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I'm running a 9500 with a 912 pickup header, and I've always felt the lighting at nite was less than adequate, especially to the sides of the header when turning with the pickup raised at the end of the field. I'm thinking I should mount a couple LED floodlights at the ends of the header ( lots of light with low power draw) aimed fairly close to the front of the machine and out to the sides. Just wondering where there is a good handy spot in the harness to wire to without blowing fuses or limiting power to the existing headlights? I'd like to wire them so they are only on for field lights and not blinding drivers on the road.
 

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I added a light bar to the top of the cab on our 9650 & 9750 and used A&I HID lights added a extra switch and picked up power from the power bar in the cab run the 3 wire power cord out the RH side of the cab two wires for power one for ground. Now that the LEDs are more available I would go with them.
 

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Look into LED light bars, very bright and becoming affordable. I seen some good looking LED lights bar on Amazon for around $50. I use them on my sprayer and are very bright white light.

 

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I wonder if the 9500 and 9600 shared the same wiring harness and electrical system through the years as both of our 9600s ( 1997 models ) have the auxiliary set of lights that we have facing forward and are clamped onto the railing tubing on ether side of the cab and a rocker switch located just above where the sliding switch is for various light positions. If that was prewired into the cab that could be an option assuming you don't already have those lights on the unit. Also the one 30' straight cut JD header we have has a light to ether side mounted on the backside of the header to shine up the stubble to see what the cutting height is like and all they use is the exiting wiring harness that plugs into the header for running the flasher lights and so forth. I don't know what size of bulb they use but its nothing very big though and of course just elcheapo incandescent bulb that fits in a socket type light I believe. Its controlled by the sliding switch so in field position they come on and not in other positions I don't believe. Maybe that is an option if you can find out what they draw compared to an LED.

We end up using the lights mounted to ether side of the grain tank and controlled by the signal stalk switch to attempt to light up what is beside us to figure out if there is a swath there, definitely I feel your need for a light shining out there as its hard to see anything until the swath is right in front of you !.
 

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I added in 55W HID lights into the existing cab lights and all I can say is wow! FAR brighter than the factory lighting and when I turn the header lights on I can't even tell they came on. It is a pricey upgrade but well worth the money IMO.
 

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I replaced the stock aux lights on the step with LEDs made a world of difference. I have a 120w led bar to put on the front and a couple more 36w LEDs for side lighting to try this year.
 

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There is an unused electrical hookup on the side of the feederhouse... I'll get the test light in there and see if one goes back to the headlights. Lots of good feedback here...thanks.
 

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I did a little checking and chatted with my service manager and it seems that the #15 spot on that harness (for the straight cut header) is for those dim little stubble lights ( I believe they were lit with 1157's). As long as I don't go over 2.5 amps on the LED floodlights, that should give me lots of light and not overtax the existing wiring. I did manage to come home with the wrong plugin first time around though, so we'll have to straighten that out first.
 

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1156 hehe I just changed one, other side was older and shot so replaced it with a LED stubble light. cant wait to try it but owch 160$
 

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Meritmat, the LED light you installed to replace these wonderful original equipment 1156 bulbs ( wasn't sure myself what was in there ) , is that a certain light housing you got from John Deere for that purpose and similar load on the electrical system ?

When I typed in 1156 in google, I came up with some interesting LED bulbs to drop into the same socket although I have no idea if they draw more power or not.

1156 (BA15S) LED Brake Light, Turn Light and Tail Light Bulbs | LED Car Bulbs | Super Bright LEDs | Super Bright LEDs
 

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**** good question, basically I phoned the JD place asked asked about a replacement stubble light for a 930 header, he said he did not have the original light and would have to order these in but he did have these LED ones.

This was the old style I could not even remove the bulb, **** thing was 20 years old. The other side had the one with the 1156 bulb. hehe guess ill find out
 

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Meritmat, the LED light you installed to replace these wonderful original equipment 1156 bulbs ( wasn't sure myself what was in there ) , is that a certain light housing you got from John Deere for that purpose and similar load on the electrical system ?

When I typed in 1156 in google, I came up with some interesting LED bulbs to drop into the same socket although I have no idea if they draw more power or not.

1156 (BA15S) LED Brake Light, Turn Light and Tail Light Bulbs | LED Car Bulbs | Super Bright LEDs | Super Bright LEDs
The higher powered LEDs you listed will be a bit brighter than a stock 1156, not much but a bit. FYI an 1156 bulbs puts out around 400 lumens. I wouldn't bother with the replacement bulbs I'd go with something like this

2pcs 18W LED Work Light Flood Beam Offroad Driving FOG Lamp Truck 12V 24V4WD ATV | eBay

Cheaper and far more light.
 

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The plugin replacements for the 1156/1157's draw much less power than the original... about 10%. If you use them with flashers you must use special flashers or leave some incandescent bulbs in the system, or they won't draw enough to activate the flasher.
 

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I agree with switching to a larger more effective light, but I prefer to deal with reputable Canadian companies over Ebay flybynighters. The extra charges add up and you still have to clear customs... which may or may not be an expense depending on whether or not they list them as ag parts. I'm looking at these $118 ones... 2.5 amps and 2400 lumens. Not driving lights but they should light up the sides quite well.
Farmtronics Ltd. - Farm Electronics Online Store: Work Lights

Here's another link I've been looking at quite closely...

LED High Output Lights | Interlake Resources Inc. Toll Free: 800-563-5055 "Your Lighting Experts"
 

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I agree with switching to a larger more effective light, but I prefer to deal with reputable Canadian companies over Ebay flybynighters. The extra charges add up and you still have to clear customs... which may or may not be an expense depending on whether or not they list them as ag parts. I'm looking at these $118 ones... 2.5 amps and 2400 lumens. Not driving lights but they should light up the sides quite well.
Farmtronics Ltd. - Farm Electronics Online Store: Work Lights

Here's another link I've been looking at quite closely...

LED High Output Lights | Interlake Resources Inc. Toll Free: 800-563-5055 "Your Lighting Experts"
I have dealt with Interlake before and if there is any problems atleast they are close by to call for help or replacements.
 

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We needed some lights recently and I always go eBay for them. You just can't beat the price. Bought a lot of 10 - 18 watt cree lights(spot, but not pencil beam) that are identical to the rigid duallys for $235 for all 10! We put 4 on our 4840(2 front/ 2 back) and then a couple epistar floods for the immediate rear. We are living it considering it only had 2 original halogens working before. Haha. But at $23.50 a light, we are very pleased. Plus the big lights are cheap too. 50" dual row light bar can be had for around if not under $200.

Here are the lights I bought.
 

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nice buy!!!!

Picked up a single LED stubble light from John Deere for 75 bucks but think ill head to ebay
 

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Nothing wrong with buying lights off ebay. Do it all the time. I wouldn't call them "fly by night" sellers either, just because they dont have a brick and morter store and are not american/canadian. You want a good deal, you'll get a good deal. If you want to pay more to get it elsewhere thats fine too, but you will pay a lot more.

I like the higher powered ones with the 10w emitters.

These are 80w spot/flood combos.





these are the stock lights (had another 8900 magnum there to compare with)





These rears are cheaper and smaller being 40w floods.





 
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