Introduction: DIY LED Car Grille Glow Lights
You've seen in Sci-FI, games and on TV. Beautiful and powerful cars zipping past you, charismatic LEDs glowing and Shining.
Dream? Not Anymore!
With my Easy to follow Instructable, now add Dazzling LED Grille lights quick and cheap. Whole project costs near 250 Rupees (5 dollars)
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Step 1: Birth of an Idea
Projects always take life in brain rather than on Sheets and Tools,
Think Think think....
Look at your Vehicle, Stare, Dream, Gleam!
Dream up what position, Colour of glow, Intensity etc will look good on your Car. Also keep in Mind about the car's shape , Colour and Body style.
Mine is a white SUV, So i went with a white, diffused glow. Simple and beautiful.
Step 2: Tranform to Reality
Once you've got the concept framed, it time to get hands dirty.
We have to open the Front Grille or find a way to access it. For many vehicles, Front Grilles are simply accessible by popping up the hood. Give yourself a pat on back if that works for you.
For my SUV, i had to unbolt the grille itself. Please refer to your Service manual for instructions. You could also stand safe by paying an authorized service center or mechanic to do this for you.
Usual steps are-
Pop the hood
Locate screws or revets and undo them
Gently the pry the grille while paying attention to Plastic locks.
Once the Grille is out of the way, we move to your next step
Step 3: Find a Place
Opening the grille will give you a better idea about mounting and Positioning the LEDs. It will also depend on the type of LED you are using. You could employ 5050 SMD Strips (Like I did) or 5mm LEDs or even Luxeon stars!
Seriously, I would suggest to stay away from Cheap LEDs. Automotive enviornment is very harsh, so make sure your LEDs will stand up to Water, dust, heat and Vibration.
Physical mounting aside, Its also important to Figure out Electrical connections.
(Some of you eagle eyes have spotted my LED Fog lamps in this pictures, Hold your horses! Instructable for the same is coming up.
Step 4: Bring on the Lights
After you have the measurements and Position at hand, its time to ready up the LED lights. I Have used 4 lenghts of 1 Meter LED strip for Even and Bright glow. To ensure that solders are water tight and Durable, I dabbed some hot glue over joints. I also used clear tape over the LED strips to paste them well in case the adhesive Backing fails.
For the Electrical connections, I used a multimter to trace an IGN Relay. This realy gets power when the engine is running and turns off after the Engine shuts down. Just like DRL relays behave. Perfect!
I also added a Diode to drop some voltage, because Automotive Voltage can swing all the way up to 14.8V!, A diode works for longevity of the LEDs.
Please do test your Lights before fixing the Grille Back. Now re-assemble the Grille.
Step 5: Step Back and Be Amazed
Take her for a Spin, Enjoy the Comments and praises.
Your Dream Car Mod is here. Rejoice!