Review & Install Video
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.