Car lighting is an essential requirement for driving your motor vehicle at night or for road-driving safety.
With how popular and advanced aftermarket LED has become today, who’s to know what lights you should be upgrading first? If you have a burnt out incandescent bulb then of course that would be the first to go, but for those seeking brilliance and/or performance lighting, what lighting mods should you do first?
In this article, we discuss the most effective upgrades that will provide night and day difference and improve driving experience, safety, driving noticeability and visibility. This revolves mainly around cost effective upgrades to the simplest installations that require minimal labor and provide a major difference from what was in there before. There is no given order as to what should be done first, however, these would be the better ones to try out for first LED install before deciding on converting the entire vehicle over to LED.
Maps & Dome Lights
This is the most cost effective upgrade. Most vehicles come included with cab lighting and will usually feature 2 lamps that sit on the roof of the vehicles cab and typically by the driver and passenger sides. Picture yourself holding a map and whatever lamp throws light to that map would be the map. Map lights commonly use a T10 wedge type bulb (ex. 194, 168, W5W, etc) or festoon bulbs (ex. 578, DE3175, etc) and typically run $8-$15 for a pair. There are also 10pks available that will upgrade both maps and even have spare bulbs for other lamps in the interior that run the same sized bulb. Most vehicles will use a 5W incandescent that is limited to an average of 50-70 lumens per bulb whereas interior T10 LED bulbs produces an average of 75lm-220lm.
Dome lighting is very common on sedans, coupes, sport utility vehicles and trucks as well as other commercial vehicles. Dome lighting provides light coverage for a majority of the cab or interior of the vehicle and usually have 1 lamp. Like map lights, dome lights will use an average 5W incandescent bulb. An aftermarket festoon LED can produce results as high as 200lm making it the only necessary lamp to turn on for your interior as well as the most cost effective upgrade that anybody can do.
Replacing an interior map or dome light is simple and anybody can do it. Most vehicles do not require special tools and you can upgrade your interiors main lamps for as a low as $30! Interior lamps are the most effective and affordable upgrades that can be made for any vehicle.
Backup lights are essential for safety when in reverse and as important as safety, the brilliance and visibility is also important. Most vehicle manufacturers will use a T20 (ex. 7443), T25, (ex. 3157) or a smaller T15 (ex. 921) wedge type bulb to provide light while reversing your vehicle. Most backup lamps have an average wattage of 20W-27W giving you a luminosity that ranges from 150lm-400lm and usually have a dull warm white look.
With aftermarket LED, you can play with your brilliance. On the market, most backup LEDs average from 500lm-1000lm! Some unique options such as our patent 921 3020 18-SMD LEDs will even change the pattern and light disbursement providing advantages such as wider beam pattern, and/or further reach making reversing your car that much easier!
For safety, it is not question as to why every car should have an upgraded backup light LED installed.
When LED first made its way into the auto industry, the options were limited but as new and innovative designs were released, you now have options to play with and are capable of offering better results over other aftermarket options such as High Intensity Discharge bulb.
Most vehicles run either a single beam bulb or a dual beam bulb to provide lighting for low beams or high beams. Brand new single halogen beam bulbs have an average of 50W-55W providing about 1000lm-1400lm where as a dual beam bulb runs at 55W/65W (Lows/Highs) providing a similar rating for the low beam filament and increasing the intensity as the high beam filament engages.
Keep in mind, older technologies such as halogen or incandescent burn the filament inside the bulb causing wear through time and usage resulting in loss of light. Your headlights will not appear the same in light intensity after 1 year of driving the vehicle. For aftermarket LED headlight, however, it’s an entirely different story!
Most of our LED headlights provide an average luminosity of 3000lm-4000lm that practically doubles if not triples the output of the factory lighting. The best thing about using JDM ASTAR headlights is that there are options not just for the car but options for the driver. There is a solution for both car and driver regardless of your budget so if you ever have any questions and not too sure what you would like to upgrade first, contact the go to guys of LED lighting. Hit up JDM ASTAR and they can guide you to answer any questions about car lighting and help you find the best lighting solution for your car.
Lighting up your world….one car at a time!
-JDM ASTAR Team