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zyxelenator
04-09-2014, 10:10 PM
This thread is logical continuation to both my DRL threads on this and red forum.
http://www.fiat500owners.com/forum/26-fiat-500-diy-section/9269-adding-extra-drl-leds.html
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?13949-DRL-LED-saga
Well, after almost getting run over by 18 wheeler on the way to Dragon meet up, I decided that I need to finish my mini project.
As some may know I screwed up my factory DRL wiring after running LED bulbs there with generic resistors, that would heat up like crazy and melt anything in their way. (got melted wires, and holes in my turn light caps, having condensation in one of them, taping off holes didn't work out).
Anyway, I bought separate DRL wiring kit from ebay, and used big round LEDs I got some time ago.
Install was pretty straight forward, hardest part was to run wires from leds to Hood lock hole. I used long spring type claw that you use to get bolts and nuts that you dropped into engine bay.
DRL kit comes with optional white wire, that you connect to positive wire on headlamp, if you want DRL lights to turn off while Headlights are on.
I did not want it, so cut it off right near base. Negative things along the way: LED light wires are really skinny and thin, so you can't strip them down with regular wire stripper. In that case I just burn off insulation with my lighter.
Shortened wires, got everything connected, insulated, tucked DRL relay behind battery on the right side (there is a gap where it fits nicely). I moved Leds move close to center(In my first thread I got them on far corners), gaps seem to be more narrow there and they sit more firmly.
After you start engine they lit up, when you shut engine down they turn off after about a second.
This route will work if you want to hook up additional DRL lights in any location.
You can also use it in factory lights, but then you will need to drill holes in stock caps(and glue them after you run wires) in order to run LEDs without errors, or you can buy resistors, mount them somewhere outside light housing or it will melt everything there and still will have to drill holes in caps to run wires to resistors.
Anyway results are here:
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/13749609455_c4bcbbbd1b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/mX1kRZ)
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7106/13750004254_83ea1090cc.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/mX3ndS)
They actually do give some amount of light, like good flashlight :)
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/13749620335_cbd3900b0f.jpg
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7393/13749622965_79f2bbd2b7.jpg
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3745/13750012394_8f3fda22c5.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/mX3pDd)

I used those LEDS:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-Bright-Xenon-White-1-5W-LED-Eagle-Eye-Lamps-Parking-Fog-Backup-Light-/150901104116?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222001%26algo%3DSIC.CURRENT%26ao%3 D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D7543589255313263164%26pid%3 D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D161010159751% 26

And this DRL kit:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/360675897014?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

Does anyone know, if I can buy new caps for turn lights?

NGEN
04-19-2014, 11:41 PM
Very creative!