(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
The KC Hilites 50-inch LED light bar with over-windshield mount is for anyone who wants to add a ton of auxiliary lighting to your Jeep. There's really only one spot on your Wrangler that you can mount a 50-inch light, but putting one above your windshield is going to give you a ton of forward-facing light that's going to reach really far out in front of the trail. Obviously, this is a light that you're not going to be able to run on roads where there's oncoming traffic, it will certainly blind that oncoming traffic. However, for those dark backroads and of course for the trails, this is going to provide a ton of light. It'll basically look like daylight out in front of your Jeep. This bar in particular does have multiple beam patters all built into one, it comes with your brackets, your wiring harness, this is really a one-stop-shop. However, KC Hilites is known for making a really high-quality part and while this is a very nice light, it also has a price tag that goes along with it. So if you're looking for the best of the best and a one-stop-shop, this is a really nice option if you have the budget for it. However, if you are on a little bit more of a budget, or you're not interested in quite as much light, but you want a 50-inch light bar, there are certainly some other brands to take a look at like Raxiom or Rugged Ridge. As far as construction goes, this light has an extruded aluminum housing with a Lexan lens, and the brackets themselves are steel brackets covered in a black powder coat finish. That finish is going to resist rust and corrosion, and it's going to look really good on your Jeep no matter what color Wrangler you have. The brackets do come with rubber gaskets to protect your factory paint from any chafing and these are going to bolt directly onto your windshield hinges so you're not going to have to do any modification to the Jeep. Getting back to the light, this light bar has 96, 3-watt LEDs putting out a total of 27,000 lumens of light, reaching 1,500 meters down the trail. Again, this is an incredibly bright light if you're looking for one of the brightest 50-inch light bars on the market, this is a good place to check out. Now this does have Cree LEDs and if you've been doing some research you'll know that Cree has a really good name in LEDs. These lights are gonna last a very long time and of course they produce a ton of brightness. This light bar is set up like a lot of the other 50-inch light bars on the market where the center section is a spot beam and the outsides is a flood beam giving you that really far reach down the trail but also a nice scattering of light to the left and to the right. As I said before this also does come with a wiring harness like most KC lights do, and that'll make getting this wired up very, very simple. One of the things that makes this light bar look a little different from some of the others that we see on the market is the pig tail that comes on the light itself. Usually this is a much shorter pig tail that just has two wires sticking off it, and you have to make a connection to your wiring harness. This comes with a weather-proof screw connector and what's even better is that the pig tail is nice and long. What that allows you to do is hide your wiring behind the bracket and get down into the cal before you make this connection to the rest of your wiring harness. That just makes wiring this light up very clean, and it'll protect that connector so you're never gonna have any issues with shorting out. Something else that makes this light bar a little bit unique is that the LEDs have their individual reflectors, but between those reflectors is a non-reflective ribbed plastic. So it does give the light a little bit more of a stealthy look because it is a little bit more blacked out than a lot of those other 50-inch light bars, but it doesn't affect the light output at all. This installation is a very simple 1 out of 3 wrenches. Getting the brackets bolted on is as simple as removing the five factory bolts out of the windshield edge covers, holding your bracket up to the Jeep and replacing those five bolts. Now on the driver's side, you are going to wanna leave that bracket a little bit loose so that you can pull your wires down behind that, again making for a really clean installation. After the brackets are bolted into place, you'll simply drop your light bar into the notch mounts on the top of it, and you're finished with that part. The rest is just running the wires. But again, even if you're not comfortable with automotive wiring, this is going to be a very simple process for you. All you're going to need is stretch out the included wiring harness, you'll pick up a positive and a negative at your battery, plug the weathertight connector from the harness into the light, and finally pull a wire through the firewall into the cab so that you can wire up your switch. Now that's a perfect fine way to wire up this light. It'll come on and off when you flip the switch on and off, but if you are a little more comfortable with automotive wiring, if you have some other auxiliary lights, or if you have a switch pod, you could certainly make this wiring harness work with any of those other scenarios as well. The whole installation for this light will probably take you less than two hours to get done, and you're not going to need any specialty tools or any wiring tools, just some traditional hand tools and some torque splits. For a setup like this that includes the brackets, the wiring harness is a really high-quality light, the price that you have to pay is around $1,000. And for some of you who are looking for the best of the best, who want a very easy installation because they know all of these parts are gonna work together, that doesn't seem like a horrible price because of the quality of the light you're getting. Now I know there's a whole other group of you that are saying $1,000 for a light is just crazy, and that's okay. If you are in that group, as I said before, there are a lot of other brands of 50-inch light bars that might throw as much light or throw quite as far or have as crisp of a beam patter, but they're still gonna get the job done and they are gonna save you some money. So that's my review of the KC Hilites 50-inch LED light bar with over-windshield bracket fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Light Specs. KC HiLites offers this LED light bar and over windshield bracket as a high quality upgrade for your Jeep Wrangler JK. It measures in at a sturdy 52 by 8.5 by 7 inches, and features a 12 degree spot and 30 degree spread.
Light Construction. This KC HiLites Light Bar comes with 96 288 watt CREE LEDs that produce a super bright white light at a substantial 20,160 lumens. They come with both 30 degree wide-angle Spread and narrow 12 degree Spot beam patterns. The light bar is durable and tough and features a housing made from extruded aluminum that resists corrosion and last a long time.
