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Was up in Denver yesterday and headed back home in the evening during the snow storm. Had white out conditions most of the way out of Denver heading south to the Springs.

Visibility was pretty crappy but made even worse by the headlights getting frozen over. Couldn’t stop to clean them either as there weren’t many safe places to stop. This is ridiculous.

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yeah, LED's don't generate anywhere near as much heat as halogens. Combine that with the recessed headlights where snow can accumulate, and it can make for a less then ideal situation.
 
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For $50K and increasing every year, they should be able to figure this out.

I’ll say it doesn’t happen every time it snows, but given their marketing for the Wrangler as off-road and all-weather it would be nice if they added in LEDs with a heating element.
 
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Still safer and better to have than the POS halogens that Jeep will not move on from.
That’s so true. They are the worst. LEDs are so damn cheap right now they need to make them standard.

Well, I’ll be shopping around for driving lights that I can attach to the winch guard now that don’t freeze up. I’m sure the MOPAR version of their off-road lights which are LED are no better than the headlights.

if anyone has done this and has recommendations please let me know. Thx
 

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That’s so true. They are the worst. LEDs are so damn cheap right now they need to make them standard.

Well, I’ll be shopping around for driving lights that I can attach to the winch guard now that don’t freeze up. I’m sure the MOPAR version of their off-road lights which are LED are no better than the headlights.

if anyone has done this and has recommendations please let me know. Thx
Your other option is to swap out your factory LED's to the JW Speaker 8700s, those are heated. You could also pick up a pair of Rigid/Truck Lite Heated LED's, those ones are slightly cheaper than the JWs. I ran a previous set of Truck Lites on my JK and those things are BRIGHT.
 

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I put some inexpensive Hella 500 halogen aux lights on my winch hoop and wired them to come on with the factory (halogen) fogs, which aren't particularly useful for anything. I aimed them to illuminate the road between the factory fogs and low beams. Since they don't have a sharp cutoff, I figured pointing more downward would make them acceptable in limited visibility conditions with oncoming traffic. I haven't had an opportunity to try out this setup in heavy snow, but they work great in heavy fog, where my LED headlight bulbs are blinding.

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I put some inexpensive Hella 500 halogen aux lights on my winch hoop and wired them to come on with the factory (halogen) fogs, which aren't particularly useful for anything. I aimed them to illuminate the road between the factory fogs and low beams. Since they don't have a sharp cutoff, I figured pointing more downward would make them acceptable in limited visibility conditions with oncoming traffic. I haven't had an opportunity to try out this setup in heavy snow, but they work great in heavy fog, where my LED headlight bulbs are blinding.

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I added Hellas to my Sahara's bumper as well. I've had my headlights and fog lights blocked by snow a few times. The addition of the Hellas was definitely helpful in the snow and it didn't cost an arm and a leg.
 

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Good visibility should not be an option, LEDs should be standard on all vehicles. That being said the JL LEDs icing over is nothing new. Jeep should have added heating elements to the lens to combat this. I'd imagine we see that at some point. I'd prob be more annoyed if my JL was my DD and saw much snow.
 

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That’s so true. They are the worst. LEDs are so damn cheap right now they need to make them standard.

Well, I’ll be shopping around for driving lights that I can attach to the winch guard now that don’t freeze up. I’m sure the MOPAR version of their off-road lights which are LED are no better than the headlights.

if anyone has done this and has recommendations please let me know. Thx
The Mopar offroad LEDs get hot enough to melt the plastic covers in a few minutes. But don't dare run them anywhere but offroad.
 

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Your other option is to swap out your factory LED's to the JW Speaker 8700s, those are heated. You could also pick up a pair of Rigid/Truck Lite Heated LED's, those ones are slightly cheaper than the JWs. I ran a previous set of Truck Lites on my JK and those things are BRIGHT.
I am sure Trucklite has improved their lights since I bought mine on my JK about 6 years ago, but I did find the light a bit more patchy then the JL's leds. However I live in a rainy climate and don't see the snow as often as I used to.
 

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I added my old fashion KC for this reason.
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The Mopar offroad LEDs get hot enough to melt the plastic covers in a few minutes. But don't dare run them anywhere but offroad.
So, the Mopar LEDs (5" or 7") that you mount to your bumper or A-pillar get hot enough to melt the plastic covers...that's interesting.
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