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Old 02-02-2012, 02:08 PM
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Thanks guys – I had to put the project on temporary hold due to the power issue, but I’m going to go the long way about fixing it. Since the CANBUS system controls the lighting of the Homelink buttons, I would need some way to decode that and I have no idea how to go about that. Instead I’m going to run wires down the fuse box and tap into the parking lights directly. I ordered a tap-a-fuse to replace the parking light fuse and will run that directly to these lights. The fuse holder came in the mail yesterday so just need to find some time to work on the car. I’ll take some shots of the inside of the console where I hot glued the bulbs when I have everything apart again.

As for the bulbs I used, they were the 5mm 3.0VDC – 20mA – 40mcd bulbs from radio shack. With my 9V tester, all of the bulbs seemed to be about the same brightness, but the output pattern changed from bulb to bulb. I will double check what these were when I get home and let you know.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Depending on the visibility of the bulb itself, I may try to suck them up a little higher into the console. As. Mentioned before, I don't want a bright beacon distracting my night vision but since I haven't had power to them in their current position I'll have to wait a little bit before I can be sure.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

You could tap into the cig liter on the left. It's on with ACC.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

That was my original plan, but after hearing that the WK2 jeeps have their light turn on with the parking lights, I was going to try to keep that OEM idea going forward.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

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I'm trying to figure out how he kept the LEDs inside the holes. Notice how they don't protrude the hole. They sit inside and that is going to prevent the light from scattering which is actually how it is the the Acura TL.

Good job. I want to see the finish product.
He mentioned a bulb holder. Radio Shack sells all kinds of different LED holders, but I have a feeling its something similar to this.


http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062558
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

That's exactly what I used, but instead of pushing it through the hole from the front, I attached it to the bulb and used it as a stop to hold the bulb back.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

If you're trying to do it with the parking lamps, you're going to have to go under the hood.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

I couldn't wait for Muddy4DSM to finish so I went to RadioShack. My LEDs are blue of course.

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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

4 100ohm resistors in series equal 400ohms. He's right. It lights.

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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

So 370-400ohms is the optimum resistance for 2 LEDs so that they don't burn up fast?
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Ok Muddy, I got your PM. I bought 100ohm resistors.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

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So 370-400ohms is the optimum resistance for 2 LEDs so that they don't burn up fast?
If you send me your e-mail address, I can send you my file I made that can calculate the amount of resistance needed for the 12V (actually 13.5V) of a car electrical system. Basically, if you do too little resistance, the bulbs won't last as long, and if you use more resistance, the light will be dimmer. The 400 ohms that I used was based on my calculator I made for the optimal voltage for that particular bulb, 3.0V.
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