LED Utility Lights

One of the things that I missed having on the Blue Burro, our first Toyota FJ Cruiser build was external utility lights. To rectify this I ordered a batch of 8 LED 18 watt utility lights from a company in China to test.  The lights are contained in an Aluminum housing that is designed to help cool the lamps and consist of 6 3 watt LEDs.

The system is setup so there are 2 lamps used as backup lights and one lamp the left and right sides of the FJ. The lights are all uniquely controlled from switches in the cab of the FJ.

The lamps are mounted to the rack and the wiring is routed through one of the 2 wiring ports that I have installed on the roof.

Right Utility Light

Left Utility Light

The intensity of the lamps is fantastic and is going to provide plenty of light for backing the trailer or setting camp.

Backup Light

Right Light

Left Light

I’ll report later on the durability of the lamps.

Cost: $TBD

Time: 2.5 hours



Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

  4 comments for “LED Utility Lights

  1. robert
    September 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Impressive! Do you have photos of the wiring ports and how you installed them?

  2. Lou
    September 22, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    would love to know how to get those light! I’ve been looking to do that exact setup.

  3. Darin
    December 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Can you update on the quality of lights these turned out to be and maybe some pictures and information on how you wired them up?

  4. December 21, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    The lights have performed well. They are wired to a relay controlled switch system: http://www.myfjcruiser.org/2908/auto-rod-controls-switch-console/

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