PeterBilt 379/389 Under-Glow LED Light Kit
Light up your Pete with 840 (or more) Hi-Intensity LEDs in our Under-Glow Light Kit!
Light up the area under your Pete with our super-bright 840 LED light kit. Offered in multi-color RGB, RGBA, Dual Color (your choice of 7 primary colors + amber) and single color (8 choices) configurations.This kit can also be combined with our BREATHER LIGHT KIT and / or our GRILL LIGHT KITs for the 379/389 too. 12vdc.
Unlike most every other light kit out there, these light kits are ACCENT LIGHT KITS. When mounted properly, you'll never see the LED lights themselves. You'll only see the glow from the LEDs. If you're interested in learning more about WHY Boogey Lights are different than any other LED lighting system on the market, click here: WHY BOOGEY LIGHTS . We do a deep dive into the ten differences between Boogey Lights® and all the others.
- Single Color. This is the default configuration. Just the Under-Glow LED light kit containing 840 LEDs in 16 different LED strips for the 379/389. 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 3.3 amps per 300 LEDs.
- Single Color w/RF Wireless ON/OFF + battery connection wiring. Includes the Under-Glow LED light kit (single color) PLUS a wireless on/off RF remote control, relay and battery connection wiring.
- Dual Color - No switching or battery connection wiring included. Assumes you are going to be wiring the lights into an existing 12vdc circuit with your own switches. Be sure to allocate additional amperage draw which depending upon the color, can be as much as 3.3 amps per 300 LEDs. In all cases we strongly suggest using a heavy duty 30 or 40 AMP automotive relay when wiring Boogey Lights to your existing system.
- Dual Color with two On/Off switches, two relays and battery connection wiring with two 30amp fuse holders.
- Multi-Color / RGB w/Wireless LED Controller + battery connection wiring. Includes the RGB multi-color LED light kit plus your choice of our wireless GEN2 RF + Bluetooth combo LED controllers along with battery connection wiring. NOTE: You have two LED Controller options here: One is a single zone which is recommended for when you're only lighting up the under-glow. Max capacity is 1800 LEDs. The other is a dual zone with a max capacity of 3000 LEDs (1500 per zone). The dual zone LED controller allows you to setup two different lighting zones. The dual zone LED controller is recommended for customers who are buying the Under-Glow LED light kit plus the Grill and/or Breather LED light kits. You can for example assign zone one to the Under-Glow LEDs and zone two to the Grill/Breather LEDs. More details about these two controller options on the CONTROLLERS navigation tab of this product page.
NEW GEN2 CONTROLLER OPTIONS
This product offers our new GEN2 family of LED Wireless Controllers. It's called the GEN2 or simply the G2 LED controller. These new G2 LED controllers have the same capabilities as our GEN1 LED controllers along with some new features, capabilities and design improvements. You can read more about these new features on our GEN2 COMBO LED CONTROLLER product page. The CONTROLLERS navigation tab of this product page also provides more details on these options.
SINGLE COLOR VS 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 looking 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 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. See controller tab for more details on controller capabilities.
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.
If you really like orange but want the flexibility that RGB provides, we suggest using RGBA. RGBA will create a nice rich orange color by mixing equal parts RED and AMBER.
PRE-BUILT LED CONTROL CENTER (OPTIONAL)
We offer the option of pre-building the LED Control Center with your order. These LED Control Centers make for a professional looking installation. Also makes the installation a little easier for DIYers since the controller wiring is neatly organized and easily identifiable. It's also a huge time saver. Can easily save two hours (or more) when doing a typical installation.
The pre-built Control Center has the LED Controller and power connections mounted to a PVC board. The power connections make it simple to connect your battery power as well as the LED strip power leads via a terminal blocks mounted to the board. Simply strip the end of the battery lead cable and LED strip power leads, push them into the terminal block and tighten the screw. This design also makes trouble shooting easier. The board has four 2" stand offs with plexi-glass mounted on top which keeps the components protected. You can read more about this option on the LED CONTROL CENTER product page. We include some photos below. The LED Control Center option is only available when an LED Controller and/or relays are ordered.
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.
WHAT IS DUAL COLOR?
