Automotive Lighting

TEMPE, AZ  | PHOENIX, AZ

Car, Truck & SUV Lighting

Aftermarket lighting upgrades are one the quickest and most cost-effective way to give your ride a custom appearance that everyone will notice while simultaneously improving driving visibility.

 

One of our specialties is LED lighting. LED's are revolutionizing the automotive industry. They offer a superior style and appearance, run cooler, outperform, and outlast the bland lighting provided in car, truck, and SUV OEM packages.

We also offer lighting packages that will give your car or truck a show quality appearance. From Plug and play HID kits, LED headlamps and color strips, to complete custom lighting tailored to your vehicle's specifications, Apex's expert installers will design a package for you that no other shop can offer.

 

Every vehicle is different and options are limitless, contact us now to discuss the lighting you envision for your car, truck, motorcycle, or van and our team of lighting professionals will help design that custom lighting project you've been dreaming about.  To learn more about our approach to automotive customization, check out our about us page. 

Lighting Services

  • HID Headlights

  • LED Headlights

  • LED Bulb Swaps

  • Halo Headlights

  • LED Light Bars

  • LED Tailights

  • LED Light Strips

  • Wheel Lighting

  • Underglow Lighting

  • Puddle Lights

  • Strobe Kits

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Apex Lighting Services

HID Headlights

HID Headlights are High-Intensity discharge bulbs that use an electrical gas-discharge to produce a high-intensity light. The light produced by HID bulbs is created by an arc discharge between two closely spaced electrodes. The discharge created is hermetically sealed inside of a small quartz glass capsule. HID lights require an electrical ballast to regulate the voltage supplied to the gas. The amount of light produced is significantly greater than a standard halogen headlight while still consuming less power. 

HID headlights are common on modern vehicles, especially luxury vehicles. They produce a light that more closely resembles natural daylight. The light produced is more of a white light than the traditional yellow light that incandescent bulbs of the past produced. 

At Apex Customs Phoenix we specialize in the installation, replacement, and maintenance of high-performance HID lighting. We can upgrade your car, truck, or van to HID lighting, swap out bad ballasts or bulbs, and recommend the best HID application for your vehicle. 

LED Headlights

LED Headlights are the latest innovation in the automotive lighting world. They are significantly brighter than traditional halogen and incandescent lighting that was used on cars and trucks for years and put off the same amount of light as a 35 watt HID headlight kit. LED headlamps consume less power and turn on instantaneously unlike their halogen and HID counterparts.  Another benefit of LED headlights is they do not require the large ballasts that HID kits require. They are available in a number of color temperatures like HID headlights and provide solid longevity and reliability. 

 

At Apex Customs we have developed one of the most reliable direct swap LED headlight brands in the market. Axium lighting offers unparalleled lighting output and reliability to provide you with an automotive LED solution you can trust. To learn more about this innovative solution, check out our Axium Lighting page

There are a variety of options of LED headlight upgrade and swaps. At Apex Customs Phoenix we can upgrade your headlights to LED, swap out old LED headlights, and provide a number of custom options for your headlighting needs. 

LED Bulb Replacements / Swaps

LED bulbs have become a popular lighting feature on modern vehicles due to their low energy consumption, longevity, lower heat dissipation, and color temperature options. LED lighting can now be used for every bulb used in an automotive application. Turn signals, running lights, overhead lights, reverse lights, map lights, you name it. 

LED's are a great way to upgrade your car, truck, or motorcycle. They offer a genuine return on investment with their low cost and quick installation that results in a noticeable difference. At Apex Customs Phoenix we can swap our your old interior and exterior bulbs in a variety of colors and sizes. We can transform your ride from a yellow dud to a white palace in a matter of minutes. 

Halo Angel Eye Headlights

Halo kits are one of the single more head-turning upgrades you can make to your vehicle. With a small investment, you add a custom lighting look to your car or truck that will give it a show car look. Halo headlights, also commonly referred to as Angel Eye headlights are a white or colored luminous ring of light that goes around the edge of your headlamp bulb. They create an aggressive, distinctive look that will turn heads and provide an unmatched custom look. 

Apex Customs Phoenix offers a wide variety of Halo Headlight options. We are an authorized dealer of Oracle lighting kits which offer the best Angel Eye lighting kits on the market. We can either swap your entire headlight housing for a pre-built custom headlight that comes with Halo Rings pre-installed, or we can open your factory housing and add a set of halos to retain the factory look. 

