A Beginner’s Guide to LED Light Bars

LED light bars have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering maximum efficiency without blowing your budget.

When choosing an LED light bar, either for an emergency vehicle or an off-road truck, there are several factors that you need to consider including the amount of wattage and lumens you require.

How do LED light bars work?

LED light bars use electroluminescence which is emitted from a semiconductor diode that projects light outwards. They are one of the most common types of LED lighting, providing great illumination without too much glare.

Using the latest in LED technology, LED light bars work much like LED beacon bars for emergency vehicles.

What are the different features of an LED light bar?

LED light bars have several different features, each of which is important in choosing the right light bar for your vehicle. Some of the features you should consider include:

  • Size. The larger the light bar, the more bulbs it has, meaning more illumination.
  • Shape. There are two shapes of LED light bars: curved and straight.
  • Number of rows. You can choose between single and double-row light bars, with the latter providing more light.
  • Beam pattern. There are three types of beam patterns to choose from: spot, flood, and combination.
  • LED color. Many different colors are available, with white light providing the brightest beam.
  • Connector type. LED light bars come with either an ATP connector or a DT connector, so make sure you have the right one for your light bar.

How to choose the right LED light bar

When choosing a LED light bar, there are several factors that you need to consider including:

  • Consider the number of lumens needed

Lumens are a measure of how much light a light bar emits; the more lumens, the brighter the light will be. When looking at different LED light bars, make sure you compare how many lumens each one offers so that you can make the right choice for your vehicle.

  • Compare the wattages

The wattage of a light bar shows you how much power it needs to produce light. Ideally, you want a light bar that produces the most lumens without needing too much wattage. This way, you can get maximum light without draining your battery.

  • Think about how many light bars you require

In some cases, it is better to use two smaller LED light bars rather than one large one, as you can angle these in different directions, allowing for a bigger radius of light.

  • Read customer reviews

If you are unsure which LED light bar to go for, it can be hugely helpful to read online reviews before deciding. Customer reviews will not only tell you if a product is a good buy but can also offer advice on how to use them.

  • Think about mounting

Once you have chosen a light bar, you need to consider how you will mount it to your vehicle. There are many different types of mounting brackets on the market, but you need to make sure that the one you choose is compatible with your light bar.

Also, look for a mounting bracket with a solid base for your light bar.