^a update on that-- the housings are now crystal clear--it proably just was the oils burning off.
and another couple updates:
led reverse lights(link only because i need to stop keeping 3 threads on the same topic):
so a little over a month later, i have finally figured these out enough to continue working on them.
my biggest problem was tinting the lenses-- i tried niteshading them, but it either came out really splotchy, or was way to dark for even the brightest of led's--my xp-g flashlight on the 40-50 lumen setting was perfectly tolerable shining through the lenses--it should have at least partially blinded me..
i tried the vinyl approach to tint the lenses, but that ended up in utter fail-- i got one lens to lay down correctly, the other lenses had all sorts of bubbles, and wrinkles. and at $50 a try, it was not worth trying again..
so last week, i came up with a hair-brained solution using some spare lenses i had-- window tint film.
after briefly trying out some 20% film(sandwiched between the housing and the lens), i am really happy with the results!!(only the large circle is tinted in this pic):
with led boards:
so today, i epoxied everything in place, and hot-glued the back of the pcb's to prevent corrosion..
and just so everyone doesn't think i am perfect after getting everything all done, i fired up each array only to find that one of the series strings wasn't lighting:
after blindly yanking off the hot glue that i just put on, i found the problem-- a bad solder joint:
after resoldering, and testing, all was well:
so nearly 1-1/2 years in the making, i am finally nearing the point of installing them onto the car...
assuming i am motivated enough tomorrow, i will build the 2 'driver' assemblies-- 3-12v sharp vregs in a aluminum enclosure that is currently planned to be mounted either behind the tails, or in the trunk..
Very nice job with the LED's man! Mad props! Got me wanting to do the same with my eclipse.... :)
Awesome work soundman. I could only dream having your skills. Lol even though it took you 1 1/2 yrs to do it. It was really worth the time the fact that it's a one of a kind item.
thanks, though it started as a duplicate of a one-off item ;)
bwracing00 on club3g.com originally came up the with the skyline tail idea a couple years ago(my first pic of his setup from MOD is dated 9-25-09), i just added my own ideas with the lighting..
all this stuff really isn't that bad--time consuming, but much of it uses much of the same basic body/fab work that any other plastic project uses(turbocad did a excellent writeup in the fab section on building your own bezel)-- whatever you want to do, i can almost guarantee that there is a tutorial on how to get the desired effect--maybe not to do the exact idea you have, but always to do parts of it..
i do this stuff for the challenge because i have no idea what i am doing at the start of it, and want to learn. and there is no better way to learn then to build it.
come on!! someone with a eclipse needs to out-do me, so i have a reason to do it again!! ;) (hint-- it would be only slightly more work to create led tails that use the entire real estate of the housings-- similar to mercedes tails.)
Great job Soundman.
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