Led DRL DIY

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  1. spiderman

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    Just finished installing some DRLs using LED Strip kit. Big thanks to Rodney () for the idea and helpful tips! The job took about a total of 3 three hours and about $24..

    I bough the kit from iJDMToy.com. I also bought LED replacements for the parking light bulb.

    1. Per the Toyota instructions (thanks Paja), I removed the front bumper skin.
    2. Thoroughly cleaned the underside of the headlight using rubbing alcohol.
    3. The strips have 3M adhesive on them already so I removed the backing and applied the strip to the underside of the headlight. The strip is just shy (1/8") of the leading edge of the headlight.
    4. Wired up the lights. Like Rodney, I tapped into the parking lights. I was originally going to wire it so the lights were on whenever in Ready mode but went the other route. *Note be real careful not to pull hard on the wires coming from the strip, there are easy put pull out.
    5. Reassembled. Bonus, no extra parts!:rockon:

    See photos attached. Added a daylight photo:
     

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  2. HAWAIIANBUILT

    HAWAIIANBUILT Senior Member

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    HEY SPIDERMAN !!!

    :):):):)

    Those came out AWESOME !!!

    Great job on the installation, looks real clean and flush when turned off too ...

    Thanks for doing the DYI and the Heads Up info , I've learned my lesson !!!

    Keep us posted on your Progress !!!

    :):):):)

    Rodney


     
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    looks great but how bout some pics in daylight since they are DRL, right?
     
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    ooo nice work!
     
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    It was about 1:00 pm when I took the picture so yeah it was daylight. ;)
     
  6. Tideland Prius

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    lol... guess we'll have to wait til spring for brighter photos!

    Looks great though! Are they really that blue/purple? or is it the camera?
     
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    TP, yeah they do have much more a blue hue than I wanted. I ordered "Xenon White" color.

    Say is it possible to upper case the letters in the title of the thread? When I tried, it forced them lowercase.

    Thanks.

    p.s. there seems to be a blueish tint to the headlight lens. That is causing some of it.
     
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    it looks great! Excellent work!
     
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    Clearly you must have done something incorrect. Everyone knows a proper install always results in extra parts :D

    Seriously, it looks nice. I think if they were truly the xenon white, it may blend in too well with the white car.
     
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    Nice job ! Thanks for the write-up and photos.
     
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    OK, lets rephrase that.
    How about a pic OUTSIDE the garage in daylight![​IMG]
     
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    Must be a vbulletin thing. I can't do it either. I have to manually change DRL and DIY without touching LED. That way, I can get those two words to be in CAPS but I can't do anything about LED.
     
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    OK added a "daylight" photo. Of course for us up here that does not mean much as we (our neighborhood) doesn't see direct daylight for almost two months (behind a mountain).
     
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    How come each diode seems to be grouped in 3s?
     
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    The LEDs are grouped in threes. There is a place you can cut in-between each set to shorten if needed. The space is not nearly as noticeable when looking at them.
     
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    looks damn good....but I'm holding off for much brighter....like these

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    Those look good too but I was wanting something more subtle. Plus it will be hard to find a place for those large LEDs on the Prius. The lower grill is about it and that I think is too low.
     
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    that's true.

    anyway, thanks for the write-up and pics!

    was there still a slight gap between the headlight and bumper after the install or is it pretty tight now ?
     
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    ^ the gap is gone now... very snug fit.
     
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    It looks very good, today I visited local shop and I saw some similar LED strips. Unfortunately EU DRL have to have a certification to be allowed for the mod.