LED Headlights and Wipers in snow?

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That looks like a neat setup! It could probably be used to set up a headlight nozzle using the Aux switch!

I've also seen folks simply install longer hoses from the washer tank to the nozzles and they make a few wraps around the upper radiator hose. Once the coolant warms up, which is very rapidly, it gets the washer fluid coming out of the nozzles very hot. In fact, some have said it was so hot they had to reduce the number of times it coiled around the upper hose to cool it off a bit.





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Interesting, but I'd not trust them. The site is unsecured, and the entire copy reads like a late-night infomercial.
A version of that was on my Chevy truck a dozen years ago. When I used the heated fluid, it cleaned bugs and dirt much better. I used it a couple times in snow/frost conditions and it instantly cleared the windshield. I know guys that are running the aftermarket Alpatherm heater. But, if that website bothers you, you can chose another brand. There are at least a couple others.

Also, you can make an adhoc heater with some copper tubing wrapped around one of the water hoses, which is how some European cars did it years ago.
 

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A version of that was on my Chevy truck a dozen years ago. When I used the heated fluid, it cleaned bugs and dirt much better. I used it a couple times in snow/frost conditions and it instantly cleared the windshield. I know guys that are running the aftermarket Alpatherm heater. But, if that website bothers you, you can chose another brand. There are at least a couple others.

Also, you can make an adhoc heater with some copper tubing wrapped around one of the water hoses, which is how some European cars did it years ago.
That's what I was saying. This particular website screams untrustworthy. There's no site encryption, etc. Seems most of the heaters for washer fluid are all the same unit, just different resellers. Unfortunately, the first few sites googled also suffer the same trustworthy aspects, and one redirects to the previous site. Still. I've been investigating the idea of headlight washers. I've not suffered the icing issues to any great extent and that's been through a couple of bad storms in the 2019 winter. I also stop and clean them off as needed of salt spray.
 

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A version of that was on my Chevy truck a dozen years ago. When I used the heated fluid, it cleaned bugs and dirt much better. I used it a couple times in snow/frost conditions and it instantly cleared the windshield. I know guys that are running the aftermarket Alpatherm heater. But, if that website bothers you, you can chose another brand. There are at least a couple others.

Also, you can make an adhoc heater with some copper tubing wrapped around one of the water hoses, which is how some European cars did it years ago.
The guys I've seen do it just use plain rubber tubing around the radiator hose. Maybe 8 or 10 wraps around it and the fluid gets plenty hot. Obviously the more wraps, the hotter. That's why some had to back it off from more wraps, as they were worried about shock heating the windshield and cracking it, although I'd bet that would be unlikely with automotive glass. But of course, copper would be even better. Probably 2 or 3 wraps would be enough.
 

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Nice opportunity for an accessory maker to create simple, clear (or tinted) snap-in, flush mount headlight (recess) covers that (a) Fix this, and are (b) Easily and cheaply made. All JL/JT headlight cans are the same size, 3D printer guys, like other small run items? Ya, I expect flames from Jeep 'look' purists, as Capt. Obvious says "it's not a GC, so simply suffer and enjoy your Wrangler blisters." But for those of us in snowy climes or drive to ski a lot, the headlight coffee cans in snow are a PITA in a snowstorm, and potentially a safety hazard, depending. Snap-in, clear plastic headlight recess covers would be way cheaper and easier than any headlight 'heaters' or 'washers' n'est pas, mon ami? Regards, Bob W, Bristol RI (north enough - it snows )
 

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I saw one heated option from JW Speaker, but it threw off a lot less light, as I recall. I live in Calgary, where snow does tend to happen and I have not had that issue on my Oculus, so perhaps they do heat up more than I thought.
 

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