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Unread 11-16-2011, 03:14 PM   #151
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Carlos, just search EBAY for "led strip". There are about 25,000 auctions. I bought a 5 meter roll but I've seen "15 led strips" and "30 led strips". Also, if you search lowest price first there are a ton of penny auctions with free shipping. Ya never know, might get lucky.


Hey wait a minute. Your not trolling JF for ideas for that FORD are you?? lol

Edit: Damn it Chris ya beat me. I took a minute to check fleabay.

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Unread 11-16-2011, 04:39 PM   #152
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Going to put them on your F-150 haha

But pretty sure you can biy them in smaller rolls
Don't knock the ecoboost! She will tow you sideways up a 6 degree incline wile still hitting double digits on mpg

I want the LEDs for a small project on my rear view mirrors that have a reflector that needs light
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Unread 11-16-2011, 04:40 PM   #153
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Carlos, just search EBAY for "led strip". There are about 25,000 auctions. I bought a 5 meter roll but I've seen "15 led strips" and "30 led strips". Also, if you search lowest price first there are a ton of penny auctions with free shipping. Ya never know, might get lucky.

Hey wait a minute. Your not trolling JF for ideas for that FORD are you?? lol

Edit: Damn it Chris ya beat me. I took a minute to check fleabay.
Lol no troll bro, just need to delete myself off jf ones my jeep crap sells.
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Unread 11-16-2011, 05:16 PM   #154
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I soldered mine with a big solder gun, not a nice electronics one. Make sure you are using a quality solder, and I like to use flux.
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Unread 11-16-2011, 06:23 PM   #155
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Don't knock the ecoboost! She will tow you sideways up a 6 degree incline wile still hitting double digits on mpg

I want the LEDs for a small project on my rear view mirrors that have a reflector that needs light
As you know i havent had a single good experience with ford so dont tak this personal!

If i wanted something that could tow me sideways up a 6 degree incline id still be rocking the cummims dually! Not a pusst *** ford that will brake before it first oil change



But they will still look cool or your eco boost
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Unread 11-16-2011, 06:34 PM   #156
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Lol no troll bro, just need to delete myself off jf ones my jeep crap sells.
It's all good, just F'in with ya. You don't want to join a Ford forum anyway.

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As you know i havent had a single good experience with ford so dont tak this personal!

If i wanted something that could tow me sideways up a 6 degree incline id still be rocking the cummims dually! Not a pusst *** ford that will brake before it first oil change



But they will still look cool or your eco boost
I'm not gonna knock ford. I don't like their current line-up but I've had my Mustang for 20 years (and she was over 20 years old when I got her) and she's always been good to me.
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Unread 11-16-2011, 08:07 PM   #157
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How hard of a time you guys having soldering up the connections? Ive tried my cheap walmart iron and all it is doing is burning the white circuit board. I also attempted useing my cold heat iron but the tip is to big.

Are you tinning the wire first then reheating to make the connection or are the pooling the solder on the light contact before placeing the wire on? Needless to say my soldering skills are way sub par

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What I did was first trim the silicone off the tip and expose the two leads. Then I tinned the wires. Lastly I placed the tinned tips onto the leads and heated them until they milted and stuck. Last thing was to use heat shrink on the joint. I am extremely amateur when it comes to soldering. So if I can do it anyone can!


Carlos - after installing some in my cargo area I don't have much left. Maybe a few inches.
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Unread 11-19-2011, 06:34 AM   #158
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Just a quick update since I finally got my lights. I used the same method as Omelet just posted. (tinned the wires , etc.) The easiest way I found to do it was to seperate the silicone from the circuit on the end with a fingernail, then bend the contacts down at a 90 degree angle. Then just snip the piece of silicone near the first led. (ignore the rusty plyers in the pic. They serve their purpose.) I think Nate also mentioned using liquid tape in an earlier post. I did that as well. Coat the leads then cover with the heat shrink. That way the conections should be water proof.

Also there was some talk about what kind of solder gun/iron to use. I have a nice electronic soldering gun that heats up instantly that I was planning on using but, while at Home Depot, I decided to pick up a pencil torch to heat the heat shrink. (tired of using a lighter) For a few dollors more they had a small kit that included soldering tips. I used it for the whole project and it worked great. So if anyone is looking to buy a soldering gun I would recomend this little torch. Small, fast, versital, and portable. (just have to be sure you have butain on hand to refill). For $15 you can't beat it.
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Nicely done! So do you have it all finished yet!?!

