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Blacklight LEDs in Engine Bay

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jmoreau10

Joined: Aug 20 2009
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Post Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:35 pm

Does anyone have any pictures of blacklight LEDs in the engine bay? I just wanna see what it looks like before I buy them and install them...

Btw I own a Rally Red 08 Mitsubishi Lancer... Most of the engine bay is black.
alkatmsu

Joined: Nov 08 2005
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Location: Kentucky


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Post Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:49 pm

If you've ever had dye put into your AC to find a leak, you may not like the result...

Find someone with a normal blacklight and take it outside and see how it looks. It won't be the same as what the LEDs would do but should give a general idea.
Cooper

Joined: Mar 19 2006
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Post Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:32 pm

Blacklight basically doesn't show on black surfaces at all . Its technically outside the range of human sight . Think about when you go through a black light in a haunted house or a roller coaster or something . You don't look at the light itself or the light shining on the ground and think, "oooo.. that looks cool ." What you do look at its your socks, your friends white t-shirt, the crazy neon hippy poster on the wall, whatever . Its the bright/light surfaces that reflect the light that wow you, not the light itself .

There's no reason you can't use a UV light in the engine bay or anywhere else in an automotive application, but if you don't provide a 'scene' to illuminate, you're not going to blow many minds with the effect of the lighting . If you were to specifically design bright reflective or colored UV-reactive engine components, and THEN illuminate them, then you're cooking with fire . icon_biggrin.gif

.... but if you're going to go just illuminate a stock engine bay, choose a colored light in the normal spectrum .
Blazin'88Buick

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Post Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:59 pm

Dude, You've got a 2008 Lancer and no pics? WTF and pics soon please!!!!!!
knatebetz

Joined: Apr 19 2008
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Location: Nebraska


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Post Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:54 pm

what cooper said... but if you wanted to use them you can always buy paint that lights up under UV light, and hand paint bits and pieces of the engine bay, it probably won't look as pretty as the stock engine bays. UV light will light up certain chemicals 1 being laundry detergent or something like that which is why clothes will light up.
robbie

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Post Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:52 pm

Blazin'88Buick wrote:
Dude, You've got a 2008 Lancer and no pics? WTF and pics soon please!!!!!!


It's just a regular lancer dood.......don't **** yourself. It's not a Evo.
zanson

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Post Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:08 am

look at my gallery.... red with UV accents

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