2013 Las Vegas SEMA Coverage: More Products! – Part Four

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Lexus GS350 with JDM Golden Yellow 9005 LED Daytime Lights

The factory daytime running light on most vehicles is a standard incandescent halogen bulb which produces a dull yellow color. For most people, they would like to get rid of this light and replace it with a whiter bulb so it matches with their other aftermarket lights such as the parking lights or headlights. However, some may opt to run a deeper and richer color yellow bulb such as these LED 9005 bulbs mimicking the early 2000s style of “JDM yellow”. Thankfully, we have a solution for both the white and yellow colors.

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The Lexus GS350 of this generation requires LED canbus decoders to be installed along with the JDM Yellow 9005 LED bulbs to prevent issues such as flickering and error messages. This is included automatically when purchased as our DRL kit. Each DRL kit comes with two 68-SMD 9005 LED high beam daytime lights which are available in either Yellow, Blue, or White; in this article we are showing the Yellow color. The golden yellow color that these bulbs have is perfect for the automotive enthusiast who wants a deeper and richer color version of their factory bulbs and also a bit brighter during DRL mode. However, like all our LED DRL replacement bulbs, the high beam output is greatly reduced so it is recommended for DRL usage only.

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9005 (aka HB3 or 9145) LED Bulbs For Fog Lights or High Beam Daytime Running Lights

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Super Bright 50W H11 CREE LED Fog Lights on a 2012 BMW 535i

For such an expensive luxury vehicle, one would assume that the fog lights would be more than just regular incandescent halogen bulbs. While it is generally accepted that yellow fog lights help with visibility in less than desirable conditions, they are also not the prettiest looking items on the car at night; when you take into account that it may be also equipped with HID headlights and LED angel eyes which are all bright white in color. Our 50W H11 CREE LED fog light bulbs are the perfect solution to this dilemma.

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The H11 LED bulbs for fog lights for this BMW are the brightest direct replacement bulbs we carry. Each bulb operates at 10W, but has a maximum operating capacity of 50W. This is all thanks to the super bright CREE R4 XP-E LED diodes per bulb which have two CREE diodes on the top inside a 3x magnifying optical lens and eight CREE diodes on the side to provide light from all sides. These are available in 6000K Xenon White so they are ideal for matching similar range lights.

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Please keep in mind that since this is used on a European vehicle, there will be error messages and flickering issues to deal with so because of that, we do recommend selecting the optional H11/H8 Error Free Decoder Wiring Kit along with the lights to be purchased together. Without the wiring kit, error messages and flickering may appear which are quite annoying to deal with. Avoid that frustration with the plug and play wiring adapters for these H11 CREE LED fog lights.

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H8 H11 LED Bulbs For Fog Lights or Driving Lamps

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50W 9005 CREE LED Daytime Running Light Bulbs on Lexus ES350

The 2007 and up Lexus ES350 uses 9005 sized bulbs for the daytime running lights and it is quite obvious to see the benefits to upgrade to LED lights. The factory incandescent halogen bulbs provide a dull, yellow color that is nothing special or noticeable. The 9005 LED bulbs that this ES350 has installed turn that around by providing a more crisp and stylish HID-like color that is sure to draw attention driving down the road.

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These LED bulbs use ten 5W high power CREE Q5 XP-E LED diodes per bulb and all operate together for a combined output of 10W. Since there are eight CREE LED diodes on the side, it provides the 360 degree shine to fill up the housing while the two on the top project light outwards thanks to the magnifying optical lens. The lights are also rated at 6000K so they are our classic Xenon White color so it would go great with our other Xenon White lights. Keep in mind that even though these high output bulbs are very bright, they are not intended to be used for high beam lights at night. Your high beams will still operate, but they will not provide you the same amount of light output as they once did; these are more for aesthetic purposes only.

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These lights would not work by themselves so they require our Lexus R4 setup which includes a pair of canbus decoders to prevent issues such as flickering and error messages. Using the 9005 CREE LED high beam and daytime running light bulbs by themselves may cause issues such as partial light up, flickering, and errors. The setup is completely plug and play so it requires no modification of the wiring and is very easy to install, but make sure you follow the instruction guide that comes with the kit so you install it properly.

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CREE R4 XP-E LED 360-degree shine 9006 HB4 LED Bulbs

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Infiniti G37 with 9-SMD 168 LED Bulbs For Parking Lights

Parking lights are also known as city lights and are the lights that turn on at the first position of your light controls. These lights provide additional light in addition to the main low beams and are sometimes used as turn signals on certain vehicles as well. Many higher end vehicles such as this Infiniti G37 comes with factory installed HID headlights for the low beams and the yellow incandescent parking light bulbs just do not do justice next to them.

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Installed on this Infiniti G37 are our 168 LED parking lights which have 9-SMD 5050 LED diodes per bulb. These lights are rated at 6000K which makes these a much better alternative to the factory color; the color is very versatile and can match closely with HID lights that range from 4300K to 8000K. It is recommended to go with a 6000K HID light for the closest match though. These specific lights are available in either Xenon White as pictured or in 20,000K Ultra Blue which is recommended for off-road use only.

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The LED parking lights are very easy to install on the vehicle as it only requires removal of the factory bulb and bulb holder from the housing. The procedure is very straight forward as it just replaces the bulb, but depending on the application that this is going on, it may require removal of other components to access the parking lights. Some vehicles may be able to access the parking lights from the top of the engine bay and some may require access from the fender liner in the wheel well. Whatever application you have, LED parking lights are a cost-effective way to turn that ugly yellow into an HID-like color that is sure to have people notice.

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High Power LED BMW Angel Eyes H8 Ring Marker Bulbs

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