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    I was not too happy with the one 55w halogen lamp on the rear of my new tractor, it was mounted on the left rear fender and seem to line up with the one foot diameter discharge chute on my blower. So I ordered five LED 27watt work lamps [ EBAY, $238USD ] and mounted four towards the top of my ROPS. I made and bolted two aluminum bars to the ROPS using 1/4-20 SS bolts, and wired the lamps to the existing work light circuit of the 5035. The circuit only has a 10 amp fuse, and the lights draw about 9 amps. The wiring is plenty big enough, so I will probably pop in a 15 amp fuse. The LED lamps are the 'flood' type, and each is about as bright as a car headlight.
    Last edited by JerryK; 01-26-2012 at 04:11 PM.
    78" Mahindra front blower, 48" CID QA forks, 6' EverythingAttachments Land Plane, 78" JRW rear blower, homemade 1 ton rear weight, 6' Ford rear blade, big homemade 3pt box/carrier, 8" wood chipper

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    Default Re: ROPS LED Work Lights

    For folks thinking about doing the same lighting ...
    I would not put any lights on the ROPS of an open station tractor. When working at night the lights draw all the bugs to around your head.

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    Default Re: ROPS LED Work Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by hosspuller View Post
    For folks thinking about doing the same lighting ...
    I would not put any lights on the ROPS of an open station tractor. When working at night the lights draw all the bugs to around your head.
    I agree , except in my case , the only time I'll be on mine after dark will be clearing snow ( hope those bugs are all dead ) These little tractors have limited places to put lights .

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    Default Re: ROPS LED Work Lights

    About the only time I would use them is in the winter.... I live a little above the 45th parallel...and it gets dark early up here. Plus, when you blow snow... you can never have enough flashing lights or other illumination to help the general public know that...some where in the big white cloud... you are in there... When the lake effect is blowing in... you can't hardly see to drive before you even turn the blower on .....
    78" Mahindra front blower, 48" CID QA forks, 6' EverythingAttachments Land Plane, 78" JRW rear blower, homemade 1 ton rear weight, 6' Ford rear blade, big homemade 3pt box/carrier, 8" wood chipper

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    Default Re: ROPS LED Work Lights

    Any chance you have a picture of the brackets you made?
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    Default Re: ROPS LED Work Lights

    I did not use a bracket.. I used two 3/8" by 1 1/4" aluminum bars. The bars are secured to the inside corner of the ROPS by drilling and tapping two 1/4-20 holes in the ROPS. My ROPS is 4" wide, and I drilled two holes in each bar so the 3/8" lamp mounting holes would be about 1" outside the edge of the ROPS. The first picture shows the mounting bars bolted to the ROPS. Inboard of the bars I bored 3/4" holes into the ROPS for the wire..which is enclosed in black split loom for protection. If you are squirmish about drilling into your ROPS, this is not for you. But me, I have never owned a tractor with a ROPS before...so to me...it is just a mounting and wiring attachment to the tractor.. Few holes are not going to weaken it that much anyway... and besides.. my better half would like to get her hands on all the life insurance...
    Another thing... if you do this. Put a box [ LCD TV box is what I used under the collapsed down upper half of the ROPS ] under it to collect the chips. When you are done drilling, and before painting, stick your shop vacume hose [ I took the end connector off the corregated hose ] into one end of the ROPS... and blow the chips towards it with compressed air from the other end. That way you do not get all the chips down under your rear tires... [ my floor is wet too from snow blowing ]
    78" Mahindra front blower, 48" CID QA forks, 6' EverythingAttachments Land Plane, 78" JRW rear blower, homemade 1 ton rear weight, 6' Ford rear blade, big homemade 3pt box/carrier, 8" wood chipper

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    Default Re: ROPS LED Work Lights

    I installed LED lights on my little skidsteer. They worked fine for about 10 hours of use, then they burned out. I can see blackened LEDs, so I know that at least the LEDs are burned, and likely the circuit board itself. The skidsteer has a magneto which is used to power an electric fuel pump and recharge the battery. The fuel pump has worked for years, so I doubt that the voltage greatly exceeds 12v. I'm trying to figure out why.

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    Default Re: ROPS LED Work Lights

    Most of these LED units are good up to 30 volts. I know that a normal incandesant bulb will not take an intermittent ground and will burn out quickly if you have one. But I have not heard that about LED units. Good luck.... Jerry
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    Default Re: ROPS LED Work Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by LWG View Post
    I installed LED lights on my little skidsteer. They worked fine for about 10 hours of use, then they burned out. I can see blackened LEDs, so I know that at least the LEDs are burned, and likely the circuit board itself. The skidsteer has a magneto which is used to power an electric fuel pump and recharge the battery. The fuel pump has worked for years, so I doubt that the voltage greatly exceeds 12v. I'm trying to figure out why.
    Something on the Skid Steer emitted a pulse probably that popped the PN junction in the LED (which is still a diode, it just emits light too) and then the 12 volts DC burned up the board and LED housing after the diodes went bad. Now this is just a guess but my best guess. Especially if you measured the charging voltage and it was not significantly over 14 volts. But a reverse pulse from a relay coil or solenoid on the line could have exceeded the Reverse Peak Inverse Voltage rating of the LED.

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    Default Re: ROPS LED Work Lights

    Dang I didn't even consider the Bug factor!

    We don't get much real winter down here, We even get them pterodactyl skeeters that escape from LA swamps from time to time.

    DS

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