Re: Custom LED Light Builds - Updated Feb 20th, 2012
Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:45 pm
looking good man. cant wait to see what ur doing with the euro tails.
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DTMAce wrote:I am using 12v powered LED strips for most of the custom work. Resistors are only required for the 1157 bulb locations. All others do not need resistors. And in some cases the resistors aren't needed if you use an LED compatible flasher, however with our cars it may not correct the dash from telling you that there are lights out, and/or the ABS system on our cars may not recognize the flasher as telling the ABS there are brake bulbs in place. As far as I know with the ABS equipped vehicles, when you pull the tail bulbs the ABS light comes on when you turn on the lights. Once I dropped in load resistors that cured that problem. But I have not tried an electronic flasher in my Z yet, which I plan to do this spring.
As for how they are wired. Resistors go in parallel with the light, so technically they can be added anywhere you have access to the wiring. I have two mounted on the front steel bumper hooked right to the light harnesses and 4 mounted to the driver's side deck-lid hinge support tapping the harness for the rear bulbs. (1 for each 1157 bulb)
Side markers, backup lamps, license plate, etc do not need a resistor, just plug in and go. With the custom lights I build, most are simple direct connect, meaning they can be plugged right into the existing connector. 3rd brake lights are a bit more difficult, but only slightly. I provide what you need to hook them up too.
DTMAce wrote:Currently Available Builds for sale:
Side Markers. Price includes the following:
Price is $115.00 per completed set. If you do not need the pigtails (in case of bad connectors) the price is $75.00 per completed set. If you need me to provide the markers, then add $20.00 to the order. Average price for a used marker light is $5 bucks.
GTZ/Z26 (Z04) 3rd Brake Spoiler Light. Price Includes:
Price is $55 per converted light. Combine markers and 3rd brake together, save $20.00 bucks.
Updates today February 18th: I have switched to using a brighter LED strip light for rear or front facing lights. [b]The side markers do not need this change, as they are bright enough as is. This is primarily aimed at 3rd brake lights, front or rear tail mods. The new lights are about 2-3 times brighter than the strips I have been using, with no change as to the quantity per inch or the width/thickness of the strip. They do however use more power and actually produce heat. My suggested usage would be with braking or turn lights, as they would not be on for long periods. Questions, please visit the last page or send me an PM.