They produce crystal clear light, which when combined with matrix light technology (explained later) offer great advances in adaptability and illuminating power over standard LED, xenon and halogen headlamps.
How do LED lights work?
An LED is simply a semiconductor which gives out light when a current is passed through it – they only work with current flowing in one direction, mind. As they require relatively little current to illuminate, the energy drawn from the battery (and therefore the engine) is less than halogens and xenons.
Current flows from cathode to anode passing through a semiconducting material, which is a material which had a conductivity which is somewhere between metal and rubber, made by adding a material that conducts electricity to an insulating material. The semiconductor then emits photons illuminating the road ahead.
Due to the simplicity of the LED, there is only a little to go wrong with them, which is why they are predicted to last well over a decade. LED headlights haven’t been around long enough to establish how long they will last for when used on the open road.
What are adaptive LED lights
Not all adaptive headlights are LED units. An adaptive unit is just a headlight which can change its direction and/or brightness to suit road conditions – whether that be older halogen units, more modern LED ones, or industry leading laser units. An adaptive LED light is one that is made from LEDs and is able to change its direction and or brightness.
What are LED Matrix lights and how do they work?
In mathematics, a matrix means a rectangular array of numbers organised in rows and columns which are treated as a single entity. Swap out ‘numbers’ for ‘LEDs and mirrors’ in that definition and you will be able to imagine, as a rough concept, what an LED matrix headlight is.
LED matrix headlights work through teaming a collection of LEDs and mirrors with a collection of sensors and camera(s). The latter scan the road ahead to see traffic and changes in road conditions – such as a sharp turn.
They then use this data to illuminate, dim or even turn off each LED within the matrix, with the ultimate aim of keeping as much of the road lit up with the maximum amount of light. Due to these attributes, matrix LED lights are also referred to as adaptive lights.
How to Install Car LED Strip Lights
Have you ever seen anyone sport a set of LED Underbody car lights? Whether or not you choose to install the single coloured LED strip or the multi-coloured RGB LED strip is all based on a personal preference, but here is a guide to go through the installation process. The concept is straightforward as you will be needing to secure the LED strips along the out edges of your car and extending the wires up to the engine bay.
Before you proceed with the first step, make sure to use a washcloth to gently remove any dirt or mud so your LED strips won’t be dirty. If you have a hydraulic jack, now is a great time to utilize it as you can jack up the car for more access to the underside of the vehicle. If you don’t have a hydraulic jack, that won’t be an issue. You can still proceed with the installation.
- Set the LED strip underneath your car. Now is a good time to notice if the underside of your car has any way of securely attaching the LED strips, including bolts, brackets or other small openings. Secure the LED strip with zip-ties.
- We recommend zip-ties for every 12 inches of the LED strip as double-sided tape may not be strong enough to securely attach the strip indefinitely. It will be good if you have a friend to help you hold the LED strip in place during the attachment process, but if not you can just use the double-sided tape to temporarily mount the LED strip in place before you permanently secure it with zip ties.
First, extend the wires. Then, route the 4 wires up to the engine bay and connect them to the module box. If the wiring of the LED strip on the rear bumper is just not long enough to reach the front of the vehicle, you may use the extension wires that come with the package.
- Tap the Red wire to battery positive/Black wire to negative or to the ground. If there is an optional wire, check the installation sheet to see what it’s actually for.
Place the module box close to the battery, but away from the engine so that there is no risk of damage. Ensure the location you place the module box at will be dry at all times. The battery/fuse box location is made to stay perfectly dry so you don’t have to worry about damaging the module box. Extend the antenna on the module box to get better reception even if the hood is closed.
- Test to make sure everything is working and enjoy your set of underbody LED strips. You can notice that the installation was pretty straightforward so you will be well on your way to being the coolest and most colourful car on the block.