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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Ryan: This Raxiom 3-inch 8-LED Cube Light in Combo Beam pattern is for anyone with a 1987 all the way up through the most current model year Wrangler that's looking for a high-quality auxiliary light to add to your Jeep. A small cube light like this can be mounted pretty much anywhere from up on a roof rack to a mount that fits lights above your windshield down to the A-pillar or on a front bumper. Even as a reverse light, these lights are very, very useful. This is going to be a pretty easy two out of three wrenches for the installation. We're gonna go two out of three because it has a two-wire pigtail on it, not a weatherproof connector so this is not going to be a plug and play installation. You are gonna have to be able to do a little bit of wiring here but we are gonna show you how to get it done. So, again, a lot of different cube lights out there on the market. This one, a little bit different from some of the other ones that we see because this is an 8-LED light, so usually a lot of them are four, six. You don't often see eight LED lights and the fact that this is not a reflector light. This actually has a little tiny projector in front of each of those LEDs. So, again, just a little bit different style than some of the other ones out there. This is a combo beam which means it's a combination of a spot pattern and a flood pattern. And if you actually take a look at the beam, it has a little bit of a brighter circle in the center of it and then it's kind of oval shaped to either side of that brighter center is going to be a little bit of a scattering of light. So again, a pretty useful light for up on the front of the Jeep that you can use when there's no oncoming traffic or when you're out there on the trails at night. This light is gonna be pretty well-built. It is a polycarbonate lens. It has a extruded aluminum body and a powder coat finish on it. So pretty standard for what you'll see out there on the market for a lot of these lights. This is an IP68 rating which means that it is going to be waterproof and also dustproof and that's really important because if you get any moisture behind the lens of this light, that can cause the diodes to fail prematurely. Speaking of the diodes, these are made by Philips which is a big well-known brand name. That's what you want to see. The diodes are actually what produce the light inside of this light and if those are some no-name cheap brand again, you'd have individual diodes burning out. Instead of an eight-LED light, this could become a seven LED and you certainly don't want that. So you are gonna get a lot with this light. What you're not going to get is a pair of lights or a wiring harness. So with some of the more expensive kits that you can find in the market, you're gonna get a pair of lights, maybe even four lights, a wiring harness that's gonna have a fuse, a relay, a switch, all of the wiring that you need, weatherproof connectors. It just makes for a slightly easier installation. But without all of that, this light is going to be significantly less expensive while still being a pretty high-quality light. This is going to come in at $30 for one light which, again, I think is a really good deal. So if you're looking to just replace an existing light or you're looking to do some sort of custom lighting setup on your Jeep, something like this plus some wiring knowledge and a few supplies, you can build yourself a harness and have a really high quality and fairly unique light from Raxiom. So like I said two out of three wrenches to get this wired up, let's show you how to do it. Male: Tools required for this installation, a 3/8-drive with a 14-millimeter socket, wire strippers and crimpers, side cutters, electrical connections of your choice, some electrical tape. So let's get started with mounting our light. First, I have a bumper with a tab right on the top. I'm gonna use that point right there and I'm going to put my flat washer on first followed by my lock washer and then my nut lastly. And that's going to be a 13-millimeter nut. I'm gonna hand tighten it first, make sure it's nice and centered right about there. I'm gonna go ahead and tighten it up. All right, next we'll do the wires. So there's hundreds of ways that you can wire up these lights or any lights for that matter. However, we're gonna run this straight to our factory fog lights because we don't have any fog lights equipped on this bumper. And that switch already has a built-in relay, fuse, and everything so all the hard work is already done. So what I'm putting on right now is a butt end connector and I'm crimping these down. These are also shrink-wrappable, so we can just put some heat onto them and they'll shrink right up and make them nice and weather-tight. All right. Give them a quick pull just to make sure that they're nice and secure. Next, I'm going to bring up my wire that I'll run to my fog light switch itself. So now I'll go ahead and connect that negative side to our butt end connector here and crimp this down as well. Now I'll put some heat to these to make sure these are nice and shrunk to our wires and then I'll take this up and run my wire along these bars. All right. So you can see I've added tape to where my butt end connectors are. What I'm going to do now is route my wire behind my bar, make it as clean of an installation as I can. You can use tape or you can use zip ties whatever you got. I like to use tape because it kind of blends in with that black paint. Usually, from a distance, you can't even see that tape. I'll put one down this corner as well right here. All right. Last step is to connect our fog lights to our factory fog light switch and then we're done. So here is our factory fog light electric connector. You can see it is just a simple two-wire connector. And if you wanted to wire your lights straight up to that, that is perfectly fine. What we did was we added two butt connectors and just added jumper cables right to the end of that. So now with that spade connector on that end, I also labeled my wires over here because they are the same color. So the one with the tape is going to be my positive. I'll connect that up first and then this one over here is going to be my negative. I'm gonna tuck these wires underneath here. There is a little tray where everything can go and stay out of the way. All right. So with the wiring complete, now it's time to test them out. They seem to be working just fine. So that's gonna wrap up my install of the Raxiom 3-inch 8-LED Cube Light, and for all things Wrangler, keep it here at extremeterrain.com.
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