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Old 05-29-2012, 07:24 PM
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Just sand down the LED to give it much better light dispersion. I used my dremel with a sanding bit, works great. You don't have to do this part, but I think if you don't the light would not fill out the entire footwell.
Another trick that helps is to also then polish the part you've cut off. I've heard that painting with clear nail polish to a smooth, clear finish will also help, but never tried it.

Is the color match really that perfect? I'm super OCD about stuff like that, and it would bother me to no end if they were slightly off.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:49 PM
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Another trick that helps is to also then polish the part you've cut off. I've heard that painting with clear nail polish to a smooth, clear finish will also help, but never tried it.

Is the color match really that perfect? I'm super OCD about stuff like that, and it would bother me to no end if they were slightly off.
I didnt bother doing anything additional to the LED's as my method worked perfectly. The light spread fills the entire footwell from the single LED. As far as color yes they are dead on. Unfortunately its hard to take pictures of lights so any pictures I take wont really help. I am anal about stuff as well and I am very happy with the results.
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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

I like what you have done. In hindsight, would you still select the same locations to mount the LED's ? i.e. Would you possibly get a better result in another mounting location or are you satisfied the one's selected are ideal.
Also, would you consider rear seat installs as well?
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I like what you have done. In hindsight, would you still select the same locations to mount the LED's ? i.e. Would you possibly get a better result in another mounting location or are you satisfied the one's selected are ideal.
Also, would you consider rear seat installs as well?
Very satisfied with the locations and if I were to do the install again I would use the exact same spots. As for the rear footwells no I personally would not bother. That would be a lot more work for results I would never see, and rarely if ever does anyone sit in the back. Would be very difficult to mount the lights back there anyway.
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Very satisfied with the locations and if I were to do the install again I would use the exact same spots. As for the rear footwells no I personally would not bother. That would be a lot more work for results I would never see, and rarely if ever does anyone sit in the back. Would be very difficult to mount the lights back there anyway.
I did rear footwell LEDs in my previous SUV. They were actually very easy to do, they were just strapped to the bottom of the rear seat. Worked great.

Now in the wifey's SUV, she has a 2nd row that flips up, and as such it's not really feasible to do that. So I have to mount hers under the front seats, which also works fine.

Did you add resistors on the LEDs? LEDs aren't designed to see 12V, and so unless the wiring you tapped is 5V already (highly possible if the factory bulbs are LEDs there), you'd need resistors.
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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

Awesome! Can you post a link to the led model?
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I did rear footwell LEDs in my previous SUV. They were actually very easy to do, they were just strapped to the bottom of the rear seat. Worked great.

Now in the wifey's SUV, she has a 2nd row that flips up, and as such it's not really feasible to do that. So I have to mount hers under the front seats, which also works fine.

Did you add resistors on the LEDs? LEDs aren't designed to see 12V, and so unless the wiring you tapped is 5V already (highly possible if the factory bulbs are LEDs there), you'd need resistors.
Yes the LED's have resistors.
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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

I had a look on superbrightleds.com, but it's difficult to find the led you bought.
Could you post exact part number ?
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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

Here is a link to the LED's I bought:
http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...-4000-mcd/308/

Please note though, unfortunately as far as I know they do not sell these pre-wired. Meaning that all you get is the LED. So you will have to add a resistor to each LED for it to work. I happened to have a ton of pre-wired LED;s laying around so it was easy for me to just transfer the resistor from one of the other pre-wired LED's I had laying around. If you hook up a LED with no resistor to 12v power it will probably fry it.
You might want to emal them to see if they can offer that cyan colored LED pre-wired so you dont have to bother soldering in a resistor.

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Awesome job. I was about to ask what brightness LED you bought as I want to do the same, but I see in the link that it's 4000mcd.

If anyone wants to calculate what resistors to use, this is a good link ... http://ledcalc.com
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Do the LED's dim along with the rest of the lights ok?
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