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Rough Country Dual 30" LED Light Bars in F250 Grill

I installed Rough Country's 30 inch dual setup less than 2 months ago and one of the lights already has condensation behind the lens. The condensation is along the entire length of the light bar. It looks like a cheap light bar now. If I hadn't already cut my grill in order to install these lights I wouldn't do it. I am very disappointed.

Is this normal for these lights? Rough Country told me it was normal for their light bars to get condensation. Sounds like BS to me.

This is Rough Country's response to me:
"It is common for the lights to get condensation in them. Will need to run them for a little bit and it will clear up. The lights are vented. "

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I'd disagree it's "normal". Their saying the heat from running the LEDs will remove the condensation thru the vent.

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LED's don't produce much heat so I don't think condensation will gone by just turning your lightbar on.
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They do draw power...that power will produce heat across the circuit boards the LEDs are mounted. It's not going to burn your hand but there is heat there. Maybe those HUGE fins on the back are for decoration??

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Is this normal for these lights? Rough Country told me it was normal for their light bars to get condensation. Sounds like BS to me.

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Somewhere in the specs for the lights you should have checked to see if they are IP67 (waterproof and dustproof) spec'd LEDs... If they are (and it's not listed on the Rough Country website, a dead giveaway) then they should be waterproof and there should be no moisture inside the lenses...
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This product features Rough Country's Lifetime Replacement Warranty. All products are warranted to be free from defects in material and craftsmanship for the life of the vehicle if utilized in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions for installation and operation of said products. For complete details and coverage information please click here.
I would raise Holy Hell with them if they don't stand behind their product(s), which for LED's, are most likely Chinese made... If they don't honor their warranty, I would make sure the whole world knows what you think of them... I had actually looked at that very same product until I read your experience... Also, just FYI, I have 3 LED Lightbars from OPT7, 2 - 22"-ers and a 14"-er on my SXS... All are in Colorado's High Country, all get used in winter weather here 8 months out of the year, and all are bone dry inside... They are IP 67 rated waterproof and dustproof...........

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Definitely not normal. It may not cause any issues to the LED's but I would imagine they will not last as long as a sealed waterproof light bar.
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I have the same lights in the grill of my 2015 F350. I mounted 2 rows of them last August.
So far so good....work fine and no condensation.

It does state on Rough Country's site that they do have an IP67 Waterproof rating.

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Question to you that have light bars installed in your grill:
Do the light bars block air flow enough that there is a coolong problem? I would like to do this, but I tow heavy & cooling is always a concern.
Also - I would like to wire my LED lights to my #1 upfitter switch, but I would also like to be able to activate/deactivate the lights with the dimmer switch (with the #1 upfitter switch in the "on" position). Has anyone done this? I would appreciate any info or guidance on how to hook the lights up this way.
Thanks in advance for your help.

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Also - I would like to wire my LED lights to my #1 upfitter switch, but I would also like to be able to activate/deactivate the lights with the dimmer switch (with the #1 upfitter switch in the "on" position). Has anyone done this? I would appreciate any info or guidance on how to hook the lights up this way.
Thanks in advance for your help.
I have used these dimmer controls on my inside led trailer lights and they work GREAT!
I would just use this to control your lights as they are tiny, have and off and on, and dimming control.
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