I thought about putting this in the electrical section but figures it would be the camper conversion people that would use these lights.
Has anyone used Auxbeam lightbars or light pods?
I want to put a light bar in the front of my roof rack and then light pods on the sides and rear to have light when needed.
I do not need the best lights out there but would like something that will last at least a few years.
I have seen a couple bad reviews about them but I figure they must sell a ton of them and the few bad reports may be the minority.
Since you don't have the answer you were looking for yet... I'll put in my experience with this sort of stuff. Auxbeam was one of the many units I put in the Amazon cart to consider for our relay power stuff. As you can see below, the control panel for the 8-relay box I bought looks pretty similar to Auxbeam's.
After putting a dozen similar units in the cart, I then spent a bunch of time looking in more detail for the differences between them. In this case, the decision came to two things: how accessible are the fuses; and how do the wires connect. There was a third factor - some units use dedicated relays and others are part of a single 8-relay board; in that case, I decided it wasn't important enough to consider, so dumped that decision point.
After looking at a bunch of them, it becomes pretty clear that most of them are selling the same 2-3 units under different labels, Auxbeam, for example, sells two types of 8-relay units that appear to have the same control panel but different load-connect setups. This Auxbeam unit
appears to be identical to the one I ended up using. Only reason I didn't use Auxbeam is this Partol unit
looks identical and was priced $50 lower.
I also considered units that cost up to $1000; but decided I'd go with the cheap unit because I wasn't really sure if I'd like this setup or not; I figured if I didn't like it or it wasn't good enough, I'd dump the cheap unit and go with a nicer one - or do something totally different. If it were something much harder to replace later, I would have probably gone more expensive; but I figured this was an easy enough one to be, "disposable," if I decided to upgrade it later.
FWIW, having tried this route, I have since purchased an additional relay unit (RF-wireless
) that is still less expensive; in this case, I concluded that the cheap one worked fine so another cheap one might be okay as well. I'll go the same route when we do lights for the roof rack.
Worth keeping in mind that when I have NO basis for real decision making, I go big on comparing things. When seeking a bunch of cheap back-packs for a family trip a few years back, I ordered 20 of them and loaded them all up with the same set of gear and tested how they load and unload and how they carry. Then sent back most of them and ordered more of the winners. Gotta love Amazon return policies.