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Old 06-20-2006, 10:09 PM   #1
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So I stuck my head under my dash this evening... I don't even really know why, I think I was bored :P and noticed the recessed, yet exposed incandescent light which provides light for the pedals/foot area.

Has anyone replaced these with LEDs before? What voltage is provided to that socket (the bulb was too hot to take out and measure :P)? and how much current can I safely draw?

I've got about 300 blue, orange, and white super bright LEDs kickn' around I should put to good use!

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It'* a 194 bulb. It'* 12 volts to the socket and they work great for the LED'*. Current should be ~2 amps
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It'* a 194 bulb. It'* 12 volts to the socket and they work great for the LED'*. Current should be ~2 amps
Sweet, that'* tons to work with.

Is there somewhere easy to tap into the circuit, rather than rip apart that socket?
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Not sure on that. What do you want to do with it?
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About 4 LEDs per side that are in that circuit, so they're on when the doors open.
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This is just a thought, you could do a 1" x 1" square of led'* around where the old bulb went. Pop a hole and get the led holder from radioshack? Just a thought. I have a pair of color changing led'* the plug right into the old socket
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My concern was with evenly spreading the light around the whole floor. So I was considering spreading them out a lot, essentially 4 evenly spaced along the furthest point back.

Are you saying they have an LED holder that plugs into the 194 socket?
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The make a color changing led that plugs into that socket. I like your idea though.
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So if anyone knows an easy way to tap into the circuit it would be greatly appreciated since I think that'* the last hurdle to overcome, then I have a project for tomorrow!

EDIT Note: tapping into the circuit can most defanitely disable the 194, since I won't want it operational anymore anyways.
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If you want even light with LEDs youll have to use a lot more than 4. Im using 30 lleds in a single row on each side. You can get Superflux leds in orange. They are quite bright and have a very large viewing angle which is important for even light output.
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