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I found this very interesting and I am going to make these this weekend..

let me know what you think!!


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Part needed:
A length of FlickStick = Clear Acrylic/Plastic Rod used for opening and closing window blinds/curtains etc. (Found at Spotlight or any Curtain retailer).
Diameter approx. 8mm. Length varies from approx. 60cm to 125cm.
Cost: for a 100cm APPROX. $4.99.
Ooooooh, now I have to live on strict budget again.





A Dremel.

2 x WHITE or BLUE, 5mm, LEDs. From 2 - 8000mcd (for each ring)
1 x Resistors 220 - 420 ohms. Depending on how strong you want the light to be.

1 x Oven.

Usual tools and some.

1- Cutting the correct length.

We need to create a circular ring out of the rod.
In order to determine the circumference of the circle, measure the diameter of your either Hi or Lo beam reflector. That is if you want to have Halo Rings around both of the reflectors.
In this case it comes out to be 10cm (or 5cm radius).
Using the circular formula (C=2πr, where π=3.14), cut the rod about 32cm long.

If math is not your thing.
Take a string or shoe lace, lay it carefully around the edge of the location you want to mount the Angel Eye.
Mark the ends and use the bit you marked to cut the lengt you need.


2- let’s get the rod to light up.

In order to make the ring to lights up like the true 'Angel Eye', you need to refract the light as it goes through the rod by making multiple cuts along the rod.





As you see from the picture there is not much light being reflected.

Use a Dremel and cut groves in the rod.
Each cut/groove allows the light to 'escape' the ring. Each cut should be about 2~3mm apart and 1mm deep. This will make your ring look like a continuous band of light.

DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE RING.

To get the cuts look perfect, use masking tape and draw a line every 2-3mm. Stick the masking tape to the rod and cut along each line to a depth of 1mm.





Don't make the cuts too close to one another.

You only need to make the cuts along one sided of the rod.

Make sure that the cuts are evenly space out.

It will take about a few minute to do the cuts using a Dremel.





If you don't have a Dremel, you can use a small saw, but then will take you a bit longer to do the job.





Here is few cuts.





Use a saw blade and even out the cuts so they are all starting and ending at the same place of the rod.
If you have access to an air compressor, blow the shaving off the rod. If not a brush would do.
To see the final effect these cuts have, turn the rod upside down, so the cuts are on the bottom side of the rod.





Now you can see how the cuts refract the light and how the rod hides any imperfection in the cuts.(Remember this is only an example to show you how. I know the cuts are not exactly perfect….(.


3- Making a ring.

Now, find an aluminium can or a glass jar (let’s call it a Peanut Jar) that has about the same diameter as the ring you want to make.

Heat up the oven to 150°C. When the oven is 150°C, turn it off.
Place the rod on an aluminium tray and then leave it inside the oven for 10 minutes.
Put on a pair of oven mitts or gloves and take the rod out.
Hold the two ends of the now VERY bendable rod with your fingers and wrap the rod around the peanut jar lid and hold it for few seconds.





MAKING SURE THAT THE CUTS ARE EITHER FACING UP OR DOWN (not sideways towards or from the jar). In the above picture they are facing down.

The rod will harden within 30 seconds or so.

If you did not succeed to make a perfect circle, repeat putting the rod in the oven and warm it up etc….. one more time.

Now you should have a nice circle. With the cuts facing up or down.





There is your ring.

4- The LED

Attach the resistor to the positive terminal of LED bulb, which is the longer of the 2 terminal leg.

Attach a wire to the LED first, and then attached the resistor at the end of the wire on the positive terminal. This will give you flexibility because the resistor will be outside your headlight unit and you can change it if you have a need to do so later, like changing to a lower resistor to make your Angel Eye brighter.

5- Securing LED Bulbs Inside Angle Eye Rings
To secure the LED bulbs into the rings, drill a hole in both ends of the ring, 5mm wide and 5mm deep.





