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.
2 x CAR 12V LED 31MM FESTOON INTERIOR WHITE LIGHT BULB 5050 6SMD AUTO DOME GLOBE
Time Remaining: 10d 13h 25m
Buy It Now for only: AU $2.95
2x 31mm Festoon Car Light 3528 16 LED Globe Interior Roof Dome Bulbs Xenon White
Time Remaining: 17d 16h 6m
Buy It Now for only: AU $4.95
12V White Interior Festoon LED Dome Light 16 SMD 1210 Globe 31mm Super Bright
Time Remaining: 12d 18h 47m
Buy It Now for only: AU $3.19
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 12V Cool White 5M 3528 SMD 300 LED Strips Led Strip Lights Car Boat
Time Remaining: 26d 15h 40m
Buy It Now for only: AU $8.99
Waterproof 600 LED Cool White 12V 5M 3528 SMD Led Strip Lights Car Home + Dimmer
Time Remaining: 5d 19h 27m
Buy It Now for only: AU $13.89
5M Cool White 3528 SMD 300 LED Flexible Waterproof 12V Led Strip
Time Remaining: 17d 10h 4m
Buy It Now for only: AU $8.45
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!
PAIR 30W 4 inch CREE Flush Mount LED Work Lights FLOOD 12V 24V Reverse Truck 5
Time Remaining: 17d 17h 22m
Buy It Now for only: AU $24.98
2x Square 80W LED Work Light Flood Lamp Offroad Tractor Truck 4WD SUV 12V 24V
Time Remaining: 19d 17h 56m
Buy It Now for only: AU $24.98
Pair 5 inch CREE Flush Mount LED Lights 12V 24V Reverse Work 9000LM Combo Beam
Time Remaining: 5d 8h 11m
Buy It Now for only: AU $29.98