Check out some of the cars and people from the Grand Opening and car show we hosted kicking off our new retail and installation shop.
Tags: daytime running light, DRL
The 9005 DRL_Module has been redesigned to handle higher current loads. We have identified and upgraded critical components in this modules power supply. These upgrades allow the DRL_Module to be connected directly to our high power LEDs like the 9005_28_W and the 9005_15_HP without the use of a relay harness.
Key features of the 9005 DRL Module:
-Increases the low voltage of most vehicles existing DRL circuits.
-Reverse Polarity Protection; unit will not be damaged if connected backwards.
-Stable with high wattage LED bulbs, up to 15 Watts power draw.
-No modifications required to your vehicle, simple plug and play installation.
If you are unfamiliar with what the DRL_Module is used for you can find a good explanation here: What is a V-LEDS DRL_Module?
Tags: daytime running light, DRL, fog lamp, fog lamps, fog lights, zip ties
When we get asked this question “How long do your LED products last?, I bought a pair of LEDs and they burnt out after 6 months.” we will ask a series of questions to help a customer understand how or why their LEDs burnt out. The number one cause of LED failure is heat. LEDs have a heat threshold that they need to stay below to maintain a long lifespan. There are many different types of LEDs, all of which have different heat thresholds. What causes LEDs to overheat and fail? A few things cause LEDs to overheat. We have found that if you install an LED bulb inside your headlight housing and it is placed relatively close to the headlamp bulb it will fail much faster than if the LED was installed in its own separate housing. The heat generated by the headlamp will heat up the circuit board and the LED to temperatures much higher than the LED was meant to operate at, this will cause the LED to fail. Other problems we have found is the LEDs can overheat themselves if they are installed in a small housing. Example; being installed into a license plate light, most cars use a 194 style bulb to light up the license plate. If you install a High Power 194 LED for this application you will most likely have a product failure. If you install a standard LED it should last a long time. The small light housing does not allow for quick heat dissipation. The High Power LEDs generate a lot of heat, so they need some space to dissipate the heat so they do not fail.
Another source of LED failure is from overdriving the LEDs. Like most things in life, less is more or more is less. Example, turning up the level of boost on a turbocharged engine. This will gain more power from the engine, at the same time you will get less reliability out of the engine. Turning up the boost drastically increases stress on internal components of the engine. Over time the engine will fatigue and fail. The same principle applies to LEDs. A small increase in the amount of power delivered to the LEDs will increase the amount of light they produce. This is like turning up the boost on the turbocharged engine; you get higher levels of performance, but sacrifice on the lifespan of the LED. We see a lot of LED failures when cars have voltage spikes that increase the amount of voltage that powers the LEDs. This is why we do not simply “turn up the power” on our LEDs to make brighter products. When V-LEDS creates a brighter LED bulb we design it around a brighter LED. We then use power supplies capable of driving these LEDs to their full potential. That being said, we are still pushing these LEDs to their maximum power levels so they are extremely bright. This is necessary for brake lights or turn signal lights for safety. This also creates more heat that needs to be removed from the diodes. Upon inspection of our High Power Series of LEDs you will see that we have engineered proper heat management into our products. So instead of just turning up the power, we turn on the innovation. Every aspect of the LED bulb is considered to ensure the longest lifespan possible. However if you install a High Power LED next to a high source of heat like a headlamp or if installed into a small light housing there is a higher chance of premature failure. Other factors play into the lifespan of the LED as well. We have seen everything from moisture to abuse that will burn the LEDs out prematurely. The power supply that controls the power to the LEDs is susceptible to failure as well. The LEDs may be just fine, its just the power supply has failed.
For a more in depth, technical understanding of the causes of LED failures you can read this bullet list on Wikipedia.
Tags: electrical load, load resistor, load resistors, ohm resistors
One way to fix hyperflash and bulb out indicators in your car is to use load resistors. Load resistors add electrical load back onto the blinker circuit to simulate the filament of the original bulb that was replaced with V-LEDS. They also generate a lot of heat while the blinkers are on. To help dissipate the heat and protect heat sensitive components in your car V-LEDS developed the mounting plate and cover system. Using these two components together allows for easier mounting of the load resistors and keeps easily meltable materials from coming in contact with the resistor itself.
If you are planning on using load resistors to fix your hyperflashing blinker circuit be sure to make the installation easier by using the Plate and Cover system available only from V-LEDS.com.
If you have any questions about these products or installation contact us here: Contact
Tags: backup lights, LED backup lights, license plate frame, rear bumpers, receiver hitch, reverse LEDs, Reverse Lights
Reversing your car down a long driveway at night can be difficult if your reverse lights dont illuminate the way for you. It seems that very little attention is paid to the design of reverse lights. It seems that on most cars the only purpose is to alert other drivers you are about to back out of a parking spot. Rarely do we find a car that the reverse lights do a decent job of actually illuminating the ground or objects a few feet behind the car so they are visible from the drivers seat.
Is there a way to get more light behind the car for reversing? The answer is yes. There have been a number of ways to add more light to the rear of your car or truck. The problem is that it has always required a lot of extra work and wiring. We have seen all sorts of light wired up under the rear bumpers of many trucks and cars. Tractor lights, fog lights, and other inventions that mount to a receiver hitch. They all get the job done but require mounting a pair of lights to the bottom of the bumper or to the frame. And if your vehicle lacks trailer wiring you have to run wiring from the battery to power these type of lights as they draw too much power to be spliced directly into the wiring for the factory reverse lights. Thats when V-LEDS came up with the brilliant idea of the LPF (License Plate Frame). It is easy to install, just two wires and two screws! Simply install it over your license plate with the same screws that hold your license plate on. Route the wires to your cars reverse light wiring and connect with the supplied splice taps and your done. It does not draw very much power at all, only 18 watts. It generates over 1000 lumens of LED light! Watch our video to see it in action.