There are trims, fender flares, wheel caps, and a whole bunch of accessories for redefining the style or changing the look of your car or truck. For some car lovers and enthusiasts, a high-performance, customized, or souped-up look can be achieved with the use of a strip light. This accessory can be used for accent lighting. It's installed for accentuating the grille, foot wells, or the interior of the vehicle. Since LED is used on lighting strips, they can be very flexible, giving you different levels of brightness, a wide variety of colors to choose from, and assorted lighting designs. The strips can be easily fitted into gaps or spaces between panels. They can be wired to different circuits and can be used on both the exterior and interior, giving you tons of possibilities for a makeover project.
If you're in the market for a LED strip light, you have to be specific with some things. You have to pick the right design or type, as well as know the size of LED that will best work for the lighting solution you have in mind and choose the right level of brightness for performance and style. The color, which may range from green, red, and blue to other hues, can be the most important element for some car or truck owners.
Once you got the strip lighting that you need, be ready to add this on. Here's a quick guide for strip light installation.
8 easy steps for installing a strip light
- LED light strips
- silicone adhesive or double-sided tape
- electrical tape
- 12V voltage tester
- utility knife
- pinch-type wire splitter
- wire-splitting tool
- zip ties
- socket or crescent wrench set
- electrician's fish wire
- soldering iron with solder
- 18-gauge sheathed wire
Step 1: Cut the strip light according to your desired length. Strictly follow the manufacturer's instructions for trimming or snipping.
Step 2: Uncover the wire's ends that connect to the lights. Do this by stripping the ends.
Step 3: Locate the wiring circuit that needs to be tapped to turn on the lights. For instance, the strip lights can be connected to the turn signals.
Step 4: Find the right wire through a voltage tester. You may have to disconnect and probe the wiring harness as you turn on the lights to identify which wire carries the current.
Step 5: Spot the right fuse for the wiring circuit. This fuse should then be removed. With a pinch-type splitter, connect the wire to the strip lights, tapping into the circuit. Push the wire ends into the splitter and close the pinch. The splitter should be bound with wire bundle. Use electrical tape for this.
Step 6: Course the wiring through the spot or place where the strip lights will be installed. Hide wires underneath the carpet. Use an electrician's fish wire for this. The wiring should then be sealed or glued under the trim panels if possible. The power wire's end should be split and soldered to the wire of the strip light. After this, you have to wrap the soldered wires using electrical tape.
Step 7: Split both ends of the wire. The length of this wire should be enough to get to the strip lights and the bolt or screw of the vehicle's frame. The bolt should be loosened so that you can attach the wire's end to this. The other end should go to the strip lights. The wire should be soldered to the strip lights' ground wire. Soldered wires must be wrapped with electrical tape.
Step 8: Use zip ties or silicone adhesive for mounting and fitting the strip lights.