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Thread: The Ford Ranger PCB LED Exterior Lighting project

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    The Ford Ranger PCB LED Exterior Lighting project

    I started today building PCB boards for my headlights, as I've been gathering supplies in the last few weeks.

    I've spent over 450$ in lumileds in Red, and Amber. I've also bought multiple tail lights, headlights, and corners.

    I started by opening up my headlights with the oven trick. 215 degrees worked for me. I first took some measurements and drew up what I think would be a good PCB circuit for the frontward facing amber turnsignals and running lights. This was previously a challenge to do in LED for a ranger due to the fact there are no quality solutions for plug-n-play bulbs up front.

    Here is the design I have so far. I have it set with 56 superflux. My plan so far is to run the outer ring as my running lights with a voltage regulated 12V from a sharp-regulator. I will use the remaining interior LEDs for the turn signal circuit. I bought PWMs so I could make the LEDs dim, but I don't know if I want to do that. I ask for you opinions. This thread will progress as my project evolves.



    It fits so perfect. I smiled so wide when I first put this cardstock inside of the lamp and imagined how the PCB would glow at night.
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    lol it looks good. for the outer park light ring tho, i would not run them at full power but dim it down with some resistor. you will see that its too bright otherwise. run the middle signal leds at full power. it will also be easier to see over the park lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearbox
    lol it looks good. for the outer park light ring tho, i would not run them at full power but dim it down with some resistor. you will see that its too bright otherwise. run the middle signal leds at full power. it will also be easier to see over the park lights.
    I intend on using my 60 degree superflux "DL's" at about 60ma, this way I'm not too close to the current levels where things get hot.

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    what program did you use to make up the design?
    NO SQUID HERE


    my feedback;
    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=37426

    my first led project; Toyota Pickup fr turn signals
    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/view...842&highlight=

    Toyota pickup retro, 7x6
    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...tro-with-MH1-s

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBRrider
    what program did you use to make up the design?
    autocad2000

    i have the cd if you want it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jp7
    Quote Originally Posted by CBRrider
    what program did you use to make up the design?
    autocad2000

    i have the cd if you want it
    hell yes! i've been trying to find a good program!!
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    my feedback;
    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=37426

    my first led project; Toyota Pickup fr turn signals
    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/view...842&highlight=

    Toyota pickup retro, 7x6
    http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...tro-with-MH1-s

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    Tonight I feel I've finished the PCB design for the headlights. 56 LEDs, which consist of 4 concentric rings. I will need to put a few jumper wires here but that's not going to be a problem. 224 Holes will need to be drilled per PCB, 448 for both headlights! Outermost ring will be run at 60ma for running lights (No PWM) - Inner rings will be run at 60ma for turnsignals. Some of the clearances are pretty tight - I sure hope I don't have problems acid-etching this.


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    Cool. I can't wait to see the results!

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    looks nice . Hope you have a drill press and extra bits

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    Quote Originally Posted by boostedrst
    looks nice . Hope you have a drill press and extra bits
    Yes - 8" press, brand new - won't be a problem

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