Product Review: Korr LED Light Bar

Product Review: Korr LED Light Bar

About two years ago I had the best idea ever. I would boycott the companies flogging re-branded LED lights, and go straight to Ebay to get it cheaper from China. After all, it all comes out of the same factory right?

The stuff I got for a bargain price lit everything up great….for about two weekends of camping. Then it mysteriously went dull and one by one the LED’s went out. I went back to headlamps for a year after that, until I met with Emiel and Claire of This Life Outside! They had a good outfit of Korr LED strip lighting. Incredibly bright stuff, a lot pricier than what you pay on Ebay, but the saying “the poor man pays twice” has never been truer!

So I got myself a 25cm LED bar from Korr Lighting’s Website.

DSC_5693It claims 345 lumens and a power consumption of just 0.3 amps per hour. It is also IP68 waterproof, dust proof and dimmable. And it cost me about $32 at the time including postage. I’ve gone with the smallest LED bar they do in the solid strip type as that will fit perfectly along the bars in the top of my roof top tent.

korr-led-strip-25cmSo this is what the light bar looks like. Korr’s name and the year is stamped on the actual circuit board under a layer of resin. To me that is a pretty good indicator that it’s not the same stuff everyone else sells – with some different branding on the box. In fact, Korr’s website says they design and manufacture of their lights.

korr-led-strip-install

It has this waterproof plug on either end, so that you can daisy chain a few lights. I just want to hardwire mine, and right before I went to cut the female end off and solder it together, I realised that these plugs looked like a common 12 volt plug. Sure enough, I was able to cut the plug off an old charger and hardwire that instead. This meant I didn’t have to ruin my brand new light. I had to take a bit of a guess at the polarity, just for your reference: the positive is in the middle.

cheap-diy-led-dimmer-switch

Here’s an Ebay¬† purchase that didn’t let me down. This little dimmer switch cost about $1.90 with free postage and was installed on my previous light. Not only can it dim, but it also has varying strobe speeds for my one man rave parties, and slow, pulsing, romantic modes – for getting in the mood and just enjoying my own company….

Nuff of that, I whacked the new light in with a few cable ties to hold it steady. It does have magnets on the back, but the poles inside the tent are aluminium so that means diddly squat to me. Of course I’m not gonna leave you hanging! Here’s the comparison shots:

roof-top-tent-LED-install

There’s the old stuff, 1.2 metres of flexible strip stuck across the middle. It used to be a bit brighter but for no apparent reason it dulled right down.

korr-led-strip-into-roof-top-tentThere’s the new Korr light. Holy crap eh? That’s about 1/5th the size of the old light, and probably 3 times the light output! Both of these shots were taken using the same settings. ISO 2000, aperture of 2.8 and a shutter speed of 1/60.

Pretty bloody good eh? I guess I was wrong about all LED lighting being the same, you just have to find the standout manufacturers that care about more than a big markup for quick dollars!

Alex

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7 Comments

  1. Matt Rowe
    June 06, 05:55 Reply
    I cant say enough about how good the Korr products are, when i purchased my camper trailer 3 years ago, instead of hunting around for cheapest possible price on ebay i went straight to korrs website and ordered a platinum led camp light set and a solar panel, and after many months of bouncing in and out of bulldust holes and corrugations on my travels, both products have never failed and still to this day they perform aswell as they did on day one,,, sometimes the cheaper product is good but not in this case and im glad i made the right choice
    • Alex Garner
      June 08, 08:39 Reply
      I needed to meet you 3 years ago Matt and I mightn't have wasted so much time and money on cheap rubbish ones! You're right when you say some of the cheap stuff can be very good, but you do take a gamble.
      • Matt Rowe
        June 08, 16:41 Reply
        yeah we all take a gamble, i usually do my research but even in the forums the reviews are 50/50 budget v premium product, so sometimes research gets me nowhere, as it did with my $275 a corner shock absorbers that really are junk but thankfully i saw your video on your patrol which changed my mind about a purchase of a certain rear bar/ twin spare wheel carrier, cheers
  2. Michael
    June 16, 00:33 Reply
    Hi Alex, what a great article, I just love the Korr Range of lights they really do go to a lot of effort to brand and manufacture some really great Products. I have the light kit and it's well worth getting in the future. Mick
  3. rob
    June 18, 05:27 Reply
    Your comparing warm white to cool white. How is that a fair product comparison
    • Alex Garner
      June 18, 19:26 Reply
      True Rob, they are different types of light. This was intended as more of a review of the Korr product than a comparison between the two, with the photos comparing them as just a visual indicator.

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