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Old 09-23-2010, 11:13 AM   #1
Layvon
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Well, I got back to school this fall, and was hanging out at my old house and found my WRX spoiler from my 04 WRX. I got into an accident just over a year ago, and the car was totaled, but I still had my spoiler from when I swapped to an STi wing.

I decided to turn this spoiler into a lamp for my room as all I have right now is a ****ty overhead light.

First took the spoiler to my lab at school and hooked it up to a DC power source. It liked operating at 12.5 - 13.25 volts the best and pulled about 75mA of current.

Knowing this, I knew what I had to build to send power to it. I needed a full bridge rectifier to turn AC to DC, but how to step down from 120 to 12 - 13 volts?

What I did was went to good will and found an old telephone with a plug that has a built in xfmr and bridge built right inside it. After that I just cut the end off and hooked the two sides into the connection on the spoiler. This worked just fine, so now it was time to accessorize. I added a 12V 15A marine switch from napa to the hot side of the circuit and was pretty much done.

Enough rambling, time for pictures.

Transformer




Switch


Hiding the wires


Sitting on the wall ( I know it's not level lol - thats a work in progress )


Light output ( enough to see and walk around when completely dark.


Figured out the power, and it should use about 1 kilowatt of energy for ever 100 hours on. Or like 2 cents every fifteen hours. give or take.

All in all, cost me about 6 dollars to do this. Pretty fun way to spend 2 hours when I should have been doing homework.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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wow, quite cleaver

Tho, as a broken college student I would have prob tried to sell it off... meh
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:15 AM   #3
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Well, I would have tried to, but the previous owner of the car did something to this day I haven't found out why...

He had the spoiler siliconed to the trunk, so when I tried to remove it, there was silicone everywhere and actually cracked the bottom of the spoiler in the process. I wouldn't feel right trying to sell a spoiler on here in that condition. I'd save shady moves like that for craigs list
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:18 PM   #4
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You should of went to Home Cheapo and got a pull chain switch lol
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:31 PM   #5
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I live in Houghton MI. Home depot doesn't exist w/in 100 miles of here haha
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