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'08 Scion xB Lighting Project

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SactoEric

Joined: Jan 11 2008
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Post Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:00 pm

This is the first decent sized lighting project I've attempted. I always wanted to do something like this in my tC, but never got around to it. I finally gave it a whirl when I decided I needed to do something w/ the C-Pillar cubbies in the back of our '08 Scion xB.

Two sets of 12" blue cold cathodes, two sets of 4" blue cold cathodes, 1 blue LED lighted switch, an add-a-circuit, two sheets of 1/4" thick acrylic, two die cut black vinyl overlays, two pieces of etched glass vinyl, some rubber weather stripping and here we are... Stage 1 complete.

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mx107marlin

Joined: Aug 12 2007
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Location: Fairborn, OH


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Post Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:05 pm

Nice... how'd you do the Scion Emblem in the Acrylic?

looks sweet though..

Welcome to Oz ozzy_change.gif I'm sure you'll fit in well.. haha
SactoEric

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Post Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:14 pm

1/4" thick acrylic w/ black vinyl die cut overlay on front, frosted glass vinyl on back. I could have gotten the frosted acrylic, but I wanted to see it both ways. w/out the frosted glass vinyl on the back, you could easily see the lights & wires.

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mx107marlin

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Post Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:16 pm

Nice, I might have to try that sometime..., don't really have a place for an emblem like that though
MrJayDeeOne

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Post Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:41 pm

looks pretty good. nice job.
SickWitIt

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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:29 am

SactoEric wrote:
1/4" thick acrylic w/ black vinyl die cut overlay on front, frosted glass vinyl on back. I could have gotten the frosted acrylic, but I wanted to see it both ways. w/out the frosted glass vinyl on the back, you could easily see the lights & wires.

Thanks for the welcome icon_smile.gif


Know of any websites that might be able to do that for me, or can you? I'm interested.
SactoEric

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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:01 am

I got the acrylic at Tap Plastics & the vinyl was a special order. If you have access to a jig saw and a coarse file, it's not that hard to work with. I tried cutting it w/ a Dremel and burned it out. It may work w/ 1/8" acrylic, but the 1/4" was probably too much for it.
mx107marlin

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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:34 am

SickWitIt wrote:
SactoEric wrote:
1/4" thick acrylic w/ black vinyl die cut overlay on front, frosted glass vinyl on back. I could have gotten the frosted acrylic, but I wanted to see it both ways. w/out the frosted glass vinyl on the back, you could easily see the lights & wires.

Thanks for the welcome icon_smile.gif


Know of any websites that might be able to do that for me, or can you? I'm interested.

I get all my acrylic stuff from TAP PLASTICS as well, they seem to have good products, I've used them before, and I have some stuff in the mail... so we'll see.
kornholio788

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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:54 am

It looks great. But I don't like the hot spots that it has. If it was a more even glow it would be 100 percetn perfect. Looks great otherwise. Very nice looking. Looks like it was supposed to come like that.
SactoEric

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Post Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:30 am

Are you talking about the Scion logo? I agree, but I think it's worse in the pictures... And it actually was more even w/ the blue protective film on the acrylic. I think the frosted glass is a little too transparent. My goal was to make each cubby look like another window & will look more so once I get some darker tint. The 1st Gen xB has windows all the way back, but for some reason they decided to go w/ a huge c-pillar on the 2nd gen. The optional c-pillar storage option is around $80 and is just a plastic frame w/ a net. Pretty useless if you ask me ;)

On another note, I realize the front and rear foot wells aren't as bright as some people's, so I'm thinking about moving the 12" cathodes from under the rear seat and pairing each w/ a 4" under each front seat. For some reason I only imagined using one transformer under the seats, but as soon as you move them the wires would get ripped out. I didn't think about using the extra set & having a transformer under each seat...
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