So I was bored of MW3, too windy for paintball and no good games on today that I itched to get started on this project for door lights on the Impala.
I did a quick gather of things I had laying around the garage and spent about 2 hours mocking up door lights for the Impala that work.
I gathered the following things that I already had in my garage/tool bag:
- L.E.D. MAG Lite Mini
- 2 AA batteries
- random 16ga? cable/wire (from an old underglow kit)
- duct tape
- wire strippers
- foam cup
You will need to watch this video to know how to dissassemble the LED MAG Lite Mini-
I wanted to try something this way instead of taking my door panel off and splicing wires just yet. How I said, this was just to make a functioning mock up to an idea of what can possibly work/will look good.
Quick summary of what I did:
So YES it did work and is super/normal bright with just that 1 LED! After I did this i made a trip to LOWES and gathered prices on material that would be needed to make a proper "kit". I would say roughly $25 +/- aside if you DIY and if you want a proper legit set up. You can be cheap and probably whip something up with $15 +/- a side.
What I found that was avaiable at LOWES and would/am going to use to make a proper " DIY kit" is
- some sort of strong glue that will resist heat if any from the bulb/LED
- electrical pvc piping to make a housing of some sort (electrical)
- a rubber grommet to aid in holding the bulb/led in place (hardware)
- 12V single LED or Halogen bulb that can be found in the (home bulb section)
**I would like to add that they have 12v led/halogen that comes with that cone shape relflective housing and can possible be chopped for easier DIY and more light output? Ill figure that out when i get to it.
- proper gauge wire/cable (electrical)
- heat shrink (electrical)
- solder (electrical)
- electical tape (electrical)
- blue T-Taps to tap into existing power source in the door panel
*** or you can splice into and straight solder which is probably better
- paint, because everything looks better painted one color.
I will be completing this on my free time and I should have something whipped up by the end of the week with full DIY.
- I am estimating working time to make/install this kit will be 2 hrs the first time around, you know... to do it right.
- I am estimating cost to be between $15-30 a side for a self DIY & thats with already having the tools that are going to be needed for fabrication/installation.
Possible Group Buy" maybe?
Dont know, maybe. I am not a Vendor on here nor am I trying to become one, I am simply a fellow member trying to help out the community. It is possible I will do a Group Buy of some sort to benefit those who dont have the time or skill to go on it themselves. If I did I would not charge much, basically only for my time and material wasted with making no profit in mind. Of course it will be easier to do it in group runs though
Production would be easier having everything out only once in one sit down.