Question: Mower Lights.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gtmorgan89, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. gtmorgan89

    gtmorgan89 LawnSite Senior Member
    from East TN
    Posts: 318

    I did use the search function before even thinking about posting this.*trucewhiteflag*

    I am in planning on putting lights on 2 Toro Z Masters before the season starts. Both mowers are diesel (one Kubota, and one Diahatsu). Since these mowers have alternators, will I be able to run more voltage? Does anyone have recommendations on placement of the lights or a good brand to get? I have been looking at these.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    i bought reverse lights for my truck at pepboys and ended up mounting them to my leaf loader for when im sucking piles in the dark
  3. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,333

    My Grasshoppers had them and what I got now doesnt. I looked at some from the manufacture and they were 275.00. Think Ill run something like your looking at, just putting one on each side and adding a switch. Cant be very expensive.
  4. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 620

    You don't want those lights. They will have a narrow mostly straight ahead focus. You want 12v flood lights. Northerntool will have them. Farm stores and many auto parts stores will carry them. Depending upon the alternator, you should be able to run 2 lights or maybe 3. If the battery is running low or the alternator wears out, you use too many lights. If you setup a fuse block and switches you could wire up more lights but just use whatever limit of 2 or 3 you can use.
  5. gtmorgan89

    gtmorgan89 LawnSite Senior Member
    from East TN
    Posts: 318

    I would rather do it right the first time, and hopefully not have to replace anything, lol. What is the best way to do a fuse block?
  6. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,072

    maybe on the rops im thinking some normal cheap fog lights would do the job or if you want super bright you can always look into getting the led lights they use on the toyota forklifts
  7. SeedPro

    SeedPro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Exactly. The clear lenses are long range driving lights. You need a diffused lens.

    I have these as back up lights on my plow truck and am going to mount a few on my Zspray for late day or nightime apps.

    I'd put four of them on a mower and they give great light.

    I dont think a fuse block is needed and I dont even run a relay. Ground to switch to battery and badaboom badabing.....they have worked for three years running.
  8. clinicalengineer

    clinicalengineer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    What about like a street glow LED tube across the front of foot rest? You would have low current draw wide angle lighting right at the front of the deck. And you wouldn't need to have the rops in the full upright position in order for it to operate.
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I had always thought it was kind of stupid to put lights on a mower up until this past fall, when I had to end early because it was getting a little too dark and I wouldn't have enough light to finish a 30 minute job, so I'd have to put it off until later. But now, the new deere I'm getting is getting a pair put on when it gets delivered.
  10. bryansong

    bryansong LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    Last year I purchased a new Wildcat with the light kit installed. I know you don't need the lights very often but on those hot summer evenings when you need to work a little late, blasting your lawn mower noise for all the neighbors to hear keeping them up late, thats when those lights come in handy.
    Kidding, I'm happy I have mine.


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