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Old 02-08-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Indiana
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LED light mods

Wanted to share 2 LED lighting ideas:
(1) A simple dimmer. Our LEDs do not flicker when dimmed using a series resistor but some might. Found a couple of small potentiometers that would fit in the flat place between the lights, ours were 1000 Ohms which is kinda high so they have small fixed resistors across them. The small dimples in the plastic are from the pins that prevent the pot from coming loose and rotating; one could easily bend them flat and avoid the dimples. We did not aim for full dimming, we just did not want the light to be overpowering. Suggest try differing resistance, maybe 200 to 300 Ohms or so. Another option is to remove the switch and find a switch the same size with 3 positions (suggest Digikey or Newark) and used a fixed resistor so the light would have off low high settings.

(2) We painted the inside of the cover to direct the light where we want it, which is motly down, rather than splattering it everywhere. Simple mailing labels or masking tape will keep the paint off the area where you want the light to shine through, and spray away! We used white paint because it is not very noticeable and the light can bounce around inside as long as it wants before finding a path through clear plastic and going the desired direction.
FYI, we have about a bunch of white LED lights from ebay dealer Recreationallights in Elkhart that were were 10 for $45, and the red ones (cab overhead light, one pair of interior lights, and large basement storage area) are from
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:18 AM   #2
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Those mods look very professional. Thanks for sharing.
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