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Old 8th May 2009, 00:56   #1
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Lightbulb DIY:Santro Meter Console Light with Bright Blue L.E.D.

One thing which looked boring in my santro was the Meter Console Lights, the white and green looked horrible, ever since i purchased santro,

Last year i replaced the Speedo-Meter Back lit bulbs with 2 x 10mm Blue L.E.D.
As 10MM were not available in local market i purchased them from ebay last year or so. Light looked attractive but was little dull due to light emitted from single L.E.D. on each side (the main area inside the console is illuminated via 2 bulbs)

Today I opened the Meter Panel and replaced the Single L.E.D.'s with 3 Blue L.E.D. and Filed the Top of L.E.D. so Light gets spread instead of falling on one circle.

Here's what all i did.
my Old 10mm LED looked good but were not bright enough
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Took out the 2 Bulb holder
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Removed OLD L.E.D. from Holder
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Inserted New 100ohm 1/4w resistor.
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Prepared 3 LED Series by first twisting Anode of one L.E.D. and Cathode of 2nd L.E.D.
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Twisted Another to make it 3 L.E.D.
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put it together into the Holder.
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cut the Extra Wire so it can be Bend to match the Holder size.
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Prepared L.E.D. for both sides
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Took the Console Out, First removed the Outer Cover Gently,
then Found one Screw on top, and one on each bottom side.
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Back Side of Meter Console it Little Complicated.
you have Fiber-optic sheet (if iam not referring to blue sheet wrongly)
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then placed the newly made LED Holder in the 2 Holes you see on the above pic, you may need to remove bulb and then again insert it with other side up if it was down in 1st attempt, as polarity may be different/confusing.

Then Re-Connect the 2 power connectors
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You must have noticed its too bright on one spot.

Used a FILE and rubbed it to make L.E.D. top bit hazy so light spreads instead of making a focused Beam.
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And Finally, In the DARK you Get the Best Looks on your Existing Console with not Much Cost
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Not Bad when it costs me under Rs.10/-
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Old 8th May 2009, 10:53   #2
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Hi Lightiung expert, Have been a frequenter for your LED magics you had done on your Santro. Nice work and hobby buddy. Keep it up. The blue dash rocks.
One small tipp - try to find if your camera has got a macro option. With macro you can shoot pictures as close as just a couple of centimeters.
I understand how intricate it is to play in between such small gaps. 1 doubt. I see the transparent LEDs focussing straight at 160 and 40. Could this be scattered by emerying the LED lens and making it scatter light rather than focussing sharply. My apologies if the idea sounds stupid.

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Old 8th May 2009, 14:23   #3
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Default Hey Yo!

Ghpk is a L.e.d freak ...just like me. only difference is that he knows all the technical stuff that most of us dont!

I've known him for over a year ...from youtube.He's got some pretty cool video's there about flashers and L.e.d strips etc etc

<<< If the cops catch us with all the flashing l.e.d's on!!

good work with the speedo lights dude, and you need a new camera!

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Old 8th May 2009, 14:23   #4
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Ilango, thanks for tip, Actually my Digi Cam has recently Mal-functioned, so iam Using my Blackberry curve to take all the Snaps.

I did tried to File and scatter the LED lens, but this is what max i could do with small File stick i had at my place.

Will post a couple of more LED effects soon.
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Old 9th May 2009, 00:20   #5
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hey, where did you get those blue LED holders

PS: if you are are goint to be running them all the time, use 150 Ohm or more. My number plate lamps havent survived with 100 Ohm resistors for more than a few months

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Old 9th May 2009, 01:11   #6
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Hi greenhorn, i got those holders with the Blue L.E.D. i purchased off ebay.
but they do come in market for some bikes, try looking for it on a bike electric part seller.

was your number plate light having 3 LED's in series ?
I've under dash light with 100ohm resistor and they work fine since last one year.
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yup, i use 3 LED's in series with a 100 ohm resistor ( have posted pix in benny's thread )
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Old 30th June 2009, 20:20   #8
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Hi Guys.. can some one help me out ? I wanna put a strip of LED's like the running lights on the Audi A4 on my swift headlights... can some one suggest a quick and easy option ?
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Old 23rd July 2009, 01:24   #9
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Default L.E.D. More L.E.D. in Center Console of Santro

Added Blue Back lit effect to Center Control of Santro, The Area where A.C./Air controls are located is now much Brighter, Always felt this Area should have been more lively than what is offered as O.E.M.

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the above pic is when 6 Extra L.E.D. from near Gear Shift are placed pointing towards console, its too much Blue and Bling

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Pics using Phone Cam, Sorry about the poor quality
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Old 25th July 2009, 02:39   #10
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hey, where did you get those blue LED holders
purchased these from local shop today. (Rs.40/pair)
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known as T10 194

these are two white bulbs which can be replaced on any T10 194 holder.

Also purchased a flexible, Stick-able L.E.D. strip which came with 3M Tape at back and can be used as Eye Lashes to your head-lights, sadly the shop had only one blue left and other one was RED+Blue.
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Default Led Setup

hi ghpk, i need some help. how were u able to set the 3 led's in one blue coloured holder. because when i tried to do this, atleast 3 cm of the legs of the leds were coming out. what i mean is that i wasen't able to set the led in the blue holder.
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Old 10th April 2010, 02:55   #12
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Re-done the Central Console L.E.D's

Few L.E.D.'s were gone Kaput, cause they were using 150ohm resistor which poped them in few months.

This time I've Used L.E.D. Strips. Purchased it at Rs.250/meter.

Also Installed a Light in AshTray, As i don't use it, coin/toll passes can be easily seen now.

Door Light work postponed for a couple of days.


Enjoy the pics.
console taken out
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used double sided tape to give L.E.D.strip a lil height
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Strip pasted on A/C Switch
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Double sided tape to fix L.E.D. Strip behind Air-flow adjust Lever
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more double sided tape
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The Ashtray top part, fixed white L.E.D.
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Wires all over, used tape to arrange them closely.
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fixing back
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Fuse soldered with wire
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Tapped thoroughly
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Wires Soldered
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Console Back to Car
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Aha What a Nice Glow now, pity santro had a badly lit console.
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Ashtray with Lights, Useful when u don't have ash and use it for etc.
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Great Work ! Did you cut that strip in parts ? I think there is marking on that strip. Any suggestions what things i can do on my TVS Scooty Pep+
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Looks like I have pumped a old thread without seeing the date.
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Great Work ! Did you cut that strip in parts ? I think there is marking on that strip. Any suggestions what things i can do on my TVS Scooty Pep+
you can cut the strips after each 3 L.E.D.'s you'll notice 4 Dots, where the cut can be made.
the dots are the +ve and -ve terminals where you would solder a wire to power them up.


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Looks like I have pumped a old thread without seeing the date.
yes its a littleold thread started by me only, so instead of starting another I've updated the existing thread with improvements to lights installed earlier.
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