Review & Install Video
This light bar is going to be for those of you who wanna add some auxiliary light to the front or even the back of your JK. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this light bar, which I'm gonna give two out of three wrenches because there is gonna be a little bit of wiring involved in getting this installed. You can certainly purchase a prebuilt wiring harness which will make that a little bit simpler, however, it's not included in the box, so we are gonna give this a two out of three wrenches.
This is a single row LED light bar, which makes it a little bit slimmer than some of those double row. In my opinion, it looks a little bit better and you can still get some great light output from these. This light bar is a spot pattern so it makes it really a good light for throwing light really far down the trail right in front of you, or even those dark back roads, although this is not light you're going to be able to use with oncoming traffic. The housing in this light bar is made of die-cast aluminum, like most of the others you're going to find on the market. And also like a lot of the other light bars out there, the lens is a polycarbonate lens, which is really nice because it resists scratching and breaking. So if you do have it on the front of your Jeep where it gets drug across some brush, it's going to stay clear and still allow for a ton of light output.
As far as the lights themselves, this has 25 watt Cree LEDs. And if you've been doing some shopping, you'll know that the Cree brand is really well-known for making a high-quality product. The diodes, the actual lights inside of this light bar, should last up to 50,000 hours, so you can expect to get a lot of light out of this bar. I mentioned before that the optics are specifically designed for a spot pattern, so they're gonna throw light really far down in front of your vehicle in a smaller pattern. You can get some of these small light bars that do have a dual pattern, where they will be part flood and part spot. This is just a spotlight, so if that's what you're looking for, this is going to be a good option for you.
This light bar does come with a couple of feet, so if you decide to drill a couple of holes in your bumper or in a roof rack, you can certainly mount this bar with those mounts that come with it, or you can purchase any light bar mount for a 20-inch light bar that will bolt directly on to your Jeep. One of my personal favorite locations to mount a 20-inch light bar on your JK is in the grille, and there are quite a few bolt-on mounts which will make installation very, very simple. So I've said twice now, we're giving this a two out of three wrenches for installation, and that is just because of the wiring. If you purchase one of those bolt-on mounts, this is going to mount very easily. If you don't purchase one of those mounts, you'll have to drill a couple of holes. But even so, this is going to be fairly easy to get the light bar itself mounted up. But it's a light bar, it's not just a decoration. You are gonna have to get it wired and make it work.
So you can pick up any power source you'd like for this light bar. It'll need a positive and a negative. You can run it through a switch in the dash or tie it into any one of the other lighting systems on your Wrangler. If you are comfortable with automotive wiring, this is not going to be a very difficult item to get wired up. You'll be able to do this is in just a couple of hours. If you're not comfortable with automotive wiring, as I said before, you can purchase a pre-made wiring harness that will include a switch, a fuse, a relay, and all of the wires themselves. All you'll need to do then is tie it in to your light bar, your battery, and pull the switch wires through the firewall to get them into the cab of the jeep. Or you can always take your Jeep to a shop and have somebody else wire this up. A lot of the times if you're not comfortable with wiring, it's not something you're gonna wanna mess with, so there's no shame in taking it to a shop and having them install this for you.
Again, you should set aside probably around an hour to get this installed, give or take, depending on how much of the wiring you're doing on your own and how clean you wanna tuck all the wires away. And as far as tools necessary for the install, if you have a bolt-on mount, obviously just your traditional hand tools, if you're gonna be drilling into your bumper or roof rack, a drill and a nice sharp set of drill bits will come in handy. And if you're building your own harness, of course, you're going to need your wiring tools.
From a cost versus value perspective, I think you do get a good bit of value when your purchase this light. For around $120, you're getting a high-quality Cree LED, an aluminum housing, a polycarbonate lens, and again, because of the size of this bar, it is going to fit into a lot of those bolt-on mounts. Now, of course, you can spend a lot more money on even just a 20-inch light bar, and yes, the optics may throw light a few feet further down the trail or you might get a few more lumens out of the LEDs themselves, but to be completely honest, for what most of us are using our light bars for, this is going to be more than enough and it leaves some money in your pocket for some other mods.
So that's my review of the DV8 Off-Road Slim 20-inch LED light bar, fitting all 1987 and up Wranglers, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com