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silverado42000 
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Posted: November 13, 2006 at 7:38 PM / IP Logged  
hey, ive seen many cars and trucks with LED lights in the headlights at shows and on the net. im wanting to do the same for my truck but i dont know how i should go about doing it. i dont know if i should only put two or 4 and whether i should just drill the holes and mount them or take off the lens then drill and w/e else there might be that ive forgotten. So if anyone knows or has a way they do it or any suggestions please tell. Thanks in advance
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diablo666l 
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Posted: November 13, 2006 at 11:48 PM / IP Logged  
I have done a decent amount of LED work in my car...are you looking just to light up the headlight mounting or do you want something worthy of emerfency response?
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silverado42000 
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just looking to light them up, for shows and such
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music lover 
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Posted: November 19, 2006 at 6:54 PM / IP Logged  
hiya i have done this on my car, best thing to do is goto www.oznium.com and goto the gallary and see what people have done if you go there look under - ford - escort - then look for chazz ford escort and you click on the link that says glow and it will come up with pictures of what i have started to do. If u want any help just email - coombeschr@hotmail.com
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http://www.oznium.com/gallery/ford/escort/667/2022 while im thinking about it heres a link straight to the site where my car is, if u want more detailed photos just email me and i will send u some hope that helps
diablo666l 
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Posted: December 07, 2006 at 10:49 AM / IP Logged  

I recently just modified a set of fog lights to light up blue when active. Eventually they will indicate if my remote-starter has been activated (but they can still be switched).

If you don't mind doing a little drilling into the headlight casings, i would do the following:

1. Search online for LED and RESISTOR packages. The greater the lumens or candela, the brighter the LED. Becarefull, if you only  want to light them up slightly, you will either want more lower candela, or less greater candels LED's, my recommendation is go with a few brighter bulbs.

2. Tap a dent into the metal case with a screw driver, as to indicate where you want the LED to go. Most people hide them among the rims or behind the light itself if you have such a set up. I recommend putting them somewhere unobtrusive, and towards the grille of the car (so that the bulb points away from the grille). The dent also helps your drill bit from floating around and moving when you go to make the hole.

3. Put the LED in from the inside of the housing outwards, if your housings are sealred, do the exact opposite. Hot glue the led in place, making sure that the metal contacts of the LED are not touching the metal housing, as this will ground out the LED

4. solder on a resistor, run your wires to whatever switch you want, and roll.

NOTE: if you want to test LED's, i recommend just touching them to a 9 volt battery, the current will usualy not burn the LED out, and its a good way to see how it will look before you finish fabrication

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philaf 
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Posted: December 07, 2006 at 10:12 PM / IP Logged  

actually a 9volt battery can easily burn out an led.. or at the very least discolor them. best thing to use is one of the watch cell batteries that most stereo remotes use. they are 3volt, which is what most leds are rated at.

just lookin out..

diablo666l 
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your 100% right about the 3 volt thing - i meant to say a used 9 volt, the one i have (when put to a multimeter) puts out around 3.45 volts....but if you have a watch battery (or a 12 volt source, like a computer power supply, and then just wire in a standard resistor) then go for it
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spawn12336 
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Posted: January 08, 2007 at 9:44 AM / IP Logged  

I did this mod last year and love it still. I did a write up on the Santa Fe Forum and on my show team's board. Here's the link, http://p211.ezboard.com/fhyundaisantafemessageboardfrm52.showMessage?topicID=749.topic and a shot of the result LEDs in headlights -- posted image.

I just bought some LED's and resistors off of ebay (by the hundred for about $12).

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spawn12336 
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Posted: January 08, 2007 at 9:46 AM / IP Logged  

sorry, forgot to mention that they are wired directly into the 12volt source with a toggle switch in the center console.

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