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LED Puddle Lights - 'How to' for under three pounds!

Thats how to put it on your car for under three pounds - not 'give me three pounds' and ill tell you how. Unless you want to - any funding toward the extortionate cheese cake prices from the Stonely Meet will be welcome.

This is how it looks when done:



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I dont for one second think this will cater for everyones taste, but I quite like it so thought I should share!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...STRK:MEBDIX:IT
£0.99p plus £1.49 postage, didnt take a silly ammount of time to post either. 90cm strip covers the complete length of the door.

NO NEED TO DRILL ANY HOLES - the door has holes in the bottom to drain out rain water, so just feed the wire through.

THESE STRIPS ARE SELF ADHESIVE - so just get a good cleaning product, give the underside of the door a good wipe down as prep.

Remove door card (plenty of instructions on here)
Remove large/main speaker in door
Clean and Stick on the strip
Run the cable through the hole closest to the car, unless you are getting a shorter strip, make sure it wont get caught by the window mechanism

See my finger?
Anyhow, once you have that covered, get some wire through the plastic tube into the main cabin of the car, on the passenger side it helps to take the glove box out, drivers side is easier somehow. Maybe because im left handed. Either way just wiggle till you get something.
Connect up the cable to the end of your strip, make sure its water tight as the insides of your doors are coated in wax, and have storm drains in the bottom for a reason.
Run the wires in a safe place to the back of the footwell lights, make sure you test the polarity as all LEDs only go one way around before you hard wire it in.
Put your door back together ONCE YOU HAVE TESTED IT.
Bit of a tip - when you put your door cards back on, do it with the window down, much easier.

I think thats it - ill be dragging the girlfriend on the H4H London run next weekend, so keep an eye out if you want to take a closer look!
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Nice job. No one will miss you getting out of your car for sure.
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Jeeez.......how bright are they?? I like em
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make mine look very discreet and before anyone says anything the tape has now been removed


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Very nice indeed.
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Jeeez.......how bright are they?? I like em
Well, I did shoot that on a tripod with a long exposure, so may be a little brighter than real life, but I was impressed at the lighting myself...

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make mine look very discreet and before anyone says anything the tape has now been removed
Dont they dazzle you a bit at night? Its a shame all the yellow LEDs look so orange, that would have looked really good. How did you get the wire in to the cab? Under the metal strip and under the rubber?
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make mine look very discreet and before anyone says anything the tape has now been removed


Awwww god, pack it in you two, thats summat else Ive got to do now

Very very nice Tracy, very posh!!
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Dont they dazzle you a bit at night? Its a shame all the yellow LEDs look so orange, that would have looked really good. How did you get the wire in to the cab? Under the metal strip and under the rubber?


they are wired into the footwell lights so only come on when the door opens

I'm afraid I had to walk away when daz took a hacksaw to her!! but yes under the rubber seal and under the carpet to the footwell lights, took about 15 mins for both sides


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Awwww god, pack it in you two, thats summat else Ive got to do now

Very very nice Tracy, very posh!!

come on Stu you know you want to the calling from the darkside is very strong

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Damn you both, more jobs to do now.

very nice work you two
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Look really great Max. Wish I had had a closer look yesterday!
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Just WOW!! really cool. This is the first mode that makes me say, yeah I need this NOW!!

I want to order white ones I'm searching on fleabay at the mot but I can't find them for that price you got....damn Any help ??

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Love that! I have the bits for something similar myself. I was planning on installing individual wide-angle leds through holes drilled in the door card - 3 to 5 blue ones and 1 red on the furthest away end.
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very nice... but I think you need to get someone to look at your number plate... it does not look quite right...

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very nice... but I think you need to get someone to look at your number plate... it does not look quite right...

Thats what happens when you remove the heatshield
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make mine look very discreet and before anyone says anything the tape has now been removed


Looking good too

That's more how ours will look, only running along the bottom of the doorcard 'handle' aiming at the ground and with a red one at the end.
Really need to pull my finger out....
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PUDDLE LIGHTS...lol more like FLOOD LIGHTS....woow they are bright

but I love them, I'm already hunting ebay for red ones
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Thanks for the excellent how-to, inspired me now!

However, as said above, "red at the furthest end", isn't this a legal requirement not to show white light from the rear? All the OEM door lights seem to have a red lens on the visible part and the white lens faces downwards like a number plat light not showing the light source.

Dunno I just want red to match the car...lol I do have clashing colours to think of before legal stuff...lol
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Sorry, I deleted my post because after switching my brain on and looking back at the OP's pictures, I wondered if they were blue and not white, but still not sure of the legality of visible lights other than red and amber visible from behind, so just wanted to check before thinking of ideas.
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Thats how to put it on your car for under three pounds - not 'give me three pounds' and ill tell you how. Unless you want to - any funding........................................... .............................................


.......................................... tight as the insides of your doors are coated in wax, and have storm drains in the bottom for a reason.
Run the wires in a safe place to the back of the footwell lights, make sure you test the polarity as all LEDs only go one way around before you hard wire it in.
Put your door back together ONCE YOU HAVE TESTED IT.
Bit of a tip - when you put your door cards back on, do it with the window down, much easier.

I think thats it - ill be dragging the girlfriend on the H4H London run next weekend, so keep an eye out if you want to take a closer look!

Not sure if you would want loads of us having a closer look at your lady!!

Oh’ silly me, you mean have a closer look at the lights
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