As we all know, there is often a negative connotation associated with energy efficient devices. Usually such connotations involve the presumption that such devices are more expensive and produce a lesser effect.

Also, as a guy, I have also found that excessive energy consumption will generally put a man in an advantageous social situation. Some examples of this are – large displacement car engines, bigger cars, louder stereos, brighter outdoor floodlights, faster boats, bigger kitchens, bigger bathrooms, heated towel racks, etc.

I believe that this “cool” factor which men are deriving from this energy wastage may be due to the fact that excessive consumption of resources is linked to above average wealth, which, for no apparent reason, is seen to be the mark of a better man.

So, to all the guys out there who like to trick out their cars, homes, boats and suchlike. Before you dash out and grab some incredibly inefficient Neon tubing or incandescent light globes. Perhaps you should have a look at what results a more efficient type of lighting can achieve. In the case of all of my projects, this is of course LED lighting.

Below is a couple images of a mate’s car, after an LED installation I completed earlier this week, with lots of help from my mate, Noel. Also keep in mind that the energy consumption of this entire system is less than 3 amps at 12V (DC) (or 36 Watts).

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Now compare this to a neon installation and try and pick the difference in brightness.

Neon tubing underglow.


As you can see from the image above, the light intensity of the LED kit is slightly more than that of the Neon kit of a comparable colour. Although it is drawing more than twice the amount of electrical power.

So before you consider buying the overpriced and obsolete neon tubing, perhaps you could consider LED strips, which are not only able to be cut to length ( between every 3 LEDs), but can be dimmed, draw less current, generate less heat, are flexible, able to be fixed to any flat clean surface using the adhesive backing,have a service life of 50,000 to 100,000 hours, are shock resistant and can be purchased in a waterproof form.

Not to mention the fact that 12V (DC) LED strips are available in 5 metre lengths on from Hong Kong, China for as little as $10 (with free postage). Or $2/metre. note

I do so hope that if you intend on doing any car, boat, caravan, motor-home or home lighting design that you at least consider using LEDs. I am almost positive that you will not be disappointed. I would also like to let you know, I am not a salesman, just a satisfied customer.

Thank you all for reading and I hope to hear about your LED design ideas in the comments section below. Have a great day!