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The best LED lighting for cars

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LED lights are an increasingly popular option in homes and establishments due to their energy-efficiency and safe nature. LED headlights are now the go-to option for most modern cars, as well as indicators and daylights, as they use less energy, power and put less stress on the car. Some drivers now opt to add LED lights inside their car to provide more light during dark drives and to really make their car their own. But which LED lights should you choose?

In this guide, we will explore the best LED lights for your car, the things to consider before you buy and whether installing LED lights is actually worth it.

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Can you put LED lights in your car?

Although there are certain modifications that you cannot make to your car, installing LED lights to the interior isn't one of them. As long as you choose LED's that will safely work in your car, and they won't cause a distraction to other drivers (such as flashing or strobe lights), then LED lights can be a great asset to have.

You will need to choose strip lighting that is made for a car, otherwise you won't get the full effect, or they may not work.

Are LED lights for cars worth it?

If you're thinking of adding interior lights inside of your car, then LED lights are the best choice when compared to other sources. They are around 90% more efficient than an incandescent bulb or halogen lights, meaning they last longer and won't cause as much of a safety hazard. They don't burn as intensely, so will be safe to touch.

If you want to make your car appear more unique and extravagant, settling for a simple paint job might not do the trick. Adding LED lights of any colour you choose can make your car stand out when you drive at night, allowing you to drive a vehicle that is matched perfectly to your preferences.

LED lights are best known for their longevity; LED lights can burn for up to 50,000 hours, making them the most cost-effective and energy-efficient option. This is why LED flex lights are perfect for making signs. You can view our full collection here.

Can you put LED lights in your car?

In cars, some LED lights work better than others. Strip lights are incredibly flexible and the safest option for your car. They can be placed anywhere in your car, hidden discreetly to reduce damage and keep the illusion. They are easy to install, with an easy stick backing to attach wherever you wish. You can also cut them to shape without damaging the rest of the strip.

LED strip lights can be placed in numerous places in your car, such as in footwells and underneath seats. This way, they can make a huge impact on both you and your passenger's driving experience. If you're looking for a more extravagant look, try installing strip lights on the underside of your car. However, you need to make sure that they are looked after and kept in good condition, as they will collect a lot of dirt and possible damage.

If you're still concerned about installing LED lights in your car, you can speak to a professional today to ease your worries. If you would like to view our collection of strip lights, you can visit us on our website here.

Things to consider before installing LED lights in your car

Before you choose LED lights for your car, there are a few elements you must consider before committing. These include:

The size of your car

Availability of space is important, especially when it comes to installing car LED strip lights within your interiors. Overloading your car can be incredibly distracting, making it dangerous for not only yourself, but other drivers too. Don't put too many strip lights in your car, and choose the locations before you buy.


Here at We Love LEDs, we recommend sticking to one colour to avoid harsh lighting, especially when you're driving. Having one block colour will enhance your driving experience, and won't distract you or other drivers.

Type of car

Thinking about what you use your ca for, are bright LED strip lights the best option? If you use your car for regular commuting and pleasure, bright, fun colours are a perfect choice. However, if you use your car for work or professional business, they might not be the best option. If the latter best describes your vehicle, maybe opt for more subtle warm and cool whites.

LED lights from We Love LEDs

Here at We Love LEDs, we have a wide range of LED lights perfect for a variety of locations. From LED modules to easy to install LED strips, we have everything you need to build signs or illuminate any room. To find out more, you can speak to a friendly member of our team today.

Common Queries

Are LED lights legal in cars?

Having extra lighting inside your car is not illegal, but make sure that they don't flash or cause a distraction to other drivers. You also cannot show anything out of the back windscreen unless it is a red light, so that you do not interfere with the brake lights.

How long do LED lights last in cars

Considering they are not overly damaged, LED lights can last for between 10,000 and 50,000 hours. This all depends on how they are maintained, placed and stored.

What LED colours look best in cars? 

This is completely your choice, depending on your preferences. Cool and warm whites give off a more neutral, calm look, whereas blues and reds are more fun and outgoing.

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