Let us see the light !!
The part of the project where I get to do some design, sourcing special parts and equipment, lots of hours wiring and fitting, then the final reward of seeing if your plan worked like you thought it would. in the 'old days' , when I thought about lighting it was, "these lights will work" throw them on , wire them, then find out you really needed something different or more.
My approach now is to design an entire system, anticipating all the locations, light patterns, am draws, wire sizes, switching and all the supporting stuff needed to complete the project. My goal is no dark spots within my driving view and not to be able to "drive over my light" figuratively speaking .
The first piece of the puzzle was the roof rack. This is the first off production of the new Spylight Lighting system . This is my invention and debut at SEMA 2012 . After an agreement, Baja Racks began producing it
Next were the actual lights . Working with Baja Designs Lighting http://www.bajadesigns.com/, they know they know the science, behind the lighting. All lights are bright when you look straight at them. It's where they actually put the light, that makes a big difference. For the actuated light , I decided to use the 40" Baja Designs Stealth bar. Low profile design with a 80/20 spread. 80 percent spot, 20% flood on the ends. This gives you some of the fill you need for the shorter range and sides.
In the bumper is a 20" Amber wide driving. Mounted down low, provides you the best scenario for fog and dust. The top bumper light is the 30' BD,OnX . Its a beast of a light , that that is set up with long pencil beam. The corners are BD Squadrons in a wide driving beam . This completes the front lighting. If it were completely dark, you would see very few dark spots in this set up. Meanwhile I used some visionX side lights from my last build. Plus 2 more in the back of the rack. These are great for camping, working on a truck, or even seeing whats at the side of the road. I neglected to mention the new bumper. I decided it was time for a change, after using the other one for many years. It also worked within the lights I decided. This one is from Addictive Desert Design locally in Mesa AZ
This is a product, used in the boating industry called a "Deck Seal" it allows me to pass wires through the roof with a water tight design. I am not in fear of drilling my roof because I use the correct equipment to do so, without any issues . In the back ground is actually the 40" mounted, in the down, or hidden position. As you can see I planned carefully with the correct sized light, so it wouldn't hit the roof
I had to show this, because this was actually the first phase of the project and making sure it was all going to work as designed. At this point I was researching which switching/relay/ fusing solution I would use. When I first fabbed up the actuator, this was used for testing . I actually kept it in my old truck for almost a year, while I was proving the concept.
I decided to get the S-Pod system, that had fuses, relays and switches in an entire system 6 circuits
This is actually one of the pictures that I sent to Baja Designs, after I completed this portion of the build. They were working with me on the lighting design, along with lighting support itself. As you can see, there is a amber light on the rear, that is another 20" stealth bar, for a dust light and back up light . I wanted to thank them for their support and allow them to use any pics they wanted for their advertisement , or website. The timing was fortuitous. I sent them on thursday, this was one month before SEMA 2013. The same day, they got word that the Ford Raptor that was suppose to be in their SEMA booth, burned to the ground in the desert, while they were doing testing. I got a phone call at 7 am the next morning asking me if they could use my truck for their SEMA booth . My arm needed zero twisting