(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
This KC HiLiTES 50-inch LED light bar with wiring harness combination is going to be for those of you that have a 1987 and up Wrangler and are looking to add a 50-inch LED light bar for some auxilliary lighting. Now, these light bars in general, 50-inch light bars in general are incredibly bright. They're going to be for when there really isn't any one in front of you, either coming towards you or driving away from you because they just throw so many lumens. These are gonna be for when you really need to see very far in front of you, when you're on the trail, when you're on those dark back roads at night, again, without any traffic around. However, if you want something that is going to be a little bit more useful in an everyday setting, a little bit less light, a little bit more controlled light, maybe one of the smaller light bars is going to be a nice option. However, a lot of you are going to install a 50-inch light bar like this one because you like the look of the bar and you may not even use it all that often, and that's okay, too. However, if you are gonna be using a light bar, this is gonna be a really nice choice because of the built quality and the fact that it comes with this really nice, completely waterproof wiring harness. Now, because KC is one of those premium lighting brands, you are gonna pay a little bit more for this light bar than some of the other ones on the market, but you are going to get a ton of light output and a very high built quality. As far as the materials that this bar is made out of, it is going to be similar to a lot of the other ones on the market. This is going to be an extruded aluminum housing with a polycarbonate lens. This does have a dual-beam pattern like a lot of the other lights out there. So the outside corners of the light bar are going to be a 30-degree flood pattern, while the inside is going to be a 12-degree spot. So, even though this does have a dual beam like a lot of the other ones, this is still going to be a little bit more narrow than a lot of the other lights on the market. A lot of the other ones something like a 60-degree flood. So with this light, you are gonna get a ton of projection down the trail, down the road in front of you, not quite as much flood up close. Now, something that does make this light bar a little bit unique is that the backing of the reflectors, so the area that doesn't actually do any reflecting, is going to be a black pattern, giving the light a little bit more of that stealthy look, where on a lot of the other ones, it's gonna be the same shiny, metallic reflective material that the actual reflector is made out of. So again, that's just going to change the visual look of the light when the light isn't turned on. Now this, as it says in the title, does come with a wiring harness, like most KC products, and that harness is going to include a switch, a fuse, a relay, everything you're going to need to get this powered up and running. And instead of just a two-wire pigtail on your light, you are going to have this screw-on weatherproof connector, which will make a direct connection right into that wiring harness. And that whole thing is going to make getting this wired up very easy. All you're really gonna have to do is pull the wires so you can get power at the battery, get your switch mounted in the dash, and get the other end of the harness up to this weatherproof connector to make that connection. Finally, something that KC has done that I'm sure a lot of the other companies will follow suit on but haven't quite yet is adding a set of rubber isolators onto the cooling fins of the light. If you've run a 50-inch light bar before, you'll know that the wind passing over those cooling fins will make a humming noise which can be very loud and very, very annoying when you're in the cabin of the Jeep. So there are a lot of solutions, putting tape, using RTVs, silicone sealer, really anything to keep those fins from vibrating. Well, KC has added three rubber isolators across the back of this light to eliminate that issue. As far as this installation goes, I am going to give it a one out of three wrenches. You're not really gonna have to do any wiring at all because you have this essentially plug-and-play wiring harness. The whole installation process will probably take you around an hour, maybe a little bit more depending on how clean and neatly you wanna run your wiring. Now, one important thing to note is that this light bar, like a lot of the other 50-inch, will come with a set of feet. However, the vast majority of you are going to wanna purchase a 50-inch LED light bar mount to make your installation of your bar completely no drill and completely bolt on. Those brackets are going to attach to the windshield hinges in the front, giving you a bolt-on bracket. The only other way to get this bar installed would be to drill into your windshield frame, which, again, a lot of you are not going to wanna do. So, the first step in this installation is going to be getting the bar mounted onto the Jeep, and as I said, a lot of you are gonna get a 50-inch LED light bar bracket in order to do so. You'll hang the bar in its spot, running the wire down the inside of the bracket between the bracket and the windshield frame itself. From there, you can get your harness installed. So there is a group of wires that you'll have to pull through the firewall in order to get your switch hooked up. You're gonna have a positive and negative that are gonna go right over to the battery to get powered. And, of course, the other end of this weatherproof connector that needs to go over to the bottom of the windshield frame so that that connection can be made as well. And after that, you're done. Flip your switch on the interior of your Jeep, fire up your light. This light bar is gonna come in around $440, and I do think that's a pretty good price for what you're getting. There are light bars all over the spectrum as far as quality and price goes. You can go on the web. You can buy a light bar, a harness, and a set of brackets for $100, but you're going to get some condensation behind the lens. You're going to get LEDs that are burning out individually or the whole light bar is just gonna stop working on you. You're gonna have all kinds of issues. On the flip side of that, you can get one of the top-end premium light bars on the market that's going to cost about three times what this one does without even including the harness, and then you still have to purchase your brackets. So it really depends on what your budget is and what you want for your Jeep. I think that this is a really nice mix of both quality and value. You're going to get something that's gonna last a long time, you get 20,000 lumens, you get your wiring harness. However, it's not going to be that $1500 price tag that the top of the top-of-the-line lights will carry. So, if you're looking for a high quality but still fairly priced LED light bar for your Jeep, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this one from KC HiLiTES that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Light Specs. The 50 inch LED light bar from KC HiLiTES is rated IP 67 and gives you an incredible output of 20,160 lumens. When you need incredible light, and incredible durability, this is a great choice. In fact, it has an average LED lifespan of 50,000 hours. You get optimal illumination from the 12 degree spot and 30 degree spread beam pattern.