Additional Information. This light bar has top notch longevity at a 50,000 hour lifespan. It includes waterproof connectors, a wiring harness kit, and an overhead mounting bracket made of black powder coated steel. The light bar comes backed by a 23 year warranty for your added peace of mind.
Application. Fits 2007-2018 Wrangler JK models
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
January 17, 2019
Nice light bar
Got the light bar installed. Was a lil difficult beause i was inder the impression that the wire could be hidden behind the light bar mount which it cant. But once i figured that out it went back together quickly and looks great.Helpful (4)
December 01, 2018
As easy as it gets
KC makes it so simple for anyone to install this bar. Even someone with almost no automotive wiring experience like myselfHelpful (3)
June 27, 2018
Slick looking and so far great performanxe
These lights were admittedly a bit pricey, but after I installed them and took a step back to have a look, the money seemed worth it. They look great and shine very brightly. The only drawback was that the installation instructions are beyond poor. It almost seems as if they either expect that you already know how to do it (and thus don’t need detailed instructions) or that you will be paying a dealer to do it. Fortunately I have some mechanical savvy, so I was able to figure it out. A detailed video would be a suggestion.Helpful (5)
May 22, 2018
This is a great light bar. Really no problem to install if you have patience and a little wiring know-how. Very sturdy frame, and the light is absolutely bright! Incredible! Worth the money!Helpful (5)
March 19, 2018
A little pricey, but it’s totally worth it. This light is very high quality and crazy bright.Helpful (7)
January 31, 2018
I would give this a 5 star, but the video on the link eludes to being able to hide the light cable behind drivers side mounting bar. While this is not true, you could land a 747 with this light.Helpful (8)
May 19, 2017
Grew up with KC lights everywhere. These are great and really light things up.Helpful (7)
March 09, 2017
This was an easy install and a great fit. Mounting was straightforward and power cable and fuse assembly was very high quality. Light is pure and bright. I out the switch in dash low on left side by knee. Great look and very useful off road at night.Helpful (10)
February 13, 2015
Product was an easy install and is an excellent mod for any jeep owner. Light is consistent and bright. Good beams, and great floods. Only downside is a hum at speeds over 65mph and additional wind noise at speeds over 35mph.Helpful (11)
Does this light bar come with a cover or face plate for the lights when not in use? My state has to have them covered at all times, unless off-road. Also is there a security nut that comes with this? I would hate to put it on then someone take it from me.
The KC HiLiTES 50 in. C-Series C50 LED Light Bar will not include a light cover. This will attach with allen head bolts, and does not include any type of security hardware.
would you consider the 30 degree spread light as a flood light?
The KC HiLiTES 50 in. C-Series C50 LED Light Bar will have a 12° spot beam and 30° spread beam. For a true "flood" pattern you would want to look at one of our spot/flood light bars which utilize a 60° flood beam, such as the Flood/Spot Combo Raxiom 50 in. Straight Dual Row LED Light Bar. KC HiLiTES designed the C-Series C50 LED Light Bar to have a narrower spread beam to prevent reflections off of the hood, and increase light range with its 30° beam vs the wider 60° beam of most common light bars, and does not advertise this as a flood beam because of this.
Hi,so this kit does not include rubber gaskets to protect my paint? Where im i suppose to find protective rubber? I want to get this kit to match my KC 20inch light bar in my hood. After all this is a kit,it should come with everything you need.
The KC HiLiTES 50 in. C-Series C50 LED Light Bar with Overhead Mounting Brackets does not come with any form of insulating material between the paint and the light bar as this is not something that the manufacturer designed with the kit. If something were to be added it would be custom, and beyond what the manufacturer provides or designs. The best solution would be to get a rubber gasket sheet or similar insulating material and cut it to match if it is desired to add this. Care should be taken to select the thinnest material that will still protect, as the bar will not have a large amount of clearance for something like this due to its design.
How is the wind whistle while driving 35mph and up?
Hello! Unfortunately that whistle is something that all light bars will make, although I would say this is better than most other brands, however it will still happen. If you do some searching on the forums, you can find a few remedies people have found to get rid of this noise and choose what works best for you!
Does the Wiring Harness come with the a light switch?
This item does not come with a switch or wire harness, the light will have a pigtail of wires off of it.
The brackets will fit tight, but you are able to run the wires behind them to keep them out of the way and secure.
No, the KC HiLiTES 50 in. C-Series C50 LED Light Bar w/ Overhead Mounting Brackets will not include a switch. They allow you to add your own switch to the kit based on your set up!
Yes this light bar can be used with a pair of 3 in windshield lights. You can purchase a mount like this, item: J100842 https://www.extremeterrain.com/kc-hilites-light-mount-brackets-jk-7316.html#customer_pics-0 in order to mount the smaller lights.
The KC HiLiTES LED Light Bar and Over Windshield Bracket Kit would not include any rubber gaskets.
The harness that comes off the light will not have an in-line fuse. If you purchase the wiring kit with the switch it will have one.
Hello, for the KC HiLiTES LED Light Bar and Over Windshield Bracket Kit 50in. (07-17 Wrangler JK) it will come with the necessary screws to mount the light bar to the bracket.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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