Post date: June 19th, 2019 by PA LED
Which instrument LED light bulb fits your need, T5 or T10?
What is the difference between them? Is there any recommendation?
The instrument light has always been the car lovers favorite, right?
It is also the place easily noticed by drivers. As the saying in Taiwan goes, “Good instrument lights can make your day, sometimes even save your life! “
Keep reading to see the difference of various instrument lights & how did it evolve into the current mainstream light bulb?
History of T10 LED Instrument Light
In the early…
Those who have bought LED instrument lights are sure to be familiar with the words “round” and “flat”.
“Round” refers to the shape above the LED bulb, which is a semicircle.
“Flat” refers to the shape above the LED bulb. It is the semicircle but cut in half and the upper area is flat. See figure 1 below.
Figure 1 (left：round / right：flat)
People developed flat LED chips, which had greatly improved brightness and durability.
At the beginning, the design go with “single-sided lighting”, but for the backlit dashboard, it will become the brightness limit in a single block, which cause that it cannot light up every corner of your dashboard; thus, people design “five-sided lighting”.
• “Single-sided lighting” is installed directly above the LED bulb, only a single surface is illuminated, and the illumination is limited.
• “Five-sided lighting” LED bulbs use five-sided lighting to increase brightness and wider lighting angle. You can check on the Figure 2.
Figure 2 (left： Single-sided lighting right：Five-sided lighting)
History of T5 LED Instrument Light
T5, compare to T10, is much simpler of the developing history. Mainly divided into “Single-sided lighting” and “Five-sided lighting”
• “Single-sided lighting”, directly installed above the bulb, only one side of the light is illuminated, and the illumination is limited.
• “Five-sided lighting” , Bulbs uses five-sided lighting in order to increase brightness and wider angle of brightness area. In fact, the history of T5 is same as late evolution of T10. We got to solve the problem that the illuminate breadth is not enough, resulting in multi-faceted illumination.
As you can see on Figure 3.
Figure 3 (left：Five-sided lighting right：Single-sided lighting)
Let's light up LED Instrument Light!
Important part right here!
So many historical stuff. I am falling asleep!
PA LED will light up these bulbs to show you right now. Let’s see how big the difference is! So that you can choose the suitable version for your dashboard!
1. T10 Round LED Instrument Light
Figure 4 — light up T10 Round
You can see on Figure 4, the brightness is concentrated in the front, while the illumination area is pretty narrow. It is more obvious while actually install on the dashboard.
2. T10 flat LED Instrument Light
Figure 5 — light up T10 Flat
You can see on Figure 5, compare to round light, the brightness is spread evenly. It is more suitable than the round used in backlit dashboard.
3. T10 Single-sided lighting LED Instrument Light
Figure 6 — light up T10 Single-sided lighting LED Instrument Light
T10 Single-sided lighting, compare to flat, it is brighter. On the other hand, the illumination area isn’t breadth enough due to the single-direction design.
4. T10 five-sided lighting LED Instrument Light
Figure 7 — light up T10 five-sided lighting LED Instrument Light
T10 Five-sided lighting has more brightness enhancement, and a wider range of illumination! This is our top recommend, becoming one of the main stream now. If your car has a backlit dashboard, choose this!
5. T5 Single-sided lighting LED Instrument Light
Figure 8 — light up T5 Single-sided lighting LED Instrument Light
The single-sided lighting of T5 is also very bright and has a smaller illumination area. Most of them will be used on the indicator light that do not require a large area lighting.
6. T5 five-sided lighting LED Instrument Light
Figure 9 — light up T5 five-sided lighting LED Instrument Light
The five-sided lighting of the T5 has a higher brightness and a larger illumination area. Most of them will be used in small backlights dashboard, which is also recommended by us! Car lovers love it.
LED instrument light installation
Figure 10: Up Left: T10 Round Down Left: T10 Single-Sided
Down Left: T10 FlatDown Right: T10 Five-Sided
Figure 11 Left: T10 Single-Sided / Right: T10 Five-Sided
After reading the content, did you have a deeper understanding of the instrument lights?
Hope so! In fact, nothing is the best if it doesn’t fit in your ride. Smartly use the characteristics of various styles to create your own style of dashboard!
At last, you got to see this! Don’t forget, PA LED is your best choice!
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