There are several positions on your vehicle that are prime locations for an LED light bar, and each one comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. So now that you’ve purchased a brilliantly bright light bar, where on your vehicle do you put it? Take a look at this short guide to learn more about the various mounting locations and determine which one is right for you.
The Front Bumper
The front bumper is the most common place to mount a light bar, and there are several key advantages to putting your light here. First of all, the front bumper is the easiest place to mount and wire an LED light bar. Often, a vehicle’s front bumper will already be drilled with holes, and even if it isn’t, drilling them yourself is easier in this location than any other. Also, the position of the front bumper makes wiring up your light easier as well. The front bumper is able to accommodate most any size light bar, big or small, and still look great. Really, the only downside to mounting on the front bumper is that the light will be pointing in the same direction as your stock headlights, meaning that you won’t have light coming in from multiple angles. For most, this drawback is worth the advantages.
Lower Windshield Pillar Mount
This location is best suited for LED light pods. Typically, two LED pods will be placed at each bottom corner of the vehicle’s windshield. Advantages of this mounting location is that you get light coming in from a different angle then that of your stock headlights, providing maximum illumination. However, mounting light pods on the lower windshield will require you to purchase pillar mounts and will be slightly more challenging to wire up than a front bumper mount would be.
Above the Windshield
Mounting an LED light bar above the windshield is another popular option and, like the front bumper, is able to accommodate most any size light bar. This location also provides the largest angle difference between your LED light bar and your stock headlights, giving you the most possible visibility of any of the setups. Lastly, a light bar that is positioned above the windshield will be the most noticeable, and will arguably give your vehicle the best look of any mounting location. If catching attention is the goal, mounting your light above the windshield is the way to go. Mounting a light in this location, though, is the most difficult to wire and will require some extra drilling in order to be mounted properly.
Why choose just one mounting location when you can have several? If you decide to purchase multiple LED light bars or pods, mounting them in different locations can give your vehicle an extraordinarily appealing look and the varying angles will provide you with maximum amount of illumination. Without a doubt, if you’ve got more than one light, mounting them in separate locations is the way to go.