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Cool Custom Interior LED Tubes

Once again i was looking online for more interior light ideas for the bottom inside edge of the car (like around the console and door frame), so i saw a few items but its always hard to put already made led shit in spots its not "made to fit."

So i made a trip to the hardware store and found some clear rubberish tubing and the idea hit me to make "LED tubes"

And this stuff is cheaaap, for materials it cost me:

100 Leds (sold in 100 quantities) - $5 - free shipping
~12 feet of tubing @ $0.10 a foot - $1.20
Hot Glue/Solder/Wire/Misc - had already _______
$6.20 Total (lol)

Does it look good, or should i try something different?
(If anyone wants the "how to" i can write up one for you)





Arent the best pics i could take, my digital cam isnt so great at night...
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reminds me of the stairs in a movie theater lol, but i like it though its totally different and shows up great. only if there was a way to have small holes in the carpet to put that into so then the light would just show through and not see the tube itself make sense? but i like it though nice work!! :D
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that's a nifty idea, especially using the tubing from a hardware place like that. looks good.

only setback for myself is i would not wanna glue gun it into place, so if there was another way of keeping the tubes in place, or a place in the car where the tubes fit snugly, i'd try it. maybe some double-stick tape. and what did you use to insert the LEDs into the tube? i'd be interested to see how you did this :-)

where in the world tho dd you get 100 LEDs for $5??

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that's a nifty idea, especially using the tubing from a hardware place like that. looks good.

only setback for myself is i would not wanna glue gun it into place, so if there was another way of keeping the tubes in place, or a place in the car where the tubes fit snugly, i'd try it. maybe some double-stick tape. and what did you use to insert the LEDs into the tube? i'd be interested to see how you did this :-)

where in the world tho dd you get 100 LEDs for $5??
oh my bad, i didnt use hot glue to keep em in place, i drilled REALLY little holes, something like a 1/64 in drill bit, then used small black chicken wire and fed through the hole and tied in place, looks real clean.

but i found the leds on eBay, this link is just an example: 100,UltraBright R,G,B,W,LEDs,5mm 6000mcd+Free Resistors - eBay (item 260493940117 end time Nov-18-09 22:02:19 PST)

i design, wire and solder myself tho. saves money that way
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that looks so good!
the only thing i would change is to probably put more lights in and have them a little closer together.
and plus its a great idea especially for those on a tight budget
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oh my bad, i didnt use hot glue to keep em in place, i drilled REALLY little holes, something like a 1/64 in drill bit, then used small black chicken wire and fed through the hole and tied in place, looks real clean.

but i found the leds on eBay, this link is just an example: 100,UltraBright R,G,B,W,LEDs,5mm 6000mcd+Free Resistors - eBay (item 260493940117 end time Nov-18-09 22:02:19 PST)

i design, wire and solder myself tho. saves money that way
hey thanks for the link, i'll check them out.

i'm all for DIY as my budget is pretty tight, heh - sounds like a good way to fasten the tubes in place w/ the chicken wire, i'll keep that in mind. what did you use to feed the lights thru the tube?
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that looks so good!
the only thing i would change is to probably put more lights in and have them a little closer together.
and plus its a great idea especially for those on a tight budget
these led tubes were just an experiment. im just tryin to try somethin different with leds, somethin no one else has done yet.

my next project is puttin LED's in my airvents (im painting my dash so its out of the car), and i made a device that hooks to the rear of the HVAC so when the dial is turned to hot the red leds light up, and cold the red leds turn off and the blue ones turn on. im installin it later next week =)
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congrats bro it looks sick. original too. i thought about doing something like that with the El Wire that streetglow makes but its' ridiculously expensive. that looks awesome though good job



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these led tubes were just an experiment. im just tryin to try somethin different with leds, somethin no one else has done yet.

my next project is puttin LED's in my airvents (im painting my dash so its out of the car), and i made a device that hooks to the rear of the HVAC so when the dial is turned to hot the red leds light up, and cold the red leds turn off and the blue ones turn on. im installin it later next week =)
oh well i still think its a good idea.
but WOAH doing the vent lights would be so sweet. make sure you post up pics when you install them!
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Oznium has flexible led strips that stick on. Wouldve been easier

looks like u did excellent work with little cash. Congrats on a good job. I'm just not that much into having too many lights inside the car. I have under the dash panels and in the back footwells. For me it's enough. Is there any way u can hide the LEDs better

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