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Old March 4th, 2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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how hard would this be?

how hard would it be to remove the stock amber strip (city lights i think?) and replace them with something similar to the newer audi s6? i think that car looks sick, and those LEDs make it unique. how much fabrication would be required?

http://www.audiworld.com/news/06/naias/s6/S6060007.jpg

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Old March 4th, 2007, 02:47 PM   #2
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not hard
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Old March 4th, 2007, 02:50 PM   #3
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quite easy im gonna do it with CCFL tubes sometime soon

http://www.oznium.com/cathode-kit
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Old March 4th, 2007, 02:54 PM   #4
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quite easy im gonna do it with CCFL tubes sometime soon

http://www.oznium.com/cathode-kit
how hard is the wiring though?
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Old March 4th, 2007, 03:17 PM   #5
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looks pretty easy. wat you could do is just drill holes where that amber place was, and stick some LEDs in there and then wire the LEDs+resistors to the main wire where the stock 194/168 bulb wouldve been
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Old March 6th, 2007, 06:15 PM   #6
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Getting the strip out is the easy part. The only thing that I find would be a pain in the *** is sealing the headlamp back to where you don't get condensation in there. Well to seal it and make it look show quality. I guess you could use clear caulking around any holes drilled and just be clean about it?
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Old March 6th, 2007, 06:26 PM   #7
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^^ you don't have to worry about that. If you were to mount LEDs in that lower strip area...you would only have to deal with headlight bezel. All the wires coming from that would be plugged into the stock parking light harness. You don't have to drill any holes into the outer housing of the headlight...therefore you wouldn't have to worry about sealing those up.

The job would be opening the headlights, mounting the LEDs (I wouldn't suggest using those ordinary peanut LEDs), wiring them all up to where they won't blow with 14v max (when you start your car), seal up the headlight, plug the wires into the stock parking light harness, and then plug the harness into the headlight (just to seal up that hole where the old bulb used to be.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 06:44 PM   #8
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They have flexable CCFLs. I'll find a link and post.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 06:45 PM   #9
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http://www.platinumlightinginc.com/F.../flexneon.html
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i have some flexible LED stripes that im in the process of putting in my headlights. its a 12" flexible strip that has 30 LEDs, i did a test but i didnt take any pics. ive been testing on and off for the last 2-3 weeks. first i started with orange leds, but they're too orange, meaning it doesnt match the amber so i ordered some yellow led strips instead and im still waiting for those to get in. i also did the white CCFL tube light and it looks damn good if you're not going to used the amber stripe again, but if you are like i want to, that white light is soo bright that it makes the amber look like a pale yellow, which is not cool. im hoping to get my yellow LEDs in my next week and if i do, then i'll mount them up and post pics. im hoping that the yellow leds shining through the amber stripe will keep it looking an amberish color, if it's a little off i dont care but the orange was really strong orange, almost red and we'd get a fat ticket for having "red" lights in front.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 05:48 PM   #11
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quite easy im gonna do it with CCFL tubes sometime soon

http://www.oznium.com/cathode-kit
here are their 12" white tubes in mine...
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Old March 7th, 2007, 05:51 PM   #12
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WOW that looks nice..how did you mount those tubes? And did you have any trouble with the wires reaching to each side?
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Old March 8th, 2007, 11:03 AM   #13
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here are their 12" white tubes in mine...

that looks great!
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Old March 8th, 2007, 01:09 PM   #14
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Those will probably be illegal in California.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 05:37 PM   #15
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^ i dont see why they would be, they're white which is an acceptable color in front. im putting 30 yellow LEDs behind the amber strip so i stay legal too and hopefully they'll match the stock amber corner bulb enough.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 06:14 PM   #16
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They would be illegal because of distraction. In CA, you're not allowed to have any neons on the exterior of the car.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 06:17 PM   #17
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Old March 8th, 2007, 07:48 PM   #18
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how about some with the headlights on?
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Old March 11th, 2007, 10:11 PM   #19
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Anybody has DIY with pics including wiring?
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Old March 14th, 2007, 02:09 PM   #20
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i think the law specifically states neon. ccfl is not technically neon. might be able to fight it. i am doing this mod this weekend if my tubes show up. also doing the black housing at the same time. and the prelude shifter and boot cover thingy. big weekend
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Old March 14th, 2007, 03:14 PM   #21
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well the company i ordered from screwed up, they sent me white leds and not the yellow ones so now i have to wait another 2-4 weeks for my yellow ones to show up. thats the price you pay for buying low cost LEDs in Hong Kong... looong ship times, and if it gets stuck in customs like one of my orders did, it could take a month to get my leds


btw, i'll try to take a sample pic of white CCFL tubes inside a blackhoused headlight WITH amber still there. after you see the pic, you'll understand why im using yellow LEDs instead of the white tube.

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well the company i ordered from screwed up, they sent me white leds and not the yellow ones so now i have to wait another 2-4 weeks for my yellow ones to show up. thats the price you pay for buying low cost LEDs in Hong Kong... looong ship times, and if it gets stuck in customs like one of my orders did, it could take a month to get my leds


btw, i'll try to take a sample pic of white CCFL tubes inside a blackhoused headlight WITH amber still there. after you see the pic, you'll understand why im using yellow LEDs instead of the white tube.
those are the 12" 30 LEDs right? i'll buy it off you
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Old March 14th, 2007, 08:07 PM   #23
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 10:03 PM   #24
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can anyone pls state how you do the wiring for those ccfl in your strip? or maybe a lil DIY ccfl wiring thanks
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Old April 4th, 2007, 09:50 PM   #25
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as promised, my leds.....

dont mind the plastic wrap, i havent sealed the lights back up yet so it's just the blackhousing part and the lense so to protect the ultra smooth lense which i just sanded and polished, i wrapped the whole thing in plastic wrap, also to keep any dust or anything else from falling inside the lense while im waiting to seal the lights.





i started this project a long time ago and i ordered orange LEDs originally but after 30 days of waiting for those i tried them out and they were too orange/red so they didn't match the original amber color at all so i had to order yellow ones instead and wait another damn 30 days for these to finally get here and luckily the color is dead on, i'm just glad i can get this thing finished soon. now i'm waiting on the silica gel packs i ordered to put inside the light and waiting for the Nissan Butyl Rubber stuff to arrive at the dealer so i can seal it up tight. i also have some high power amber 1157 LED signal lights coming to put in the signal area so all my amber in the front of the car will be LEDs

*note: in the pics, several LEDs appear to look brigher but they're not, all 30 leds in that strip are identical in brightness and color, the only reason it looks off is because on the backside of the amber strip, there are ridges that throw off the light a little, but it doesn't bother me since it still looks damn good.
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Old April 4th, 2007, 10:09 PM   #26
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how about some with the headlights on?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 01:50 AM   #27
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sorry to bump up an old thread but i just bought some flexible led strips for my headlights.

here is where i bought them from http://www.lck-led.com/product_info....d3cdc565985c43

and here is a pic of what they look like, i was going to choose the cathodes, but i did not like their glass construction, and the heat they put out. Plus knightryder recommended these, hopefully the shipping time won't be too bad.


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nice..so you bought 2 of those?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 08:35 PM   #29
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yeah, i don't know if they need to be soldered or what.

if they need to be soldered, i am kinda screwed, i have to pay somebody to do it....
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 09:57 PM   #30
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yeah, i don't know if they need to be soldered or what.

if they need to be soldered, i am kinda screwed, i have to pay somebody to do it....
dont have a soldering iron? its not that hard, like 2 mins the most just have to know where each wire goes to. im actually doing the same thing
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