What Are Surface Mount LED Lights?
As the name suggests, surface mount LED lights (sometimes called grille lights) are designed to be mounted on the exterior of a vehicle or used in the interior of your vehicle. Most models come with a built-in flange or bracket that makes it easy to install the light in a number of different locations.
While they’re often used as emergency vehicle lights, surface mounts can also be used for a variety of other applications, including tow trucks, snow plows, security vehicles, utility trucks, and more.
What Are Flush Mount LED Lights?
Flush mount LED lights are very similar to surface mounts, but they’re designed to be installed flush with the surface of your vehicle (hence the name). The “flush” look of these LEDs is achieved with the use of a recessed mount bracket for a sleek, low-profile look that’s perfect for cars and trucks that want to avoid calling attention to their lighting system.
Applications of Surface Mount LED Warning Lights
Surface mount LED lights can be used for a variety of different applications, including:
Emergency Vehicle Lighting
Surface mounts are often used as emergency vehicle lights, thanks to their bright, attention-grabbing light output.
Tow Truck Lighting
Tow trucks need to be highly visible when they’re on the road, and surface mounts are a great way to achieve this.
Construction Vehicle Lighting
Construction vehicles often need to be equipped with warning lights, and surface mounts are a popular choice for this application.
Why Use LED Surface Mount Emergency Lights
Surface mounted lights are one of the most popular choices for emergency vehicles for several reasons.
Surface mount lights offer a wide range of installation possibilities. They can be mounted on the grille, on the roof, on the bumper, or even in the wheel well.
Compact and Convenient
Incredibly compact, these lights don’t take up much space on your vehicle, making them perfect for emergency personnel. LEDs also last much longer than traditional bulbs, meaning you won’t have to replace them as often.
Surface mounted lights are extremely bright and visible, making them perfect for emergency situations.
Surface Mount Lights Vs Grille Lights
The terms are mostly interchangeable. Surface mounts and grille lights are identical in functionality, but they differ in regards to their placement and application. As the name implies, grille lights can be mounted in the grille-area of your vehicle. They enhance your visibility and ensure that you’re seen by nearby and oncoming traffic.
Surface mounts are extremely versatile and can be mounted almost anywhere on your car, truck, or service vehicle. They can be installed strategically to maximize visibility from different angles and perspectives, or remain hidden and concealed for undercover use.
Mounting Grille Lights on an Emergency Vehicle
Using any of our compatible mounting brackets, like the appropriate L bracket or swivel bracket, you can quickly and easily mount your LED warning lights on a variety of grilles. You can even use a stainless steel machine bolt or stainless steel screw and mount it directly to the front of your vehicle’s grille. To install a light around your license plate, you can use a license plate bracket for mounting.
Where to Install Perimeter Mount Light
LED perimeter mount lights, or perimeter warning lights, are typically used for fire trucks and ambulances or other vehicles requiring external lighting. We recommend the Lux series lights from Feniex as a great option for your retro-fit, upgrade, or new-build.
Can Grille or Surface Mounted LED Lights Damage My Vehicle?
Our LED surface mounts and grille lights are incredibly easy to install, but keep in mind that you will need to drill a hole on the surface of your desired mounting location to pass the wires through and install your light.
As a preventative measure, we sell our grille and surface mount lights with a rubber or foam gasket to protect the mounting surface from getting scratched. Over time, sand, dirt, and other particles build up behind the light and eventually scratch your vehicle’s surface—the protective gasket will prevent this from happening!
Get Your Surface Mounted Lights From Ultra Bright Lightz
LED surface mount lights are a great choice for emergency vehicles. They offer a versatile installation, are compact and convenient, provide great visibility, and are very durable. Be sure to check out our selection. We offer a wide variety of surface mount lights, including LED grille lights, perimeter mounts, and more!