Why would I do it?
- It's more energy efficient - uses less energy and generates less heat
- It's much brighter than the standart bulbs
- It's more stylish and makes your car look better
- No - you have to invest in one metre of LED strip that costs less than 10EUR
- No - you need some basic soldering skills and nothing more
- The lifetime of an LED element around 50,000 to 100,000 hours, so you won't have to worry about changing the LEDs in five years or so
Step 1: What LED to Use?
Resistors are mounted on the strips. Every three LEDs can be separated from the strip and connected to a 12V supply.
Step 2: Light Housings
Step 3: Prepare the Housing
The metal bulb holders are bent to allow me to fit the new LEDs.
Step 4: Shape Out a Plate for the Back of the LEDs
Shape out a metal plate that fits in the light housing. It is also needed to take out the little heat that the LEDs generate.
Aluminium is easy to cut with these metal cutting scissors.
Step 5: Soldering!
Put 12V to the ends and test it!
Step 6: Glue
Glue the metal plate to the housing.
Step 7: Solder the Power Supply
There may be such a case that you will have to measure the +ve and -ve terminals on the car connector, but for me there was no difference as from the car's roof the connectors could be put to each side of the light housing.
Step 8: Finish the Rest of the Light Housings
The two housings that look the same already had a metal plate in the construction, so I decided to glue the LED strips onto them without cutting separate metal plates.