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Old 04-27-2014, 10:11 PM   #1
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ambient lighting project

One thing I've always liked about BMWs and the road tractors I drive at work are the red ambient lights that provide just enough lighting at night to see what's going on around the front seats/console. I had a marine red LED fixture in my last van but it was way too bright.
Since LEDs strips are so cheap I tried this:

Four 11" long red LED strips from Amazon ($6.99)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...F8&psc=1<br />

One old plastic license plate

One toggle switch

First, a license plate is exactly as long as these lights, so I volunteered a black plastic (car dealership) one I had.



Any thin plastic or something like a license plate slides perfectly under the PH trim between the front seats



Most of these lights come with an adhesive backing, so stick in place



Run a wire to power through a toggle switch. I did this right above the passenger seat's head and borrowed power from the bullet light next to it for convenience. My wife will use this much more than me so I wanted it to be more convenient for her than on my side, and I can still reach it pretty easily.



Here it is in place, albeit in daylight.





Here's the finished product at night, which I realize is basically a useless pic. What it shows is that the light provides a little light and not much, which was precisely the idea. I have yet to road test it but so far it works perfectly.



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Old 04-28-2014, 11:41 AM   #2
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Re: ambient lighting project

Brilliant. Er, less bright than brilliant but a brilliant idea.

I've got red or green LEDs in the bullet lights, but these look like a better idea.
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:50 PM   #3
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Re: ambient lighting project

I added LED's to the Fiamma awning using a small RF controller. Works really well and you can adjust the color and brightness to suit the occasion.

http://www.amazon.com/MuchBuy-Contro...led+controller





I also have adjustable LED's on my roof rack.


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Nice Tapatio!
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