Car Interior LED Lighting MulticolorPosted on: May 3, 2018, by : xnlamp
I havent dabbled in electrical stuff for a while, but it seems like you could make the light pulse by somehow wiring it into your speakers. Someone with more knowledge on the subject than I should reply to you.
As we see we first glue the front under dashboard LED strips.Then connecting the connector to it. The diagrams are more explanatory and easy to understand than my words. Have tagged as many tags to express the circuitary.Now once these are done lets hide our wires. What i did is just tugged the wires inside the panels and poked it our just near the seats where the next set of LED STRIPS will be installed we can see that in image 4.Now with the under seat LEDs here rather than using glue or sticky tapes i just placed it in between those springs and a string to tie at other end.Point to note is i have left enough extra wire to smooth the movements when seats are pulled back and forth.When everything is done load it up and LETS RIG THE CHARGER !
Its a way to enable 2 power sources, now im yet to test this, about to put it into my car but iv been assured by an auto electrician friend this will work.
then you put a DpDT switch ( 2 outputs 1 input, or 1 input 2 outputs )
2 from front of cig lighter using a make shift male port with 2wires which will power the controller
LEDs are not working they dont glow?Check connections if none are working please check the source and most important put the keys in car to make the lighter socket working.LEDs are glowing but few strips glow in different color?Its because of wrong connections while wiring make sure that red goes to red and so forth.In few strips some color dont glow?To check working fro perfection make the LED glow to white if all strips gives white color all wiring is perfect. If not than check for RED GREEN BLUE separately and the color for which one dont glow is the faulty connection or soldering might be the issue.I dont know but while wiring something got short and my radio or lighter or mirrors are not working?If things are not connected properly or something shorts or draws more amps their is fail safe mechanism to safeguard the cars wiring by blowing the fuse. One needs to find the blown fuse and replace it. If things are done as said in ible it will not blow the fuse but just a piece of information if something goes wrong.While starting car the voltages are way beyond 12v will it not burn my LED or wiring?I have been using from last 1month and have tested it with multimeter spikes goes till 15v and LED strips have resistors to safeguard LEDs so it will work fine if still one wants to safeguard those use resistors or voltage regulators. Also the controller have brightness adjustments so lower it down to few clicks by doing this controller sends less voltage to LEDs (lower the volts less the brightness). So even if we are getting spikes till 15v we dim and thus strips get just 10v.It will be good if we hook it up with TIP31 and sync with Music?I personally tried and succeeded but trust me its very very dangerous while driving and those blinks are very disturbing. Still someone thinks i need to ible it I WILL.NOTE: Vote if you like, good ibles take lot of man hours and patience and lots and lots of documentation.
I too was thinking of new socket for strips but I use charger very often and run simultaneously so; p
I did this in my Suzuki Alto… I experimented with SMD3528 strip leds…. pasted
it would be really great if you would love to display anything you like I appreciate if you show us some detailed images of connections and rigged source
Or lastly the process i have shown above which is much reliable simple and easy. Why mess with internal when u can buy the charger for a measly 50cents or rs.20
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Thanks a lot for this! I gave my brother his graduation project in the form LEDs in his car. He loved it! Took me two days to complete it, but only because it was first time doing this sort of thing. Heres some pics. Again, thanks a lot for this. Because of this, I didnt have to give my brother some boring gift like a watch or something…
There are various ways so source it from unused fuse from fuse box using jumpers from door panels, so lights will glow when doors are opened and will turn off when they are closed similar to dome lights from headlights [either from main fuse box or cutting wires for headlights]But i will use charger !WHY ?Reason for rigging the charger is i dont use lighter for any purpose other than charging so why not rig that is heavily used and thus can facilitates simultaneous use.Most cell phone chargers gives 4v of output (which is way lower to lit the strips) with stabilized voltage, thus it brings 12v from port to 4v.When charger is opened we can see a fuse(blows when excess current flows) and a chip (does the stabilization and decrease of voltage). So, we need 12v so connect it at the start just before the chip and we are good with 12v. ;[This is how we will source our LED STRIPS.Once entire connections are DONE lets check out sick work.
them below the dashboard.. covered them with cellophane tape so that they dont fall if they loose their adhesive…….. hooked them to the cigarette lighter point with a push toggle button to turn them on when required…… also checked the Voltage
2ways to use cig lighter for led controller. 1 behind dashboard – this will need to pop out cig lighter female socket from the dashboard and use the wires to power controller.
I feel this video explained everything very nicely, also giving 4 options to power !
if you want them to run off your door lights, ( turn on and off as you get in, unlock etc )
I am so sorry but i cannot comment on Ampere am not very thorough with it since my knowledge regarding electronics is very limited. So its all trial and error my friend 🙂
and purely switch between a constant 12v power and a trigger ( door light ) 12v power source.
Can you tell how to connect led with cig lighter
Aha thats nice he must be flabbergasted 🙂
could you please send me a picture of your connection, please?
– LED strips (i will prefer to use RGB strips which gives me more color choice and not get stuck with one color)- RGB LED Strip Controller (+ Remote this is free accessory with controller) i required less than a meter- 4 strand wire (since RGB strips have connections for RED GREEN BLUE +ve)- Connectors (twist and turn to break)- Soldering Gun- Silicon Gun stick (i dont use gun but just heat it on lighter and damp on required surface)And more of Patience and Brains ;pCause once you hit this you will really beg to sun go down and ride your pimped vehicle ;p
Please tell me the detailed procedure from begining to end so that a non professional can do it without any risk
Its unlikely i will check back here for replies, but if you have any questions im sure if you take what i just said to someone with knowledge on lighting in a car, they will be able to pick up where i left off.
It would be great if you could make am instructible for syncing with music. I would love to be able to use it while parked.
