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Old 07-09-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default DIY COB LED DRL Bar inside Headlight

I wanted to go with the brightest DRL's I thought I could find on the market. COB is certainly the way to go with that. Audi style led's are out of style and they are shifting towards solid light contours. Here is my process of fitting this LED Bar into my headlight. Enjoy


First I went to Lowes and bought a 90 degree angle piece of aluminum to mount the bars on




I then peeled off the double sided tape from the LED Bars because we are going to use JB Weld since they can get quite hot. Cut the aluminum from above to perfect size pieces and sprayed them black. As seen in the background






JB Welded and set to go



Had to include a picture of this.. everyone who passed by my street was just like WTF



Baked the headlights open, set the Led strips at a slight angle with JB weld, drilled a hole off to the left of the high beam reflector to feed the cord, and wired them to the parking lights




END RESULTS-- Overall extremely bright, very noticeable even in the brightest of sunlight. It actually casts some light on the road too at night.

First picture it looks as if the light is scattered but thats just my iphone, it is a very pronounced straight line





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Old 07-09-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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I like the idea and the DIY factor, but the final product looks off to me.

The leds don't seem to "integrate well" with the black painted lights.

It also seems like they could use something to sort of focus or control the output to it looks more like a bar of light vs a giant halo. Though that could be an effect taking place inside the camera.

Can you show a finished product pic with lights off up close and from about 4 feet away?
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:17 PM   #3
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I don't mean for that to sound so bitchy.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:19 PM   #4
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ya it just got dark here, and im going on vacation in the AM so ill post it in a couple of days lol.. but the halo effect is the camera, they are very sharp and defined to the eye
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:29 AM   #5
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I agree with aerosaaber. A for effort, D for execution. Sorry mate.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:54 AM   #6
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Agreed,

the bezel really dosent have much to offer for integrated placement. These provide a nice DRL output though. i think they would be awesome on 05-09 legacy headlights in the clear blinker strip.

Image of Legacy headlight

or you could stack them above and below like the 2013 mustang DRL's beside the projector.

Image of mustang DRL
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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I like the idea, but it doesn't look right to me.
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