Light Construction. Made from extruded aluminum, this is a hardcore, lightweight yet durable light bar. The connectors are waterproof to assure you're safe in virtually all conditions. It's further protected from RFI/EMC interference.
Additional Information. KC HiLiTES is well known as one of the top providers of high quality, durable, rugged lights. This aluminum light bar gives you a universal fit, which makes it easy to buy exactly what you want without worrying about fitment.
Application. The LED light bar from HiLiTES can be used on all 1987-2020 Wranglers.
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November 21, 2018
Purchased this for my 2018 Wrangler. Installation was pretty simple once we figured out how to install it. Needs better instructions. Very happy with the light itself.Helpful (8)
November 15, 2018
I love the quality and the way it looks on my Jeep.Helpful (8)
November 15, 2018
This is any easy install, the power out of the light is great real bright!!Helpful (8)
October 25, 2018
Great add on!!
Easy install. Total time was about 20 min. Ran wire thru firewall, hardest part of install was where to put the switch. The instructions that come with was for s different light, but not hard to figure it out.Helpful (8)
October 15, 2018
This light bar is a great purchase! It is sleek, but bright. It fit my jeep well and made installation easy. Due to the wiring kit that was included, I was able to complete the install myself. GREAT buy - recommend!Helpful (8)
February 07, 2018
So far so GOOD
I had purchased another light bar that water built up in after 1 year and was fortunate it was under warranty. I don't trail hard and my Jeep is garage kept so I sure hope KC doesn't let me down. PLUS they have a LIFETIME warranty.Helpful (11)
January 31, 2018
This light was an easy mount and install. The only real effort was running the wiring for the switch.Helpful (11)
June 18, 2017
Great light output for the size and price , build quality is great also , looks awesome in between front grill guardHelpful (10)
March 21, 2016
I previously owned 4 K.C. Halogen lights, and I thought they were bright. This light bar is so much better. Well worth the price and the high quality wiring was a snap to install. I'm very impressed.Helpful (14)
January 22, 2016
Great 20" bar
Very pleased with my purchase. Installation was a breeze and the wire harness that comes with the bar is very high quality. Build quality of the light is very solid and looks great with the all black front. I was blown away at the output coming from such a small light bar. Definitely lights up everything ahead. I emailed their customer service (on the KC Highlites page) and they responded within a couple of hours and even recommended another companies brand of bracket so I could mount it to the hood. I highly recommend KC Hilights to anyone looking to add light bars.Helpful (15)
Your website is saying this will fit a JL wrangler, but I see no way that can be true. JL's do not have mounting locations in the windshield frame, unless your installation is having people drill them out.
The KC HiLites 50 inch C-Series light bar has universal fitment across models, though you are correct it may not install on the windshield of the JL in the same way as the JK. The width from end to end is 51.38 inches and will either fit a mount that accepts light bars of this size, or will install in a custom place depending on your choice in a mounting setup.
Will this light fit, center-to-center on the BARRICADE TRAIL FORCE HD front bumper? In other words, what is the measurement from hole to hole on the mounting feet? Thanks for your time.
The KC Hilites LED Light Bar, 10 in. w/ Harness Combo (87-17 Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK) unfortunately would come up slightly to long for the lighting brackets featured on the BARRICADE TRAIL FORCE HD front bumper. The light tab holes are roughly 11.5in apart, where as the overall dimensions of this product is 13 Inches X 6.5 Inches X 6.5 Inches.
Will the 10 inch KC light bar mount on the LoD Destroyer mid width bull bar light mount? It says it is rated for a 10" inch bar, but this looks like it may be a tad wide.
The listed dimensions for the KC HiLiTES 10 in. C-Series C10 LED Light Bar are 13 Inches X 6.5 Inches X 6.5 Inches.
Will this fit on the Barricade Extreme HD Stubby Front Bumper light bar tabs?
The KC HiLiTES 20 in. C-Series C20 LED Light Bar - Spot/Spread Combo would be 1.5 inches too wide to easily attach to the mounting tabs of the Barricade Extreme HD Stubby Front Bumper.
Will this light bar attach to a CARR light bar frame and what is the rating for water resistance? Thank you!
The KC HiLiTES 50 in. C-Series C50 LED Light Bar can be used with any 50" light bar brackets. The light bar carries an IP67 water resistance rating.
Hello, The KC HiLiTES 10 in. LED Light Bar do not turn on independently they turn on with the same switch.
Hello, yes, as long as you match up a 50" light bar with a 50" windshield mount it will work.
Hello, you would need a Hood Mount to be able to mount this Light Bar on the hood.
The KC Hilites LED Light Bar, 20 in. w/ Harness Combo (87-17 Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK) includes everything needed for a successful installation. Including the Light bar, Wiring harness, Mount Brackets and hardware. This kit does include the switch and the installation instructions can be found here: http://1.cdn.lib.extremeterrain.com/guides/J100839-manu.pdf.
Hello, the KC HiLiTES LED Light Bar, 20 in. w/ Harness Combo (87-17 Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK) does come with the mounting brackets as shown on the picture.
(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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