Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. So today I am here with the Deegan 38 by KC HiLiTE 20-inch LED Light Bar with the Spread and the Spot Combo fitting all year regulars. So if you're in search of any additional accessory lighting for your Wrangler, this is going to be a perfect option to take a look into. So this is gonna be perfect for somebody who's looking for that extra visibility on dark back roads and dark trails with a medium size but very bright light bar. So this will even go very well with any additional lighting that you have up on your Wrangler. If you already have a 50-inch light bar or maybe some cube lights on the A-pillar, this will match perfectly with any additional lighting or even any of your OEM lighting if you don't have any accessory lighting to begin with. Now, this is gonna be a spread and a spot combo, so the spot is gonna give you your distance, it's gonna give you all that length for down the road or the trail ahead of you. And your spread is going to give you some more peripheral visibility, some more up close but spread out visibility. So not only is this going to have the functionality within the lights and all that capability with your extra visibility that you're getting, but this is also gonna be very durable. So if you're out on the trail, you take a hit to your light bar considering it's mounted up to the front end, it will be okay. And this is also waterproof and dustproof, so any dust kicking up from the trail, if you take a dunk with the front end of your Wrangler, the lights inside are going to be perfectly fine.
So as far as pricing goes, this is pretty averagely priced or a medium sized light bar at roughly $300. And I think that's very fair for what the kit comes with. And then those more expensive choices are going to be really the exact opposite. They'll have those higher lumen ratings, higher IP ratings, they'll come with extra things in the kit that make it mount up. They'll have wiring harnesses with it. So it really depends on what you're getting out of the actual kit and the light bar for the price. Personally, I think this is a very well-built light bar. It's made by KC HiLiTES which is a very reputable brand, so you can tell that there is quality put into this design. It comes with a fully integrated wiring harness with a inline fuse and a relay so you can trust that that's going to hold up. And not to mention, this is gonna come with everything that you need to install it with, so you're getting the mounts, you're getting the switch and the wiring harness and even the mounting hardware and you even get tools in the kit in order to install this. So overall, this is a very solid kit that you're getting for that price point.
So install's gonna be a pretty easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. The wiring harness is basic, it's plug and play. Most of the tools that you'll need are gonna be provided within this kit. However, you will need a 10-millimeter socket in order to get everything mounted up. So speaking of that install, let's jump into that now.
The tools that I used in my install were the two provided Allen keys, a 10-millimeter deep socket, and an impact wrench. So before we mount this up to our Wrangler, we do have to attach our mounts that are going to be attached to our bumper. But I wanted to give you a little bit more information about the actual setup of this light bar. So this is gonna be a standard dual row light bar and it's going to have a spot and a spread beam combo. So you're gonna have your 8 degree spot on the outside, which is going to give you that distance in your light for those dark back roads or those dark trails. And then you're gonna have your 90 degree spread in the middle, which is going to disburse the light a little bit outward, giving you a good spread of light and that's going to help out with your visibility as well. So they're gonna work very well with each other.
Now, this is gonna be incredibly bright with 10,800 raw lumens emitted from all the LEDs inside which is going to be perfect for those dark back roads and dark trails. You're really gonna light those up just from a small 20-inch light bar. Now, this is also gonna have a 6,000K color temperature, which is going to be higher on that Kelvin scale, giving you a bright white light from those LEDs. Now, not only are those lights gonna benefit you, the whole housing is gonna be very durable as well. You have a polycarbonate lens on the front, which is going to offer full transparency, but also be able to take a hit off-road. You have an aluminum housing that has a black powder coat on it, which is going to help out with heat dispersion with that aluminum, but also gonna be very durable and able to take a hit as well, and that black product coat is going to resist any corrosion that's gonna go on that aluminum. Now, this is also gonna be IP67 rating and that's a waterproof and a dust rating. So when this is mounted up to the front of your Wrangler or wherever you're mounting this up, if you take a dunk with your front end and this is mounted up on the front of your Jeep, this is gonna be able to survive and the LEDs inside are not gonna be damaged. So overall, this is a really solid setup, but let's go ahead and mount up our mounts on the side.
