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Use LED Light Strips to Moderate Your Auto Interior

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I installed some LED strips for my interior, what you can do to get them for cheap is call a major producer of LED strips and ask for some cut-offs or any extras they have laying around and be creative with the conversation because they don't just give away free crap to anyone who asks.

Make sure that the LEDs you buy are the voltage of your vehicle!! They sell 12V and 24V out there so make sure you choose the right ones.

Here is a helpful link:
12V DC flexible LED ribbons (I call them strips) I used in my installation, remember the Strips can be cut into 3-LED segments

Doing this may damage some of your parts as the old plastic is very brittle, so I recommend getting some spares from your local store and working on those.
 
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Step 1: Under-dash lights

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Ok, so we will start with under the dash lights.

You need:
-paint stick or similar
-LED strips
-wire
-soldering iron
-solder
-cable (zip) ties

Step 1: get a paint stick or something similar that is long and stiff (ha), make any necessary cuts and holes for proper mounting. I just used cable-ties for mounting, it's cheap and simple.

Step 2: With a soldering iron, make some leads on the LED strip so you can later connect it to a power source.

Step 3: Stick the LED strip to the paint stick and mount it underneath the dash.

Step 4: Find a power source (i used the socket from the stock lights) and tap into it somehow (crimp, solder, or whatever works for you)

Step 5: Some LED strips have to option of red, green, and blue, all on the same piece. if you want to be able to change the colors, all you need to do is make some switches wherever you want and have the leads going to the LEDs.
DustySeven72 years ago
another thing you can do. www.superbrightleds.com has rgb strips and controllers. common cathod type. so the ground is shared. there is a model that has a wirless remote. that way you can stash the controller out of the way. the connection to the controller is via a screw socket connector. the connector can be removed from the controller if needs to be serviced or replaced.
I personally have this option on my car. I can change color and do color scrolls.
on Ebay, you can pick the above for about 6 $ .still comes with the remote and waterproof led strip with sticker
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=1m+rgb+led+strip&_sacat=0&_odkw=1m+rgb+led+strip&_ipg=200&_osacat=0