8 Tips for Installing a Color Morphing LED Light Bar

By Sharon R. Lee

The LED light bar has made its mark on off-roading. If you’re looking to make your rig stand out from the crowd, then adding an LED light bar is the way to go.

They provide better visibility than traditional halogen lights and can be used as a work light when you’re out on trails or working on your truck.

But what if you want something even more unique than just an ordinary LED light bar? One option is to install a color morphing LED light bar.

These cutting-edge accessories take things one step further by allowing users to change the color of their lights with the push of a button.

While there are many kits available for purchase online, it’s important that you know how to install these before purchasing one for yourself. Here are some tips for installing your very own color morphing light bar:

Do a little research first

Before you begin, it's important to do a little research first. First, you'll want to make sure that the light bar is the right length and wattage for your vehicle.

Light bars can either be connected by wires or use wireless technology to power them. It's also a good idea to check the size of each mounting bracket as well as any other parts included with your light bar before installing it in order to avoid any unnecessary damage during installation.

Finally, while you're doing your research and hopefully even before buying a light bar—check out its warranty information so that if anything goes wrong with your new purchase within its lifetime, you can contact customer service without worrying about being left in limbo (or worse).

Cable length is important

The length of your cables is important. If you don't have enough cable, then you will need to buy a new one. There are several options for longer cables. If your installation space is tight, then you may want to consider using a shorter cable.

Make sure your surface is clean and dry

Your surface must be clean and dry before you install the light bar. If it's not, the adhesive will not stick properly, and your light bar could end up on the floor.

To make sure your surface is clean and dry:

  • Use a lint-free cloth to wipe down the area where you'll be installing your new color morphing LED light bar.
  • Dry off that area with a hairdryer set on low heat (or use another method of drying like an air compressor).

Apply a slow even pressure

The best way to apply pressure on the tape is to use a small amount of pressure and apply it slowly and evenly. If you put too much pressure on the tape, it will tear or get wrinkled.

It's also important not to press down too hard while installing your LED light bar, as this may cause damage to your paint job or vehicle.

If you do not feel comfortable applying pressure directly onto the tape with your hands, then we recommend using a small tool such as an old credit card or kitchen spatula instead of your hand.

This is especially true if you are installing an LED light bar on something like a motorcycle helmet or bicycle helmet where there isn't much space for leverage against gravity.

Be patient

Patience is key when installing a color morphing LED light bar. The tape adheres to the surface over time, but it takes 24 hours for the full adhesive strength to set in.

We suggest waiting at least 24 hours before removing your tape and pulling off any remaining pieces of transfer paper.

If you pull them off too soon, you could tear up some of that delicate surface material underneath and end up with unsightly scratches or gouges in your paint job!

You may need to check in on your installation after 24 hours to make sure everything has dried properly; sometimes even seemingly dry areas still need another hour or two before they're ready for removal.

Once you've allowed enough time for all surfaces involved (both sides of the sheeting) and removed any remaining pieces of transfer paper, feel free to start applying pressure onto the areas where you want your lights installed!

Don't pull off the tape too soon

Once the tape has been applied and you're ready to unroll it, don't pull off too early. If you do this, it will leave behind a sticky residue on the surface of your car's paint that can be hard to remove.

You may be tempted to just start over, but if you keep calm and use a razor blade or other sharp blade (like an X-Acto knife), it should peel right off without damaging your paint job. The best thing is not even to try pulling off the tape until after it has been completely rolled out in place.

Recheck the tape after 24 hours

Once you’ve applied the tape, it’s important to give it enough time to dry before you go on to the next step. The best way to do this is by leaving the lights off for 24 hours and letting them sit on a flat surface away from anything that could cause heat or cold drafts.

If after 24 hours your tape is still not dry, simply reapply it and let it sit overnight again until it dries into place. You can also use a hair dryer if needed just don’t apply heat directly onto your light bar itself!

Use the right product for your application

To start, you'll need a piece of tape. The right tape will hold the LED lights in place and allow them to be easily removed if necessary.

You may have noticed that we used three different types of tape here: masking tape, duct tape, and electrical tape. There's a reason for this each type has its own characteristics and uses.

Masking tape is typically made out of cloth, so it won't leave any residue when you remove it from your vehicle or application (as long as you don't pull too hard). Duct and electrical tapes are made from PVC plastic which can leave behind a sticky residue if not carefully removed after installation.

Installing an LED light bar will take some planning and patience.

To start, you need to plan ahead. You'll have to make sure that your vehicle is in the shop or parked somewhere where it's safe and stable.

Next, remove any coverings from the surface of your car so that it's completely clean if there are any residual pieces of tape left on your car after removing the old light bar, they could prevent a new one from sticking properly.

Next, place a strip of painter's tape over all sections of the vehicle that you don't want to be covered by adhesive on the new LED light bar (this includes places like door handles and window seals).

Place another strip of tape along each edge where you'll be applying adhesive so that it doesn't go astray during installation.

At this point, apply pressure evenly across both sides with even force for 24 hours before removing any extra material or cleaning up excess glue residue that might still be visible after 24 hours has passed; if something goes wrong at this point (like bubbles appear under pressure), try waiting again until tomorrow morning before trying anything else!

Finally, make sure that whatever product/solution was used for application is appropriate for use with plastic surface materials like those found within automotive applications


Good luck with your installation! If there's one thing we've learned from our years in this business, it's that planning ahead and being patient will help you get the most out of your LED light bar.

Sharon R. Lee

About the author

Hi There! I'm Lee. Welcome to A Pretty Fix, a home DIY blog about making your home colorful, decorating, and helping colors ideas and fun. Here you'll find ideas, tips, and inspiration to live life more colorfully and beautifully. Hope you stick around!

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