LED Light Bars

LED light bars are all the rage in today's aftermarket and off-road communities. LED light bars offer a power light that can be used as fog lights, off-road daytime running lights, work lights, ATV lights, tractor lights, or industrial and marine lighting. When driving off-road, there is nothing that cuts through the night like a powerful LED light bar. Light bars combine a number of super bright LEDs into a single housing to provide a powerful wall of daytime quality light to cut through even the darkest of nights. 

Common uses of LED light bars are to place them on the bumpers or roof of an off-road vehicle. At Apex Customs Phoenix, our expert installers can securely mount your light bar with minimal damage to your vehicle and route the wiring so it is hidden and safe from the elements. We can hook your light bars to an aftermarket switch, or integrate them into factory switches.  

LED Tail Lights

LEDs are the perfect solution for automotive braking applications. They light up more quickly than traditional incandescent bulbs and provide a brighter, more noticeable light improving the safety of your car or truck. They also offer a distinctive, modern look to improve the look of your ride while reducing the energy consumption and power strain on your vehicles electrical system. 

Apex Customs Phoenix offers a variety of LED tail light customization options. The most common LED upgrade is to swap out your factory lights to a prebuilt aftermarket LED Tail Lamp to provide a custom unique look. In some cases, we can modify factory tail light housings to utilize LEDs rather than traditional bulbs. 

LED Light Strips

LED strips are another easy way to add a custom look to your vehicle. LED strips are flexible circuits that are populated by surface mounted LEDs and other components. LED strips are available in a variety of colors and sizes and typically come with an adhesive backing from the manufacturer. They can be cut to various lengths and connected to lighting controllers to add cool synchronization features like music, timer, remote, and switch activation. 

 

At Apex Customs Phoneix we offer a number of LED strip sizes, colors, and installation options. Our certified installers can customize any lighting application you are looking for. We specialize in discrete installations that retain a factory look. We will hide the wiring and install the strips so they are hidden from view while ensuring the electrical connections are done professionally. We can even integrate the lighting to turn on with your factory switches and remotes. 
 

Wheel Lighting

LED wheel lighting is a relatively new trend that has taken the aftermarket lighting world by storm. Wheel lighting is accomplished through the use of an aluminum wheel ring mounted with colored LEDs designed to fit around the brake rotors of your car, truck, or SUV.  The TRON inspired wheel ring's illuminate the barrel of the rim to provide a head-turning custom look that will provide sophistication and flair.

At Apex Customs Phoenix our certified installers are able to install wheel lighting that will hold up to the elements while looking fantastic. Wheel lighting installations require electrical wiring to be run next to mechanical components that undergo extreme stress, it's critical that your installation is done professionally to ensure your investment is protected. Our installers will run wiring in such a way to ensure it's protected from the wheel, braking, and suspension components as well as the harsh elements the underside of your vehicle is exposed to. 

Puddle Lights

Puddle lights offer a unique customization to your car, truck, or SUV that is both functional and unique. Puddle lights are designed to help prevent drivers and passengers from stepping into puddles when they are getting out of the vehicle. Puddle lights can be installed in a variety of locations, the two most common of which are underneath the side mirrors, at the bottom side of the doors, or the undercarriage of the vehicle. LED's are a perfect application for puddle lights due to their compact nature and bright lighting features. 

The coolest new trend for puddle lights are lights that display a custom logo, word, or picture. The most common of these lights display the logo of your vehicle. Logo LED puddle lights are a customization that will truly set your car, truck, or SUV apart from the rest. 

 

At Apex Customs Phoenix our installers can hook your ride up with any puddle light application you're looking for. Whether you're looking for several puddle lights on the undercarriage of your vehicle or a single led at the bottom of your side mirror, we've got you covered. We will ensure the wiring is hidden, the lights are installed with minimal damage to your vehicle, and your lights are protected from the elements. 

Strobe Kits

Stobe LED kits are commonly used for industrial and emergency vehicle applications. LED strobe kits create a continuous or variable strobe effect on a series of LED bulbs. Strobe kits can be programmed to produce a wide variety of patterns and effects and come in a range of colors. Most strobe kits are illegal for use on regular streets and are only for use in offroad or show applications. 

