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    1026R Work Lights

    I am wanting to hear from all you owners of the new 1026R. I know they placed the work lights on the rear fenders facing forward. Question, was this a good design move for function? I would think that they would be mounted too low when using any front attachment, brush, FEL, blower, or blade. I do know the hood mounted lights are useless for these attachments. So what say ya.
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    I am curious of this too Randy. They would have to be useless with the FEL on I would think. Deere's brochure claims they help with lighting up front just as much as they light the operator platform to aid getting on and off the machine after dark.

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    Not to good for FEL. Awesome for mowing.

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    The fender lights make a better perimeter light then directly forward....and they do nicely illuminate the operator area as well.
    I also use the ROP mounted lights forward or rear facing as required but when pointing forward do help with forward visibility as they are higher. Slight issue with ROP lights is when turning head to look aft, the glare can be high with some head positions but workable.
    Otherwise, the lighting package on these is actually very good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrs1959 View Post
    Slight issue with ROP lights is when turning head to look aft, the glare can be high with some head positions but workable.
    Otherwise, the lighting package on these is actually very good!
    Ok, I can't resist. Jrs, you should take a look at this: http://www.artillian.com/GlareShrouds.htm

    Edit: By the way, Randy, I was wondering the same thing! Glad you brought up the topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrs1959 View Post
    Slight issue with ROP lights is when turning head to look aft, the glare can be high with some head positions but workable.
    Yeah, that's why I added the deflectors on my custom guards. But if deflectors are all you need Chris' are a lot simpler.
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    Randy,
    Here's the video for the lighting package on Deere's website. The video does a nice job of showing off the lighting package and comparing it to some other orange tractor.

    http://www.deere.com/media/player/pl...autostart=true
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ensoll View Post
    Ok, I can't resist. Jrs, you should take a look at this: http://www.artillian.com/GlareShrouds.htm

    Edit: By the way, Randy, I was wondering the same thing! Glad you brought up the topic.
    I looked at these and figured I'd fabricate something like it anyway. Randy's idea is similar to what I was thinking. It wouldn't take much to fix the issue but thx for the reference!

    One thing I am toying with is a small micro-switch on the reverse pedal and another set of aft facing ROP lights that would automatically switch between the forward and aft lights dependent on chosen direction. Would remove glare issue entirely, avoid having too much draw and filament bulbs aren't sensitive to on/off actuation either! Once I have the prototype working I'll post some video!
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    Ha ha, Randy, why am I not surprised to see those enclosures around your lights?! You think of everything.

    Jrs, about your microswitch idea...what if you want the lights to just be 'on' for some other reason such as getting off of the tractor to open a door? Well, it is an interesting idea. I hope to see a video if you can get it together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ensoll View Post
    Ha ha, Randy, why am I not surprised to see those enclosures around your lights?! You think of everything.

    Jrs, about your microswitch idea...what if you want the lights to just be 'on' for some other reason such as getting off of the tractor to open a door? Well, it is an interesting idea. I hope to see a video if you can get it together.
    I figured I need a small box to house the actual DP/ST relay that would also provide an opportunity to include a small 3 position selection switch to disable/arm/bypass at will. Disable would obviously disable all ROP LIGHTS, arm would allow micro-switch control of fwd/aft switching and bypass would turn all ROP lights on. There's lots of room to mount on the fender with box hidden and switch projecting thru!
    If nothing else, it will be good fun to run!

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