These lights work by shining a single led through a optical wire that traps the light within it - pretty cool. When the sun goes down, it’s looks EPIC.
(Updated 7/8/2022): They have only been installed for a few months now. I’m having no issues! Here’s my run down haha:
- The lights are plenty bright, and change colors beautifully. You will only get to enjoy them at night, like all lights, the massive sun is just too strong, you can’t hold that against them. During the day, it does not look that ugly too, you only see any cables you didn’t hide, and the LED source of you consider it ugly.
- I feel that the music modes are too fast & chaotic. I wish you could change the speed of the music mode. You can set the speed of the fade & jump scenes using the brightness buttons thought. I pretty much don’t use music mode just because it flashes too quickly (I’m 20 yrs old, I’m young but even this is too much for me lol). The color white is a little off, it’s not a full white, looking closely you can tell its a mix of all the colors on at the same time. Same this with purple, it looks more like a darker pink.
- The brightness does gradually fade as it gets further down the tube, so with long wire runs (like 6+ feet) you might be able to tell that the glow fades a bit. You can use my videos above as a reference.
- From the control box, there are 5 total cables each with an individual light source on the end, 2 of them are longer than the other three. I used the longer ones to reach my backseat.
- I ended up purchasing an extra set of tubing ($12 for ~9 ft) (I messaged the shipper thru Amazon, they provided an Amazon link) so that I could put it everywhere I wanted. The original kit didn’t come with enough length… but I don’t think that’s because they give you too little, I think it’s mostly because I wanted to add more.
- Inspect the tubing before install!! When I purchased the extensions separately, they arrived warped and bent beyond use - as if they were exposed to heat and nearly melted the plastic. Make sure your tubing is smooth, or else your light strip will be bent too. I ordered a replacement for the extension through Amazon and the replacement was better, but still had some kinks. At that point I just said whatever, good enough and used them. It is important to note that the original tubing was perfect, the extensions were the only thing that came warped; possibly due to the packaging. The original came in a cardboard box within the Amazon pak, the extensions were just in a ziplock bag within the Amazon padded pak.
- Have a general plan as to where you want the lights to go; measure twice & cut once. Place the control box and cigarette plug first where they will be so that you know your limitations on length. I installed the shorter lengthened areas of tubing first before I did the long stretches of wire (around my rear passenger doors). Once you get a rough idea, you can place the tubing where you want it and cut it to size before you slide the optical wire through it. Leave about an inch of optical wire sticking out on the end of the tube where you will place the LED source, and leave sufficient room for the led source to sit against the car. I used a dab of glue from my hot glue gun to stick the led source to the car, I don’t recommend just letting it hang pulling on the optical wire.
- Keep the LED source in a place where passengers will not bump against it (arms, shoes, head, whatever) and pull the whole strip out. Same thing with cables, don’t let cables out & free for passengers to trip / pull on. I used a dab of hot glue to ensure some things stayed in place.
- When placing tubing on doors, install it with the doors fully swung open. Leave sufficient cable for the doors to swing fully open and not pull on anything. You can use some hot glue as needed… always be sure the cable length can accommodate the full opening of the doors.
- Do your best to hide the cables and the LED source for a more clean and seamless look. The included panel-pry tool was very handy, allowing me to tuck the cables & LED tubing away, although the tool is flimsy if the panel is very tight.
- Dont bend & kink the tubing during install… we want a smooth beam of light.
- Took me about 2-3 hours to install
Overall, I absolutely love it. It adds an awesome vibe to the car, and I can’t wait to get my friends and do a road trip… My biggest complaint is that you can not adjust the speed of the scenes (like jump and fade). Music mode is just too fast & chaotic. There is not an app to control the lights, it’s just the physical remote.
All the other lights (underglow and footwell lights) are from Govee.