How to Install Car LED Strip Lights

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Introduction: How to Install Car LED Strip Lights

About: Everything about automotive LED lights

Have you seen anyone sport a set of LED Underbody car lights? Whether or not you choose to install the single colored LED strip or the multi-colored RGB LED strip is all based on personal preference, but here is a guide to go through the installation process. The concept is straightforward as you will be securing the LED strips along the out edges of your car and extending the wires up to the engine bay.

Before you proceed with the first step, be sure to use a washcloth to gently remove any dirt or mud so your LED strips won't be dirty. If you have a hydraulic jack, now is a great time to utilize it since you can jack up the car for more access to the underside of the vehicle. If you don't have a hydraulic jack, that won't be an issue. You can still proceed with the installation.

Step 1:

Set the LED strip underneath your vehicle. Now is a good time to see if the underside of your car has any way of securely attaching the LED strips, including bolts, brackets or other small openings. Secure the LED strip with zip-ties.

We recommend zip-ties for every 12 inches of the LED strip, since double-sided tape may not be strong enough to securely attach the strip indefinitely. It helps if you have a friend to help you hold the LED strip in place during the attachment process, but if not you can just use the double-sided tape to temporarily mount the LED strip in place before you permanently secure it with zip ties.

Step 2:

Extend the wires. Route the 4 wires up to the engine bay and connect them to the module box. If the wiring of the LED strip on the rear bumper is not long enough to reach the front of the vehicle, you may use the extension wires that come with the package.

Step 3:

Tap the Red wire to battery positive/Black wire to negative or ground. If there is an optional wire, check the installation sheet to see what it's for.

These diagrams demonstrate where the LED strips are located in the car, in relation to their wiring.

Step 4:

Place the module box close to the battery, but away from the engine so there is no risk of damage. Make sure the location you place the module box at will be dry at all times. The battery/fuse box location is designed to stay perfectly dry so you don't have to worry about damaging the module box. Extend the antenna on the module box so you can get better reception even if the hood is closed.

Step 5:

Test to make sure everything works and enjoy your set of underbody LED strips. You can see that the installation was pretty straightforward so you will be well on your way to being the coolest and most colorful car on the block.

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    4 Discussions

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    stevenanthony62
    stevenanthony62

    Question 8 months ago

    I am not certain if I am wiring a set of underbody led glow lighting on my 2019 Hyundai Elantra, correctly. The lighting consists of eight 12" strips. I have mounted 2 strips along the driver's side of the vehicle, 2 strips along the passenger side, 2 strips at the front and 2 strips at the rear of the vehicle, Each strip required individual positive ( red wiring ) and negative ( black wiring ). 12 individual wires ( six black & six red ) have been routed from the lighting strips under the vehicle up and into the engine compartment, close to the battery. I have also run a set of wires from a on/off toggle switch I mounted under my dash and into the engine compartment along with the other wiring. I purchased a Terminal Strip to accommodate all the wiring for the lighting plus a positive and negative lead to run and secure to the battery. I found a perfect place to secure my terminal strip where it would not be interfered with. After screwing down the lighting wiring as well as the positive and negative leads for the battery I attached the negative wire from the on/off toggle switch and the negative lead wire from the terminal strip to the negative post on the battery. I attempted to do the same for the positive post of the battery. Unfortunately as soon as those wires made contact with the positive post there was an immediate arching from the battery and I stopped, disconnected the wires from the negative post and have not proceeded any further.
    What am I doing wrong or perhaps you have a better method you can recommend that will get me the results I am trying to achieve without causing any damage to the entire wiring system on my vehicle.....and/or damage to myself.
    Respectfully,
    S.A. Hernandez

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    SteinInge
    SteinInge

    Question 1 year ago on Step 5

    I don't have a "module box", only the LED strips. Can they be connected directly to the car battery or will they burn?

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    Rocky69juglall
    Rocky69juglall

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    I installed led rgb led strips with a RF rgb remote on the vehicle. The power connection was directly to the car battery which is plug to the rmote reciever. It worked well until the reciever gets hot and eventually the remote does not switch off the lights. I was told thatvthe remote and lights should not be connected directly to the battery due to power instability. It should be connected to the cigarette lighter or to the ACc on the vehicle. Since it needs to be a direct connection, which is the easiest and convenient way to connect the power source directly for a stable voltage and current without connecting with a cigarette lighter plug into the socket? Thank you kindly.

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