@Byron - how did you come up with 1.5 amps? Using the formula:
Amps = Watts / Voltage
Amps = 8 / 12
Amps = 0.67
The old 7W light
bulbs (Oh, how I miss the look of them!) had the 7W concentrated in one little spot (the filament). The 8W light
bar warmth is distributed over a length of 15 inches...and it has a metal back.
The number of LED's isn't really much to go by as the light
output per LED is all over the place. This bar is pretty bright at 450 Lumens. That's about what a 40W light bulb gives out.