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.
2x CANBUS 6 SMD 5050 LED FESTOON 36mm Bulb Interior Dome Light Lamp NO ERROR
Time Remaining: 2d 8h 35m
10X 31mm 12 SMD 3528 LED White Car Auto Interior Festoon Dome Light Lamp Bulb
Time Remaining: 21d 6h 3m
Buy It Now for only: AU $4.73
12V Interior 16SMD 1210 Super Bright White Globe 31mm Festoon LED Dome Light
Time Remaining: 14d 17h 59m
Buy It Now for only: AU $2.89
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.
Waterproof Cool White 600 LED DC 12V 5M 3528 SMD Leds Strip Light Car Dimmer
Time Remaining: 10d 4h 57m
Buy It Now for only: AU $17.98
12M LED CAMPING LIGHT BAR 5050 SMD CARAVAN BOAT WATERPROOF FLEXIBLE STRIP 12V
AU $45.00 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 51m
5 x 15 LED 12V 30cm Car Motor Vehicle Flexible Waterproof Strip Light Blue
AU $1.09 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 11h 56m
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!
2x 7inch 36W CREE LED Work Light Bar Flood Lamp Offroad Driving Boat 12V 24V New
AU $32.77 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 51m
2x 9inch 54W Cree LED Light Bar Flood Work Offroad Driving Boat 4wd 12V 24V
Time Remaining: 17d 5h 47m
Buy It Now for only: AU $89.90
New 120W Cree LED Light Bar Spot Flood Work Driving 4wd Offroad Atv 4x4 12V 24V
AU $75.50 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 25m