If you're looking for a lighting strobe kit, our highly qualified technicians at Apex Customs Phoneix have you covered. We can install strobe kits in just about any location on your vehicle whether it's discreet or purposely noticeable. We can integrate your strobe kits into your vehicle electrical system or provide additional batteries to allow the system to run independently. We will also ensure the wiring is protected from the elements and hidden from view. 

Underglow Lights

Underglow lighting, also referred to as ground effects lighting, is one of the most unique lighting upgrades you can add to your ride. LED underbody kits attach to the chassis of your car, truck, or SUV to illuminate the ground underneath the vehicle. Popular in car shows, under glow lighting adds an unmistakable aesthetic appeal to your ride that will catch the attention of every passerby.  

 

When ground effects lighting first hit the automotive industry, the most common kits came as large lighting tubes filled with neon gas. Although neon gas only produces red colors, manufacturers utilized a mixture of other various to produce up to 150 color combinations. The problem with neon tubes is they consist of compressed gas which makes them prone to breakage over speed bumps. Thankfully there is a new underglow lighting solution that is capable of standing up to the harsh elements a car, truck, SUV or motorcycle encounters on the road. 

LED ground effects lighting is the hottest new trend in underglow lighting. LEDs are not only available is a wide range of colors, they are flexible and durable enough to withstand the hazards of a vehicle's chassis and underbody. At our Phoenix automotive LED lighting shop, our expert technicians can install any under glow lighting kit you are looking for. 

Custom Lighting Packages

For the true lighting enthusiasts looking for a combination of lighting upgrades, Apex Customs Phoenix offers packages that allow you to do all your upgrades at once at a reduced rate. If you're looking to upgrade your headlights, add some Halo's, and swap out your interior lights for LED's we've everything you need. Our sales staff can help put together a package of LED's that will take your car from boring to thrilling in one afternoon. 

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Oracle Lighting

At Apex Customs we only put our reputation behind brands we know will give you the quality, durability, and performance that will go the extra mile. When customizing a car, we understand the importance of high-quality products to really give your car the edge it deserves. Oracle Lighting and Diode Dynamics are exactly that, they are the market leaders in all things automotive lighting are we are proud to carry and install their products. 

Oracle Lighting Authorized Dealer

Oracle Lighting is the leading US specialty automotive LED manufacturer and retailer. The have been in business for well over a decade and carry a wide variety of automotive lighting solutions including:

  • Halo Kits

  • Pre-Assembled Headlight Housings

  • LED Sealed Beams

  • LED Controllers 

  • LED Strips

  • LED Off Road Lighting

  • LED Headlight Bulbs

  • LED Wheel Rings

  • HID Kits and Ballasts

  • Xenon Light Replacements

  • HID Off Road Lights

  • LED Illuminated Badges

  • LED Light Pods

  • LED Switches

  • LED Interior Bulbs

  • LED Turn Signals

  • LED Scanner Bars

  • LED Side Markers

  • Door LED Projectors

  • LED Motorcycle Kits

  • Chrome and HOD Bulbs 

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Diode Dynamics Lighting Phoenix Tempe Scottsdale Mesa Arizona

Diode Dynamics is a premium manufacturer of automotive LED Lighting products. Their primary focus is on developing innovate lighting products with superior quality and excellent customer services. One of the aspects of Diode Dynamics that we like best at Apex Customs is they manufacture the majority of their lighting products in the USA in their St. Louis Missouri factory. All of the products offered by Diode Dynamics are backed by an industry-leading no-hassle warranty with an emphasis on providing hte best service and support experience possible. 

​​​Diode Dynamics Offerings​

  • LED Bulbs

  • LED Light Bars

  • HID Halos & Strips

  • LED Angel Eye Rings

  • LED Strips and Kits

  • HID Lighting

  • Fog Lamps

  • Sidemarkers

  • 4th Brake Lights

  • LED Deamon Eyes

Diode Dynamics Lighting

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Lighting Color Temperatures

Choosing a color temperature for your lighting from the vast array of options available can be a challenging task. In general, if you're looking for the white light you see on most modern luxury vehicles then a color temperature in the 5000K to 6000k is your best choice. The 5k to 6k range resembles sunlight the closest and is easiest for the human eye to see. You're going to get the best visibility from this color range. 

 

What is Color Temperature?

 

Color temperature is the color designation for each hue in the light spectrum in relation to how it's perceived by the human eye. Kelvin is the unit of measure used for color temperature. A Kelvin is a unit of absolute temperature which is converted to Lumens which equates to the brightness emitted by the light. The higher the color temperature, the less helpful the light is at cutting through darkness leading to lower visibility which is contrary to the popular belief that higher temperatures mean more brightness. 

