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Has anyone installed the Premium LED Work Light Kit on their sub-compact? I am purchasing a tractor this week and was debating on whether I should get the light kit from John Deere or go with an aftermarket. Any suggestions? Thanks!
 

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I haven't installed that specific kit but there is no question that you pay a HUGE premium for the JD kit. The JD kit does use high quality lights but with LED lighting being so common these days you can easily get high quality 3rd party lights for a fraction of the JD price. But... if you want them to be plug and play then the JD kit is the way to go.

In some cases you can actually do better with a 3rd party kit. Example, most folks find that installing a light bar on the ROPS gives superior lighting compared with the small fender mounted lights used in the JD kit.
 

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I agree with jgayman, I priced out the premium LED kit with JD and knew there were definitely cheaper alternatives. If you can the wiring yourself aftermarket is the way to go. If not, buy the JD harness from Green Farm Parts and buy your own lights on Amazon.
 

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I agree with jgayman, I priced out the premium LED kit with JD and knew there were definitely cheaper alternatives. If you can the wiring yourself aftermarket is the way to go. If not, buy the JD harness from Green Farm Parts and buy your own lights on Amazon.
Good advice. I forgot to mention that when I installed my aftermarket rear lights I bought the "Y" harnesses from JD to make them plug and play with the OEM harness under the seat.
 

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I agree with jgayman, I priced out the premium LED kit with JD and knew there were definitely cheaper alternatives. If you can the wiring yourself aftermarket is the way to go. If not, buy the JD harness from Green Farm Parts and buy your own lights on Amazon.
Got a link for the lazy?
 

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Here is my thread about the JD light kit. Yes, it costs a lot of $$, but I think it was well worth it with it being plug and play, plus it was made for the tractor. I waited till I got a 15% off coupon from JD parts and then bought the light kit and light guard kit.

LED light kit instructions
 

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My 2016 had the bullet connections from the factory. Poke around the rear axle under the seat until you find a purple set on both sides. They are capped off.

You can then go to autozone and buy the bullet plugs and make your own cables or buy the JD wiring harness.

Here is my parts list for the rear work light:

Light Parts
- Connectors
○ Autozone .176" part#: 86456 and 86457
- JD Wiring harness
○ JD LVA19138 splitter
○ JD LVA19799 light harness
- Rear light
○ SuperBright LEDs WL-27WR50
○ 4" round
○ 2030 lumens
○ 50 degree
 

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My 2016 had the bullet connections from the factory. Poke around the rear axle under the seat until you find a purple set on both sides. They are capped off.

You can then go to autozone and buy the bullet plugs and make your own cables or buy the JD wiring harness.

Here is my parts list for the rear work light:

Light Parts
- Connectors
○ Autozone .176" part#: 86456 and 86457
- JD Wiring harness
○ JD LVA19138 splitter
○ JD LVA19799 light harness
- Rear light
○ SuperBright LEDs WL-27WR50
○ 4" round
○ 2030 lumens
○ 50 degree
LVA19799 is showing as invalid in JD Parts. JD wants $34 for the LVA19138 splitter. You can buy a spool of wire and a whole bag of bullet connectors for that price.

I think it all comes down to how comfortable you are with doing a little wiring and soldering. None of the lights supplied by JD are "made for the tractor". JD buys decent quality off-the-shelf lights from places like J.W. Speaker and Grote, adds their own wiring harness, sometimes adds instructions and sells them for a premium price ($424). While this is an acceptable solution for a some folks, others have learned that you can accomplish the same thing (or in many cases better) using 3rd party lights for a fraction of the price.
 

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I bought an LED light bar and mounts from Tractor supply to add to the front brush guard. I connected it to the wiring harness for the headlight using a spade terminal. I bought a round light to add to the ROPS. I ran wire and the loom down my ROPS and connected it to the purple wire, which had a cap/plug on it. it is located behind the right rear tire. I should have bought the light bar and round light off Amazon as they were even cheaper than the ones on sale at TS.
 

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There is actually wires for lights by both wheels. That’s how I hooked up my lights.
 

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There is actually wires for lights by both wheels. That’s how I hooked up my lights.
Hmmm, now I'm thinking of adding another light to the ROPS based on that morsel of information. Thanks! :good2:
 
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