If you haven’t started using 12V LED Lights, it’s about time you looked into them! LED lighting has gained massive traction over the last few years, and is now a very popular alternative for a wide range of applications. LED’s are bright, durable, long lasting, cheap and they use minimal electricity; you just can’t beat them.
Improve your interior lighting
Firstly, I’d like to show you a modification that I think everyone should do to their car. How many times have you struggled to find something in your car at night due to a lack of light? If you are running the standard Festoon globe, I have the perfect solution. For $3, you can get a massive improvement by fitting an aftermarket board with multiple LED’s on it. The kits come with an adaptor that can simply be put in place of your Festoon globe. Have a look at a direct comparison of lighting from the old globe to a new LED one and see for yourself! You can also buy LED festoon globes, which work well.
31mm Auto LED Interior Festoon Map Lights 12 SMD Lamp Bulb White 12V 6000K 10pcs
Time Remaining: 7h 36m
2 X 31mm Festoon LED Dome Interior Light 4 SMD 5050 Globe Ultra Bright Xenon 12V
Time Remaining: 3h 15m
Buy It Now for only: AU $4.25
2X 12V 12 SMD LED 31mm Car Interior Dome Festoon Bulb Light Lamp White
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 38m
Buy It Now for only: AU $2.03
LED Strip Lighting
I’d like to recommend another product that is very useful for a number of different things. Again, off eBay, you can purchase 5 metres of LED Strip Lighting for about $27 delivered to your door. These can be cut every 6 cm, and you simply solder wires onto the terminals and away you go. It comes with double sided tape, and can be stuck to almost anything you can think of. Popular applications include inside canopies, interior lights of vehicles, reversing lights, shed lighting, alfresco lighting and the list goes on. You can get a variety of lengths and LED types (which will have different outputs of light). Take a look below to find something suitable.
5050 RGB 5M 300 LEDS SMD LED Strip Light 12V Waterproof + IR Controller
Time Remaining: 3d 23h 17m
Buy It Now for only: AU $19.99
12M LED CAMPING LIGHT BAR 5050 SMD CARAVAN BOAT WATERPROOF FLEXIBLE STRIP 12V
AU $46.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 48m
New Decorate 10M 2x5M 300 LEDs 3528 RGB LED Strip Light with 44 key IR Remote
AU $15.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 38m
LED Light Bars
Remember when HID spotlights came out, and they were being purchased left, right and centre? Now, the same thing is happening with LED Light Bars. They have an incredible spread of light, and are very affordable. You can get them as small as 20cm wide , or up to over a metre long. I was looking into upgrading the lights on my 80 series Land Cruiser recently, and decided to fit a 600mm Narva LED light bar rather than HID spotlights. The results are fantastic, and I am very happy with it.
LED light bars are not designed for long distance though. The very expensive ones will shine up to 500 metres away, but most won't do more than a couple of hundred metres. If you are doing fast driving at night on the road, you are best off with a set of HID spotlights. LED light bars are best for slower driving work as they throw light in every direction. Of course, the ideal setup is both an LED light bar and HID's, but I'm too much of a miser to install them!
Other LED lights
If you want a replacement reversing light, or work light, LED is the go. They are cheap, and are taking over the market. Have a good look into 12V LED Lights!
BEAMAX 19INCH 90W LED Light Bar Work Spot Flood Combo Beam Offroad 120W 144W 12V
AU $26.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 1m
PAIR 27W LED WORK LIGHT OFFROAD FLOOD LAMP TRUCK BOAT BAR 12V 24V 4WD 4x4 UTE
Time Remaining: 13d 5h 4m
Buy It Now for only: AU $29.56
5X 27W 12V 24V Truck SUV UTV Waterproof IP67 Square LED Work Light Flood Beam
AU $46.00 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 50m