Sometimes in the dark it’s useful to have lighting pointed downward or to the side of your vehicle. This could be for trail or rock lighting, uses around camp, or to throw light on the jobsite. Miniature LEDs offer us some creative options.
We found some small lights called Eagle Eye LEDs. We found these available from a number of suppliers in multiple colors. We opted for some Xenon white LEDs from Amazon that are rated at 4 1/2 watts. The ones we purchased have a lens diameter just more than 1/2-inch and throw a wide beam of light.
These little lights could be mounted in almost any location because they are so compact. We chose to try them mounted in sideview mirrors, and they were easily mounted in the plastic mirror housing. If you already have mirrors that adjust electrically, there are probably already holes for routing wires into your doors. Otherwise, you may have to find a way to run the wires through the mirror mount into your door shell or body.
The small LEDs are housed in a black-anodized aluminum body with a wire pigtail for power connection. These mount through a 7/16-inch hole and are held in place with a hex nut.
The small bubble lens in front throws a fairly wide pattern and each LED uses a meager 0.12 amps. Relays are not needed for switching and these lights draw so little current they could probably be added to most any other existing lighting circuit without modification.
We mounted each LED in a sideview mirror, where it easily fit within the plastic housing behind the actual adjustable mirror piece. We can see other uses for these little bulkhead-mount lights. They could be used for rock lights or backup lights where you might only have a small surface area for mounting but want a compact bright light.