Archive for November, 2013
Ever since the release of our 50W CREE high power LED replacement bulbs, they have been used on a variety of cars that are looking for the most light output from an LED bulb. The extra components that have to be installed when getting HID or LED conversion kits makes them less desirable to some so they turn to replacement LED bulbs instead. These types of lights are not as bright as the conversion kits, but they still do a great job of producing an enormous amount of light from the bulb. This 50W CREE H11 LED bulb is the answer for this situation.
Each H11 CREE LED fog light bulb has ten individual LED diodes made by CREE; the chips used are the R4 XP-E series which are one of the brightest in the market today. There are eight on the side and two on the top underneath a magnifying optical lens projector which produces a lot of projection for visibility. The lights operate at 10W for a bright, yet reliable output capacity; these are rated to work up to 50W, but there will be heat issues associated with that. The unique design of the lights allow the light to project the light as well as provide a 360 degree output of shine which fills up the light housing very well.
Because these LED bulbs operate at 10W, they are ideal for usage as fog lights and daytime running lights. They are bright enough to be seen by other motorists, but not to the point where they can be used as primary driving lights. These particular 50W CREE H11 LED bulbs on this 2012 Lexus CT200H required no additional components for using it inside the fog lights, but using them inside daytime running lights may require decoders/resistors. European vehicles will also need the same type of resistor/decoder setup as well due to the error message system in place.
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On many European vehicles, the reverse or back up light housing is quite small and does not produce much light to begin with so it makes it very difficult for you to see or others to notice you while you back up your vehicle. Due to the smaller housing size, larger and brighter bulbs are not able to fit so we are left with minimal options to get a super bright light. This is where using high power CREE LED diodes come in handy; these lights provide a large amount of light output for their small size.
Each bulb for this E92 LCI LED backup lights utilizes five CREE R4 XP-E diodes to produce approximately 500 lumen. The top portion uses an optical lens projector to throw out light behind the vehicle as well to increase the effectiveness. Each bulb has a maximum operating output of 25W and is 100% error free so there are no annoying error messages or flickering issues. Thanks to these features, the lights are about five times brighter than stock and about two times brighter than the competitors LED bulb.
Installation is also quite easy as it is plug and play. No modifications are required for installation. The factory bulb uses a very unique mounting bracket to hold the bulb in place and our LED bulb replaces the whole entire assembly instead. Thanks to the careful design of the lights, they have no issues with fitment and can be easily removed if desired at any time. This unique type of bulb design is only used on the 2011 and up BMW E92/93 3-Series Coupe/Convertible for the reverse lights; make sure you check out our installation guide to see the proper way to install these E92 LCI LED Reverse Lights.
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With the last part of our coverage of the SEMA show and the cool things we saw there, we’ll wrap up with some more modifications that we saw on cars that we also offer on our website. We saw many cars with tinted head and tail lights, a direct fit LED fog light assembly on a Scion FR-S and some multi-color interior lights! While these cars probably did not get them from us, it’s still pretty cool to see these types of products being used and hopefully it’ll give you an idea of what to do on your car.
Vinyl tints are popular because they are easily installed and removed without any damage to the application. There are many colors to choose from, but the most common is the black dark tint which puts a darker shade on the application. If there are any issues with law enforcement or if you just don’t want the darker shade on anymore, you can easily peel it off and you can start off fresh again.
At this year’s SEMA event, there were quite a lot of Scion FR-S and Subaru BR-Z’s that made up a large percentage of the show vehicles inside and outside of the convention center. On this particular Scion FR-S, we saw an LED fog light assembly similar to what we carry lit up. Subtle upgrades such as this change the look of the vehicle quite dramatically.
Last, but not least we saw a car with multi-colored LED interior lights underneath the dash and on the side doors. These lights were automatically cycling through the colors so they were most likely in the “Demo” mode function. These easy to install lights connect directly to the car battery and are controlled at your finger tips with a radio remote control. Since LEDs draw such little power, there are no worries of the lights being in demo mode all day at the show and draining the battery.
That is it for our coverage of SEMA. It is very fortunate of us to live within a reasonable driving distance of such a big event that happens every year in Sin City. We get to see all the creative and head turning builds of the year gathered together in one building. In addition to that, there is huge aftermarket support from automotive retailers and car manufacturers at SEMA. If you ever have a chance to go to SEMA, make sure you take that chance as it will be a memorable experience.
