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Anyone seen this before?

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"Mikey" in TX did something like that to his truck many years ago and it looked pretty nice. Here is another Fanatic thread where someone did the same thing. How does the DRL circuit function?

With no specifications listed on that ad you linked to I would have to get a lot more info before I spent the money on them.

Pretty sure those are just a normal LED light strip that was wrapped around a headlight, probably pretty dim when you actually see it in person. The need to have the dark picture is a key. I have some very bright flat mounted 3014 type LED strips that I bought for a special project but to do something like that and make it work well it would be best to get some that are side mounted so that the LED light points outward and you can wrap around the headlight nice and tight.

Something like this would work, pretty high output, waterproof, but would need to find a way to attach them properly.
https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/...e%29,135,4568:

A much lower output side emitting unit with an optional turn signal dual lamp strip is here. Note that I have not had good luck with this vendor as far as quality and output brightness goes but others seem to be okay with them. Make sure you take a look at the pictures, the last one with the white Ford car in the driveway parked in the shade has the lights turned on, I had to zoom in 400% just to see if they were lit........
https://www.oznium.com/2nd-gen-side-emitting-led-strip


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Something like this might be a better choice as well, but not sure how they would fit in there? Might have to put them inside the headlights....





I don't think those first ones would be very bright and not noticeable from a distance.


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I tried side firing led strips for DRLs on my Corvette. After three different sets I removed them and gave up. They looked great for several months then one or two emitters would go out. Last ones I bought off a site that sells "quality" led lights and they did the same thing after a few months.
All of them are made in China and I do not believe they are made for exterior automotive applications where vibration extreme temps and moisture are present. The last ones I did were ipx67 supposedly, very bright but three emitters went out within four months. I installed some red ones in the interior and they have lasted three years.
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Something like this might be a better choice as well, but not sure how they would fit in there? Might have to put them inside the headlights....

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...A21452SC1L4ZT8


I don't think those first ones would be very bright and not noticeable from a distance.


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The above look just like these I bought for a 1999 Mercedes ML320 project, they were junk. There was not way to mount them, they did not stay together, pure crap and they ended up in the trash.


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I tried side firing led strips for DRLs on my Corvette. After three different sets I removed them and gave up. They looked great for several months then one or two emitters would go out. Last ones I bought off a site that sells "quality" led lights and they did the same thing after a few months.
All of them are made in China and I do not believe they are made for exterior automotive applications where vibration extreme temps and moisture are present. The last ones I did were ipx67 supposedly, very bright but three emitters went out within four months. I installed some red ones in the interior and they have lasted three years.
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There are moisture ratings for LEDs that you need to be aware of when using them outside, IP65 and IP67, 67 is a little more robust but 65 will probably work in many areas. If you do buy the wrong ones for the wrong application they will work for awhile but start failing. When I install in a harsh environment I seal them yet again in another tube in an attempt to make them last longer. Takes more work and time but well worth it.

Many people do not think about it, but brightness, viewing angle, mounting method, moisture rating, etc all have large impacts when selecting the right LED for your application.


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The above look just like these I bought for a 1999 Mercedes ML320 project, they were junk. There was not way to mount them, they did not stay together, pure crap and they ended up in the trash. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Yes those look the same. I've not used them but they do say to put them inside the headlight. I don't think they are actually waterproof as claimed either. I believe they mount with double side tape.

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