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Old 01-14-2012, 02:19 PM
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Ambient lighting

So I've seen it in a lot of higher end cars, BMW's, Audi's and Rovers


But my father's land rover LR4 has the most impressive ambient lighting. probably because I have a real affinity for cool white LED. in the LR4 it's near all the door handles, just a nice little bit of light in the evenings.

so I was thinking of doing something similar. has anyone had any experience with doing this? or any suggestions? so far my idea was to actually drill some holes for the bulbs, but if anyone has some other suggestions I'm open to it. was thinking possibly under the seats and under the dash as well.

also, later tonight I'll try and grab some photos of my dads LR4 so you all can see what I'm talking about.
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:40 PM
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Re: Ambient lighting

looking forward to the pics/ideas of the LR4. Im currently thinking about doing something similar in the jeep. My plan is to have a bulb underneath each footrest so it'll stay on whenver the jeep is on. Im thinking of a UV bulb, something soothing. Another place is the cupholders. If done right, i think it'll look great. Check out oznium.com for the 3mm/5mm bulbs. I think those will be best
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:55 PM
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Re: Ambient lighting

yeah I saw your thread about the cupholders, what's your plan there? I mean I understand the general direction, but anything specific you're looking to do?

especially since I can get mine out easier than yours!
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:36 PM
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Re: Ambient lighting

Are you thinking of putting the light into the cup holders that is on the caliburs etc that blueish color?
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:56 PM
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Re: Ambient lighting

Here is how mine use to look. Got annoying though so I uninstalled it.

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Re: Ambient lighting

I think you have to be subtle with it and not go crazy with LED's under every little nook and cranny. Be careful with colors too
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:28 PM
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Re: Ambient lighting

I had this in my 540i a few years back (red) and in my last two Infinitis (yellow/gold). From what I understand, the red used in the BMW is actually the same hue that's used in planes/fighter jets because it causes the least amount of eye fatigue. The car had two small openings under the rear view mirror that were fiber optic and showed just enough red light down onto the center console to see something in your hand, but not to the point of distracting. Same with the Infiniti, but the holes were near the front maplights. Same fiber optics though, made the light more directional instead of it washing out over everything and being distracting to the eye.

I would love to find some nice green lights (either fiber optic or soft LED) and do something similar. That would definitely add a touch of class found in higher end automobiles
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I think you have to be subtle with it and not go crazy with LED's under every little nook and cranny. Be careful with colors too
This is true. I had to learn the hard way.
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I had this in my 540i a few years back From what I understand, the red used in the BMW is actually the same hue that's used in planes/fighter jets because it causes the least amount of eye fatigue.

that's exactly what gave me the idea, except it was my dads rover and my friends 330 haha. it was nice to have just a little light while your were driving that isn't instrument panels
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Re: Ambient lighting

OK so I saw my dad tonight and hopped in his LR4 to grab some photos of what I was talking about. Pics are kind of rough, since it's difficult to photograph a soft ambient light in darkness, and I didn't feel like grabbing my tripod.

anyways, you can see the door handles in these photos, and I was considering something similar in my WK, probably in red. I put it to a vote because I couldn't decide on a color, and the girlfriend thought red would stand out as something unique, but it wouldn't be obnoxious.

anyways, any opinions/ideas on the best way to do this. (looking at you davy and 2for3)
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I believe Davey has single LEDs in the doors.
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I believe Davey has single LEDs in the doors.
alright davy, lets see the setup! and then we'll delve into the logistics of your cupholder idea.

besides, I need something to do in between coats of caliper paint. it's too damn cold to sit out there in the garage
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