SEMA is not all about the car builds and new car releases, it’s also about consumer product demonstrations and new products for enthusiasts. We at iJDMTOY have a keen eye on lights and especially LED lights; we saw quite a bit of LED products on cars that we thought we’d share with everyone! We saw LED angel eyes on other cars besides BMW’s, LED work lights, and other similar lights we carry at our store; we’ll share these photos to give you an idea of what you can accomplish with similar lights that we carry.
To start off, there are the angel eyes. There were a lot of LED angel eye lights on cars at SEMA that originally did not have them. It just goes to show you how cool these lights look on almost any vehicle out there. We are far from the old CCFL halo ring days of yesteryear and have now upgraded to brighter and better LED alternatives.
Since not every headlight is the same size so there are multiple LED ring sizes available that can be purchased. For example, larger headlights like on this Chevrolet Camaro require rings that are much larger than say a Honda Civic would.
One more example would this BMW. But most BMWs already come with angel eyes though, right? Yes, while this is true, the factory angel eye design is poor and does not allow the entire ring to be lit up evenly in most cases. This owner decided to put actual LED rings on top of his existing halo rings to create a better look for his car.
We’ll step away from the passenger car style and jump right into the off-road scene for a bit to show the LED work lights we saw on many off-road car builds. While you’re out in the desert, mud, or harsh terrain, regular city lights may not be enough light for safety issues. This is where high-output LED work bars and lights come into play.
Since LED work lights consume such a low amount of electricity, but produce a high output they are ideal for off-road vehicles that have other accessories such as winches, radios, and other important electronic equipment.
While we passed by luxury car builds, we spotted a similar looking LED setup that we sell on this Lexus GS350 with a particularly aggressive front bumper. The LED lights are arranged in an “L-shaped” pattern that can be achieved with our very similar 10 piece Flexible LED DRL kit on our website. Many of these lights are custom type projects so it’s not a direct replacement of any kind.
Let’s continue with part two of the SEMA show coverage this year.
Speaking of race cars, there is also this awesome Radical SR3 on display! This road legal race car that can be purchased (if you have deep pockets) and driven on the street as well. Check out those headlights; it seems to be some type of LED ring setup from what we can see.
For our American muscle fans, we didn’t forget about you either; this Tire Rack sponsored Chevrolet Corvette seems like it would be a beast on the curved roads of a race track.
There is a countless amount of American muscle cars on display at SEMA and it would be difficult to compile all of them into one post so we’ll hand pick the ones that stand out like this custom full metal body 1968 Dodge Charger built by Scott Spock Racing and Nelson Racing Engines. If a twin turbo 9.4 Hemi V8 doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will.
This 1932 Ford Roadster from Fuller Hot Rods is very unique; a custom all-wheel drive system powered by a 750 horsepower BOSS 429 big block motor. Custom work like this can’t be left unappreciated.
More hot rod and rat rod style builds like this sitting outside the convention walls. I wonder how this thing is even driven at that ride height. Custom modified vehicles are common at SEMA and are used to display the workmanship of many automotive shops around the country.
How about a Chevrolet Van with a supercharged V8 motor placed in the cargo area? Sure, if it’s possible, then why not.
Or maybe you may want your packages delivered in a unique way with this slammed FedEx delivery truck.
This old rustic old school GMC truck is raw and unrefined, but it’s definitely a head turner.
Modern lifted trucks like this matte black Ford Super-Duty dualie is on display outside with a variety of other lifted trucks. As we said earlier in the post, SEMA is filled with a variety of cars that appeal to all types of automotive enthusiasts so let’s move onto the exotics!
This Pagani Zonda Huayra is oozing with carbon fiber goodness and with a Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 Bi-turbo engine powering this thing, you may need a towel to wipe the drool off your face. Those Italians sure know how to build an exotic super car.
The Liberty Walk Ferrari 458 Italia makes us speechless at how amazing this car looks like.
Here we have what looks to be a modified Ferrari F430 on air suspension which allows it to achieve this extremely low vehicle height. SEMA is always about new products and trends that are floating and evolving in the automotive industry and we’ll give you a preview based on the pictures we saw.
LED tail lights seem to be a common replacement item for most Subaru BR-Z and Scion FR-S owners; an aesthetic and functional upgrade that looks and performs well.
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