Light Bar Idea

Discussion in 'Lighting Discussion' started by Conlan Rose, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Even at this point the amount of work I've done on my truck would equate to boat loads of cash.... my labor for my truck is my time and my free time, except that oil pan and rear main job I did that took far to long.
  2. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Keep up the good work.. You know we are here if ya Need us..
  3. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Well this week I need to fix my multimeter because I blew the fuse and while replacing it I bent off part of the holder. Now I need a new holder and fuses. I will be using a better holder that makes it easier to replace the fuse.
  4. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

  5. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Clean your Bed room Young man!!!!!:grrrrrr: Look'in Bright.....:glasses:
  6. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    It is the cleaner of my two bedrooms(these pics are from my Vermont house).... Back in CT my bed room is a complete disaster like fema needs to come in and fix it.

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    Here's some stats on the LEDs and their power draw.

    White LED strip:
    ~6V:17.3mA
    ~9V: 92mA
    ~11V: 175mA
    ~13V: 230mA

    Red LED strip:
    ~6V: 28.6mA
    ~9V: 69mA
    ~12V: 110mA
    ~14V: 135mA

    Each strip varies the voltage just slightly which is why their max test voltage is different. These are numbers I gathered not numbers from the manufacture.

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    Pics of the brightness from about 20ft away.

    White bar at full brightness. Man is it bright and there will be two of them plus stock back up lights and my navigator 4" light (may add a second I like seeing behind me while backing up)
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    Out put of the red bar at full power. Much more dim. Remember there will be three of these + brake lights
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  7. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Ordered some of the parts I need for the set up and going to radio shack tomorrow to get some parts.

    I decided I should be more specific.

    On amazon I ordered a 12v transformer and two trailer harnesses to use to hook up the controller to the inputs and outputs.

    At radio shack tomorrow I'm picking up a bread board, jumpers, a relay, the voltage regulator, and some small hardware.
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  8. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Almost all parts are in currently. I have the IC all made on the breadboard the rest of the LED strips are now in, and i bought the parts for making the IC and some also came in. Last thing I need is a 6V regulator which Radio Shack ordered for me and they have it coming in this week or next. The guys at The Shack are they best, very friendly, knowledgeable, and hardworking. Without that store this project would be a pain ordering parts online without seeing what they are.

    Pics and videos to follow.
  9. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

  10. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    First of the photos. These are from me prototyping the relay to make sure it worked the way I needed it to, which it does very well. I will put up Youtube videos soon they are uploading to the site as we speak.

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    Video of the light bar. Kinda proves why the 5V regulator doesn't work well.

  11. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Second round of pictures. Now up to two breadboards, have the printed circuit board, have the enclosure and have the connectors.

    I relized I need to explain my photos. Below are the lay out of the proper IC that I will be using. The Trailer harnesses will be used to interface with the lights and functions. The project box will enclose the IC as well as the back up light relay and other components of new rear end electrical mods.

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    Second video


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    Final round of pictures for now and one more video.
    The two white LED strips and 3 red ae now in yay!!! Tested and flattened them all so they are ready for use.

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    I hope all have enjoyed this thread so far. Tonight I will make and post a video of the IC running the strips. And once complete I will write a how to.

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    I feel I did a good job of pictures and videos to explain my work.
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  12. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Gotta say Good Work :great: Young man,,,,,,,,,:glasses: It's car show time Sat......
  13. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Last Video for now until I get the time to solder it all up or test functions from the truck.

  14. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    It is what it is.... Labor is not free, we can call it "sweat equity" if you want. Either you pay for it with your time, or you pay for someone elses time.

    Or multiple people split their time and distribute the cost of the "time".
  15. csltrains96

    csltrains96 New Member

    I might have missed it, but.... You did realize that the white LED strips will only be cycling between full on and full off, right? They will only come on when you are in reverse and won't need to be dimmed for any reason. This will cut down on the number of parts needed for the control of the white LEDs.

    My two cents.
  16. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    This from the man who wanted a bumper replacement job for a case of crappy beer? LOL!
  17. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Of course I realized that haha! The white ones will be attached the the back up light relay. I only tested the voltages to get a base line before I had the red ones and for future work if I make a LED dimmer with that type of strip.

    Also there are 0 parts on the IC that interface with the white strips.

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    Checked in at The Shack and the 6v regulator still isn't in. The guy there emailed the supplier again and will try to call the for a third time monday. I know I can get one online, but you can't beat the personal service from the guys there they are the best. After I get the regulator in I will test the functions while hooked up to the truck. Then I will solder if everything works and install.
  18. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    UPDATE:

    I realized I haven't at all updated this thread. I get a 6V regulator and the brightness is perfect! I have the whole circuit tested and on the bread board ready to be transferred, but being in college and with out my truck I stupidly didn't bring any of the parts of my light bar. Next time I'm home I'll bring them with me. I also decided to cut part of the bumper trim to make mounting the bar easier as well as mounting the bar parts to a flat piece of bar steel so mounting to the truck is simpler.

    I have every part of the light bar ready minus the steel bar. Also I will be adding to flashing LED blocks to the bar the will go with a hazard flashing system I bought for the truck. 2 will be mounted in the back and 4 in the front.

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