 

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What are Halo Projector Headlights?

Projector headlights, also known as Halo, Corona Rings, and Angel Eye headlights are a popular lighting customization in the aftermarket automotive industry. Project headlights are luminous rings inside of the headlamp assembly around the central headlight on a car or truck. Halo headlights were first introduced by BMW in 2000 and have become a very popular customization feature used by automotive enthusiasts to enhance the front end of a car or truck's appearance.

 

Beyond the cool factor, Halo headlamps have a functional quality which provides a stronger headlight beam over conventional crystal headlights. A projector headlight provides a more focused light beam providing a stronger light to see down a dark road. Angel Eye headlights have become standard on most luxury equipped European vehicles and are available today in a wide variety of colors, options, styles, and technologies. Corona rings will give your car or truck an aggressive look while also improving the light output of your headlights.

 

Projector Headlight History

 

When headlight technology was first introduced, the headlamp utilized acetylene lamps with a reflecting mirror to project the light forward. Over the years through technology advancements, headlights have evolved into a high-tech automotive part providing an array of customization options while creating high-impact illumination.

 

Headlight assemblies which became popular in the 1980’s were designed to encompass all of the front-end lighting components of a vehicle into a single unit. Their bulky construction, made out of parabolic reflectors, prevented intricate designs from being used by automotive designers. This lead to headlight assemblies on cars and trucks that were less than appealing. The projector bulbs that were developed in the early 2000s allowed auto manufacturers to design innovative headlamps and assemblies including the now common halo ring. The introduction of Halo headlights created a revolutionary look which gave new vehicles a designer look and stance to the vehicles front end.

The first halo headlights introduced by BMW were called Corona Rings. Over the years, lighting technology has improved drastically allowing halo headlamps to be utilized as daytime running lights (DRL) as well as evening city lights. Early halo headlights used halogen bulbs paired with a fiber optic system to transmit the light throughout the ring channel. This technology was replaced by BMW by energy-saving LEDs to power the corona ring channel. BMW now integrates their halo rings into their bi-xenon headlights which is a signature design element which has server to distinguish BMW cars and SUV’s on the road. Today the Chevrolet Camaro and Impala both come standard from the manufacturer with halo-ring headlights equipped.

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Types of Halo Headlight's

Halo Headlights come in a wide variety of technologies, colors, and styles. Projector halo headlights come in three different technology types: CCFL, LED, and Plasma. Traditional Halo rings used by most auto manufacturers are illuminated by one or two incandescent bulbs which produce the distinctive “angel eye” effect by creating dark and bright spots inside the enclosed halo ring.

CCFL Halo Headlights

CCFL technology has been used for Halo headlight technology the longest. CCFL provides the smooth glow which hides the individual lights in the halo ring which most automotive enthusiasts prefer. Each CCFL halo ring is made from a small fluorescent tube which is developed to last up to 50,000 hours of continuous use. CCFL Projector Halo Headlamps are the most widely available and cheapest options available on the market because they have been available the longest.

The downside of CCFL headlights are they are not as bright and noticeable as LED and Plasma Halo headlight options. They are best for dark environments to get the best performance out of your Halo investment.

LED Halo Headlights

LED Halo Rings also known as SMD Halo's are developed and manufactured to be ultra-bright. The allows your Halo's to bee seen in both during the day and night. If you want your Halo's to be visible all the time, SMD Halo's are your best option. Another benefit of LED Halo headlights is the ability to have multiple colors due to the individual lights that make up the Halo ring. With kits like Oracle's colorSHIFT, you can change the color of your Halo ring with the simple click of a button or remote. 

Another advantage of LED SMD Halo's is the ability to utilize LED controllers to do cool effects like sound activation and customized programmable patterns. LED Halo rings are also more durable than CCFL Halos with a life of 60,000 hours of continuous use. One disadvantage is LED Halo's are made up of individual lights so you don't get that continuous fluid look like CCFL or Plasma options. 

Plasma Halo Headlights

Plasma Halo's are the latest technological advancement from Oracle. Oracle's goal in developing Plasma Halo's was to combine the advantages of both CCFL and LED so customers wouldn't have to choose between the two technologies. Released in 2013, the major downside of Plasma Halo's is the inability to change colors. 

