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Old 07-Jun-2009, 12:49 AM
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DIY: License Plate LED's swap.

What you'll need:
- philips screw driver
- white LED strip (I got mine from here: http://www.lck-led.com/p97/NEW-12%22...4408f94cc3a0da)
- soap and water
- hot glue gun
- male disconnects
- 10-15 minutes

License plate LED lights

1) Remove the two screws for each license plate light and unplug the harness

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2) Take the plastic cover off and remove the rubber surrounding it. Clean the clear plastic in soapy water.

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3) Cut your LED strips to the correct size (should be same length as the plastic cover). Test the strips to figure out the positive and negative terminals.

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4) Another option (instead of using LED strips is to simply replace the halogen bulb with an LED one. Since LED's are directional unlike halogen bulbs, I decided to use strips instead.

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5) Connect male disconnects to the LED strips and plug them into the stock harness.

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6) Re-attach the rubber to the plastic cover. I used a hot glue gun to keep the LED strips attached to the clear plastic. Finally, screw your new license plate lights back into your trunk lid.

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7) All done!

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Incase you're wondering, its a Civic with an EL trunk lid.

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Old 07-Jun-2009, 01:08 AM
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sw33t!
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Old 07-Jun-2009, 01:41 AM
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where did u get the leds?
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Old 07-Jun-2009, 01:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Gts-ter View Post
where did u get the leds?
oops, forgot to mention that. i got it from here:

NEW 12" Flexible White LED Strip LCK LED STORE - PROFFESIONAL LED & LED PRODUCTS SUPPLIER
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Old 07-Jun-2009, 01:56 AM
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aw u have to order nothing local...anyway let me know if u order some more...thxs btw
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Any LED's will work. You don't have to use those specific ones.
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Old 07-Jun-2009, 04:53 PM
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That looks really good, nice DIY.
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Nice nice. Might do somethign like this, as my bulb is hanging out above the licence plate,loool
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looks good...nice write up
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Old 07-Jun-2009, 11:49 PM
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ahmed..u forgot to blur out ur plates in all ur pics!

msg me when u get the chance man!
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looks awesome, my just do it on mine. thx for the write up/idea.
BTW you can get those LED's at a-1 electronics on north queen, located by staples in etobicoke.
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Very nice job
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nice. my friend is getting a huge order of blue led strip lights. gonna put them in my foot wells, trunk and maybe my door sill. now i wanna get some white ones to do my plate light. haha
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Got a couple of questions. First off, great diy, I'm going to do this someday.

Next. Is there a law that says they have to be white lights? Or can they be red or blue or something? Maybe not blue, but red?

Also, this isnt specific to this post but I'm going to ask anyway, why does everyone hide their license plates online?
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Originally Posted by apoc View Post
Got a couple of questions. First off, great diy, I'm going to do this someday.

Next. Is there a law that says they have to be white lights? Or can they be red or blue or something? Maybe not blue, but red?

Also, this isnt specific to this post but I'm going to ask anyway, why does everyone hide their license plates online?
Thanks.

Yes, your license plate lights need to be white in Ontario otherwise you can get a ticket. For example, there are some blue neon frames you can buy at like canadian tire... those are illegal.

I hide my license plate because some people have access to databases and can find out where you live. I dont need my stuff stolen!
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I see. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
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I see. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
np, good luck. let us know how it goes.
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i'd hate to say it but i've had purple lights in my license lights for just over a year now, and also had them in my old car. cops seen them and never said a thing to me
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