192 LEDs…!

On the public holiday (thank you dear ANZACs) I decided to finally get a project done – modifying my reverse lights from a single globe to double LED panels. Yes. That is correct. This was relatively simple, merely time consuming. All I needed was:

LED panels (ebay!)

Solder kit (mate lent me his)

Oven

Reverse lights (I bought a spare set from a wreck to practice on/in case something went wrong)

Tape

screw driver.I’ll let the pics speak for themselves.

IMAG0173Polish up the lenses with Glassylite!

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Practice solder and tape with an old LED panel

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Camera
HTC EVO 3D X515a
Focal Length
3.49mm
ISO
100

Accidentally snapped the wiring while stripping the plastic so had to resolder it together.

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Two panels together. 48 LED x 2 … hehehe This is just for one side!

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Taped up the wiresIMAG0184

Stuck it in the civic to test out the soldering – PERFECT!

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Come back and work on second set – above, pictured are the complete panels + reverse light housingsIMAG0187

That spare perspex is really coming in handy. Used it as backing to make the panels stand up inside the housing. Superglue!IMAG0188

Plug in, tape up the wiring, glue the bottom and put into position – wait around 30-60min to set.

IMAG0190We have a winner.

Also, picked this up on Friday….heeee heeeee heeeeee

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And stuck this guy in the car too! However as I predicted, his head is too heavy and there’s no good surface to mount him in the 34’s dash. So I found an even better place…he sits IN the ashtray now (pics later!). Thanks mate!IMAG0200

And a quick note: King springs + Bilsteins have arrived. Now waiting for some cash + HICAS lock bar and then I can send Mr Skyline into the shop!

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2 thoughts on “192 LEDs…!”

  1. Nice! I assume you used the oven to melt/pry the lens off the housing. So are you going to eat out of that oven?

  2. Correct. There’s a glue-type substance which secures the lens. I only used ~80 deg C so it’s very safe, no fumes at all. So yes. I will be making pizzas with that oven.

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