Auxiliary lights become pretty popular right now, as more and more off road enthusiasts prefer to do some modifications to their off road lighting systems than using the old, factory lighting system. In years ago, you could just do any modifications to their vehicles in the auto part stores and ask the professional mechanic to do the modifications for you. Lights could be perfectly installed, but still it charged you a lot. However, nowadays, you can just choose the light bar you want on the internet or the auto part stores and install it yourselves, which you can save a lot and have fun during the process.
There are lots of places where you can install the LED light bars. Here I want to share with you the 32 inch Auxbeam LED light bar installing on the front bumper guard on the Chevrolet Tahoe. You will need these before the installation: a good set of screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers, measuring tape, a pair of wiring clutters, wire strippers, correct crimpers and something to mark drill holes. For some front bumper guards, there are no holes for LED light bars, so you need to drill some holes.
The steps are as follows.
- Install the light bar mounts to the LED light bars. According to the size and manufacturer of your light bar, mounting brackets differ. Small light bars, ranging from 4 inch to 12 inch, have one or more threaded studs at the housing bottom. Longer light bars typically, like the 32inch LED light bars have studs on each end that fit into right-angle brackets held by screws or bolts attached to the vehicle’s body or chassis.
- Install the 32 inch Philips LED light bar on the front bumper guard. For some front bumper guards, there are no holes for LED light bars, so you need to drill some holes. If there are holes on the bumpers, you can directly put the light bar on the spot you want to install the light bar and tighten the screws.
- Connect the light bar to the power system of vehicles. You always need to disconnect the negative terminal of your battery before starting the wiring. Choose GTX or TLX automotive grade wire, which is better than GPT and have guaranteed that the wires match or exceed the maximum current of the 32inch LED light bar. Use an automotive switching relay if the light bar draws 10A or greater. There needs to be a cab switch rated for at least 10 amps, whether there is a relay or not. Use waterproof wiring connectors. Avoid unnecessary splices, but use a snap-in connector at the light bar to ease removal.
Before the installation of the 32 inch LED light bar, the Tahoe has got a 20 inch Cree LED light bar. So in the video below, you can see the comparison of the lighting distance and illumination of the two lights comparison. Maybe Philips can be your other choice except Cree and Auxbeam can satisfy all your need for either Cree or Philips.