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omelet 12-09-2011 12:34 AM

Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
This is for those of you who would like to do the same thing. Total cost was about $40.

First thing was to get some lights. I knew I wanted LEDs, so I started looking around. All the kits I found were $100-200 and were pods. I was ok with spending that amount, but then I found the LED strips and decided to give them a try. I bought mine off ebay for $35:

http://rover.ebay.com/roverimp/1/711...mpt=1323408556http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380352363111&ssPageNam e=STRK:MEWNX:IT

It was a 5 meter waterproof roll with 600 white LEDs.

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/dcb4b1e7.jpg

My main concerns were 1. Were they going to be bright enough and 2. Was I going to be able to make 4 pieces out of the one. I knew I could cut the strip every three LEDs, but not sure I could connect wires after ever cut.

So first thing I did was cut 3 LEDs off the end (about 1"). Here you can see the lines where you can cut:

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/0005fc1f.jpg

And here is the test subject:

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/5eea127b.jpg

I used a 9V battery to test each strand after they were finished.

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/29674db1.jpg

Now that I knew they would work I made some measurements and began the build. After cutting I had to trim the waterproof seal to expose the leads.

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/074b48b3.jpg

Now I am not the most capable guy with a soldering iron, but I made it work.

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/1528e409.jpg

Then I used some heat shrink and sealed the end.

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/edd45300.jpg

And tested it with a 9V.

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/7dc3e4cf.jpg

omelet 12-09-2011 12:34 AM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
I decided to mount the front one on the 4xGuard skid. I don't see them getting hit in that crevice, and they are at a good angle to provide ample light to the front skids. It measures 27”

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/3c21e8b3.jpg

The rear was also mounted to a 4xGuard skid. This time the leading edge shooting the light in and down to illuminate the axle, suspension, and skid. It measures 30”

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/f45c8c54.jpg

Because they are attached to removable skids I had to wire in disconnects so that I can still drop the skids when needed.

On the sides I found a wonderfully angled surface that ran the full length of the rocker. As nice as it would have been to mount the lights to the 4xGuard sliders or frame for max light dispersion, this spot was the best for protection. They measure 57”

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/7d1c10e7.jpg

All that was left now was the wiring. I ran all the wires up into the engine compartment with the rest of my wires to connect the relay and then to the fuse box.

omelet 12-09-2011 12:36 AM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
Luckily this took me long enough to do that I did not have to wait for night. I finished at about 2100 so it was nice and dark. I snapped a few pix of the light show before I parked it for the night.

Before:

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/35d7b142.jpg

After:

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/e3f520c6.jpg

The Rear:

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/0a4a433c.jpg

And looking up at the sides:

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/6099a782.jpg

These suckers are a lot brighter than I was expecting (that's a good thing http://www.jeepforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif). I plan to take more pix somewhere besides my driveway. So check back later!

All of the LED strips were just stuck on using the already applied tape. In the rear you can see I used zip-ties to better secure it to the skid because the holes were already there. I plan to do the same with the front after I drill a few small holes. The side will be a little different and will basically be screwed down with little brackets that I have not made yet. So more on that later. For now even after them sitting all night a going for a drive this morning they are holding strong, but I would rather not rely solely on the tape.

The last thing I plan to do but ran out of time last night, is to tap into the interior lighting. I want to make it so that when I unlock the car or open a door the Rock Lights illuminate. It is really just one more wire with a diode, but as I said I ran out of time.

omelet 12-09-2011 12:37 AM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
I had some time so I went out and drilled some holes for some zip-ties.

Front:

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/0b566fd2.jpg

Sides:

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/03f4592c.jpg

omelet 12-09-2011 12:38 AM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
Update!

I had to go out the other night and decided to snap some night shots of the rock lights. I pulled up onto a pile of rocks and sand to try to simulate off road conditions where I will need to see rocks under the Jeep. Unfortunately all I had was my phone which doesn't take the greatest night shots. I will have to bring a real camera the next time! Enjoy!

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/IMG_0815.jpg

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/IMG_0813.jpg

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/IMG_0812.jpg

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http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/IMG_0820.jpg

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/IMG_0824.jpg

omelet 12-09-2011 12:42 AM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
I copied most of the good info and pics from my thread on another forum. So If I missed something or you need more info just ask :D

jlewissystem 12-09-2011 10:33 AM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
Thanks man! Saw this on the other forum. I'll be doing this soon-looking forward to it :)

JeepCoop 12-09-2011 11:04 AM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
Nasty good fun right there!!

CPT2010 12-09-2011 11:42 AM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
pretty freaking cool dude.

B.P.O.D 12-09-2011 11:43 AM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
awesome work bro! did you wire into the interior lights? i wanted to do this as well but never got around to it

omelet 12-09-2011 12:11 PM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
Not yet. I ordered a SPDT switch to match my others, but I haven't received it yet. I will post a vid when I get it installed.

BigTicket13 12-09-2011 02:34 PM

Re: Omelet's LED Rock Lights!
 
That looks cool man and is prolly going to come in handy.


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