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: 13d 12h 56m
Buy It Now for only: AU $2.95
16 SMD LED 1210 31mm Car Interior Dome Festoon Bulb Light Lamp White DC 12V TY
Time Remaining: 23d 16h 27m
Buy It Now for only: AU $1.39
2 x 12V LED 31MM Festoon Interior Car Auto 8 SMD Light Bulb White Dome Lamp
Time Remaining: 12d 13h 38m
Buy It Now for only: AU $4.17
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 300 LEDS RGB 5M 3528 SMD LED Strip Light 12V + IR Controller+Driver
Time Remaining: 19d 10h 55m
Buy It Now for only: AU $24.50
5M Cool White 3528 SMD 300 LED Flexible Waterproof 12V Led Strip Lights Car Boat
Time Remaining: 20d 9h 35m
Buy It Now for only: AU $9.95
13M FLEXIBLE LED CAMPING LIGHT 5050 SMD CARAVAN BOAT WATERPROOF BAR STRIP 12V
Time Remaining: 22d 13h 7m
Buy It Now for only: AU $23.95
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 4INCH 30W CREE LED WORK LIGHT BAR Flood Spot OFFROAD 4WD SUV ATV CAR LAMP 12V
Time Remaining: 15d 11h 27m
Buy It Now for only: AU $25.41
8x 27W LED WORK LIGHT worklight LED OFFROAD LAMP UTE BOAT ATV BAR 12V 24V 4WD
Time Remaining: 26d 9h 35m
Buy It Now for only: AU $49.95
5x 18W LED Work Lamp Light Bar Spot Offroad Tractor Car Boat Truck Worklight 12V
Time Remaining: 22d 15h 19m
Buy It Now for only: AU $33.24