The Dual Color LED configuration uses our RGBA LED strip but instead of pairing that LED strip with an RGB LED controller (to mix up to 16 million different color combinations), we hard wire a combination of one, two or all three of the RGB diodes (red, green or blue) along with the AMBER diode to two on/off switches. One switch operates the primary color diode(s). The other switch operates the amber diode. There are a total of seven Dual Color configuration options: RED+AMBER, GREEN+AMBER, BLUE+AMBER, MAGENTA+AMBER, YELLOW+AMBER, CYAN+AMBER, WHITE+AMBER. With a Dual Color configuration you don't need an LED Controller. Instead, you only need two switches (and relays); one to control each color. The primary color is chosen from the available dual color drop down list. The secondary color is always amber.
USING 3M ADHESION PRIMER
To achieve the full adhesive strength of the 3M® tape affixed to the back of each strip 3M® Adhesion Promoter (aka Primer) must be applied to the mounting surface first. This is an important step to ensure a secure bond. The 3M® Adhesion Promoter creates a chemical bond between the tape and the mounting surface such that the LED strip will stay stuck (at least until you decide you want to remove it). Using any other solvent such as rubbing alcohol or acetone is not the same thing as using 3M® Adhesion Promoter. While these solvents will help clean the surface, they do not prime the surface. There is a difference. 3M® Adhesion Promoter is included with this kit although you may elect to purchase more if you'd like.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON UV/PURPLE LEDS
True purple LED's are actually ultra-violet (UV). They produce a soft, pleasant purple glow particularly when used on or near shiney reflective surfaces (e.g. chrome motorcycle engines). The color however is not a real bright effect like you'll get with any of the other LED single colors. If you want a subtle, purple glow that looks great, then the UV/LED's may well be for you. If however you want the brightest lights possible, you will not be happy with UV/Purple. We do not recommend UV Purple for Semi-Truck applications for this very reason. The alternative to UV/Purple is MAGENTA (some call it a 'hot purple') which looks similar but has a brighter, pinkish tint. Magenta is available by mixing 100% RED + 100% BLUE which is what our single color Magenta is. You can also mix magenta using our RGB LEDs and an LED controller. Scroll through the photo carousel of this product to see an example of how the MAGENTA looks on a truck when installed. You can also click on the SPECIFICATIONS tab of this product page and scroll down to see photos of all color options.
Will Boogey Lights® Work with Other Brands?
The short answer is probably not. All Boogey Lights® RGB 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. For more information, click the button below.
Installation of this led light kit takes 6 to 8 hours to do properly. You can download the installation manual directly from our website to get an idea of what's involved.
All of the LEDs in this kit are built on our Heavy Duty LED strips. Each strip is encased in rubber with a 36" power lead. Each LED strip will have to have it's power lead extended (using the included power lead cable) based on where the LED strip is located on the truck. In total there are 16 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, across the rear and the following locations for each side of the truck:
- front of steps
- on-top-of step
- under-fuel tank
- top of fuel tank
- under frame rear of cab
- under frame on top of axels.
See photo with layout indicated.
For power, you'll need access to the driver's side steps to access the batteries. Also, if you're installing an LED controller, the LED controller can be mounted in either the driver's side storage box or the passenger's. We elected to install it in the passenger's side since it was less cluttered. While either location will work, be aware if you mount the controller in the passenger's side, you'll need to extend the positive battery cable a little further than if you mounted the controller in the drivers side storage. The 12vdc + power going to the LED Controller should connect directly to the 12vdc+ terminal on your truck's battery bank. You can connect the ground wire on the LED controller to any metal part of the chassis. Regardless of which side bay you use, 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. Where possible, we recommend connecting all of LED strips in similiar locations together and then running one feeder cable back to the LED controller. 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. Be sure to wrap all power leads in split-loom which is also included and then secure them to the truck using the included zip ties.
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. See photo with layout indicated.
- Under Front Bumper: 1 - 75 LED heavy duty LED strip.
- Under Rear Frame Cross Member: 1 - 45 LED heavy duty LED strip
For each side of the truck
- front of steps: 1 - 15 LED heavy duty strip
- under-steps: 1 - 30 LED heavy duty strip
- on-top-of step: 1 - 45 LED heavy duty strip
- under-fuel tank: 1 - 75 LED heavy duty strip, mounted on 55" long plastic flat bar (provided in kit)
- top of fuel tank: 1 - 75 LED heavy duty strip mounted to bottom of sleeper shining down on fuel tank
- under frame rear of cab: 1 - 75 LED heavy duty strip mounted to bottom of frame rail.
- under frame on top of axles. 1 - 45 LED heavy duty strip mounted to bottom of top frame rail shining down.