PeterBilt 379/389 Grill LED Light Kit
Light up your Pete's Grill with our 165 LED Light Kit!
Light up your grill with our super-bright LED light kit built for the 379 or 389 grill. Available in single color (white, red, green, blue, amber, orange) as well as multi-color RGB which allows you to change the colors. This kit can also be combined with our BREATHER LIGHT KIT and / or our UNDER-GLOW LIGHT KITs for the 379/389 too. 12vdc.
- Stand Alone: Single Color. This is the default configuration. Just the LED light kit for the grill light. No switching or battery connection wiring included. Assumes you are going to be wiring the lights into an existing 12vdc circuit or switch. Be sure to allocate additional amperage draw which depending upon the color, can be as much as .75 amps per 72 LEDs.
- Stand Alone: Single Color w/RF Wireless ON/OFF + battery connection wiring. Includes the LED light kit for the grill (single color) PLUS a wireless on/off RF remote control along with battery connection wiring.
- Stand Alone: Multi-Color / RGB w/Wireless LED Controller + battery connection wiring. Includes the RGB multi-color LED light kit for the grill PLUS a wireless RF/Bluetooth combo LED controller along with battery connection wiring. NOTE: You have two remote control options here: Key Fob or M7 style remote. The M7 style remote is the most popular because of it's nine large, easy-to-use and see buttons. Each button has one function so no sharing of functions. It measures 3.5" x 1.5" x .25". The KEY FOB style remote is smaller and is key chain ready. It has four smaller buttons each of which have more than one function. The KEY FOB remotes have a sliding cover to protect the keys from damage and are easy to put in your pocket without accidentally pressing any buttons. It measures 1.75" x 1" x .5". See photos.
- Integrate with existing Boogey Lights Under-Glow or Breather LED Light Kits (Single Color or Multi-Color). Includes either the Single Color OR RGB multi-color LED light kit for the grill plus wiring to connect to an existing Boogey Lights Under-Glow or Breather LED kit that already has switching and/or LED controller in place.
Single Color vs RGB (Multi-Color)
Single colors are going to be brighter than RGB (multi-color) LEDs. The reason is that in an RGB LED there are three diodes: red, green and blue. The LED controller mixes those three colors to create other 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 for the absolute brightest color for your truck, go with single color. If however you want to be able to change the colors from time to time, go with RGB. Just be aware that the RGB version of isn't as bright as the single color version.
RGB / Multi-Color: For RGB 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 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.
NOTE: If purchasing RGB, be aware that an RGB LED cannot create the color orange. It can come close but not exact. Why? As mentioned previously, 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.
All Boogey Lights® LED strips are COMMON CATHODE LEDS. They share a common ground and will only work with positively switched controllers. Most LED strips on the market today are COMMON ANODE because the controller technology used to power them is less expensive to manufacture. However they're not nearly as bright and are an overall inferior design when compared with COMMON CATHODE LEDs.
Installation takes about an hour depending on whether or not you're integrating with another light kit. Here are the basic steps.
- You don't have to remove the grill IF you have a means by which to support the hood when it's open such that you can put your body weight on it. It's also wise to put a piece of plywood across the inside of the grll before putting your body weight on it (see photo). This helps distribute the weight. This will allow you to climb inside (more or less) the front of the hood to install the LED light strip from the inside. Not everyone is going to be able to do this -- particularly for those who might be a little on the heavy side. In that case you're going to have to remove the grill so you can gain access to the inside of the grill from the front of the truck.
- Clean the surface where the LED strip will be mounted with alcohol and then prep with 3M Adhesion Primer. It's important to make sure this area is clean and free of dirt, oil or grease before proceeding.
- Decide which side of the truck the power lead will route. In our installation we routed it out on the passenger's side because our other light kit power leads (Breather + Under-Glow kits) were on the passenger's side of the truck. In this particular installation we mounted the LED controller in the passenger's side storage box and thus why our connections are on the passenger's side. It could also go on the driver's side. Totally up to you.
- Once you have the power lead cable in the engine compartment, you can continue with wiring the LEDs to power and/or a switch.
NOTE: You'll notice a shadow on both the left and right side of the grill (see marked up photo below). The reason is some trucks have rubber flashing attached to the top, left and right sides of the radiator. That flashing is designed to funnel air coming in from the front of the grill into the radiator. In newer trucks, the rubber flashing is ridged; it generally won't be an issue. In older trucks however the rubber is quite worn and flimsy so it sags which is what causes the shadow. In our installation the top rubber flashing was so bad it was torn; hanging down and blocking air so we removed it. If you want maximum illumination and that rubber flashing is worn to the point at which it's creating the shadow you have a couple of options. First is to simply remove it - or - at least a portion of it. Whether or not doing so will impact air direction/flow to the radiator we don't know but we doubt it's that significant. Second, reinforce the rubber flashing with something rigid (or tie it back) so the rubber doesn't bend or sag. In our case we left the rubber flashing as it was and let the customer decide later what he wanted to do - and thus why you see the shadow on the left and right sides of the grill photos. .