Freightliner Cascadia Grill & Air Vent LED Light Kit
Freightliner Cascadia Grill & Air Vent LED Light Kit
Designed to fit the newer Freigtliner Cascadia body style (2018+) this GRILL & AIR VENT light kit is designed the light up the front grill and air vents of the truck. It's available in both SINGLE COLOR and MULTI-COLOR (RGB) versions. Based on our low-profile surface mounted LEDs, this LED light kit contains 168 super bright 5050 LEDs in three hi-intensity low-profile surface mounted LED strips. For the grill, we use one 120 LED light strip mounted inside the front grill facing inward (three sides). The other two LED strips are used to light the two air vents on each side of the truck. This kit can be used by itself or, can be paired with our Freightliner Cascadia Under-Cab LED light Kit as well as our Freightliner Cascadia Under-Glow LED Light Kit. For multi-color RGB kits, the Heavy Duty LED Controller (or Dual Zone Heavy Duty LED Controller) offered in this kit will power all LEDs in all three LED light kits. You only need one LED controller so if you already have the UNDER-CAB (or UNDER-GLOW) light kit, you do not need another LED controller with this kit. . NOTE: The truck pictured on this product page has ALL THREE of our Cascadia LED light kits installed: Grill/Air Vents (this kit), Under-Glow, and Under-Cab.
The multi-color RGB version provides over 16 million color combinations that you control and includes it's own on/off wireless switch. The multi-color RGB kit includes our HEAVY DUTY Combo Bluetooth + RF M7 controller so you can control the lights with your Bluetooth enabled smartphone or the included wireless RF remote control. With any of the Boogey Lights® BLUETOOTH controllers you can control your lights with your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Android or IOS smartphone. These high-tech controllers are capable of displaying 16 million different color combinations. In addition, lighting effects on the Smartphone controller are significantly more controllable in terms of speed and intensity. Each color and lighting effect is controlled by "sliders" or a color square on your smartphone screen so you can adjust the speed and intensity to get the lighting exactly the way you want it. Our controllers operate on 12vdc. Also, all of our SERIES 2 Bluetooth Combo controllers include an RF remote control allowing for quick on/off of the controller. You can operate this controller with the included RF wireless remote OR you can use your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone and our free smartphone APP (Android and IOS).
The single color version is available in your choice of one of six super-bright colors: Amber, Red, Green, Blue, White or Pink. Also, you have your choice of BLACK or WHITE PCB. With the single color version you'll need to either add your own on/off switch or wire them into an existing circuit using a relay.
DOT COMPLIANCE: The AMBER and RED single color LED strips are DOT COMPLIANT. They conform to applicable provisions of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108 requirements.More About the Boogey Lights® Bluetooth Smartphone APP
OTHER ITEMS YOU MAY NEED TO COMPLETE YOUR INSTALL. No two installation scenarios are the same. Not everyone shares the same installation quality goals. Some folks are OK with twisting wires together, others want to solder them. Some folks are OK with running wires where they may be seen or unprotected to save money/time, others want a tidy, clean install without any wires showing. Some folks are OK with mounting their LED strips to whatever surface they can find, others want to take the time necessary to build out appropriate mounting surfaces to provide the best lighting effect on their vehicle. The point is it's not possible to provide all the materials necessary for all installation scenarios and quality goals. Our light kits provide the essential components needed for a high-quality, functioning lighting system. Installation of our light kit to your specific vehicle may however require additional items to make it look and fit the way you want. This is particularly the case with electrical wiring and mounting of LED strips. Before proceeding with your installation we suggest you consider THESE OTHER ITEMS.
Installation of this led light kit takes 3 to 5 hours depending on whether or not you're adding this kit to the existing UNDER-CAB or UNDER-GLOW light kit (which will already have the controller and battery connections made) or installing this kit as a stand alone. You can download the Installation Manual directly from our website to get an idea of what's involved.
There are three different mounting locations in this kit and all of the power leads need to be carefully run. You will need to remove the grill and each of the hood air vents to install this kit. You'll also need to remove the two splash guards on each side of the hood. If you're installing an LED controller with this kit, you'll need to remove the driver's side steps to access the batteries. Also, the LED controller is mounted in the driver's side storage / jockey box. You will need to drill a hole in the floor of that box to connect power to the battery box, led wires and RF antenna. The power lead wires from the Grill light and Air Vent lights come together on the driver's side just in front of the front left steer. If you're adding this kit along with the UNDER-GLOW light kit (and you're running them on the same zone), you can connect the LED strips in that kit coming from under the front bumper to the power leads in this kit. There are other wiring options too if you are using a Dual Zone led controller. If you're going to use a Dual Zone LED Controller we stronglly recommend planning out your install on paper first to make sure you know which power leads are going to which LED lighting zone. Our installation manual includes more detail on all of this including photos of the suggested mounting locations for each strip. We do not however include detailed instructions on how to remove the front grill and air vents (although it's pretty easy to do). We assume anyone attempting to install this light kit has the knowledge to do this already (or, is willing to figure it out on their own using any number of online sources).
These are the LED placement locations we used for this kit. It's important to follow this placement pattern to ensure the LED strips are protected. Mounting them in any other way voids warranty.
Front Grill: We mount one 120 LED light strip around the 3 sides of the inside of the hood grill area (left, right and top). Important to note that there are three seams in the hood that will first need to be filled in with BUTYL tape (included in the kit) to make for a smooth mounting surface. Failing to do this will almost certainly result in the LED strip failing.
Two Air Vents: We mount one 24 LED strip in each Air Vent on each side of the truck. Passenger's side LED strip has a 20' power lead. The driver's side LED strip has a 15' power lead. Drill a small hole on the inside of the hood at the base of the hood for the power lead to exit. Use Butyl tape to seal that hole.
Both the front grill power lead and the two air vent power leads come together on the driver's side front and run down the driver's side frame rail back to the battery box where they'll either connect to the LED controller mounted inside the driver's side storage box or if single color, connect to another switch (not included) or relay (not included) which is triggered by another lighting circuit (e.g. marker lights).
Here are some photos from our Installation Manual.
Note on color selection: Amber (and Red if facing toward the rear) are the only colors that can be used while driving. If you're buying RGB lights, the Bluetooth controller allows you to setup presets for your color selections as well as features which include dimming, strobing, breathing and color blending. In our demo truck we have one button pre-programmed for orange/amber which we also dim by 50% so it isn't so bright. Be aware however you cannot get a true ORANGE or AMBER with RGB leds. WHY NOT?. You can come close by mixing equal parts RED + GREEN (and then increasing the intensity of the red just a little) using your phone and our Bluetooth APP but it is not precise. More details about this can be found here.
The Boogey Lights® Bluetooth controller included with this light kit also has our new SERIES 2 firmware which gives you the ability to program the controller to display two or three colors of your choice and then rotate those colors in sequence. For example, let's say it's Fourth of July and you want your lights to rotate through the color sequence of RED, WHITE and BLUE . Or, perhaps your favorite sports team's colors are Red and White and you want your lights to continually rotate through a color sequence of RED and WHITE. This SERIES 2 firmware controller and smartphone APP will do that - and more. You can for instance vary the speed of the sequence as well as the brightness. You can also choose from one of two different sequencing effect modes: BREATHING or ROLLING. Additionally, you can save these configurations in up to 3 presets such that you're able to recall the lighting configuration with a press of a button.