very sweet... thanks for the info... pictures - yes!Originally posted by: Aries
I just did this mod on one headlight today. Only one because this was my first time taking the headlights apart, and it took me a while to figure out how to wire it, and have it look it's best.
The white LED's I bought from Radio Shack were Expensive!! $5.00 each! according to the link, you need two per headlight. The sales rep said it's so expensive because white is the hardest LED to power up, and it's not used as much as Red and Green.
I used a 10k ohm resistor, unlike the 220 ohm reccomended on the website. That's what the guy at Radio shack told me to use..
I found that the perfect mold to shape the ring with is a Pepsi Can. It is the perfect size to fit the rim of the headlights.
The other part that seemed tough was cuting (scratching) the ring evenly. It didn't seem evenly spaced, but from far away, it's tough to notice.
I put it on my High Beams since I don't use those that much. I took off that little cowl that is in front of the lens.
I superglued the ring to the headlights in small dots so that the superglue doesn't interfere with the light that is beaming through the ring. I put electrical tape on the LEDs (quite crappily too) so that they don't stick out.
I tapped a ground on one of the headlight wires, and hooked the positive straight up to the battery. I figure with such a low wattage coming from the LED's it won't be very much of a threat to draining my battery. (Think blinking red alarm LED on our dash, except not blinking).
Not to bright are they? I tried alot of resistors before choosing the 220 and all I know is that 10k seems like alot. Also to give others a heads up. I just took the ground to the stock wiring harness plug and the power to the daytime running lights since mine dont work anyway. You can secure the ring by melting 2 pins on the back of the ring and bending them around. That way no one can see them and you dont have to use glue that will melt or burn off. If you want 5mm Hyper White LED's try ebay. I bought a 20 pack for $10 shipped. Anyone else that needs help PM me and ill give you some tips. Also Crispy if you are making a how-to I might beable to help on some pointers seeing that the how-to on the net is basic.I used a 10k ohm resistor, unlike the 220 ohm reccomended on the website.
Thanks Cat... I'll get in touch with ya and we can make the TeamNECO how-to together..