LED headlights in winter?

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LED,s PUT OUT ZERO HEAT.
Correct, for the OEM LEDs. Not all LEDs are that way, thoiugh. The Baja Designs LP6 lights put out plenty of heat....plus about 18,000 lumens!

Here's a pic with the Hellas I had on mine last winter. They were a good solution, being inexpensive, and looking good while giving adequate light if the mains iced over.





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Adding a coat of wax on your headlights just before winter helps. Its not going to completely prevent ice build up, but it does help mitigate it some.
 

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JW Speaker has a heated 7" LED for you retrofitters. TRS sells a conversion.

You might also try some silicone spray. Might be more effective than WD.

Me? I try to stay where it's warm. Although I am in some cold area right now where it has snow all around. But I don't plan on getting out in it.
 

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Ok let’s put this to bed once and for all. No headlight, halogen, LED, xenon, etc, produces enough heat to actually melt snow and ice in winter conditions. Want proof? Drove around with halogen headlights on for a few hours and then touch them. Barely warm.

The JL’s are prone to icing over, but it’s not about the headlight type. It’s because the headlights are inset. In most modern vehicles the headlights are part of the exterior styling, which allows wind to blow the snow off as the vehicle moves. The inset headlights in the JL creates a little air pocket which allows snow/ice to accumulate without air friction.

I personally didn’t find it to be horrible, and I love to take my Jeep around playing in the snow. Maybe in heavy snowfall I had to clean them once per hour.

Somewhat tangential. If you’re going to be driving in winter conditions, throw a tow strap in your Jeep. $30 one-time investment and I bet I saved 10 drivers last winter from a $100 tow truck.
 

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Ok let’s put this to bed once and for all. No headlight, halogen, LED, xenon, etc, produces enough heat to actually melt snow and ice in winter conditions. Want proof? Drove around with halogen headlights on for a few hours and then touch them. Barely warm.

The JL’s are prone to icing over, but it’s not about the headlight type. It’s because the headlights are inset. In most modern vehicles the headlights are part of the exterior styling, which allows wind to blow the snow off as the vehicle moves. The inset headlights in the JL creates a little air pocket which allows snow/ice to accumulate without air friction.

I personally didn’t find it to be horrible, and I love to take my Jeep around playing in the snow. Maybe in heavy snowfall I had to clean them once per hour.

Somewhat tangential. If you’re going to be driving in winter conditions, throw a tow strap in your Jeep. $30 one-time investment and I bet I saved 10 drivers last winter from a $100 tow truck.
My favorite part about winter is pulling all of those BMWs out of the woods who tailgate the crap out of me on the back roads all year. I figure one of these days they might remember and back off a bit :)
 

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Ok let’s put this to bed once and for all. No headlight, halogen, LED, xenon, etc, produces enough heat to actually melt snow and ice in winter conditions. Want proof? Drove around with halogen headlights on for a few hours and then touch them. Barely warm.

The JL’s are prone to icing over, but it’s not about the headlight type. It’s because the headlights are inset. In most modern vehicles the headlights are part of the exterior styling, which allows wind to blow the snow off as the vehicle moves. The inset headlights in the JL creates a little air pocket which allows snow/ice to accumulate without air friction.

I personally didn’t find it to be horrible, and I love to take my Jeep around playing in the snow. Maybe in heavy snowfall I had to clean them once per hour.

Somewhat tangential. If you’re going to be driving in winter conditions, throw a tow strap in your Jeep. $30 one-time investment and I bet I saved 10 drivers last winter from a $100 tow truck.
This is the only right answer
 

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my supernova led lights does give off a little heat off the lens. but i wont know how it is for the winter until the snow fly this year. on any other vehicles i've driven, i had to periodically clean off snow, ice, road salt, etc
 

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So the DP6 put off a lot of heat even though they are LED? I am going to add lights to my bumper bar . I actually have a set of PIAA someone gave me, but they are LED and I wanted halogen for heat, as a backup to my LED headlights.
 

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OP I see you live in Indiana, and that state’s climate varies north to south. I can tell you that my halogen headlights had no issues last winter in Chicagoland, and I saw plenty of JL’s with LED’s on the road where you could barely see the light coming through the ice that had built up. Now I’m not knocking the LED’s, in fact I was disappointed it was one of the options I didn’t have, just letting you know what I have observed. FWIW the halogens light output isn’t bad, and I’ve had HID/Xenon’s for the last 13 years prior to the JL! Good luck.
 

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Do the LED headlights get covered in ice and snow in the winter? Or do they somehow melt the ice and snow in the extreme cold?
I've had major issues in the North East with buildup. Either get heated headlights, or install a pair of halogen type aux lights that will melt snow in heavy weather.
 

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Ok let’s put this to bed once and for all. No headlight, halogen, LED, xenon, etc, produces enough heat to actually melt snow and ice in winter conditions. Want proof? Drove around with halogen headlights on for a few hours and then touch them. Barely warm.

The JL’s are prone to icing over, but it’s not about the headlight type. It’s because the headlights are inset. In most modern vehicles the headlights are part of the exterior styling, which allows wind to blow the snow off as the vehicle moves. The inset headlights in the JL creates a little air pocket which allows snow/ice to accumulate without air friction.

I personally didn’t find it to be horrible, and I love to take my Jeep around playing in the snow. Maybe in heavy snowfall I had to clean them once per hour.

Somewhat tangential. If you’re going to be driving in winter conditions, throw a tow strap in your Jeep. $30 one-time investment and I bet I saved 10 drivers last winter from a $100 tow truck.
Bingo.

For this very reason I wish Jeep would have incorporated heated headlights into the JL. JW Speaker and Trucklite sell a set and it would have been nice to see this as a factory standard option.
 

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I was thinking about re routing my exhaust to the front of the vehicle to keep my headlights from freezing. I live in Texas so this would be useful for one day every couple of years.
 

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I was thinking about re routing my exhaust to the front of the vehicle to keep my headlights from freezing. I live in Texas so this would be useful for one day every couple of years.
That would probably void your warranty because you alerted the exhaust.:)
 

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Ok let’s put this to bed once and for all. No headlight, halogen, LED, xenon, etc, produces enough heat to actually melt snow and ice in winter conditions. Want proof? Drove around with halogen headlights on for a few hours and then touch them. Barely warm.

The JL’s are prone to icing over, but it’s not about the headlight type. It’s because the headlights are inset. In most modern vehicles the headlights are part of the exterior styling, which allows wind to blow the snow off as the vehicle moves. The inset headlights in the JL creates a little air pocket which allows snow/ice to accumulate without air friction.

I personally didn’t find it to be horrible, and I love to take my Jeep around playing in the snow. Maybe in heavy snowfall I had to clean them once per hour.

Somewhat tangential. If you’re going to be driving in winter conditions, throw a tow strap in your Jeep. $30 one-time investment and I bet I saved 10 drivers last winter from a $100 tow truck.
And here's proof... halogens in the winter time on my JKUR. When it was dark, I would have to stop about every hour and clean the snow out of the headlight buckets.

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