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Old January 30th, 2012, 13:06
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DIY flood lights under headlights?

I'm trying to figure out how to replace those marker/blinker lights under my headlights ('96 and older at least) with something more useful. (I'm putting marker/blinker lights in the bumper.) I would love to turn those lights into flood lights, while still keeping a stock look.

I wasn't able to find replacement lights with totally clear lenses, but I could replace the plexi myself if the obscurity made this impossible. Other than that, the lenses are 8.5" x 2.75". Is that shape going to make for a worthless light?

I found some insanely bright LED flood lights that are the right size and would work great, but they are $800 for the pair! I could solder a bunch of LEDs to a board and make it fit behind the lense, but are they going to be useless without a good reflector?

Should I be looking into some other technology, like HID?

Have any of you done anything like this???

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Old January 30th, 2012, 15:17
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

The small LED lights that dirtbound has are supposed to be pretty awesome. May fit behind the lens with some work?
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Old January 30th, 2012, 15:31
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

This might be able to be adapted to fit, it wont look perfect as it is 2x6.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/97028_101.htm
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Old January 30th, 2012, 16:36
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

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This might be able to be adapted to fit, it wont look perfect as it is 2x6.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/97028_101.htm
Yeah, I saw that, and the PIAA backup lights that are a similar size. I'm going to see if I can get a spare lense and shine a few lights through and see if I can get usable light without switching to a clear lense. If so, that might work great.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 16:47
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The small LED lights that dirtbound has are supposed to be pretty awesome. May fit behind the lens with some work?
Yeah, those are about the same price (per inch) as the ones I found here: www.magnalight.com
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Old January 30th, 2012, 17:19
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

Well, these are still pretty pricey, but way cheaper than the others I've seen...
http://goo.gl/1GTBu <--- LOOOOooooOONG eBay link
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Old January 30th, 2012, 17:51
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

If you're interested in doing a little more fabbing, you can buy light heads with reflectors from a place like dealextreme for very cheap. Depending on which ones you buy you could end up with "flood lights" that are brighter than your headlights
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Old January 30th, 2012, 17:53
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If you're interested in doing a little more fabbing, you can buy light heads with reflectors from a place like dealextreme for very cheap. Depending on which ones you buy you could end up with "flood lights" that are brighter than your headlights
THAT is a good idea! I'll check that out!
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Old January 30th, 2012, 19:47
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...hp10_specs.htm

check out theyre DOME lights for rock lights, thats what Im doing. Cheap and bright. and product.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 19:53
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

bright yes, but distance, no.

with an LED the light is directional away from the diode, not in all directions away from the filament like a normal bulb. it's more about lenses over the diodes than about reflectors behind them... unless you are facing the LEDs back towards a reflector like the new hella 4000 LED models they debuted at SEMA this year are set up

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Old January 30th, 2012, 22:25
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

Here ya go: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/cree-xp...-18v-max-32953

For size comparison:



Looks like a fun project... do it!!

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Old January 30th, 2012, 22:36
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bright yes, but distance, no.

with an LED the light is directional away from the diode, not in all directions away from the filament like a normal bulb. it's more about lenses over the diodes than about reflectors behind them... unless you are facing the LEDs back towards a reflector like the new hella 4000 LED models they debuted at SEMA this year are set up

Awesome, thanks. Very informative!
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Old January 30th, 2012, 23:39
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

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Here ya go: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/cree-xp...-18v-max-32953

For size comparison:

[Extra large picture removed]

Looks like a fun project... do it!!
A few of these mounted behind a smoked lens would be pretty slick up front. I may have to order a few, no idea when I'll be able to work on the project.

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Old January 31st, 2012, 07:55
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bright yes, but distance, no.

with an LED the light is directional away from the diode, not in all directions away from the filament like a normal bulb. it's more about lenses over the diodes than about reflectors behind them... unless you are facing the LEDs back towards a reflector like the new hella 4000 LED models they debuted at SEMA this year are set up

Just to be clear (pun intended), the lights that have the LEDs facing forward (unlike the Hella 4000), look like they just have a clear lense... is there something fancy about that clear lense, or were you just pointing out that the obscure lense I'm starting with will likely be a hinderance?

I shined a rather bright (205 Lumens OTF) flashlight through the marker/blinker light and the output was pretty pathetic. Like, not even useful... so, something has got to change if this is going to work.

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Old January 31st, 2012, 08:05
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Re: DIY flood lights under headlights?

This would fit back there too. Being made for a flashlight, it's probably more spot light than flood light, but maybe the obscure lense would scatter it in a desireable way? Could I get that lucky?
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/5-cree-...8-4v-max-35241
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