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Lighting

Discussion in 'Compact Excavators' started by Farmtruck, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. Farmtruck

    Farmtruck Active Member

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    Has anyone upgraded the lighting on there machine. Possibly to LED. If not thoughts????? Thanks
     
  2. walkerv

    walkerv Senior Member

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    Our new D8T landfill dozer came with all LED lighting on it. the old D8R doesnt hold a candle to how it lights up the area around the machine
     
  3. fast_st

    fast_st Senior Member

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    Heya Farmtruck, I will say that the econo priced LED's even the 2x3 and 2x6 rectangular led lamps really do a great job at lighting up stuff that's up close. Nice bright diffused light, they don't have a pattern like a true 'tractor' lamp but they work pretty good in the dark. The aluminum housing on the 7" light has taken a few heavy branches and no failures yet.
     
  4. murfdog

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    I put LED's on my 60 and 135, much brighter, I really like the aluminum housings. I think the stock plastic housed lights come with stick bulls eye's on them from the factory
     
  5. 580bruce

    580bruce Well-Known Member

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    Look up LED worklights on amazon. I put some 5 inch wide ones on my 580. Hope the lesser current draw helps. I want to say they were like 50 bucks for a set of 4. They are awsome.
     
  6. pondo

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    bobcat w LED resized_1.jpg HI, finally upgraded stock lites on bobcat mini plus one.
    Not sure of exact lumenes, but the replacement on stick is larger, guessing 1700 to 2 000 Lumens and a smaller one on top of cab (600 Lumen)
    Nice White light for working
    Pretty sure the lite on stick over powers cab lite making kindof making it useless.
    It is good up grade, but still want more lite. Looking at adding lite 30" lite bar.
    Choose for size not for Lumens; as that would mount easily across top of cab on existing mounts.
    But 30" would have 31 000 !
    Would that be too bright for guys/labours working infront of machine?
    Anybody else upgrade bobcat mini lites yet. I fished wires up ROPS for cab lites on front, but have not found path for rear facing (on list to do)
    thxs
     
  7. crazyjncsu

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    Added a 28" led light bar I bought off amazon for $43. Lights up the night and fits perfectly. Really solid. I hope it doesn't get water in it like ones I've heard about. I left the old light installed in case this happens.
     

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    Hobbytime Senior Member

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    The LED lights are great and one light handles a multiple of voltages, so no matter what your running the LED lights will work on it..
     
  9. treemuncher

    treemuncher Well-Known Member

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    I put 18 HID bulbs and ballasts into the 9 light fixtures on the Barko. This replaced the original 18 30 watt halogen bulbs that were melting the Lexan covers. No more heat, lots more light. All for under $200 from China.

    I AM a bug God at night!

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    LED's or HID's go on all my stuff.
     
  10. Ronsii

    Ronsii Senior Member

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    Nice!!!! Treemuncher, I am of a similar opinion... you can never have too much light :)


    Put couple of 50watt leds and a 24" led bar light on our hitachi 120 made a night and day difference from the stock lights.
     
  11. pondo

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    Yes from cab more light is always better, but at some point laborers will be blinded looking back at operator??

    Crazyjncsu, do u happen to remember how many lumens your 28" light bar is? Do u have guys working in front of machine at night?
     
  12. crazyjncsu

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    Thxs Crazyjncsu, I am in Canada... Amazon.ca $357 for similar lite bar by same manufacture :(
     
  14. f311fr1

    f311fr1 Well-Known Member

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    Put 4 of the 4" X 6" rectangle lights on the boom and cab of our 304C CR. Now we can work way past dark.
     
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    Put a pair on my ec18 volvo and the differance is astonishing.cheap of amazon too
    Nick...
     
  17. dieseldave161

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    thinking of putting a 20" light bar on the roof of the cab of my new to me kx161-3. anyone make any custom brackets for light bars so you can avoid drilling into the cab?
     
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    Couldn't you just use the existing brackets for the cab lights and use a piece of angle iron between them and mount you light bar to the angle iron?