LED Lights - Posted on October 15 2015

Hey guys, ChrisFix here and I was getting a lot of questions about LED lights so I will do a video about them in the near future, but for now I want to go over the two most common types of light bars. Oh, and yes, light bars are an addiction so be prepared! **Thank you U-Box for sending me some lights to do a comparison, check out their lights on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/1VW2vTz

 

DUAL ROW LED LIGHT BAR:

First there is the dual row LED light bars which have 2 rows of usually 3 watt LEDs (image below). This is the most common style light bar and what I mostly run. With this lightbar you can see on the right the reflective material is smooth which is the "spot" light function of the light while on the left the reflective material has ripples in it which gives it a 60 degree wide angle pattern. These style light bars fit a a lot of light in a little package since they have so many LEDs. They are also really good at keeping power consumption down since the 3 watt LEDs provide a lot of light for little power. My 42in light bar is 40,000 lumens and has a 10amp draw. Compare that to my four 100 watt halogen spot lights that produce 2000 lumens of light each. You can see why LED light bars are getting so popular! The down side to the dual row LED light bar is that they are thick to accommodate 2 rows of LEDs. So for places you need a low profile LED light, they make single row LED light bars.

 

SINGLE ROW LED LIGHT BAR:

Single row LED light bars typically use larger 5 watt LEDs but they have fewer LEDs compared to their dual row counterparts. For the same size light bar, the single row has 24 LEDs while the dual row has 40 LEDs. That is about double the light output if they use the same watt LED. The benefit is that these single row light bars are narrow and fit in tight places. I ended up putting a single row light bar under my light rack which had a narrow gap. A dual row light bar would not be able to fit there.

 

COMPARISON:

-The dual row is double the brightness of the single row for the same length light bar.

-The single row light bar is 1in wide while the dual row is 4.25in wide.

-Both light patterns are the same for the dual and single row bars

 

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CONCLUSION

There is a lot that can be said about LED light bars in general but hopefully this clears up some information about dual row vs single row LED light bars. Both have their place on your car or truck and the ones in the pictures are pretty good (I am testing them out for about 3 months now).

Link to inexpensive single row LED Light Bars: http://amzn.to/1NfnVDy

Link to inexpensive Dual Row Light Bars:  http://amzn.to/1RLye3O

Video of my LED lights so far: https://instagram.com/p/76CEqwujCz

 

Project Night Light Series (how to wire light bars): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp9L00SMSHQ