*Beware ! there are 2 type's of LED strips, Common Anode and Common Cathode, Anode mean's that all the LED's have a common positive, and Cathode mean's they all have a common negative. This only matter's when selecting/building a RGB controller.
What you need
- 12v LED RGB light strip's (they can be waterproof or not)
- RGB Controller (optional)
- Switch (optional)
- Soldering Iron, solder, and heat-shrink
- Wire (the draw is very little but I would recommend about 18 AWG stranded nothing thicker)
- Epoxy/Hot Glue
- Basic tool's, wire cutter's, strippers, screw driver's (some car's take special security bits), zip ties, tape, dremel.
* This stuff is great, you can put it in anything from your Christmas tree, RV (replace you light's !), Computer, Motorcycle, even you for a costume !
Step 1: Experiment !
Step 2: Real Step 1 !
I chose to put mine under my dash of my car, and install a manual RGB controller under there to. So with out further adieu !
For me step 1 was to find a place for my controller to rest, and since I wanted to keep the car nice and clean I decided under the dash was the perfect place. So I removed the lower dash panel on the driver side in my 1995 Buick LeSabre. Now this was quite a pain, I had to remove the Fuse-box and a bunch of stuff connected to it, but after about 30 min's it was free ! Now there was the PERFECT indent for the controller, with free space behind it , (you may not be so lucky). I did have to cut out the old Incandescent light hole, for wiring access. I drilled three hole's for the knob's and glued the controller in place. Now I wired in this circuit to my door-light circuit, however you can use any 12v source you want and install a switch ! It's really simple, just use a multimeter and make sure that the wire's are positive/negative, since car wiring can involve a bunch of different wire color's.
Step 3: Step 2: Wiring !
Step 4: Step 3: Test Is Out !!
It's also really simple and a great way to get into electronics, wiring and soldering. The best part is these throw no heat, draw almost no power (if you leave them on overnight they will not kill your battery), and can be ANY color you want. If you want to go further you can build your own controller or buy a nice one with a remote. You can even get one's that tie into a computer or network ! Have fun, stay safe, and make everything light up !!!!