Now, we're actually going to mount our light bar upside down. We're not going to have it stick out of the top of our bumper on our bull bar behind me, we are actually gonna have it hang underneath that bull bar. So I'm going to mount this up with the provided hardware upside down. Like I said, we're gonna be mounting these upside down. If you want this to stand upright, you're just going to turn the mount upside down. We're gonna take our larger provided Allen bolt and thread that into the side of our light bar and then take our larger Allen key. So now that our mounts are installed, we can go ahead and mount this on our Wrangler.
So before we mount this up, I would like to mention you are gonna have a little plastic gasket here that is going to protect the metal on your light bar mount and it's also gonna protect the metal on your bumper or wherever this is amounting up to. If you're mounting this up to something on your body, you wanna protect that paint, so that's why this is there. Then we can mount this up, taking our smaller Allen head bolt, putting that through our bumper or wherever you're mounting it up to. I grabbed a washer. This is not included in the kit, but this hole's a little bit too big for this bolt here. It doesn't fill it up all the way. So I wanna make sure that that stays in place. Then I'm gonna grab our provided nut, thread that on. We can move to the other side then and then we'll tighten these up in just a second. So while we're here, we can go ahead and tighten that up, make sure that our light bar is centered. I'm gonna take our smaller Allen key that's provided in the kit and a 10-millimeter socket and we can go ahead and tighten that up. Same for the other side. So after it's mounted, we can move on to our wiring.
So after our light bar is mounted up, we can move on to our wiring. Now, KC HiLiTES and Deegan 38 provide you with a wiring harness. So off of this relay, you're gonna have three different bundles of wire. One's gonna be for the light bar, so this is going to plug into the light bar lead. The other is gonna be the leads for your battery with an in line fuse. And then the last one is going to be for your switch wires. So you're gonna have three coming out of that. The positive, which is obviously gonna be your power, the load as well as the ground. So what I'm gonna do is take the lead for our light bar and pass that down through our grille. And as you can tell, we have winch wires right here, so we're just gonna follow those. These are gonna come out at the inner fender liner. So as you can tell, this is coming out of the corner of our grille, right in our inner fender liner. What I'm gonna do is take this lead just to make it look clean and pass it underneath our bumper. And we can just plug that into there. You can plug it in, make sure you hear it click. There it goes. Then we can pull that back up through and connect our leads for our battery.
So what we can do next is connect our leads to our battery. So we're gonna start with our positive. You're gonna grab a 10-millimeter socket. We can take off this accessory nut, attach our positive terminal, tighten that back down with our 10-millimeter socket. Button that back up with our cover here. We can do the same exact thing for our negative terminal, same 10-millimeter socket. And then after that, we can move on to our switch wire. As you can tell, I tucked all of our wires down next to our battery and ran our switch wire back behind our fuse box and across the top of our engine bay. So what we have to do now is pass our switch wires through our firewall into our cab area and you can tell that I took this wire for our switch and ran it up along the top of our engine bay. What you can do is actually zip tie this up here, make sure it's not on your engine, which will get hot and melt this sheathing. But we're gonna take our switch wires. There's going to be a access hole through your firewall and right on the left side of your brake master cylinder. So there might be a cover on it right now, all you have to do is take a flathead screwdriver and pop it off. Ours isn't actually on there, so I'm just gonna start passing our wires through and these are gonna drop down to the left of your brake pedal or your clutch pedal. So after those are most of the way through, we can go to the inside of our cab area and pull those the rest of the way through and hookup our switch.
So your wires are gonna drop out right in your footwell next to your brake pedal or your clutch pedal and then we can go ahead and attach it to our switch. Now, for your switch, you can mount this up anywhere inside your cab area. You will have to drill an access hole. However, you are supplied with a Phillips head self-tapping screws in order to mount this up. I'm not gonna show you how to mount it up because it is at your discretion. You can do it however you'd like, but I will show you how to actually attach your switch to your wire.
So we're gonna start wiring up our switch with our ground. Now, on this KC HiLiTE switch, it is a little bit different than most standard 12-volt switches, so you don't have a brass prong, and then two silver prongs, they will all just be copper. So on the side where your light is, is where you are going to attach your ground. So on the opposite side, we're gonna take our black wire and put that on the end. Then the middle is gonna be our load. That's gonna be our blue that's going to actuate our switch. And then our white is gonna be our supply or our power and that's gonna go on the opposite side of our ground. So after that is all set up, you can go ahead and mount up your switch.
So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.