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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Underdash LEDs

and also new to car mods so please excuse me if I make noob mistakes

I'm looking to add under-dash green LEDs to my Trep. I don't want it to look too ricer so I'm wondering how I should have it connected. From what I gather, I can either

1) connect it to fuses for the normal lighting under the dash - stays on whenever i turn night lights on
2) connect it to door courtesy lights - only comes on when door is open
3) connect it to a plug into cigarette lighter - only on when I want it but then it's just hanging there

I'm leaning towards number 1 but is it too distracting for anybody else that has done similar mods?
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I like the second. The first might get annoying and the 3rd doesn't look very clean
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You could choose the first method of wiring them and add a hidden switch giving you the option to have them on or off.

This is what i did but i didn't add the switch because i only added one 194 led on each side for a mild touch of blue light.
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Take a look at my thread "Smurfs Trep" you can see the red underdash lights that I did using option 1. They are constantly on when the lights are on but not distracting as red lights go along with MY night vision. I CAN see green as being distracting as it would be too bright no matter how dim your dash lights are.
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I went with option #3 on my car but that was because I'm not very elctronic savvy and I didn't know how to wire it to the battery. I could see option #1 as being VERY distracting...I currently have blue LEDs and they are bright as hell, especially at night. Option #2 would be cool but then again you would never see them. So I would just hook it up to the battery and throw a switch in there so you can have them when you want 'em.

If you do it this way then post pics and detailed instructions please!
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Hmmm, thanks for all the tips. I'm leaning towards Option #1 with a rocker switch to control it now, perhaps maybe even a dimmer if it's too bright.

I checked out your thread, Pappasmurf, digging many of your mods. The LEDs here I think are daytime, so my green really might be distracting so the dimmer or rocker switch I think is almost a requirement.

For reference, this is Pappasmurf's:
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Yes that picture was taken during the day. Red leds are used by the military for night time it is not as harsh on the eyes as most of the other colors being brighter and carrying out higher lumens. I wired mine to the ashtray light, giving it the option to be off during the day nad on at night. Granted I cant turn mine off whilst driving, but why would I? By wiring into the ashtray light it gave me the option to dim and brighten them along with my gauges which are also red.
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I went with option 3 and very glad I did! I have the green and it is VERY bright at night. It is fine riding around town or where there is plenty of street lights, but on a backroad you have to turn them off because of the reflection on the side windows is very distracting! I ran the wires under and behind the dash so you're not able to see a plug until you plug it in......it's not just hanging there the whole time. I thought about wiring it with the lights so I could dim them.....but I like the option of turning them completely off at night. Also.....I didn't really want to have to deal with figuring out how to wire in a switch lol!
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I went with option 3 and very glad I did! I have the green and it is VERY bright at night. It is fine riding around town or where there is plenty of street lights, but on a backroad you have to turn them off because of the reflection on the side windows is very distracting! I ran the wires under and behind the dash so you're not able to see a plug until you plug it in......it's not just hanging there the whole time. I thought about wiring it with the lights so I could dim them.....but I like the option of turning them completely off at night. Also.....I didn't really want to have to deal with figuring out how to wire in a switch lol!
What I'd do is wire it to the lights so you can dim and activate the lights. But also add a switch between the LED's and the light switch to overwrite the light switch and have the best of all worlds.

That said, that light look sick.
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