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Old 25th February 2009, 23:10   #91
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PS: I recently had a chance to see the Prices of some LED lighting stuff, and the prices are 10x how much its costs to make these. Isnt DIY great
Well said, greenhorn. Amazing when you imagine the profit being made on such fancy stuff.

@Shreyasma : Good effort. How about some pics with the number plate light turned on in the night?
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Old 28th February 2009, 21:10   #92
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Default Boot lights too go the LED way!

After much trials and flop shows, managed to convert the light in the boot to LED as well. This involved three parallel lines of 3 white LEDs and a resistor in series, bringing it to a total of 9 LEDs.

This mod was slightly more tricky as compared to the previous one for the cabin light as instead of a direct positive and negative terminal, there was a bulb holder to deal with. Since i wanted a circuit modification which was easily reversible, i didnt dare to yank out the wires leading to the bulb holder. For all my efforts, it didnt come out either.

The other option here would have been to cut the wires and then connect the LED circuit to it. Ruled out any cutting of wires, and so devised another crude approach yet again.

Inserted two wires to connect to each of the terminals in the holder and this was then connected using connectors to the LED circuit.

During the process, i managed to blow out the 10A fuse which controlled the circuit for the interior lights and the music player. After replacing the fuse with the spare, kept the fuse removed till i was done to avoid any shorting.

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Old 28th February 2009, 21:33   #93
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recently i had been to opera house. they had many types of led boards, direct fit in cabins and boots. but they were damn costly 250-450 Rs.
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recently i had been to opera house. they had many types of led boards, direct fit in cabins and boots. but they were damn costly 250-450 Rs.
Dude, 250-450 is still okay. People are charging 750-1200 for 1 light change here in bangalore
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@Benny, pls post a pic of the set-up - taken in day-light. That will give a better pic of how it actually is.

Guess it is time for me to start this one too - the Sumo can do with a set of these lights.
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hey benny, why not try making a DIY adaptor using a bit of PCB like i did for the numberplate lights
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Default Project Fog!

First of all,
Mods, Can you please merge the LED threads into one so that all those DIYs are accessible in one thread.


So, secondly, here are my LED driving lights. bought a new set of fogs for Rs 800 (Local brand) and dared to open them without a clue if the DIY will be a success or not. But yes, It was a success to some extent.

Further ideas are to buy 5mm LEDs and use more of them so that the brightness increases. Now due to the 10mm LEDs, i couldnt use more than 9.

The output of 9 LEDs together are almost same as the 55watts bulb provided.

Benny's first DIY : LEDs on an Ikon-1.jpg
Benny's first DIY : LEDs on an Ikon-2.jpg
Benny's first DIY : LEDs on an Ikon-3.jpg

If you are wondering whats the silverish paper below the LEDs, then its the gift wrapping paper! Put it there to use as a reflector.

The fogs are not adjusted properly. Will do it some time in the evening
Waiting for some darkness.

Benny's first DIY : LEDs on an Ikon-4.jpg
Benny's first DIY : LEDs on an Ikon-5.jpg

The rear number plate LED strip was not a DIY. This was readily available and I had not started my DIY when i bought it. I am posting just for you guys to get more ideas when you are doing it. These LED strips are being stuck at the bottom of the stock headlights to give the angel eyes look.

Benny's first DIY : LEDs on an Ikon-6.jpg

Will attach the night photos tonight
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shreyas, would be better if you could post pics with bulbs in one fog lamp and LED's in the other , i mean, of how much they light up the road . I think the bulbs are better suited for the fogs. I'm planning to use the LED's as angel eyes for the fogs
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shreyas, would be better if you could post pics with bulbs in one fog lamp and LED's in the other , i mean, of how much they light up the road . I think the bulbs are better suited for the fogs. I'm planning to use the LED's as angel eyes for the fogs
Absolutely! i will use it like angel lights only. But surprisingly, it also illuminates the road like the normal bulbs.

I cant again remove the setup now as i sealed the glass after fixing the LED.
I am sure my friends will ask me to make one for them..i will host a pic with bulb in one and LEDs in one. Till then...please excuse.

I am using a 6 LED setup with 520 ohms resistors per LED and powering using a 9v battery at home as a torch. So, 9 LED with 12v is bright. Just hang on for the night shot, you will not be disappointed
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@Benny, pls post a pic of the set-up - taken in day-light. That will give a better pic of how it actually is.

Guess it is time for me to start this one too - the Sumo can do with a set of these lights.
Will surely do that. Although i am a little apprehensive about the quality of workmanship. Even before i touch the circuit, i need to remove the 10A fuse, so it doesnt go bust again. To improve the quality and robustness, will need to fabricate an adapter similar to what greenhorn used for his numberplate setup.

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hey benny, why not try making a DIY adaptor using a bit of PCB like i did for the numberplate lights
I really should have remembered how you had approached the task of dealing with the bulb holder! If its not a bother could you put up pics of both sides of the adapter which you made? Is it just two wires which are in a closed loop? Also, what wires are those?

Currently the setup which i made just has the two wires plugged into the holder, and is not exactly shorting-proof.

@Shreyasma : Looking forwad to pics of the setup with the 5mm LEDs.

Somewhat off-topic : I'm so smitten by LEDs i got myself a rechargable LED torch from JC Road for Rs.150/-. I'm sure i could have done it myself, but needed a robust frame for the torch. Ofcourse, i could have dismantled an old one, but nevertheless.

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I'll be taking them out when I send my car in for service. cant trust those idiots at the dealership. they just might confiscate the LED's , and charge me for replacing them with regular bulbs !

I didnt use any special wire - those loop like thingies are there only on one side and are the leads of one of the LED's I snipped off

PS: shreyas, how much did the strip for the number plate cost you?

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PS: shreyas, how much did the strip for the number plate cost you?
Rs 500

The night shots are here. I will redo the fogs with 3mm or 5mm LEDs. I am 200% sure that I can achieve success. Till then I have my angel eyes
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Time to start a TBHP accessory shop!
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This is not exactly LED thingy. I happened to open the brake light last weekend to clean. Got a good idea and this is the outcome of the idea.
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@shrey : That "caution" thingy is quite an idea. It looks good too.
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