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Old 11-02-2008, 12:15 AM   #1
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More pictures Post #92 Page 4

I was sitting in my sisters V-Dub the other day and noticed she had LEDs that would shine down and light up the shift knob. So I started thinking how I could do that in my STi. So after much thought I decided to go for it today and I think it turned out good.

Before you say anything, if its negative keep it to yourself, this is my car and I will do what I want with it. However, constructive criticism is always welcome, let me know what you would have done instead. Oh and yes, my HVAC is out right now, its getting color changed to match the cluster right now!!!

Here you go!!!

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Open: (The velcro is just on there for a temporary fix, I am going to put a thumb wheel dimming switch on these bad boys. Right now it just blocks all the light when the flap is closed) Two 3mm Red LED's



On: (you can barely see it from the outside of the car too )



I had a guy PM about how I chose my resistor value so here is the reply to him.

Okay you are tapping into a 12V supply, and your LED's should have a rated voltage and amperage. For instance mine were 2.1V and for bright operation the MAX current was 21mA which is 0.021A. Voltage = current*resistance. So I need to "suck up" the "extra" voltage. So 12V - 2LEDS * 2.1V = 7.8V, Therefore 7.8V = current (0.021A) *resistance (your resistor value). Then solve for R by dividing 7.8/0.021 = 371.42 Ohms. Then you go to THIS and type in your value with 5% checked, to find the closest resistance value which in my case was 390 Ohms. You can put the resistor anywhere in the circuit, in front, in the middle in the back.... Also, you always wanna go with a higher resistor value even though 360 Ohm is closer it will increase the current in the circuit possibly causing your LED to burn itself up. Just use the 1/4 Watt rated ones from radio shack or ordered from offline. Anything more is over kill.

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Old 11-02-2008, 12:15 AM   #2
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Backseat view: I love how it turned out!!! I really like it. If you don't sorry.



Let me know what you think!!!!!
Thanks,
Todd

PS Check out ImpreziveWRX's version of this in post # 74 as well!! Same concept, different method!!

Newer Picture with the LED's more recessed and HVAC back in!


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Old 11-02-2008, 12:20 AM   #3
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I think that looks great! Excellent idea!
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:22 AM   #4
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Nice idea. Every time I hop in a Bimmer at night I am reminded of this.
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:22 AM   #5
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hmm.. I like it also

What about some LED lighting for the areas where the feet reside? Also might be an idea to have one inside where the door release is on the inside... Ok ok... I've been spending too much time in an S-Class
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:25 AM   #6
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looks awsome! well done
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:25 AM   #7
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that looks great, I really like the idea.
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:26 AM   #8
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Thanks guys!! Yeah, it was really simple to do, start to stop took me about an hour!! and in parts 5.99 for a 10 pack of LED's and resistors, done deal!
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:28 AM   #9
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Do you think you could do a writeup as to how it is done?
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:29 AM   #10
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Plese Pm A General Instruction On This And The Lights You Used I Really Like This Looks Badass
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:30 AM   #11
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wow Ive always wanted to do something like this! looks better than I couldve imagined. Nice work, are you going to do a 'how to' for it? I'd like to know how you did it.
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:32 AM   #12
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looks sick
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:38 AM   #13
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Do you think you could do a writeup as to how it is done?
Yeah of course! I can whip one up!! I didn't take pictures as I went along, but I have to take it apart this week when I get the right connectors. Its just kinda ghetto taped into the Auto Dimming Mirror wires right now. So when I get those I will get some pictures for you guys and get a write up going! So probably mid week.

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Plese Pm A General Instruction On This And The Lights You Used I Really Like This Looks Badass
Ill just do the write up on here man, I used 3mm Clear Red LED's and one 470 Ohm resistor, I bought a pack that came with 10 LED's and 30 resistors in it 10-1000 Ohm 10-470 Ohm and 10-270 Ohm from a local electrical store I can snap a picture of the package if you want?

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wow Ive always wanted to do something like this! looks better than I couldve imagined. Nice work, are you going to do a 'how to' for it? I'd like to know how you did it.
Yeah I didn't know if people would like it! So I will get it going sometime this week! I might be able to start the verbal tomorrow. Thanks again!!!
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:39 AM   #14
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I really like that. Its a must do! I know nothing about electronics and LED's but this is to change!
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:40 AM   #15
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Thank You Look Forward To It
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:40 AM   #16
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Is that power source wired in through your headlamp?
nvm read on.

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Old 11-02-2008, 12:42 AM   #17
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That's very clever.
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:46 AM   #18
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I really like that. Its a must do! I know nothing about electronics and LED's but this is to change!
Yeah LED circuits like this are pretty basic so I don't think you will have too much trouble with it especially if you use the same LED's and resistor as I did., However, I did have to solder 4 connections, so it will give you a chance to practice with that.
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:49 AM   #19
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I dig it. It's like a holy light shining down on your shifter saying "thou shalt shift late and drive hard". I think red LED's for the door handles and maybe illuminated pedals as said above would really add to it. Definitely a unique mod, well done!
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:52 AM   #20
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Definately looks pretty good. I would rather just delete that damned thing, but there isn't a good way to make it look decent without it.
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:11 AM   #21
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Looks nice, but what is that massive door used to cover them????? They dont need the lid?
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:47 AM   #22
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Nice job, good idea
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:50 AM   #23
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Looks nice, but what is that massive door used to cover them????? They dont need the lid?
the door is actually stock... its like a sunvisor over the rear view mirror. Like axel says you cant really make it look good just getting rid of it.
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:15 AM   #24
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It does look nice, I think they're called map lights in other cars. I first saw them in some Chrysler car, they were amber lights.
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:35 AM   #25
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Noooo, map lights are just to the rear of those :P It's the same style of lighting the newer Civics have, the SI's having red. I like it! WRITE UP!!! :P
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