Vanagon – small led light bar

I’m getting a lot of guff about this light bar. 

“oh it’s so cute” 

” hey you know the front of your van is starting to look like you”

” you call that a light bar?”

And then I get this, not for the sign, but Bender’s face.

And this.

But the best one is this.

Yup, that’s it.


It’s this light bar from

54W 18LEDs Car Work Light Bar Spotlight White Projector Lamp

I chose it for its small ( yes, I chose small) size, had decent reviews, and had IP68 waterproof rating. It’s also a spot rather than flood beam pattern but saying spot does not imply that it is a carefully focused beam. My thinking was that I wanted a spot beam to project down trails/logging roads. And also I was pretty curious about these light bars. And god knows you see a lot of them on burley trucks around here. Multiples of the smaller ones, long ones that almost span the width of the truck, on bumpers, above cabs, you know the scene.

I mounted the light bar to what I call the light bar on my bumper ( getting confusing now ), power wire routed internally, ground wire attached to bumper. And I noticed that it’s missing one of the M3 socket headed cap screws on the face plate, sheesh.

Couple more pics of the ludicrous look.


Back to the wiring. Ran the power wire up into the dash, to a relay and fuse, and it’s switched on the second position of my fog light switch on dash. That’s why you see the aux lights on in the pics. They are on the first position of the switch.

So how bright is it at night? It’s bright but not life changing bright. I took some pics but you know how that works, never really gets things right.

First pic is the aux lights alone. These are tired 55w bulbs and I have aimed the aux lights low and a little bit to the right. The aiming is little bit of an attempt to catch any suicidal deer.

And this pic the led light bar and aux lights on. The led bar could be aimed a tad higher. It’s hard to believe from the pics but you could drive easily with this light combo.

And in this pic I’ve added my main lights (high beam). 


Am I happy with the light bar? Well yes, it’s fine. Good old high quality halogen spots would beat it, but for the power draw and the price I think it will do what I want it to do .


  1. #1 by Chris August on April 12, 2016 - 10:08 pm

    C3p0 sorry man

    • #2 by albell on April 12, 2016 - 10:32 pm

      So I should paint the van gold?




  2. #3 by edbee on April 12, 2016 - 10:32 pm

    I like it 🙂

    • #4 by albell on April 12, 2016 - 10:54 pm

      Oh I hear the sniggers in that comment 🙂



      • #5 by edbee on April 14, 2016 - 8:33 pm

        Nope, I was serious. I like those LED light bars and one of these days I will try one out on one of my vehicles. although… looking at the front shot of the van again, I wonder how it would look if you found a big clump of ‘old man’s beard’ from the forest and sat it over top of those 2 big round lamps and let it hang down a bit on both sides…oh…I think I must need more sleep or something…

      • #6 by albell on April 14, 2016 - 9:41 pm

        Yeah, the old mans beard idea is a good one. I’ll see what I can do and I’ll take a pic

        The led bars aren’t optically defined, just broadly divided into spot and flood. So the light is not efficiently delivered . But still, it’s bright. I can only imagine how the big ones, the ones that span the vehicle, flood the area with light. You know if I had the spare cash k words have got one of those big ones.




  3. #7 by Nathan on April 15, 2016 - 9:38 am

    I hope your van doesn’t have a name, because now it’s C3PO! Deer don’t stand a chance

    • #8 by albell on April 15, 2016 - 12:31 pm


      I guess I’ve no one to blame but myself 🙂


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