Whether you are new to LED installations, working to improve your knowledge, or a seasoned electrician, it is crucial to have the right tools when trying to install, repair, or troubleshoot an Off Road Led Light Bar. Although some tools required are standard options you will find in your average household toolbox, others are not. To help guarantee you have all the tools you need for troubleshooting your LED lighting system, make sure you have these must-have options.
Electrical Tape, Wire Connectors, & Heat Shrink
Wire connectors are a crucial and necessary item for LED projects. It doesn’t matter if you are using electrical tape, wire nuts, or soldering the wire together and utilizing heat shrink (also known as heat shrink tubing, which is a type of shrinkable plastic tube). In LED lighting system, heat shrink is used to insulate the wires, as it supplies both an environmental protection and abrasion resistance to the connections, wires, joints, and terminals. Always make sure you are using the proper connectors when installing, repairing, or troubleshooting your device.
Screwdrivers, Pliers, Wrenches, and Other Household Tools
Since the majority of LED components call for either a mini flathead screwdriver or a Phillips screwdriver, it is typically recommended to have both of these for troubleshooting, repairs, and installation. However, some products may ask for a regular size Phillips screwdriver. Other common household tools you will probably require include: measuring tape, pliers, and wrenches. You may also find c-clamps or vise-locks helpful for holding the light bar in position while you mount the device.
You could be working on an LED strip light, light bar, or various other LED lighting system mounts. It doesn’t matter which device you choose, it is always a good idea to invest in some form of an inexpensive soldering iron. A soldering iron is used to cut and reconnect your wires, LED strips, and more to specific length requirements for your project. Although most LED supply stores offer quick connectors for sale, the best way by far to achieve the optimal connections is to solder.
One of the most indispensable tools to have when trying to determine what is wrong with the electronic connections in your off-road LED light bar is a voltage meter. If you do not have a voltage meter, you need to either purchase one or hire an electrician who does. This one simple tool can quickly decipher any continuity, voltage drops, and the overall voltage of your LED lighting system.
Wire strippers are vital for installation, repairs, and troubleshooting. The objective of this tool is to cut and strip your wires to a specific length to make it easier to position your wires into the controllers, LED strip lights, dimmers, LED modules, DMX components, or power supplies without any problems.
Whether working on your installation, doing repairs, or troubleshooting your off-road LED light bar, always make sure to follow these essential tips:
• Avoid using too much solder
• Double-check the aiming of your device to ensure the best results.
• Keep all of your wires and lights away from brake components, coolant systems, exhaust components, high heat sources, and moving parts.
• Make sure to fuse all wiring connections within 18 inches or less of your power source.
• Never over-tighten your hardware.
• Never expose the copper pads at the bottom of your strip lights.
• Before installation, make sure to bench-test your device.
• To avoid damage, always secure your wiring.
For more tips or information on installation, repairs, or troubleshooting your off-road LED light bar, contact the helpful associates at Ultra Bright Lightz by calling 1-888-562-5125 or emailing [email protected] today.