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Installing 4 LEDS into air vents

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Mystique_Knight

Joined: Feb 11 2003
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Location: Comox, B.C.


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Post Thu Feb 13, 2003 4:49 pm

Im planning to install 4 red LEDS from Oznium sometime soon and am looking for someone that can help me, ive never done anything like this before so i dont know what type of fuse to use etc and how to hook all it up....


id like someone to help me with ever little detail about everything so i can do it with easie thanks
PTCruzr

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Location: Woodstock, GA


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Post Thu Feb 13, 2003 8:39 pm

Here's a diagram that shows how to connect 4 LED's.
Notice that NO load resistor is needed. For LED/load resistor information check out THIS SITE. Also notice the Anode and Cathode connections. The Anode is the LONGER lead. The LEDs MUST be connected in series, NOT in parallel.
NOTE: If using a light up switch connect the 3rd connection on the switch to ground.
Mystique_Knight

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Post Thu Feb 13, 2003 9:42 pm

Ok great, thanks for ur time to answer,


Who created these diagrams
PTCruzr

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Post Fri Feb 14, 2003 7:30 am

Mystique_Knight wrote:

Who created these diagrams



I did.
cheesy

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Post Tue Feb 25, 2003 2:44 pm

that site pt mentioned is a great site, heres the main page: http://www.eatel.net/~amptech/elecdisc/caraudio.htm

the fuse for a couple LEDs doesn't need to be big at all, like 1 amp should be way more than enough, and it will leave you with room to expand (other neons and stuff)
Mystique_Knight

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Post Wed Feb 26, 2003 7:04 pm

kool thanks
XSport99

Joined: Feb 24 2003
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Location: Just outside Detroit


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Post Thu Feb 27, 2003 8:40 am

Now for the actual installation... In my Explorer I can take out 3 out of the 4 front vents to work on them inside (where its nice and warm)... the only problem is that I don't know where to put the LED's into the vents. Should they be up close to the vent opening so that they're bright or should they be far down the tube so the actual LED isn't seen, and should I drill the hole to mount the bulb in into the top of the vent or the bottom or maybe into the side? And should it be in the corner or in the middle of whatever wall it goes into? Thanks for any help
Mystique_Knight

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Post Fri Feb 28, 2003 11:19 pm

Be sure to post pics of your finished installs here eh
Bobby Lee

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Post Wed Mar 05, 2003 2:13 pm

i was just wondering how you guys mount the led itself? do you use glue, tape, what?
cheesy

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Post Wed Mar 05, 2003 2:48 pm

I used some electrical tape and a little shim to aim it upwards a little
vice

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Post Wed Mar 05, 2003 2:55 pm

yup i used electrical tape and superglue...you cant see the tape unless you know its there and are looking for it
XSport99

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Post Wed Mar 05, 2003 7:09 pm

I hope this works

This was my first install ever so feel free to critique but please don't ridicule biglaugh.gif

This is what my dash looks like:

Different angle, not so bright


Two 9" blues under dash for feet and 4 LED's, (from the man Phil himself!) one LED in each vent.

Do you think I should aim the LED's up more so they don't shine out so much?

Heres an up close view of the middle vents:

XSport99

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Post Wed Mar 05, 2003 7:16 pm

What do y'all think? With the way the LED's are in now, they're extremely icon_eek.gif bright because they point straight forward out of the vents. Should I turn them upward or leave them there? (Keep in mind that everything in pictures isn't as bright as in real life)
cheesy

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Post Wed Mar 05, 2003 8:53 pm

depends if theyre anoying to the driver or passenger (esp the driver)? if so then maybe you should point them up

looks good...or at least bright
98sentraGXE

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Post Wed Mar 05, 2003 9:28 pm

i think if i were to do it i woudl wire it to the same switch as the ub kit
vice

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Post Thu Mar 06, 2003 4:08 am

i think you should have the point out...it lookes better like that and it lights up alomost the whole interior...thats what mine does...and who cares about passangers as long as you can drive....at first i though i wouldnt be able to drive with them on but now i can...it doesnt bother me at all
dbismyname

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Post Thu Mar 06, 2003 9:40 am

im still havin to get used to my 6in in my two middle vents. it frickin blinds me.
Sublime0069

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Post Mon Mar 31, 2003 9:22 pm

Granted it probably wouldn't be that tough to figure out once tearing the bezel off, but since you did it already and its cold out, I figured I'd ask. I'm workin on a 99XLT, just wonderin what you tied those vent LED's into. I've already got two devices powered off switches in my armrest, and I'm trying to avoid using anymore. Figure I could tie it into one of the bulbs already behind the dash. Just wire tap into it so it'll go on at night when I put the headlights on. Sound good or did you find a better solution?

Thanks
Phil
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Post Mon Mar 31, 2003 9:36 pm

Don't worry about current draw from LEDs because they only use 20ma... Go ahead and tie it into anything biglaugh.gif
silentalero

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Post Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:32 am

so wait, if you use more than 4 leds is series, you dont need to add any resistor?
Phil
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Post Wed Apr 30, 2003 10:20 am

Yes that is correct!!!! Use 4 blue leds in series and 5 red/orange in series
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