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I saw some Acura TL's with some LED mod's and I think we can do this ourselves. I have some 80mm CCFL rings for Angel Eyes as well, I've seen some guy on driveaccord.net with them installed.

Here are some links:
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3139628
http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=641022&page=12
http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?p=312926#post312926

LED's are from oznium.com

Halo's are from lightwerkz.net

I think that I want to do the LED's but instead of the full strip I will black out everyother bulb because they're too intense and too close together IMO. Then I'll put the CCFL ring on the low beam projectors cause they don't look like they fit very cleanly on high beams. That being said, here's some pictures of some concepts of the LED's. Not sure which one to go with so I'm open to suggestions. I think I will smoke the amber side markers though, cause the LED's will look pretty sharp on the side and I can get rid of the amber (I'm using chrome bulbs in the front turn signals as well so I won't have any amber at all, except when using the lights).

I used electricians tape to cover alternating leds, except for the end section next to the sidemarkers just to add a bit of punch since I'm going to smoke the amber plastic. Not sure if I will do this for sure or not. I will use flat black paint to blend the strip into the headlights and will cover. So the tape will come in handy. Oh and that is one embarrisingly dirty car thanks to a very cold canadian winter where we salted and sanded like crazy. Now it's well above freezing and it's been a mess. i will keep updating this post and should have some clean pictures later this spring (I don't think I'll get to this project till April).























Please let me know what you think, good or bad....yeah yeah, if I could afford an Audi I would have bought one but this should still look pretty unique on an accord. I also have Civic SiR (DC5) sidemarker turn signals I'm going to put on as well.

Let me know which of the two layouts you like.
 

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This design is alright, other ones don't look very nice imho.

SHould look good if done correctly, if the led's sag or whatever, you just ruined an expensive headlight...

Good luck though lol
 

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Not a bad idea... play with it a bit until your satisfied with the design layout.

also: wash your car.... poor car :(
 

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I washed that car 3 days before the pictures. It's been -30C, too cold to wash and we salt up here so now that it's melting it doesn't stay clean long.

Hard to see from the pictures but there are actually nice natural ledges on our lights for attaching the strips inside the housing. Running them outside gives a bit of an idea how it would look. Oh, and they are actually White LED's they just have a bit of a HID blue tinge.
 

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God that car is so dirty! I dont care when you say you washed it! That thing is nasty
WTF can you do when you're driving in snow and the roads are salted? lol...my car looks the same, it's not like you can go out in -30 degree weather and hand wash your car - and if you do, the second you hit the road your car gets all dirty again. No point...and taking it through a car wash, unless it's touch less you're just asking to get scratches in your paint.

BTW, I like the Audi design, you'll just have to play with yours to get it the way you like. I mean, it's your hard earned dollar, do what you want. I think it's unique and that's pretty cool in my book. To each his own they say...
 

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Picked up a headlight at a wrecker and payed a good price for it so now I have something to take apart and experiment with. Better than destroying a $500 headlight. Won't have too much time till next month to take it apart and experiement but I'll update with the progress as it goes. Thanks for the opinions so far and keep them coming.

Just had another thought, a shorter strip might look good on the top as well. Gonna try that when I take this apart and post some pics.
 

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Picked up a headlight at a wrecker and payed a good price for it so now I have something to take apart and experiment with. Better than destroying a $500 headlight. Won't have too much time till next month to take it apart and experiement but I'll update with the progress as it goes. Thanks for the opinions so far and keep them coming.

Just had another thought, a shorter strip might look good on the top as well. Gonna try that when I take this apart and post some pics.
You wont destroy anything if you heat up the headlights properly and take your time taking off the lense =]

Good luck on the project.
 

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You wont destroy anything if you heat up the headlights properly and take your time taking off the lense =]

Good luck on the project.
Yeah, I'm really happy I can enjoy playing with and taking time with a light already off the car, plus it gives me something to do while it's cold. Will fire up the oven next week I think. :D
 

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I like the one with the curved led's - looks sweet... Once it gets warmer I'll have to try that too... and yes, salt is a *****!!
 

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Well, this has taken a bit of research and testing. I've spent a lot of money on different LED's and parts and have even talked to a couple machine shops to look at some CNC work, but alas, that is way too expensive....around $1500-$2500 was getting quotes for, no thanks. I have two spare headlights thanks to eBay and the suckers buying those ugly Coupe aftermarket headlights and selling their OEM ones. I've completely ripped them apart and have finally completed my first LED strip which looks nothing like the pictures. I ended up placing an ABS 3/8 inch angle bar across the top of the housing, slightly inset and drilled holes for the 4-chip Superflux LED's from Oznium. I used a combo of saws and dremel to get the curve I needed and will paint black to match the housing. It's gonna look great. Since I'm into the headlight anyway, I'm sending the spare halogen projectors to Caesar at Lightwerkz and he's putting in s2000 projectors with TSX-R lenses. When I get them back, I can install into factory clamps so thier height adjustable like stock, I've got 95mm angel eyes to install on the low beams, the LED eyebrow and then it should be sweet. If you're interested in this mod I will be posting pics sometime in May as the weather continues to warm up and I have some free time. For now, if anyone is interested in tackling this, the end result I think will look very good. Some tips: You can't heat and bend the ABS or Styrene modeling stuff worth anything worth keeping, the flexible LED strips are flaky (trust me I tried and spent a lot of money on these only to be dissappointed by output and they short out like crazy), so the best method is individual 4-chip superflux leds on abs 3/8 inch angle (found at any serious modeling store...think remote control and custom build stores) and cut slots to make it flexible (pics to come next month or so).
 

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Well, this has taken a bit of research and testing. I've spent a lot of money on different LED's and parts and have even talked to a couple machine shops to look at some CNC work, but alas, that is way too expensive....around $1500-$2500 was getting quotes for, no thanks. I have two spare headlights thanks to eBay and the suckers buying those ugly Coupe aftermarket headlights and selling their OEM ones. I've completely ripped them apart and have finally completed my first LED strip which looks nothing like the pictures. I ended up placing an ABS 3/8 inch angle bar across the top of the housing, slightly inset and drilled holes for the 4-chip Superflux LED's from Oznium. I used a combo of saws and dremel to get the curve I needed and will paint black to match the housing. It's gonna look great. Since I'm into the headlight anyway, I'm sending the spare halogen projectors to Caesar at Lightwerkz and he's putting in s2000 projectors with TSX-R lenses. When I get them back, I can install into factory clamps so thier height adjustable like stock, I've got 95mm angel eyes to install on the low beams, the LED eyebrow and then it should be sweet. If you're interested in this mod I will be posting pics sometime in May as the weather continues to warm up and I have some free time. For now, if anyone is interested in tackling this, the end result I think will look very good. Some tips: You can't heat and bend the ABS or Styrene modeling stuff worth anything worth keeping, the flexible LED strips are flaky (trust me I tried and spent a lot of money on these only to be dissappointed by output and they short out like crazy), so the best method is individual 4-chip superflux leds on abs 3/8 inch angle (found at any serious modeling store...think remote control and custom build stores) and cut slots to make it flexible (pics to come next month or so).
May?!:eek:

I can't wait that long. :(
 

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Well, Projectors are off to lightwerkz and I'm off to the Dominican so when I get back at the end of the month I will complete the LED strips and put together a bit of a how to, with pics and the like. I won't be able to fully complete them till Caesar finishes with the retrofit so there may be a bit of an update early next month and hopefully the completed project by mid May, lots of pics and how to to come. Stay tuned!!
 
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