Hi, i got spare taillights for cheap on ebay, can anyone tell me what i need to get to build this by myself.
1. Get yourself a LED strip, you can also buy a dynamic led strip from AliExpress.
2. Put the taillight in the oven so the glue between will melt and you are able to seperate the two parts.
2.1 Then first make sure your LED strip works by connecting it to ground and conecting is to the blinker +
3. To not get any errors on your dash I would just tape the original bulb off and leave it there.
4. If you are sure the blinker works just hot glue the thing in your light and put it together again..
If you would like to do it the neat way you can get yourself a controller and instead of connecting the LED strip to the + of the blinker connecting is to your Arduino controller and program is to dynamic blink the LED.
I have just bought new light units from Euro car parts in the end. Don't think pre-assembled tail lights with dynamic indicators exist.
On the other hand, I am tempted to solder the light strip onto the circuit board of the new lights but don't want to disassemble the lens again as Im worried Ill get water in them again. Anyone know if this is in fact possible?
Can I ask to anyone who has successfully done this mod - how did you get power to the light strip? does it have to go through a relay?
Looking at ElsaWin you can just splice into PIN3 (black/white) for the + feed and on PIN5 (brown) for the earth.
I've tested it and it works. You've just got to place a resistance because otherwise the BCM will notice that the bulb is "gone". Just like when placing LED licenseplate lights.
I've just tested it because I got two AliExpress dynamic strips laying around. It works and it won't show up on the dash as a 'broken' light. Thing is these strips are not "slim" so could not really got them to fit the lamp but it was all for testing now. I also didnt got the two halves apart, just fed them through the holes for testing purposes.
I will order better LED strips later but as I'm in the middle of moving to my first bought house I got other things keeping me busy atm .
I have just received my new lights. I have to use the original backing plate that holds the bulbs. Thing is I soldered my LED strip into this plate. Could this cause an issue with the light feed? Or am I best taking it out? Im paranoid as I don't want to potentially ruin my new lights..
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Shouldn’t be a problem mate. But when you take out the orange bulb it will give you a dash warning or your turn signal just wont work in total.
Youll need to put a resistance between the + feed and your led + feed so the BCM thinks your bulb is still in there.