VNL GEN 2 / GEN 3 LED Under-Cab Accent Light Kit
Looking to make your Volvo heavy duty truck stand out? Our LED accent lighting kit will do just that! Designed to mount under the cab on a Volvo VNL GEN2 or 3 this lighting kit is available in both SINGLE COLOR and MULTI-COLOR (RGB) versions. The kit includes two surface mounted LED strips with power-leads that are designed to attach under the cab with the LED strip facing down toward the lower fairing. The single color version is available in your choice of one of six super-bright colors: Orange, 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. Will fit both the VNL Gen 2 (2004-2018) and VNL Gen 3 ( 2019+) trucks.
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).
Note on LED Length: The default LED length is 8' which will fit and work well on all VNL models (Gen 2 and Gen 3). The LED strip is intended to be mounted all the way forward under the cab. On the 630/740 the 8' strip will cover the entire surface area under the cab. On the 780/860, the 8' led strip length will not cover the entire length. While an 8' strip works well for the 780/860 if you mount it all the way forward, we offer the option to order a longer 10' LED strip which will cover the entire surface area under the cab.
This LED Light strip is designed as an UNDER-CAB accent light strip that is hidden; providing indirect lighting facing downward. It is intended to be affixed to the bottom of the cab (hidden from view) just above the side fairings such that the light shines downward on the fairings. It is not intended to be used as a side marker light facing outwards. DO NOT MOUNT THEM in a way that the LEDs may be facing into the field of vision of other drivers.
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.
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 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 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. 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.
Extra 3M Adhesion Primer
3M Promoter is a powerful adhesion primer. It's an essential step in the installation process but you don't need much to make it work. A simple single swipe on the surface you're mounting the light strip to is all you need. Our lighting kits include enough 3M Adhesion Primer to mount the strips in the kit for most installations. Some customers however feel better if they "paint" the mounting surface completely with it -- which is fine. The problem is that 3M Adhesion Primer isn't readily available everywhere; particularly weekends, holidays and evenings. If you use all of the primer that's included with the kit but run out before you're finished, you'll have to wait to finish the job until you get more adhesion primer. If you're one of those people who would prefer to have a little adhesion primer left-over just in case, we offer the option of adding additional tubes to your order. Or, if you prefer, additional bottles of 3M Adhesion Primer can be added to your order.
The eXtended Antenna comes standard with our Heavy Duty and Dual Zone controllers. This eXtended Antenna greatly improves RF reception when the LED controller is mounted inside the truck cab or jockey box (due to metal surrounding it).
By the way, if you're totally confused by these controller options (we fully understand how you might be!), give us a call at 800.847.1359 and one of our techs can assist you.
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 from chaffing/abrasion 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 4 hours depending on whether or not you're installing an LED Controller and/or connecting in any of our other light kits. You can download the installation manual and wiring diagrams directly from our website to get an idea of what's involved. Click the INSTALL RESOURCES button above to see all wiring diagrams (based on the controller purchased) and related installation information.
Where To Mount
Each LED strip is mounted under the cab with the LED strip facing down toward the lower fairing. White trucks will naturally have a brighter glow effect because of the way the LED lights reflect off the paint. The LED strip with the 25' power lead is intended to be used on the passenger's side as the power lead needs to run across the under-side of the cab and over to the battery compartment or strorage box to connect to your 12v power source (or controller if purchasing the RGB Multi-Color version). The strip with the 15' power lead is intended to be used on the driver's side. We suggest wrapping the LED power leads in split loom (not included) to protect them from chaffing and abrasion.
If you purchased the RGB multi-color version, the LED controller is typically mounted either inside the fairing under the driver's side (in the area immediately above the batteries) or in the driver's side storage/jockey box. The dual lock recloseable fastener makes it easy to remove the controller if need be. It is important to make sure the LED power lead wire on the passenger's side is routed far enough away from the DPF and related exhaust pipes as these get very hot. We recommend connecting the 12vdc + for the LED controller directly to the battery using 10awg or 12awg cable. The negative side of the LED controller can either be run back to the battery too or simply connected to bare metal somewhere on the truck's frame.
If you purchased the single color version, 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. If you're going to be wiring to an existing switch or circuit, we strongly suggest using a 12vdc heavy duty relay. Connecting this many LEDs to an existing light circuit will likely make your LCM think there's a problem and it will throw an error. Using a relay avoids that potential problem.
IMPORTANT WARRANTY INFORMATION
Boogey Lights Low Profile Hi-Intensity Surface Mounted LED light strips are used in a number of Boogey Lights products for a variety of vehicle applications (including this product). Where and how these light strips are installed make all the difference in their durability and thus, our warranty. For this reason the duration of the Boogey Lights Low Profile Hi-Intensity LED Light Strips original owner warranty varies based on the vehicle application, use and installation types.
- Recreational Applications: RVs, Motorcycles, Golf Carts: 3 years
- Cars/Pickup Trucks/Off-Road: 1 year
- Marine / Fresh Water: 3 years
- Marine / Salt Water: 90 days
- Food/Cargo Truck/Trailer, Other Light Duty Commercial Use / Installation by Boogey Lights technicians in Florence, KY: 3 years
- Food/Cargo Truck/Trailer, Other Light Duty Commercial Use / All other installation types: 1 year
- Heavy Duty Truck and/or Trailer Commercial Use / Installation by Boogey Lights technicians in Florence, KY: 1 year
- Heavy Duty Truck and/or Trailer Commercial Use / All other installation types: 90 days
Note on Commercial Applications: These low-profile surface mounted LED strips are not built to withstand significant flexing or lateral movement of the surface the strip is mounted to. Some examples include on semi-truck trailers as well as tow trucks where there is significant movement, bending or flexing of the surface to which the strip is mounted. Also, the strip can not mounted in such a way as they span multiple mounting surfaces. Mounting them this way will virtually guarantee the strip will fail sooner rather than later. These strips must be mounted to one single continuous smooth, clean, flat surface and in an area that is protected from corrosive chemicals. Commercial vehicles that frequently travel roads treated with corrosive chemicals often used for melting snow and ice can impact the durability of these LED strips if the strips are mounted in an area that is exposed to these chemicals. Low profile, surface mounted hi-intensity strips that fail in these operating environments ARE NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. For these types of operating environments we strongly recommend (and warranty) our HEAVY DUTY LED strips.
View the complete limited product Warranty Terms & Conditions here.
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 the LED Controller options offered with this light kit has our 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.
WANT TO ADD MORE LIGHTS? If you want to add more lights to this configuration you have several options. One is to add our HOOD AIR INTAKE VENT LIGHTS. Another is to add additional LED strips like the ones in this kit. We offer ADD-ON Multi-Color RGB LEDs in varying lengths of LEDs and power lead. In addition, if you want to add more lights underneath the truck or in areas that have a high-probability of coming into contact with flying rocks, road debris or diesel fuel, our HEAVY DUTY LED STRIPS are another option. The limitation you need to be aware of is the number of LEDs. The Super Combo Controller included in the RGB version of this kit will power up to 900 LEDs. If you want to light more than 900 LEDs, you can upgrade the controller to our HEAVY DUTY Controller which will power at least 1800 LEDs. If you need assistance in deciding which lighting configuration is best for your application, give us a call and we'll be happy to assist.
Why does the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Matter? LED lights are mounted to a Printed Circuit Board (or PCB for short). The color of that PCB makes a difference in how the finished installation looks in the daylight. Our LED light strips come in two versions to match the surface the strip will be attached to. If you have a light colored truck you will probably want to order the WHITE PCB light strip. If you have a dark colored truck, you will probably want to order the BLACK PCB light strip.