Your vehicle is already an older year or does not have the right ambient lighting from the factory (usually somewhere on the headliner near the interior lighting) Installed? No problem, because you can now retrofit ambient lighting for a small fee. What is there in this respect for options and what you should pay attention to, you will learn in this article.
Ambient lighting with LEDs
LEDs are very compact and require little space for installation. Another advantage is that they give off little heat and work equally well at all temperatures. They are very economical and, for example, ideal for installation in console slits or door slats. Further advantages are that LEDs react very fast and shine with full brightness. You reproduce the colors very realistically and hardly flicker.
LED stripes for door panels & Co.
Very easy to retrofit are LED strips, so-called light strips, the footwellmake the center console, door trim or headliner of your car shine in a whole new look. There are countless LED Stripes for retrofitting in the trade, so that your creativity knows no bounds. Most of the commercially available kits are easily installed by a layman.
Network ambient lighting with your smartphone
Practical are retrofittable ambient lighting, which can be networked with your smartphone. The providers offer the retrofit kit often a free app that you can download to your smartphone or on a tablet. With such an app, you can, for example, control the light color, the brightness and the order when multiple colors are available.
When is the installation not allowed?
Before you buy an ambient lighting for retrofitting, you should first make sure that this light source is also allowed according to the road traffic regulations. Advantageous for you: The legislator does not specify clear rules for interior lighting in the interior. However, it is in the Highway Code that the light may not penetrate to the outside and radiate so that it dazzles other road users or changed their own signal lights. It is also important that you yourself are not blinded or distracted by the ambient lighting. This also applies to a possible retrofit ambient lighting in the footwell. Tip: If you install ambient lighting on the entrances or on the ceiling, it makes sense to provide them with a door sensor or connect them directly to the factory interior lighting. In this way, the LEDs can not radiate outward while driving. Make sure that the lights and the reading lamps are not too bright. Otherwise you can equip them individually and according to your taste. But not OUTSIDE!
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