Mercedes GLB AMG Gets Light Bars Installed
Updated: May 25, 2020
The GLB is the latest SUV from Mercedes. Just like any other model, it is available in NON AMG and AMG packages. Even though it's a brand new vehicle, the lighting wasn't bright enough for our client.
Take a look at how we made the light output on this new Mercedes even better!
Let's take some measurements
Our client bought his GLB with the AMG package, which means no fog lights. The car does have full LED headlights but these still didn't provide the output our client was looking for. He wanted more light output in the foreground area.
The foreground is the area directly in front of the car to about 20 feet away. The main purpose of fog lights is to illuminate this area but since the AMG package did not come with any, we needed a solution.
We took some measurements and realized that the bottom grille area would be perfect for adding fog lights. The lights we were going to add, had to match the overall look of the vehicle. This way it wouldn't look out of place and blend in with the rest of the car.
(We can make this SUV look even sportier with some additional lights)
Mercedes GLB close up
Let's Get MDRNIZED
What we installed
When adding additional lights to SUVs or trucks our two personal favorites are the Stage Series LED light bars and LED pods from Diode Dynamics. Either of these options would be perfect to function as the fog light for this Mercedes, reason being, Diode Dynamics is one of the only manufacturers that has a DOT legal fog light beam pattern in their light bars and pods.
We presented both options to our client and he chose to go with the two 6 inch LED light bars. He didn't want a switch to control the lights, however, he wanted them to turn on automatically when the car started.
Stage Series Light Bars by Diode Dynamics
6 inch Fog Light LED Light Bars by Diode Dynamics
Taking into account our client's preferences we took the vehicle apart and began our installation. We mounted the light bars as far as possible from each other in the lower grille area and aligned them to light up the foreground perfectly.
We fabricated a custom relay harness to wire the light bars to automatically turn on/off with the vehicle. This results in a clean installation and makes the use of these light bars easy for the client, without having to do anything extra to turn them on.
(The light bars are going to be brighter than any OEM LED fog light)
Stage Series LED light bars getting installed
That blends in quite nice
Before the GLB was released, Mercedes built an off road package for the concept vehicle. With this in mind, our client really liked the idea of adding the light bars. He was very impressed with the performance of the light bars and even said that they look brighter than his LED headlights. With the beam pattern width being almost 90 degrees to the vehicle and the brightness of the lights beaming in front, we successfully fixed the dim foreground.
(The Stage Series LED light bars from Diode Dynamics are proudly made here in the USA!)
Clients vehicle parked outside of the shop
Lighting on cars is constantly evolving but even new vehicles like this Mercedes GLB can still benefit from additional lighting. With the addition of the LED light bars from Diode Dynamics, the foreground lighting on this SUV has drastically been improved and the client can legally drive on the street with them turned on since the beam pattern is DOT legal.
What do you think about the light bars on this GLB? Would have done something different?