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Automotive General LED Questions & Answers

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General Light Questions

What are LEDs?

LED stands for “Light Emitting Diodes”. They are a source of light whose history dates back well over a century. LEDs are light sources that can be found in items ranging from flashlights to headlights to stadium scoreboards. Digital clocks, remote controls, headlights and taillights, streetlights and more are just a few of the items that have LEDs.

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What are the advantages to LED lights?

There are numerous advantages to using LED lights. With the phase out of incandescent bulbs in the US, LED lights are now even more plentiful and offer a number of benefits;

  • Low Energy Usage
  • Minimal Maintenance
  • Bright, Clean Light
  • Minimal Heat Emissions
  • Long Lasting

With longer life, fewer maintenance issues and providing clean, bright light, LED bulbs are big leap above the older incandescent bulbs.

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How long do LED bulbs last?

The general lifespan of an LED bulb, depending on its usage, is somewhere between 50,000 to 100,000 hours or 11 years of continual use. There are factors that can negatively affect the lifespan of an LED light such as weather and temperature conditions along with impacts that can affect the interior of the bulb.

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Are there different types of LEDs?

Yes there are, in fact there are three different types of LED bulbs.

  • Miniature: Digital clocks, remote control devices and the like.
  • Mid-Range: Emergency, accent lights and more.
  • High-Power: Street lights, high beam flashlights, etc.

Some LEDs are application-specific such as those used in television sets, traffic lights and for outdoor light shows. Our store features high-power LEDs for headlights.

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What colors are available for LED bulbs?

We offer a number of colors for LEDs that are perfect to light up your vehicle. Our line of colors includes the following;

  • Frozen-White
  • Fresh-Pink
  • Daring-Red
  • Epic-Yellow
  • Envy-Green
  • Energize-Blue
  • Influence-Purple

You can check out our line of LEDs and the different colors at our website. We offer high quality, long lasting LEDs in a variety of colors that is sure to properly accent your vehicle.

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Which LED bulbs are the brightest?

We offer a number of very bright LED bulbs for your needs. Of the ones that are the brightest, the 18 and 45 SMD LED Tower bulbs are the best. There are a number of standard LEDs as well that are quite bright, they include the 12, 19, 24 and 30 bulbs. You can examine all of our LED bulbs to see which ones work best for your needs.

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Are LED car bulbs brighter than incandescent bulbs?

It is true that standard LED bulbs are generally not quite as bright as their incandescent counterparts, but the introduction of the high-power LEDs has now changed all that. High-power LEDs appear just as bright, if not brighter than incandescent bulbs. This is because of how the light is distributed which makes them appear brighter and cleaner. It does depend however on the size, shape and housing of the bulb and its reflector.

While regular filament bulbs such as incandescent ones emit light on all sides about evenly, LED bulbs are more directional such as a flashlight. This means that more light energy is focused on a particular place, such as the road directly in front of the car with headlights. However, in the common scale of lumens or watts, LED bulbs would appear to be artificially low compared to incandescent bulbs, yet the amount of light the high-power versions put out is as much, if not more.

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What color LED should I use for my vehicle?

Obviously, such as question needs a little more information to determine what is best for the model, size, filter or lens and color of your vehicle. Of the many colors we carry, Frozen-White is both the brightest and most popular of our LEDs. White is also the brightest because it includes all the colors of the spectrum.

As Frozen-White is the brightest, Energizer-Blue and Daring-Red are the dimmest with the other colors falling in-between. Energizer-Blue is very close to ultraviolet light and Daring-Red the closest to infrared which are at the edges of the visible spectrum, so our eyes do not see them as well. For your vehicle, you should use a clear lens or one of the same colors as the LED light that you choose for the best effect.

Basically, you should check out our catalog to find the different colors and decide which ones will work best for your vehicle.

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What are “Narrow” and “Wide” viewing angles?

You may see the terms “Narrow” and “Wide” viewing angles on our LED products. These angles describe the number of degrees that the light will shine out from the bulb itself. Unlike incandescent bulbs which are Omni-directional, LED bulbs are by their construction more narrow in focus;

  • Wide Angle: 100 degrees fanning out from the bulb
  • Narrow Angle: 15 degrees fanning out from the bulb

In essence, a Narrow angle LED is far more directional, such as coming from a flashlight for example, but will provide more light to the area illuminated. A Wide angle provides a much broader coverage of light, but the amount of light will be weaker at any given point. There are different LED designs that provide unique patterns to help illuminate your vehicle.

Without knowing the size, shape and depth of the bulb housing, there is no way to recommend Wide or Narrow angle LEDs for your vehicle. However, Wide angle bulbs are more popular and generally work the best in most situations.

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How do LED bulbs achieve “dual intensity”?

All of the taillights and brake lights have dual intensity modes by turning all of the LEDs inside on “dim” or “bright”. The LEDs are lit either way depending on which mode is activated.

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What is the difference between “Warm” white and “Cool” white LEDs?

There are actually three types of white bulbs, warm, cool and natural. Each of these LEDs is set at different wattages to achieve their particular effect;

  • Warm (Yellow) : 2000K to 4000K
  • Natural (White): 4000K to 5000K
  • Cool (Blue): 5500K to 10,000K

Although it may seem counterintuitive that the cool white is higher on the Kelvin scale, that is because it contains more blue in the light, creating a cooler effect which in turn requires a higher Kelvin setting.  Warm is the light most similar to incandescent bulbs while cool is more like fluorescent bulbs.

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