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Hey all,

It seems like every post I make lately is on LED's... Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has ever put a light in their engine bay. I'm not really looking at cosmetic as much as functional. I'd like to do one, primarily so I can work on my care wherever/whenever and still have my hands free.

I'll probably try to get one in there soon. Input would be awesome.
 

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Acoutu, is it effective in the dark for seeing the engine bay?
 

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Very much, a little blinding at the right angle.
If I was to do it again I'd mount it on the underside of the hood firing down
 

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If I was to do it again I'd mount it on the underside of the hood firing down
Yea that's what i was thinking. it'll illuminate the whole engine!
 

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I didn't want to run off topic in Acoutu's showff, so I'll post about this here instead. I was looking at adding a hood pin, but I thought there might be times I don't want the light on when the hood is open, maybe I'll add a toggle instead.

Bronx, what do you think about LED location? I'd want to make it fire down too, but I'm not sure adhesive would do so well in the long run in that heat. Any brilliant ideas for how to attach it? Magnets maybe?
 

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Magnets would probably be your best option with high temp epoxy to the back of the light strip.
 

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Yea putting it on the underside of the hood is definitely a better idea as acoutu stated, magnet mounted leds sound fun, i'm sure they are sold somewhere, but how big of a bump will it take until it falls off alone, going to need a pretty strong magnet maybe.
 

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You can get 60 lb load magnets at a hardware store (probably special ordered) and then just epoxy them to the led. Probably would be more effective to start that way.
 

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Yeah, I think those magnets would be pretty dang strong. Plus, I like the idea of being able to reposition it if necessary. I'll have to think about wiring location though.
 

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Just run the wire down the latch on the drivers side and you can wire right into the box. either glue them down or I would just zip tie it onto the support. You can't see it with the hood closed anyways.
 

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Bronx, in response to your question on the other page, the wiring I used is (-) on the hood pin, and thought I thought I taped a wire for the (+), turns out I just added a ring terminal to the LED (+) wire and fastened it under the booster terminal (it just unscrews with a 10mm socket)

I'm really liking the magnet idea. To add to it, you could get a solid backed LED strip and then you would have a built in work light you could detach and stick in hard-to-reach areas as well. Coby7 posted a link to one on ebay in another thread here somewhere. I think it was aluminum backed for support....if so, no glue needed! Just strong magnets.
 

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Acoutu, what kind of fuse did you put in line with that? I really like the idea of using the booster terminal.
10amp inline taped off and tucked under the fuse box. even smaller might have been smarter. something like 5 or even 2amp since these things draw almost nothing, its just what i had on hand
 

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It was banggood.com not ebay and magnets don't stick to aluminum. You could glue a metal strip to the aluminum though.
These have 5050SMDs and are very bright. I have one to light my back house deck.
:duh: :duh: I need to go back to school apparently
 

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Acoutu, keep that underhood strip and add one in the front. Nobody limits you to one strip. lol

I might do this since I have like 50 feet of LED strip left over but I will use a fuse tap and a mercury tilt switch (already ordered)

New 5pcs Glass Electric Mercury Tilt Switch 0.3A/20V 101# | eBay

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I think I posted twice somehow, sorry!

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Acoutu don't mean to correct you all the time, it's my old teaching habits that keep hauting me. Just tell me to shut up if I go overboard with theories and facts.
 

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A mercury tilt switch will do? Active the lights when at a certain angle? That's a total guess so dont kill me lol
 
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