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DIY LED Dome Light in EK Hatchback

Old 12-May-2009, 11:37 PM
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DIY LED Dome Light in EK Hatchback

i am off today, and had nothing to do...........

do u guys think that the dome light is so dim in the EK hatch?

i tried to use different bulbs, but still not good as expected. instead of buying some pre-wired LED dome lights, i decided to make my own, also i am going to install the integra map-light to my EK at the same time

sorry guys.....i didn't take picture til i almost finish everything, but i think i should share this with u guys

here is what i use

-original dome light from my EK
-used integra map light
-5mm white LED 17000mcd---------3.0V-3.2V, 20mA
-R220 resistor
-some PCB board
-tools for soldering

R=V/I

for safety, i use 14V to calcuate the resistor value
Voltage drop is 14V-(3X3.2V)=4.4V

R=4.4/0.02
R=220

i use 1 resistor for each 3 LEDs, wiring in series
like this +12V----+R220----+LED----+LED----+LED--

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i haven't put that on my car yet, may be tomorrow

i will post picture when i finish the installation

tell me what u guys think
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Old 12-May-2009, 11:40 PM
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Somebody payed attention in physics class lol. Looks awesome, can't wait to see a night time picture.
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Old 12-May-2009, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by scrid3r View Post
Somebody payed attention in physics class lol. Looks awesome, can't wait to see a night time picture.

LOL......i will try to finish the install and wiring after work tomorrow

hopefully it worth the time......
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Old 12-May-2009, 11:56 PM
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Damn after i started to read that r/v112v14V-(3X3.2V)=4.4V..........i skipped that and went straight to the pictures and man it looks like its goona be nice and bright. Let me know how it goes cause it is really ****ing dim in the 96-00 civics. I might ask you to make one for me and ill pay you for it. lol
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Old 13-May-2009, 12:47 PM
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wow looks preety sweet, did you get it from radio shack/circuit city? how much for everything?
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Old 07-Jun-2009, 12:47 AM
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looks awesome. any shots with them on?
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Originally Posted by jdm ek4 View Post
Damn after i started to read that r/v112v14V-(3X3.2V)=4.4V..........i skipped that and went straight to the pictures and man it looks like its goona be nice and bright. Let me know how it goes cause it is really ****ing dim in the 96-00 civics. I might ask you to make one for me and ill pay you for it. lol
six led's for dome light, $12 bucks from pacific mall in markham, multi-colored!!!

Satisfaction comes from a job well done especially if is something that you made yourself!!

Not meaning to dish anyone but if y'all lazy like me that's the place to go.
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Old 31-Aug-2009, 10:15 PM
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any pics of this???
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Old 02-Sep-2009, 02:17 PM
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here is the pictures.....





it's so bright........a lot better than before
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Old 02-Sep-2009, 02:18 PM
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looks good bud i just painted mine blue and it pops mad hard
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Old 02-Sep-2009, 02:19 PM
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why not

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Old 02-Sep-2009, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by rerecivic View Post
six led's for dome light, $12 bucks from pacific mall in markham, multi-colored!!!

Satisfaction comes from a job well done especially if is something that you made yourself!!

Not meaning to dish anyone but if y'all lazy like me that's the place to go.

yes....i love DIY....i always enjoy working on my car
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look good bud. i grabbed a 3pc led box from a-1 electronics and just jammed it in there and its freakin bright. lol i bet you wouldnt want you passangers to turn the light on while you are driving out of town at night haha.
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looks nice man! i need to do this after i get my interior done
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Old 03-Sep-2009, 11:42 AM
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97silverhb, where did you get the LEDs and resistors from? Active Electronics? Sayal?

Have you considered painting the PCB a silver or chrome colour? I was thinking that a reflective material (non-conductive) would be good behind the LEDs to increase brightness.
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Originally Posted by clumzy View Post
97silverhb, where did you get the LEDs and resistors from? Active Electronics? Sayal?

Have you considered painting the PCB a silver or chrome colour? I was thinking that a reflective material (non-conductive) would be good behind the LEDs to increase brightness.
i got the LEDs with other electronic components from Hong kong long long time ago......

i don't think painting the PCB would increase the brightness because the view angle of the LED is like 120-160 degree max.....it can't light up the back of the LED
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I was watching this about making an LED house light and the amount of light from the rear was incredible. Although it couldn't hurt it's not very important for a maplight to have a high output light. It's not like they're your headlights. Thanks for the DIY.

YouTube - How to Build an LED Light - Part 1
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sick.. Im doing this to my eg this weekend thanks for the idea
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Old 05-Sep-2009, 07:35 PM
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I just did mine, I couldn't find bright 5mm so I used 4 10mm on 20,000 mcd
looks good but I haven't seen them at night yet... cant wait for later on. +1 for this diy
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question

Hey,

Thanks for meeting up for the power window kit. Still haven't gotten around to putting it in. I wanted to ask where you got the sunroof from it looks pretty good.

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