Let’s Talk About Why LED Lights Are Awesome For Your Cars, Autos and Trailers Right Now!
LED lights are rapidly displacing the old and outdated incandescent lights in the automotive industry.
I don’t know how many, car or trailer turning indicator, brake, headlight lamps I have replaced over the years, but its a lot! In some cases for reasons unknown to me, some of vehicles I have had, seemed to have the lamps fail with such frequency it would drive me nuts! Damn, there goes low beam again, “hey mate, did you know you’ve only got one brake light??” I kept my own stock of replacement lights that would make an auto accessory store proud! When I started to see LED lights appear online I quickly grabbed some for a trailer. I must say, I was not disappointed. The benefits are significant. For some time I had watched LED’s evolve, only a few years ago they were good for electronic projects, but that’s about it. The modern LED has certaily evolved and is now a real ‘commercial’ product for all of us to benefit from.
Sure LED’s are a bit more expensive than the incandescent job at the moment. Let’s say that the LED re-fit doubles the initial cost; for argument, let’s take a simple example of replacing say 6-7 brake light bulbs over the life of the vehicle. Compared to a couple of retrofit LED’s. The LED’s will likely outlive the trailer or car and ultimately save you money on globes, not counting the your time or the local garage mechanic’s labour replacing them.
Retro Fit Aftermarket LED Trailer / Truck Lights
Retrofit LED lights for vehicles and trailers are now available. Whether for personal or commercial use. They come in numerous shapes and sizes. Here are just a few of the aftermarket retrofits available
SUV 4×4 Tail Lights
LED Front Lighting / Cool And Classy
LEDs are great for tail light and turn signals. LED or light emitting diode as it is commonly referred to, is a transistor, with a nobbled substrate that produces light when current is passed through it. Basically it’s a sold state light! They are also beginning to replace front lighting as shown above. These lights offer a number of benefits compared to the incandescent bulbs, such as the following:
Here are some of the top ten reasons why LED’s are cool for your car right now!
- Significantly brighter per watt of power used
- Much Longer life span
- More cost effective over the life of your vehicle
- Endures harsh environments effortlessly due to the moisture proof coverings
- With proper heat sinking modern LED’s can run much cooler
- A large range of colors are available
- The ability to pulse at a much greater frequency
- Faster to switch on
- Smaller and more compact in size
- Can be made into flexible and novel designs
Today, LED lighting equipment is available for all sorts of applications to enhance the look and visibility of the modern auto. In fact, currently LEDs can be mounted effortlessly in multiple locations, via ways that were considered not be possible for locating an incandescent light bulb. You would also need a massive power supply beyond the average automobiles power system to put out the light comparable to what is achieved by modern LED arrays.
LED lighting was used for the very first Audi R8 and Lexus LS, which demonstrated that some of the most prestigious auto makers are seeing the time is right to move to this revolutionary lighting tech. LED’s are popping up on more and more production vehicles. The LED allows a tranformative look to be applied to lighting, really giving a space age look and feel. The light emitted looks cleaner, sharper and comes from seemingly impossibly small / compact locations. These lights are being used for brake lights of automobiles to enhance the design, look and feel of vehicles, but also to enhance safety features. The brightness and ability to pulse under computer control is awesome. These features of pulsing and sequencing are being used to help avoid potential accidents in fast braking or hazard situations. Yes, car makers are now implementing LED lighting as a common design feature of a vehicle’s brake lights. Maybe your vehicles have these lights in place now. But for those of us still driving older or more traditionally lit wheels, the aftermarket LED’s can be a refreshing and cool look, not to mention the low maintenance beneifts.
With every day that passes, these lights are turning up in more places. The one thing which has been an obstacle in the pathway of this LED revolution is that there has been a significantly higher cost per unit. This has certainly held back the mass producers of the average family car. What we are seeing now, perhaps only in the last few years is the ready availablity of these very new high output low wattage LED’s at what I would call the ‘tipping point’ price that makes them affordable. Often we see the aftermarket industry taking advantage of these tech innovations first. Generally, the lights which are being used for substituting the old incandescent light bulbs are an array of LEDs. This makes them easy to spot on the road. Day by day, I am noticing more vehicles with the tell tale LED array signature look. Of course the capability of these lights to give off light in several colors is one of its added and important benefits, which is rapidly transforming the automotive illumination business. The tiny sizes of the LED light bulbs allows the designer to easily hide the lighting unit, thus guaranteeing that they do not offend the external appearance of the vehicle. Yes, we are wittnessing a revolution in the making. LED’s are here to stay and coming to a car near you soon! Consider the aftermarket options now as a great retrofit for your vehicles.