ACME: Picked up the call from consumers who want a product that meets their expectations but aren't ready to break the bank. Their entry-level gear is the new industry standard that delivers real performance at the right price.
Don't be Fooled: Typically SMD-based LED strips are a bit spotty due to the spacing on the LEDs...but ACME's clever external driver design allows the LED's to be mounted with zero gap between them. When lit, they will create a singular, smooth, and seamless band of bright light!
Construction: 3528 SMD LED chips are soldered to a flexible but stable circuit board, making them easy to install across the geometry in almost any automotive headlight.
Wiring Ready: With over 3 feet of input wiring and their inline voltage regulators, the ACME Super Flex strips are very easy to wire into your vehicle's electrical system. Just apply 12V +/- and you're good to go!
Sizing: ACME does not recommend cutting the strips because the remaining LEDs would then be over-powered by the power driver. Luckily, they are offered in two lengths to fit most every purpose (3" or 16")
Closeouts Information: If you're a headlight junkie looking for a hot deal on parts for your next project, look no further. The TRS Closeouts category has non-stop selection of parts at a price that’s impossible to beat! Check out this behind the scenes video that explains a bit more about these parts.
LED STRIPS: 2x ACME Super Flex (Single Color)
LED DRIVERS: 2x ACME Inline Regulators
WARRANTY: DOA ONLY
RETROFITS: Any straight surfaces within size range
FACTORY HEADLIGHTS: Any straight surfaces within size range
OTHER USES: Not to be used external of a sealed housing
NOTE: Does not flex laterally
Length: Should not be modified/cut
COLOR LIT: 5000K (white) or Amber
INPUT: 12V DCNOM
WIRING: Bare Wire (+ and -)
PCB WIDTH: 4mm
Electrical engineer here. Recently did an overhaul on the deck of my CTS-V, which included removing the plastic tray that held the OEM trunk light. I looked at a few replacement options, including LED flex tubes, festoon-style LED grid arrays, and off road foglamp arrays.
In the end, I decided to try the dual 16" ACME LED strips because they're low profile, impact resistant, and have a forward viewing angle of about 130 degrees, which makes filling the entire trunk with light easier. I was concerned about the brightness because TRS doesn't advertise it, but figured I'd risk it.
I found that the lights are not very flexible, despite the name—the solder joints on the back will crack if you bend them more than 15 degrees. That’s their main downside. I cracked a pair of solder joints just pulling it out of the package, but repaired it in 30 seconds with a soldering iron. You have to hold them vertically or support the strip with your whole hand to prevent breakage.
Because they're super lightweight, installation is simple: double-sided 3M tape trimmed to 1/8” width is enough. The whole light including the tape is about ¼” thick so your options for hiding these lights are essentially infinite, even if your deck is flat—they’re impossible to see unless you squat down and look up at your trunk from below. Just make sure to hit the areas with 99% IPA beforehand to ensure the tape holds strong. The ballasts will need to be supported as well—1x1” squares of tape work fine.
Compared to my 44mm festoon OEM trunk light, in which I had installed a dual 5W Cree XP-G2, the dual Acme 16” strips did a much better job filling the entire trunk with light, and while they can’t match the sheer intensity of the XP-G2 hotspots, their output is higher and vastly better-distributed. Because I was able to essentially put the dual 16” strips in series across the room of the trunk, there’s no way to block the light like before by placing a box in the wrong place and covering up the OEM light fixture.
Overall, I’m very pleased. Low profile, wide dispersion pattern, easy installation. The flexibility could be better but that’s hard to improve on this type of design. The price is probably twice what most people are looking to spend, but it’s not bad considering the quantity and quality of the LEDs used. For those interested, the density + intensity of the LEDs makes it hard to tell that there are individual LEDs in the strip when viewed from the front. If these were $40 per pair and more flexible, I probably would’ve given them five stars.
Got the three inch amber strips and mounted them inside the sidemarker housings on my Cadillac ATS. They are much better looking than the stock bulbs and brighter as well. Work perfectly and got no complaints.