This is my first Inscrutable, and it's on how to add some RGB (Red Green Blue) light strips and a controller to your car, or anything. I put mine under my dash, however you can put them anywhere you like, that's the beauty of it !
*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 !
This is most fun ! Unwrap all the goodies that you just ordered online (probably Ebay or Amazon), and your wife/girlfriend/parents just complained about you wasting money on. Grab a battery or 12v power supply, tools, soldering iron, wire, RGB controller and Lights ! This is where you see what contacts are which, depending on what type of lights you bought it may be common anode (positive) or common cathode (negative), mean's if you have 1 positive and 3 negative or vise-versa. Test your soldering skills, and play with everything to make sure it all works, before you go ripping something apart.