Running Board LED - Keep OR not keep??

Discussion in 'Lighting Discussion' started by ffdsmokeeater, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. ffdsmokeeater

    ffdsmokeeater Member

    So I've had my truck for about 1.5 months now, and it came with these amber running board LEDs. I'm not sure what brand light they are, but they are similar to the GoRecon style.

    I can't decide if I like the look of them on my truck or not. Some days I like them, most days I do not. So, I need you opinions!

    I guess the reason I dislike them the most is because they are a faint amber (almost like dirty white). If they were a deep amber color I'm sure I would like them more. Let me know what you guys think.

    I do like the idea of having some sort of light brighten up the running boards... I was thinking installing a pair of clear white LED modules facing at a 45 degree angle to the road (similar to what you would see on fire trucks). It would be something similar to below...

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  2. Ridyn

    Ridyn Rockstar 100 Posts

    They aren't overbearing so they look fine. I would probably have gone with a different color but I like them!
  3. moogvo

    moogvo Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I would probably lose the running boards altogether if it were me. running boards say "1978" to me... Hard to see the ground lights on that fire truck with the scene lights blaring at the camera! LOL! Remember, though that the ground lights on the fire truck only come on when the parking brake is set. It would look a bit silly to have them on going down the road.
  4. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    IMHO: Ditch them...
  5. ffdsmokeeater

    ffdsmokeeater Member


    I agree with the running boards screaming 1978 lol. I'm still indifferent about those as well. MY girlfriend enjoys them because its easier for her to get in and out of the truck but they might be going as well. The only reason I may keep them is during the winter time (upstate NY winters), the running boards help keep the excess salt/snow off the body of the truck and reduce the rate of rust.

    As for the lights, I've posted a better picture below. And that's not necessarily true. I've seen fire departments keep just the ground lights on while driving around at night. I actually like it and it also serves as better marking of the vehicle. It would almost be a sense of under body lighting as I they would be pointing more down towards the ground.

    Regardless, I was thinking about tying them in to only come on when the interior lights are on (entering and exiting the vehicle, unlock, etc.)

  6. ffdsmokeeater

    ffdsmokeeater Member

  7. moogvo

    moogvo Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I get that about the winter snow and such... I wish we got that here!

    Our departments trucks are all wired to the parking brake, so they aren't on while driving. I am sure there are MANY ways to wire them! LOL! Here's one of our trucks.

    Notice that the ground clearance lights are even on in the daytime when the rest of the lights are off. the only one you can see in the picture is where the step onto the catwalk behind the pump panel is. There are several others under there tho! :glasses:

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  8. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I would say ditch the running boards, but install some under carriage lights like the fire truck. (In fact that is a side project I am working on now) I would love some of those scene lights on the roof of the fire truck, but the Whelen LED floods are about $1700 per flood light.... that is a little on the steep side for my budget.
  9. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Green ghetto lights under the truck? Yuck, just yuck. Even if not green, yuck. Plus they'd be a pain in the butt to keep clean...
  10. ffdsmokeeater

    ffdsmokeeater Member

    Green ghetto lights? Not at all! lol The link I sent to you should have taken you to the white under body lights. Basically, the look I'm going for is to light up the under body/perimeter of the truck ONLY when I get in and out of the vehicle (unlock doors, open doors).

    The lights would be tied into turn on ONLY when the interior lights turn on... see below


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