If anyone on the south island is genuinely interested in custom or DIY LED lighting for their rig at a good price, listen up!
Since about November I've been trying out some different things I found on one of those "totally legit" "China Direct" websites.
If you're sharp, you can sometimes find what seems like criminally good deals on various products or parts, you just have to wait a while for it to ship from China, like 4-6 weeks. I mostly use it for the more obscure or specialized items you don't usually find on that "A Maze On" site. ;-)
Anyway, I found several different listings for various waterproof 12v COB LED's, all different kinds at varying prices, and after much consideration, I decided to order a few things that I thought looked promising for doing a more affordable custom DIY DRL/off road lighting project on my rig. Well, what I've ended up with so far are some pretty slick augmented reverse lights and a really cool low profile grille chromie light bar/DRL combo out of it for the price of a meal and a beer at Brown's.
I even threw in a variable steady rate turn signal relay with my order, which was the last part I needed to complete my 1157-A incandescent to LED conversion so my signals would stay flashing at a normal rate that I now control. I'm actually pretty stoked right now since these projects I've been putting off over winter are now starting to come together nicely so really I want to grab a few more goodies for the next ones ASAP.
Time is running short to get another order in before Chinese New Year, which makes ordering anything from China around that time a total gong show if you can excuse the pun. If nobody is really interested in them, I will only order a few more for me but they get a bit cheaper by the dozen if people want to do a larger buy in.
I don't need any monetary commitment up front, I'd just like to know how many people would be seriously interested in getting them and how many so I know what would be a realistic number to order. Considering the price of light bars, that aren't even legal to run on the road, tend to start at a hundred bucks and go up from there, these could allow you to easily make something for a lot cheaper and still get a more custom look and practical use benefit out of it for your rig.
I have all the technical spec's for these things which I will post below for anyone techy who needs to know everything about them and what they can/can't do.
I will also cover application spec's and do's and don'ts for the DIY'ers.
The LED bars will cost you $5 each and will take 5-6 weeks to arrive once I order them, presuming they ship by Chinese New Year. Post here sooner than later if interested, because I will probably be putting an order in by the 29th at the latest or they will be further delayed than usual. I do have some left from this order right now but most are already earmarked for friends and people I owe thanks or favors to. I just ordered everything else I don't already have yet for hardware to do a full install on a dual mode system five times over. Depending how you want to run them, the hardware needed to install them (properly and safely) as dual mode regulated DRL's is under $50 total if you keep it to 5 LED bars or less running off one regulator. $30 if you run them unregulated. Keep in mind, these LED bars are not self regulating (chip controlled) so they can only be used safely off road, as they would shine too brightly for regular road use and would likely get you a lot of angry highbeam flashing and possible MVI's, no kidding. Each little module is only 16cm long and 1cm wide but has 76 individual emitters on it that can dish out up to 3000 lumen at 15W at a 150º angle at full power.
These aren't little sissy lights. Pictures never show how bright they actually look IRL but I'll post some photos anyway to show what they look like.
I have never seen anything that performs like these do for twice the price so I'm taking full advantage of it while the deal lasts, why not eh?! ;-)