Looks good. If I want to hook up power direct to car wiring can I just cut power supply cord and hard wire into car?
Hey guys! Love this , exactly what i was needing, i did a led set up with standard LEDS a few years ago, and was a little neck deep with 4pin, but its simple as you have shown!
but also be able to turn on whilst driving without turning on every light in your car, and any exterior mirror lights.
Please be positive and constructive.
Something i would like to add, for those out there who want to go further again.
Thank you. I Have tested the power outlet from the cigar lighter socket which reads 12.8. I have noted on the USB 2.0 socket plug that I fix into the cigar lighter outlet has a label that reads 1.5amp!! I take it that this is the max the LEDs can pull from this USB socket. Would I be correct in thinking that 1.5amp is insufficient to power my 50/50 RBG 9 led per strip x 4 strips ? If so would you think if I purchase a duel USB charger to cigar socket with 4.8 amps, 2.4amps to each outlet which can be used simutainiously that this might do the trick? Thanks in anticipation of your reply.
I want to set this up where it would change the color to red I think that would be a simple code with an acceleramator and a raspberry pi zero hidden under the dash, but I would love some feedback
its costly on ebay but was dirt cheap at local hardware store.
I have wired mine up almost as shown. My cigar lighter plug in with red light inbuilt switch, works fine but is bulky. So Ive removed this power source for a small USB out cigar lighter plug in, connected to a USB 2.0 / 5.5mm/2.1mm barrel jack DC 5V charger adapter cable into the controller and it doesnt work!! Ive swapped back to the cigar lighter plug in with the red on/off switch built into it and then plugged its lead into the controller and this works leds fine. The small USB plug in I want to use has a power light which comes on when pushed into the cigar socket but for some reason when attached to the 5.5/2.1 lead which is connected into the controller nothing works even though the light on the USB power socket in the cigar outlet is lit. Any idea what Im doing wrong?
Till now they are working fine … did the same modding for License plate connected with parking lights switch.
Are the connectors wire splicers? Or please provide a link where I can get them because I am not sure what they are.
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Now once everything is planned we need measurements to be taken to fit the things to places without stretching.First measurement regarding LED strips go below the dash and measure the length for front two strips.Second take measurements for LED strips at back.Once these are done we take measurements for wiring keeping in mind that few extra length wire are left so as to avoid the fit fitting.We measure for wires for1 controller to left front connector2 from left front connector to right front connector3 from left front connector to left rear connector4 right front connector to right rear connectorNOTE : For rear connections keep in mind to give extra inches of wire since one does not want to rip their LED under seats when seats are moved back and forth.
Finally a super project you will like when daylight goes by 6 and dark side captures. If you like or this helped you get into your shoes or inspired to do something similar or more creative than please dont feel shy to VOTE ! I will be contesting for LED contest which closes on 7th Jan 2013 so please vote each VOTE counts !!!!!Everyone must have felt this trying searching in dark under seats and those map lights which are soo dim that one needs have to a torch to search so WHY NOT USE INTERIOR LEDS and make your car STAND OUT.NOTE : Since i dont want to cut down my main wires and RISK the wiring, all i did was just hook on top no cutting of MAINS.Now enough of my blah blah ……………. LETS get STARTED
i bought this from local shop you could use any just to modularize. You could directly join,solder or use electric tape. Connector :
Step 8: Questions and Troubleshooting !
Step 7: Final Result & [I LOVE IT] ;p
Yes obviously you can draw the power lines from battery itself just get a switch in between to toggle the LEDs. Or use power from fuse so even if there are shorts in your LEDs just in case a mishap, fuse will blow and safeguard rest of the electronics (fuse are dirt cheap)
The first step towards doing THE PLAN.As seen from diagram we have 4 LED STRIPS two in front (under dashboard) and other two for back seat passengers those will be at bottom of front seats(one below passenger and other drivers seat).Once the plan is clear we plan for wiring keeping in mind the connectors.Why connectors?Connectors play an important part for connection also for maintenance.Suppose if few LEDs goes down one doesnt want to rip the entire wiring so remove just the faulty LEDs, repair those and fix it back.In next image we see 4 connectors two each at front and back i.e. for each stripall (4-strand) wire running between themThe LED Controller is connected in between with 12v source.Now since i dont want to cut the wiring and connect with extra fuse(in fuse box) i will source it with cigarette lighter or charging point which will be very easy also when the car key goes out so does the lighting.
I think you need a multi-meter and test the output voltage. From what you have said i think the voltage is less than what the LED strip requires in second scenario (LED strip needs 12v DC). Thats the only thing i think the reason why your LEDs are not working.
were you ever able to find out how the RGB controller to the cig-lighter?
gwalsh2, you could use a Arduino Uno or a Nano to control your LEDs just to save some time on programming instead of a RPI Zero.
You splice into, your door lights ( usually in your door, im getting an auto electrician to run it for me from my dash as he has wiring schematics ) then also attach to a constant 12v source, be it a charger point, or straight from the battery ( need a fuse )
Now lets wait to roll down the sun and roll our pimped out ride.
Once measurements are done time to cut the LED strips.We need 4 strips for our project. Every LED strip have cutting lines after every 3 LEDs. Keep in mind to cut short than to cut larger than required, if larger than it might dangle and one would not love that site.Once the soldering is done we better check the soldering by lighting one color at a time. So, in next few images we see that check for main 3 primary colors RED GREEN BLUE, when those are lit perfectly lets safeguard those joints. One way i did was to apply silicone glue which avoids in between contacts also provides rigidity.This is how we create a strip ready to be hooked to car.Similar, to these we create 3 more totalling to 4 strips.LETS NOW MOVE IN CAR AND START CONNECTING !