I have the cheapest soldering iron there is So this is proof that you don't need anything special to get it to work. This is what I have been using for all my wiring:



The kit Buda posted looks pretty sweet though! I might have to give it a try. It gets really annoying trying to use a lighter and heat shrink outside. The wind sucks!
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Unread 11-19-2011, 12:03 PM   #160
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Nicely done! So do you have it all finished yet!?!

I have the cheapest soldering iron there is So this is proof that you don't need anything special to get it to work. This is what I have been using for all my wiring:
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The kit Buda posted looks pretty sweet though! I might have to give it a try. It gets really annoying trying to use a lighter and heat shrink outside. The wind sucks!
I'm about to go out and install it now. I just got the stuff on wed. Nate. It took 2 months!! Hopefully I'll have some pics up tonight.


And yeah. I thought that kit was nice for $15. I was gonna buy just the torch for $7 just for the heat shrink like you said and then I saw that. Nice little tool(I'm a tool whore). And it's cordless too.
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Unread 11-19-2011, 07:58 PM   #161
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How do you think it would look with the warm white LEDs? They are about the same price as the white ones but give off a more traditional look. I love the idea but standard LED light looks really harsh and unnatural to me.
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Unread 11-19-2011, 09:53 PM   #162
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ok. Finally installed these. The courtesy light function proved to be slightly more difficult then presumed. The factory intrerior light has a constant feed and a switched ground. So a little rewiring of the relay was necessary. I also didn't put the front strip on caus e I want to wait till I get the 4x front guard.

I mounted a switch to the left of the wheel by my cb so it would be easy to access from outside as well as inside. It's a SPDT switch so I can switch from on to off to courtesy(auto).

No pics of the install because the wife was rushing me so we could go out to dinner. I did take a quick pic and a little video though. Over all these lights are pretty cool. (good find Nate) But the remote function is really trick. Instantly grabs your attention in a parking lot.

Bumzo - The warm white will look like incandescent light. (like your interior lighting) In the vid look at the difference between the interior and exterior lighting. I like the crisp white light myself. Now that I have the HIDs and the LED underlighting I really need to change out the interior lights to match.
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Nicely done! When I went to hook mine up to the interior light i figured out the same thing with the switched ground. I haven't bothered with it yet. What was your solution?

Bumzo - What he said^^^ From what I could tell from my initial research, they aren't as bright. Which is why I went with these. I wasn't sure how much light they were going to put down to the ground as it was, so the brighter the better!
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Unread 11-19-2011, 10:44 PM   #164
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Nicely done! When I went to hook mine up to the interior light i figured out the same thing with the switched ground. I haven't bothered with it yet. What was your solution?
I rewired the relay and switch.

1-Remove the ground wire and the switched wire from the relay.
2-Run a jumper wire from the hot feed on the relay to the terminal where the switched wire was.
3-Attach the switched wire to the ground terminal on the relay.
4-Back at the switch, remove the 12v feed going to the switch and attach to the courtesy light wire that shows ground when the light is on.


If you use a 3 position switch like I did the other terminal on the switch would be connected to a ground. Basically we're swapping the wires on the coil of the relay so instead of the coil always having a ground and being activated when it receives power, it instead always has power and is activated when you provide it with a ground through the switch.

If anyone wants a diagram let me know and I'll make one up and post it.
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I rewired the relay and switch.

1-Remove the ground wire and the switched wire from the relay.
2-Run a jumper wire from the hot feed on the relay to the terminal where the switched wire was.
3-Attach the switched wire to the ground terminal on the relay.
4-Back at the switch, remove the 12v feed going to the switch and attach to the courtesy light wire that shows ground when the light is on.

If you use a 3 position switch like I did the other terminal on the switch would be connected to a ground. Basically we're swapping the wires on the coil of the relay so instead of the coil always having a ground and being activated when it receives power, it instead always has power and is activated when you provide it with a ground through the switch.

If anyone wants a diagram let me know and I'll make one up and post it.
Can you post one? If I hopefully get my lights from Hong Kong sometime this year I want to go the same route.
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