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Unread 01-10-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Write-up: interior LED-strip lighting

I installed some LED strips (which usually go for about $10-20 per foot) for my interior, what you can do to get them for cheap is call a major producer of LED strips and ask for some cut-offs or any extras they have laying around and be creative with the conversation because they don't just give away free crap to anyone who asks.

MAKE SURE THAT THE LEDs YOU BUY ARE THE VOLTAGE OF YOUR VEHICLE!! They sell 12V and 24V out there so make sure you choose the right ones.

Here are some helpful links:
ledliquidators
ledwholesalers
http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Lighting-LED-Ribbon-2026BU/dp/B002Q93CGM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1295939557&sr=8-5http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Lighting-LED-Ribbon-2026wh/dp/B002QQ1YOM/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Lighting-LED-Ribbon-Yellow/dp/B002Q97MGI/ref=sr_1_19?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1295940184&sr=1-19http://www.amazon.com/LED-Flexible-Waterproof-Ribbon-2047RD/dp/B003O95PAY/ref=sr_1_11?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1295940184&sr=1-11http://www.amazon.com/Changing-LED-Flexible-Lighting-2053RGB-24V/dp/B003VQNEGM/ref=sr_1_12?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1295940184&sr=1-12http://www.amazon.com/LED-Flexible-Waterproof-Sleeve-Ribbon/dp/B003O95UPE/ref=sr_1_10?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1295940184&sr=1-10


There are easier alternatives like replacing the filament bulbs with LED bulbs that plug into the existing sockets.

Doing this may damage some of your parts as the old plastic is very brittle, so I recommend getting some spares from your local JY and working on those.

If you have an idea for an LED mod, post your idea here and i will see if i can get it done. (thats what section 5 is for)

PM or post if you have any questions or comments. I will update when needed.

If you are a noob at electrical stuff and if you live near Huntington Beach let me know me and i can drive over and help.

Section 1: Under-dash lights
Section 2: Dome lights
Section 3: Gauge cluster and center console lights
Section 4: Tailgate light
Section 5: Suggested mods
-Amber and blue strobe lights
-Daytime running lights
-Wheel well/rock lights

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|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Section 1: Under-dash lights



Ok, so we will start with under the dash lights.

You need:
-paint stick or similar
-LED ribbon (I call them strips)
-wire
-soldering iron
-solder
-cable (zip) ties

Step 1: get a paint stick or something similar that is long and stiff (ha), make any necessary cuts and holes for proper mounting. I just used cable-ties for mounting, it's cheap and simple.



*Step 2: With a soldering iron, make some leads on the LED strip so you can later connect it to a power source.



*Step 3: Stick the LED strip to the paint stick and mount it underneath the dash.



*Step 4: Find a power source (i used the socket from the stock lights) and tap into it somehow (crimp, solder, or whatever works for you)



*Step 5: Some LED strips have to option of red, green, and blue, all on the same piece. if you want to be able to change the colors, all you need to do is make some switches wherever you want and have the leads going to the LEDs.

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|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Section 2: Dome lights




Next we have the overhead dome lights

You will need:
-LED ribbon
-soldering iron
-solder
-wire



Step 1:Stick the LEDs onto the dome light, find your power source (stock light socket), and make necessary connections.(Follow Steps 2-5 from Section 1) It's pretty simple.
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|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Section 3: Center console and gauge cluster lights.




You need:
-LED ribbon
-soldering iron
-solder
-any tools for getting into the cluster/console
-time

Step 1: Take the part (gauge cluster, shifter display, etc..) out carefully, take it apart so you can see the stock sockets and bulbs. I didn't manage to get a picture of it but you can completely take it apart and see underneath the plastic cover.



Step 2: fit the LEDs in there and follow Steps 2-5 from Section 1.

NOTE: It is very important that you remember how everything was assembled so you can put it back together properly.
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|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Section 4: Rear hatch lights.



This one will require removing the interior panels

You need:
-LED ribbon
-screwdriver
-momentary button (make sure it's not plastic)
-SPST on-off over-ride switch (optional) (you need to get one that has a low profile because it might some into contact with the body and short)
-drill and bit
-aluminum c-channel or similar

Step 1: go to local electronic parts store (radio shack will work but it has crappy selection) and find a "normally open automotive momentary button" (this will turn the lights on when the hatch is open) and find an over-ride switch rated for over 10A @ 12V (optional, but makes sense to have one).

Step 2: remove the driver side interior cargo panels and the hatch interior panel.



Step 3: drill a hole here (hole must be big enough for your momentary button to fit)



Step 4: take your momentary switch and ground one contact to the chassis (usually already done when you mount it into the hole), and solder a wire to the other contact.

Step 5: take the lead from the momentary switch and secure it to your over-ride switch.



Step 6: take the lead from your over-ride switch and a positive and feed it to the hatch (I just taped it down beside the window). You can see the holes where i tried to feed a wire through, there was something blocking it right about where the shocks mounted. If you find a way please tell.



Step 7: mount and connect the LEDs



(Step 5 from Section 1 is for connecting RGB (red, green, and blue) LED strips)
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|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Section 5: Any Suggestions???

Want to see an LED mod done? Post your idea and i will see if i can get it done.

Completed mods:
-Amber and blue strobe lights
-Daytime running lights
-Wheel well/rock lights

I have a list of mods i am currently working on.
-light-up middle finger for the back window
-grille lights (temporary set-up)
-door lights (literally on the bottom of the door to light up the ground that you're about to step on)

-I am going to work on a universal type of LED strip which can be mounted anywhere you can drill into.
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Did you order your's from LED liquidators?

Since they come in spools of 16.4 ft can you cut them in any length or you have to use the whole roll?
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looks sweet, i may have to try this

Ps thanks for sharing with us none paying members
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Definitely cool stuff but kinda weird on a jeep lol.
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Did you order your's from LED liquidators?

Since they come in spools of 16.4 ft can you cut them in any length or you have to use the whole roll?
yes i have ordered a 16.4ft spool. they can be split into 5mm, 10mm, or 20mm sections depending on which type of LEDs you get. but you can only cut them each third LED

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looks sweet, i may have to try this

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Definitely cool stuff but kinda weird on a jeep lol.
as long as i dont have a 20" subwoofer and a light-up tailpipe i think it's alright
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as long as i dont have a 20" subwoofer and a light-up tailpipe i think it's alright

word. Gotta draw the line at light up cup holders

Pretty sweet!
I was thinking about putting a few strips in my engine compartment for those late night breakdowns on the side of the highway. Put a switch in like on your hatch
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the engine heat might kill the lights, but worth a try. when you get the LEDs look at their operating temperature.
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found some cheap led strips
http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Lighting-LED-Ribbon-2026BU/dp/B002Q93CGM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1295939557&sr=8-5http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Lighting-LED-Ribbon-2026wh/dp/B002QQ1YOM/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Lighting-LED-Ribbon-Yellow/dp/B002Q97MGI/ref=sr_1_19?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1295940184&sr=1-19http://www.amazon.com/LED-Flexible-Waterproof-Ribbon-2047RD/dp/B003O95PAY/ref=sr_1_11?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1295940184&sr=1-11http://www.amazon.com/Changing-LED-Flexible-Lighting-2053RGB-24V/dp/B003VQNEGM/ref=sr_1_12?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1295940184&sr=1-12http://www.amazon.com/LED-Flexible-Waterproof-Sleeve-Ribbon/dp/B003O95UPE/ref=sr_1_10?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1295940184&sr=1-10Enjoy
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