LED Vehicle 'Area' Lights?

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 23:11
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Hello Ladies and Gents,

Currently looking at putting some 'area' lights on the sides and rear of the vehicle for camping/work purposes. No great big spot lights but would like to be able to light up the few meters around the car.

Looking at new LEDs for the size, the robustness, and most of all the low current draw.

While there are one or two models out that contain leds they are horrendously expensive.

Has anyone come across any LED options that are well priced (ie similar to standard area lights)?


Thanks guys,


Dave

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 08:13

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 08:13
Dave,

Agree on the high cost of some current LED lights.

Whitworths have a few new LED lights in their latest catalogue, and compared to some Hella lights, the prices are reasonable. They have some step lights as well as cabin/reading lights, all in LED.

Hella make some "cool" step lights too, but the cheapest I've been able to source them is >$25 each.

Also try latest Jaycar catalogue/website. They have a number of LED lights, as well as LED globes that you might be able to retro-fit to some standard sockets.

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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 09:29

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 09:29
Dave, I am sure they are becoming an area of interest for a lot of us these days as the cost comes down on them. Have a look at Bright Lights I like the idea of the reversing lights but the others there at the top look ok. These are comparitively inexpensive against the reversing ones.
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Follow Up By: autosparky - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 11:40

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 11:40
not yet but prices have been coming down in the last 2 years
major players like hella wont bring thier prices down tho. plenty of new players on the market and to get thier product sold will sell cheaply at first . look around after market shops
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 11:47

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 11:47
Try this.

Cordless LED light

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 15:05

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 15:05
Just why are they soo exy.....silverback
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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 15:27

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 15:27
Because you can throw it across the work shop and not break it.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 15:56

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 15:56
Steve, I have an Ironman cordless one, the one they picture being driven over. Great technology really that they can run for 10 hours or so on a charge and provide great light. We find quite a few sparkies around here look out for them too for portable lighting/
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 16:39

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 16:39
thanks Steve, don't understand sparky stuff, but how much power do they take and their effectiveness outdoors at night (obviously)?...silverback
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Reply By: Dave731 - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 21:53

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 21:53
Thanks for the link John. Think it will be one of these options or might go down the path of Bobs suggestion and retro fit a led or cluster in to an existing housing.

Already have one of the Ironman lights and can vouch for how good they are. Only thing to fault IMO is the hook on the back, which is (was) a bit brittle.

Time to start tinkering...
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