Plasma Halo's provide the smooth, fluid look that CCFL offers only in an ultra-bright package which can be seen during either day or night. If you are only looking for a single color for your Halo Rings, Plasma is without a doubt your best option. Plasma Halo's offer 100,000 hours of continuous use so they will never burn out and will last the life of your vehicle. 

One other drawback of Plasma Halo's is you can't control them by remotes or controllers like the LED variety. 

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What is LED Lighting?

Incandescent bulbs have dominated the automotive industry since the days of Henry Ford. Today there is a new player in town that is quickly forcing old faithful to the lighting scrap heap. LED lighting, short of Light Emitting Diode, has become the bulb of choice for vehicle manufacturers and car enthusiasts a like. An LED is a transistor, combined with a substrate, which emits light when electrical current is applied. The LED bulb has a number of advantages over traditional incandescent lighting which makes is attractive for automotive use:

 

  • Automotive LED’s are insensitive to the regular vibrations a car is exposed to.

  • Vehicle LED’s will last for the life of the vehicle (with the exception of LED Headlights)

  • Car & Truck LEDs have moisture-proof casings which allow them to be installed in harsh environments.

  • LED lighting is extremely compact.

  • LED’s light up quicker and more reliable than incandescent bulbs

  • LED lighting runs cool reducing the energy loss and dangers associated with emitting light in an automotive housing.

  • LEDs are available in a wide variety of colors and color temperatures providing you a host of options for customization.

  • LED Lights provide more light per watt reducing the power requirements on your vehicles electrical system and battery.

 

LED Lighting has become so popular for car and truck applications that there are now LED options for every conventional automotive lighting application. Headlights, taillights, turn signals, running lamps, car interior lighting, engine bay lighting, you name it, LEDs can handle it.  LED’s have also created new applications for automotive lighting that previously didn’t exist. LED Lighting can be installed in applications and locations that were previously impossible with fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. The days of the fluorescent undercarriage lighting tubes that were subject to damage from weather and vibrations are over!

 

Chevrolet Corvette Paves the Way for Automotive LED’s

 

The firs use of LEDs in an automotive application was on the Chevrolet Corvette in 1983 which had an LED on the center high mount stop lamp. LEDs are perfect for a stop lamp because they light up instantaneously giving the driver behind more time to react to the light and avoid an accident when a car or truck makes an unexpected stop. 0.2 seconds faster make may seem insignificant, however, at 75 mph this translates to 21 feet of extra braking distance which could literally mean the difference between life and death.

Color Variety

LED’s have an RGB color spectrum which allows them to emit any color from the same LED unit. In order to display different colors, an LED unit is either setup with three different LEDs, one emitting blue, one emitting red, and one green light in one unit, or they can be built as one LED which is doped with three difference substances allowing for blue, green, or red when electrical current is applied. Through the use of resistors to control the current applied to the bulb, LEDs can emit any combination of colors.  

The multicolor capabilities of LEDs make it possible for one strip of LEDs to perform multiple functions in an automotive application. They can blink amber for turn signals, light up white for backup lights, or red for braking. LEDs can also be timed to either light all bulbs simultaneously as a single unit or sequentially to create a lighting pattern such as a running turn signal.

 

Flexible Compactness

 

LEDs are small and compact which allows them to be made into small, flexible lighting strips which can be twisted and tweaked into locations that traditional incandescent lighting would never fit. Running lights are a perfect example of this. LEDs can be contoured to the shape and style of a vehicle's body providing a unique, unmistakable look such as the LED “whiskers” that are characteristic of Audi headlights. LED strips can be used in interior applications such as foot well or dash compartment lighting. They can be used in exterior applications such as undercarriage lighting, puddle lights, or engine compartment lighting. They can be installed in such a way that they are hidden and invisible when not lit. LED’s are perfect for these applications because they don’t burn out, consume little energy, produce low heat, and are maintenance free.

 

LED Headlights are In

 

LED headlights are the hottest new trend in automotive lighting. They have become powerful enough, bright enough, and reliable enough to replace the traditional incandescent and HID headlamps that have dominated the automotive industry for generations. Modern LED design has combined advanced optical design with intricate cooling devices to make them the application of choice for car & truck enthusiasts. LED headlamps offer a wide spectrum of color temperatures without the unreliability traditionally found in HID and incandescent bulb kits.

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