Kenworth T680 LED Under-Glow Light Kit
Kenworth T680 700 LED Under-Glow LED Light Kit
Designed to fit the newer Kenworth T680 body style (2021+) this UNDER-GLOW light kit is designed the light up the area under the truck from the front bumper to the drive axle. The sub-structure of the Kenworth T680 under most of the truck is what makes this under-glow kit possible. It's available in both SINGLE COLOR and MULTI-COLOR (RGB) versions. Based on our HEAVY DUTY LED LIGHT SERIES, this Under-Glow LED light kit contains a whopping 705 super bright 5050 LEDs in 13 Heavy Duty hi-intensity LED strips. Two are mounted under the front bumper. Four are mounted on the driver's side mounted on the included aluminum flat bar affixed to the truck's sub-structure on the driver's side under the truck (facing downward). Three are mounted on the passenger's side mounted on the included aluminum flat bar affixed to the truck's sub-structure on the passenger's side under the truck (facing downward.) Two are mounted on the horizontal cross beams between the fuel tanks (facing downward). Two are mounted on the frame rails (facing downward) at the rear of the cab. The end result is complete under-glow light coverage from the front bumper all the way to the drive axle. This kit can be used by itself or, can be paired with our Kenworth T680 Air Vent 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 this kit as well as the optinal Air Vent kit (we're still working on a grill light kit for this model). You only need one LED controller. NOTE: The truck pictured on this product page has BOTH our Kenworth T680 Under-Glow LED light kit AND Air Vent Light kit installed.
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, Pink or Magenta (Hot-Purple). 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.
What is RGB+Amber (RGBA)?
RGBA is a new type of LED strip format Boogey Lights® developed. It is available in both our Low Profile and Heavy Duty LED strip formats. The RGBA led strip includes our core RGB tri-chip technology using a 5050 RGB LED with the addition of a fourth 2835 diode that is AMBER. Designed primarily for motor vehicle applications, that fourth AMBER diode can be wired to a separate switch on the dash (or tied into a relay to work with existing running lights) that allows you to quickly and easily turn on just the AMBER leds. Then, for those who want the flexibility to be able to display up to 16 million color combinations using the RGB tri-chip, they can do that too. RGB + A provides the best of both worlds. Single color amber plus RGB tri-chip multi-color. The product photo carousel of this product page includes a close-up view of the LED strip design and wiring diagram. Note that due to the addition of that fourth diode, the RGBA strips are a little wider than our standard tri-chip RGB and single color LED strips. Also, the power lead wires use five conductor vs four. For additional information including product specs, click the SPECS navigation tab on this product page.
Single Color vs Multi-Color
Single colors are going to be brighter than multi-color LEDs. The reason is that in a multi-color (e.g. RGB) LED there are three diodes: red, green and blue. The LED controller mixes those three colors to create up to 16 million possible colors. For example, equal amounts of red + green + blue = white. In a single color LED, all three diodes are the same color. So in a single color white LED, there are three white LEDs which is much brighter than an RGB led mixed to show white. If you're looking for the absolute brightest color, go with single color. If however you want to be able to change the colors and/or mix custom colors as well as harness the power of the LED controller to save pre-sets, program different color rotations (e.g. red - white - blue), flash, strobe, blend or make the lights breath, go with multi-color.
For RGB multi-color led lighting an LED Controller is needed to operate the lights. The controller is what operates the lights and mixes the colors. In addition to providing a wireless on/off capability, the LED controllers offered allow you to control your lights with your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smart phone and our free smart phone APP (Android and IOS) OR the included RF wireless remote. With the included RF remote you can change between 7 colors (white, red, blue, green, light blue, lime green, pink) and functions of on/off, blending, strobing, breathing, flashing, fading and dimming. You can also use your Bluetooth enabled smart phone to create that custom look with over 16 million different color combinations plus three pre-sets along with color rotation programming with either 2 or 3 color sets. There is significantly more detail, including a video, on the BLUETOOTH APP navigation tab on this product page.
NOTE: If purchasing RGB, be aware that an RGB LED cannot create the color orange. It can come close but not exact. Why? RGB leds have three color diodes: RED, GREEN and BLUE. It's the mixing of these three colors together that create other colors. The color ORANGE is created by mixing RED + YELLOW. The color YELLOW is created by mixing RED + GREEN. With an RGB LED, there is only one RED diode so it can only be used once. To get something that looks more like orange to the human eye using RGB LEDs you need to mix equal amounts of RED + GREEN (actually just a bit less green since the human eye is more sensitive to green wavelengths). This will give you the color YELLOW. Then, increase the intensity of the RED just a little (or, pull back the green). This will essentially add a little red to the yellow to effectively mix a color that has an orange tint which is closer to AMBER. It's not perfect but it's as close as you can get to the color orange using RGB led lights. If the color orange is really important to you, purchase the RGBA led strips. You can create a very nice deep orange color by mixing 100% RED + 100% AMBER with the RGBA led strip.
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 about 6 hours to do properly. You can download the Installation Manual directly from our website to get an idea of what's involved.
There are 13 different mounting locations in this kit and all of the power leads need to be carefully run. The mounting areas are focused in the following areas: Under the front bumper, driver's said under-structurere, passenger's side under-structure, driver's side rear frame rail and passenger's side rear frame rail. While you do not necessarily need to remove the side skirts, you do need access under the truck. DIYers will find it easier to access the under side of the truck if at least one side skirt is removed. 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 antenna. All of the our Heavy Duty LED strips include a 3' power lead. Most of the strips will need to have additional power lead cable added which we include in the kit. We recommend connecting all of LED strips under the front bumper together and then running one feeder cable back to the LED controller. You can the same for many of the other strips in this kit based on their mounting location. Doing so reduces the total number of power leads coming back to the LED controller. Regardless, we strongly recommend planning out your install on paper first. 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 side skirts/steps. 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). NOTE: We are now using PLASTIC FLAT BAR in place of ALUMINUM FLAT BAR.
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.
Under Front Bumper: We mount two 45 LED heavy duty light strips under the front bumper in a 'V' shape. The power leads come together in the middle.
Driver's Side Under-Structure: To build out the mounting structure for the LED strips, we mount three pieces of aluminum flat bar (84", 36", 24") to the truck's under-structure. Then, we mount a total of FOUR heavy duty led strips to that aluminum flat bar: 2 - 60 LED strips, 1 - 45 LED strip, and 1 - 30 LED strip.
Passenger's Side Under-Structure: To build out the mounting structure for the LED strips we mount two pieces of aluminum flat bar (each are 72" long) to the truck's under-structure. Then, we mount a total of THREE heavy duty led strips to that aluminum flat bar: 2 - 75 LED strips and 1 - 30 LED strip.
Fuel Tank Center: We mounted 2 - 45 LED heavy duty strips to the horizontal cross beams, shining downward.
Rear Frame Rails: We mount two 75 LED heavy duty strips to the rear frame rails just behind the cab and in front of the drive axel. Both shining downward.
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.