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LED Madness: Puddle Lights, Trunk, Map Pocket and Hood Scoop

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ImagoX

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Location: Columbus, Ohio


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Post Fri Nov 24, 2006 4:57 pm

All peices came from Oznium..

LED puddle lights in the underside of the doors - I used brass tubing to make miniature "can lights", then sealed the wire ends with silicone. The cans are secured through blocks of closed-cell foam and secured inside the doors with more silicone, making everything (hopefully) 100% moisture-proof.

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I had an extra pair of LEDS so I put them shining upwards in the map pocket on the door.

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The trunk uses a LED flex strip wired directly into the OEM trunk light wiring and secured to the parcel shelf, shining down. It's MUCH brighter than the stock light and looks cooler to boot.

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The Engine bay uses a set of cathodes mounted into a custom-made spacer/reinforcement block (made of more closed-cell foam blocks and silicone) which seperates the tubes about 3" and keeps them from flexing or hitting anything. The supercharger scoop light is another LED Flex Strip which doubles as an engine light when the bonnet is up:

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As always, thanks Oznium for the support and product to make MODs like this not only possible but easy!
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Tim

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Post Fri Nov 24, 2006 5:15 pm

Are those...turtle eyes? Nice glow man, I need to hire you to work on my car.
dddx880

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Post Fri Nov 24, 2006 5:43 pm

wow that looks great
i like the puddle lights alot
ImagoX

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Post Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:54 pm

Tim wrote:
Are those...turtle eyes? Nice glow man, I need to hire you to work on my car.


Hehehe... I love my eyes. Lots of MINI people have them but my cartoony ones are the best (IMHO). biglaugh.gif
Tim

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Post Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:56 pm

Are those behind your headlights? How are they visible only when your hood is up? Do your headlights rise up with your hood?
ImagoX

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Post Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:58 pm

Yeah, the headlights on the '02-'06 MINI are on the bonnet (hood) and go up when the hood does. The space where the eyes are is behind the light assembly.

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The_Mastor

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Post Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:00 pm

Nice installs and those eyes are awesome!!! icon_cool.gif
druidman227

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Post Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:30 pm

dude those eyes are creepy but cool. and awsome glow. wanna do my car for me? =P
CrashKing

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Post Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:33 am

looks awesome... great install too.

have any detailed pics of the puddle light boxes? are they adjustable at all (looks like you would want to tilt them a bit so they shine backwards when the door is open so it illuminates where your gonna step)
clutch1

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Post Sat Nov 25, 2006 11:30 am

Those puddle lights are pretty unique, nice!
ImagoX

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Post Sat Nov 25, 2006 3:17 pm

CrashKing wrote:
looks awesome... great install too.

have any detailed pics of the puddle light boxes? are they adjustable at all (looks like you would want to tilt them a bit so they shine backwards when the door is open so it illuminates where your gonna step)


Sorry, no I don't. The box is literally a cube of closed-cell foam with the brass tube inserted through it - it's not adjustable, although that would have been a good idea. Maybe next time...

I might re-do them actually - I kind of wish that I had pulled the LEDs a bit further inside the tubes for more of a "spot light" effect - as it is, they're only a millimeter or two inside the tube. Phil recommended using 10mm LEDs because they're more "directinal" than the 5MM units, but I was uneasy about drilling such a large hole in the door for the LEDs. If I did them again I'd use something even more rigid, though, like possibly wood or a block of solid plastic. For now though the foam is working great and it was laying around, hence FREE. icon_cool.gif
Losing quickly

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Post Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:09 pm

Looks awesome man icon_twisted.gif
druidman227

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Post Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:26 am

dude where do you live? i just realized you're one of the only people with >100 posts who doesnt have a location.
ImagoX

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Post Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:41 am

I'm in central Ohio near Columbus. I'll add a location - never realized that I didn't list it. Doh!
97Grand

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Post Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:28 pm

Wow, thats pretty creative with the puddle lights! I like it. icon_cool.gif
RadioFlyer1998

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Post Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:54 pm

Very nice
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