Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Even at the outset, you should know that installing LED & Neon below Car Lights will require a tool kit and accessories consisting of an electric drill with drill bits, screw drivers, a marker, a center punch, electrical wire-strippers for joining wires, soldering gun and solder, heat gun and silicon sealant.
Before undertaking any electrical work on your car, you must disconnect the car battery as a safety measure. This can be achieved by disconnecting the car’s negative battery cable. Identify the place where you wish to mount the LED/Neon hardware. While drilling holes in the car body make sure, you do not pierce or damage any critical areas such as brake lines, fuel lines and electrical lines that can lead to avoidable repairs.Decide on a place for installing the tube, which should far removed from all fuel lines, exhaust systems, areas prone to heat, moving parts, spots where a lift jack will be used to raise the vehicle etc. With the car raised up on a lift or jack, try the LED light tubes in the locations where you expect to mount them. Strictly follow the kit diagrams and instructions. It is suggested to mount the led tubes centrally for optimal appearance.
The LED tubes should be mounted on the car chassis using the small metal/plastic brackets that are in the kit. Install the brackets on the tube and use the assembly to mark the locations where you will be drilling the holes with an ink marker and center punches them to help your drill bit. Carefully drill the holes for the mounting brackets and apply a small amount of silicon sealer to the holes before screwing in the screws. This is to avoid formation of rust. Initially, tighten the screws just enough to hold the bracket in place and then individually tighten each screw go completing the installation.
Identify a suitable location for the distribution block to be mounted on a flat surface in the engine compartment. However, it should be mounted away from extreme heat and all moving parts. Then connect each tube to the outputs on top of the distribution block. There are many wire extensions available in the kits from, in case the existing wires do not reach.
Thereafter, decide on a location inside your car to mount the digital control panel. You should choose a location wherefrom you can easily access buttons and functions.
The ribbon wire on the digital control panel has to be pushed through a hole in the firewall and plugged into the Input on the side of distribution block.Finally, the power wire on the digital control panel should be connected directly to the Positive side of the car battery with an in-line fuse a little away from the battery. The Earth wire or Negative ground wire coming out from the control panel that will need to be securely fastened to the car chassis.
Please bear in mind that the authorities resent installing neon or LED car lights on your cars. To avoid any possible fines, it is best to have the neon or LED lights activated through a separate button instead of having them glow simultaneously when the headlights are turned on. For this, you can run a power wire directly from the car battery to the kits operating switch, completely bypassing the car’s headlight wires.
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