My LED taillight panels... which version should I use??

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  1. Tried2Live

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    I made a panel of LEDs to go behind my stock lenses on my car, but I'm not sure which wiring configuration I want to use. On the first set of pics, the brightness is varied by just the number of LEDs on at a time. On the second set, the brightness is what varies, not the amount of them turned on.

    well here are my choices...

    This is of the regular tail lights.
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    This is of just the brake lights.
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    This is the tail lights with the brake lights.
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    In a way I think the first set is cooler since they show off the fact that they're LEDs, but then the second is cool too. I can't decide.

    Edited to show original pics. Here are a couple of the finished product too.

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    The second pic is of the brake lights on. The exposure changed though, that's why they look orange.
     
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  2. jadedinpa

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    :hail2: go with the first one, if you like the way it looks on the car - keep it. otherwise go with the full grid on.
     
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    damn, thats cool as hell!!! you could market that and make a couple bucks, even from me!
     
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    Personally, i don't care for it much myself (wouldn't buy it). But that is pretty sweet what you did with LED's.

    I would go with the first one myself, it looks pretty cool. Definetly a trick custom mod.
     
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    make me some...i like the first one :D
     
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    Damn you beat me, how did you do that I wanted to do something like that with all the lights in the rear. Did you buy them or make them and how did you make them.
    Thanks,
    Jesse Barratt
     
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    On the second one - are you regulating current or voltage?
     
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    I actually made them from just parts. 90 super-bright LEDs in each side.

    Some people suggested I make them like the first set, only with vertical bars instead of horizontal. It's tempting, but at 30 cents an LED, I have a lot of money in them to just do experimenting.

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    I have a few resistors ahead of the system, so voltage and current have both dropped. My power supply voltage is the same.
     
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    you've inspired me. :nice: i will have custom taillights too :D
     
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    Sweet! I've seen a lot of this on the new cars and have been thinking about doing this, but include a third brake light. How much of a draw does a full set pull? I am also worried about the difference between just brake lights and brake lights + running lights in the first set - I think you should just have full brake lights no matter if the running lights are on or not (just my opinion...but if someone rear ends you, watch out...they have a case because you are not DOT approved)
     
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    I've gotta subscribe to this, if it looks good I might attempt it! Can you show use a wiring diagram?

    Are you running the LEDs in parallel, or in series? looks like in series to me :shrug:
     
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    I like the second version myself. I'd like to see a full setup with blinkers too.
     
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    definitly
     
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    That is pretty cool. I like the last one the best. You are fully utilizing the the LED's that way.
     
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    I like the last setup. Hell now i have a winter project.
     
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    Ok through the power of math I figure you have spent $54 on LED's alone. What have you put into this project in total? and what other parts are needed?
     
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    Thanks for all the compliments. I think I'll probably do the second one actually. The first one is kinda cool, but I'm not really sure if it fits very well being a Mustang. Maybe they would look slick behind some cheese graters though.

    As far as wiring... I never drew a schematic. I just did the calculations and wired it from some ideas I had in my head. It's a series-parallel thing, with quite a few resistors. If I decide for sure to use the second version, there will have to be another resistor or two and a couple of diodes.

    The whole thing has taken a LOT of time, and I only have the one side done. I think I spent about 6 or 8 hours getting things together, and wiring/soldering every connection. It's been pretty fun though. I should be able to pick up the rest of my LEDs Monday, so I can do the left side and a third brakelight.

    At full brightness, all 90 LEDs combined draw less than a half an amp of current, and I'm sure they're at least 1.5 times brighter than the regular bulb.
     
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    The LEDs were 32 bucks for just the one side, circuit boards were 4 bucks each, resistors are really cheap (I think I paid $2.50 for 100) solder I got from an old job. I'd say overall I'll have about 100-120 bucks in a 3 piece set.
     
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    wow that is an awesome idea
     
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