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anyone done strip lighting for headlights?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by cadman33619, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Mar 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM
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    cadman33619

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    has anyone added strip lighting to their headlights for the "audi style" headlight look? (like these http://www.oznium.com/side-emitting-led-strip)

    i'd like to add this to my '04 prerunner. i did the switchback LED turn signal mod with white/amber LEDs and it looks great. the white LEDs are on all the time (DTRL) and i wanted to add the strips to each healight to match the DTRL. will i need to disassemble the headlight housing to do this.

    thanks
     
  2. Mar 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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    niiiiiiiiice....
    i have a general idea of how its done. can you tell me what brand/type you used, fshams? and give me a basic breakdown of how you did it? i would really appreciate it. I did the wiring for the signal light/DTRL mod so i'm kinda familiar with wiring. did you add the manual switch to yours?

    thanks
     
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  5. Mar 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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    I purchased these cool white LED strips at:
    http://www.ledunderbody.com/2pc-white-led-flexible-headlight-strip-kit.aspx.
    Once I cleaned the head light bezels with alcohol I slid the LED strips (wire end) between the headlamps and the bezel, starting next to the side markers and stuck them in to place. I extended the wiring through the side marker housing (its easier if you remove the side markers). I attached the ground wires to a bolt inside the engine bay and extended the positive wires in to the cab and in to the fuse box. Using an "Add-A-Circuit" from O'Reillys I attached the positive wires in to the fuse box. There is an open port in the upper left of the fuse box which is unmarked and is an auxiliary accessories port. It is above the ECU-IG and to the left of the ACC fuses. I used a 10amp mini fuse for it (Orange color fuse in the picture). I didn't add an on/off switch as I wanted the LED lights to come on as soon as the ignition was turned on. I recently also opted to do the fog light mod and replace the side marker bulbs with white LED's as well.... Here is few more pictures.. Let me know if you have any questions.

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    Looks nice.
    I was planning on doing the same, but then I used my LED lights on the Christmas ginger bread house. I glued it on with a hot glue gun, now they are messed up.:(

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  7. Mar 7, 2012 at 6:12 AM
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    that looks great, fshams. i do have a few Qs...

    1. so the strip lights are attached to the outside of the headlight housing...correct?
    2. what did you use to stick the strip lights to the headlights? do they have adhesive backing?
    3. can they be cut shorter if needed?

    thanks
     
  8. Mar 7, 2012 at 7:40 AM
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    1. so the strip lights are attached to the outside of the headlight housing...correct?

    YES... The light strip is very narrow and it slides between lamp housing and the bezel or body...

    2. what did you use to stick the strip lights to the headlights? do they have adhesive backing?

    YES... They have a strong adhesive backing that you would pull off. As thight as the fit is, once you have it in place and attached, it shouldn't pull off... It is waterproof and I've ran through many car washes without an issue.

    3. can they be cut shorter if needed?

    YES... You can cut after every 3 bulbs

    Let me know if you have any questions. :)
     
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    awsome..i can do this.i really appreciate it.

    by any chance.....would you happen to know how to connect footwell lights (LEDs) so that they come on/off same as the dome light..when the door is opened/closed? i've read so many posts about it but none really explain in detail.

    thanks
     
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    I think I'm going to get green led's for my light strip. And green corner light bulbs.
     
  11. Mar 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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    Hey "cadman33619", I haven't installed footwell lights in my truck but I've been thinking about it also. I believe it's best to connect them to your interior dome light. If I am not wrong the dome light wiring runs along the lower driver side door jamb and up the pillar to the light. Not sure if anyone here on forum has the wiring diagram for it, but that would help a great deal.
    I'll keep searching and let you know if I find any info.
    Cheers...
    *PS.... Don't forget to post picture of your new LED Light strips! :)
     
  12. Mar 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM
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    I sure will. Ordered the light strips today. Same ones you have. Gonna use your instructions.

    Yes I think the best way is to connect directly to the dome light. I'll let you know if I find a diagram. Worse case... A new line will have to be run all the way to the dome light
     
  13. Mar 8, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    hey fshams, so are the lights unnoticeable, say during the daytime? are they not obvious that they've been "stuck on" in some manner? thanks in advance..........:D
     
  14. Mar 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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    The LED strip lights are not as bright as the Audi style running lights... These are more of an accent lighting and really show when there is no direct sun light... Once you install them, they are hard to notice since they fit snugly between the headlamp and the bezel.
    I would really like to get the Hella Dayline LED lights one day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0UNQkzop8Q . Can't justify paying $250+ for a set yet...
     
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    i thought i would put my two cents in on your discussion..
    i have put LED stip lighting on my truck and i actually put them on the bumper/grille filler. they are only the amber color but they are the same (with the exception of and extra wire for the blinker) as the audi light strips. you cant really see them during the day unless your looking for them
    heres a picture of them and you can see what they look like at night by looking at my signature picture..

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