate real LED lights into each scoop, which will provide effective lighting when needed, better visibility of my truck on the road for passive safety, and a more unique and cool look overall.

I couldn't find any reference to other people doing something like that before, except for an aftermarket company that does make a complete LED light solution including scoops - but from what I could see - these were low intensity lights, providing a look - but not actually lighting the road as I wanted it to be. This solution was also around $300 of so (US), which for me in Canada - after everything else (conversion rate, shipping, taxes etc) would have been quite expensive for a mostly cosmetic effect.

So I decided to fabricate / create my own solution instead. I bought two 8" single row LED light bars providing 30w of power and 2700lm light intensity each from mictuning through amazon Canada, at around $120 Canadian for the two - shipping and all included. I also bought a wiring harness for two lights and the cherry on top - a RF remote controlled PWM dimmer which cost me another $24 or so Canadian - all in.

I bought a plate of 6061 aluminum which I cut with my band saw into two base plates for each side of the hood, onto which the lights will be mounted connected with simple straight angle aluminum bars I bought at the local home depot, which I cut and shaped to fit my setup.

Figuring out the correct angle and position of the base plates and the mounting arms the lights would be held by was a royal pain, since - as it turned out, the two under-hood sides where the scoops are turned out to not be symmetrical, so I had to make adjustments for each side individually, but eventually - I got it to fit and work. I ran the wiring under the hood - securing it in place with zip ties and aluminum sticky ties.

Now I can turn these lights on from inside my truck without requiring any wiring to go through from the engine compartment into the cab, and can dim the lights on-road so they're visible but not blinding, and crank the brightness up all the way off-road using the same remote providing significant illumination much brighter than the stock headlights.

I am attaching some pictures to show how my project turned out, and I hope you like it.
 

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Nice work!

Did you mount the other strips as well? I'd like to see all of them operational. Is this purely cosmetic or are you planning on using this on the trail?
 

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Welcome to the forum Turipz :wavey:

What a fantastic idea and thanks for sharing and the great write up :smileup:

If you have a moment, Swing by the Welcome thread and tell the members
a bit about yourself and your Ram ;)
http://www.ramforumz.com/forumdisplay.php?f=8
 

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To TheAOP

Hi. Yes - all the lights you see in the 4th picture (showing the full front of the truck) are functional, starting with the bottom 3 - mounted on the bottom inside of the bull bar low enough not to obscure my license plate, which are used as fog lights / short range lights and if you notice - the 2 cube lights on the sides are mounted at a 45 degree angle outwards to illuminate when making right turns. These are controlled by a single toggle switch I mounted inside the cab. The second set is the 3 lights above - the bar at the top of the bull bar frame and the 2 smaller bar lights which I fabricated mounts for to connect directly to the factory grill - requiring no destructive modification to the grill, which are also connected to a single toggle switch inside the cab. Finally (except for two flush mount light cubes I installed in the rear bumper connected to the factory reverse circuitry so they turn on automatically when you engage reverse) the hood lights, operated and installed as I explained in my main post.

I'll attach pictures of each light set operating and all working together later today.

Thanks for the feedback!
 

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I bought the bull bar from some private guy I found on the local buy and sell site we have here called Kijiji, it's a U-guard, and I paid him $90 Canadian brand new in box.

I need thid much lighting in front of me when I hunt and I'm driving in very isolated and pitch black areas of northern Ontario, including driving on some very dangerous snow, ice and potholes covered roads where such light can literally save my life if not just save my truck - including making sure I see obstacles asap and crazy drivers speeding in the opposite direction to me can see me asap - many of them heavy logging or hauling trucks servicing the mines and logging sites in those areas, often assuming they're the only ones on that road... Trust me - if you rode with me on those narrow mining or logging roads - you would be glad for every single lumen my setup provides...
 

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As promised - pictures of all the lights turned on, close-up on the lights I mounted on the grill - again without any destructive changes to it, and a picture of the two reverse lights I installed in the rear bumper. Also - the two switches in the cab that control the 3 lights in the top front and the 3 fog lights (I am not too happy with the light output of the 6kled light cubes I originally installed there, so I installed one kawell led light cube there to decide which one I like better and then have two of the same installed...). The hood lights are controlled via the RF remote control I have on my key chain. Thanks
 

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Looks good. Welcome to the forum.
 

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Yup. And if you open that part of the dashboard, you will see that there are two clips above and below where the switches are located, forcing them to be a close to each other as you see in my pictures. That's also why I opted to run the 3rd set of lights - the hood lights using a remote control, since there no room on the right for another cleanly installed toggle switch (plus the bonus of being able to remotely control the brightness of these lights is fantastic).
 

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Each light set has its own relay, 5 relays all together (and another in the back of the truck for the reverse lights)
 

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X3. Too over the top for my liking. Nice project for show but as for the safety aspect of it on a shared road I'm not convinced. If oncoming can't see two headlights they won't see you no matter how many lights you bolt on. To save you and your truck all you have to do is slow down. Nice work though.
 

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i love the idea.....think it would look much better if you could find a way to actually put the leds inside the fake air scoops
I agree with you 100%, but the limiting factor here was the heat the lights can survive and still work. High power led lights like the ones I used need to stay cool (I'm guessing the circuitry is the sensitive element), and all come with significant heat sinks / fins to keep them cooled. If I did put the light into the insert /scoop (which is what I also wanted to do initially) - the heat fins would be useless (no cool air to circulate) so the heat under the hood could damage the lights... I really wanted to do that, but that was the closest solution I found to getting the best of both worlds - getting high power lighting + using the otherwise for show only scoops.

But please - everything I did there is modular and I can change it if you or anyone else can figure out a better solution, so I'd be glad to hear ideas.

Thanks for the feedback.
 

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I saw on the forum in the fall, someone that integrated 25 LEDs right in the each hood scoop. It looked very clean and I have been trying to find that tread again with no luck. If someone sees that one, please let me know.
 

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