Parallel connect two LEDs for the both ends of the ring together.
After soldering a 25cm long wires to the positive and negative legs of the LED bulbs, wrap black electrical tape around or use some shrink wrap on the exposed part of the legs and the wires to keep them apart.
Attach the resistor to the end of the wire later on and connect the wire to the parking light.

Make sure you connect the correct wire to 12V+ and earth.

Next, insert the LEDs inside the holes of the ring, and either wrap black electrical tape around them or use a drop of Superglue to fix the LEDs to the holes you made in the end of the ring.

DO NOT paint the rod, specially in black.

The black paint will absorb the light and will make your angel ring look dim.

If you plan to wrap the black tape around the uncut/unused part of the ring, make sure you wrap some aluminium foil around them first before wrapping the black tape.
The aluminium foil will reflect the escaping light back into the ring, making the ring brighter.





This is how it looks with ONLY one LED.



6- Securing the Halo Ring to the reflector

Use either JB Weld or Super glue to glue the Angel Eye rings to the headlight housings trim or the reflector edge or if you got a bezel. i.e. a suitable place.
Apply only a very small amount of glue to the un-scratch/un-cut part of the ring. The inner black frame acts as a barrier and helps protect the Angel Eyes from the heat coming from the reflector housing.

MAKE SURE THAT THE CUTS ARE FACING DOWN or ARE AT THE BACKSIDE FACING THE TRIM/REFLECTOR EDGE etc., WHEN GLUING THE RING.

Before reassembling the headlight lens to it’s housing, test that everything works OK.
If everything is OK, reassemble your headlight lens to it’s housing.

Permanently connect the LED wires to 12V+ and earth of your Parking lights.

Enjoy your Angel Eyes.


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i say $8 for rod, some LED's, and some resistors coupled with a little work is way better than the going rate for some chump to sell you off ebay

i love budgeted mods :-D

i found that DIY at Retrofit Source - Fully Custom HID Projector Headlights.
 

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you are a fricking genius!!!

add this as a diy sticky!!

the finished product look's like the finished product in a typical angel eye conversion kit.
 

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lol, i am just the messenger:D

I am going out right now to buy the supplies..


i am doing the same thing for my tail lights but i am going to use red leds..

yay or nay? ahh i m doing it anyway:eek: !!!!!!!! (excitedly typing)_
 

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I never would have thought of using tangenital peripheral cuts to create inclusions that intercept the criticle angles of light within an optic channel to provide illumination aside from the light source and distal tip.

This sparks some more ideas, I thank you Hermes.
 

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Dude, that's up there with the DIY Clear Corners mod. Make sure you post some pictures after the installation!
 

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if you could make them for the 2007 3 door accent... ill buy them from you...
 

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ill have to do some tinkering, with mounting, add an easily accessible inline fuse, throw a switch somewhere near my instrument panel... ill be doing this for sure this weekend and will post pics:D
 

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minorglitch215 said:
I found this very interesting and I am going to make these this weekend..

let me know what you think!!


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Part needed:
A length of FlickStick = Clear Acrylic/Plastic Rod used for opening and closing window blinds/curtains etc. (Found at Spotlight or any Curtain retailer).
Diameter approx. 8mm. Length varies from approx. 60cm to 125cm.
Cost: for a 100cm APPROX. $4.99.
Ooooooh, now I have to live on strict budget again.





A Dremel.

2 x WHITE or BLUE, 5mm, LEDs. From 2 - 8000mcd (for each ring)
1 x Resistors 220 - 420 ohms. Depending on how strong you want the light to be.

1 x Oven.

Usual tools and some.

1- Cutting the correct length.

We need to create a circular ring out of the rod.
In order to determine the circumference of the circle, measure the diameter of your either Hi or Lo beam reflector. That is if you want to have Halo Rings around both of the reflectors.
In this case it comes out to be 10cm (or 5cm radius).
Using the circular formula (C=2πr, where π=3.14), cut the rod about 32cm long.

If math is not your thing.
Take a string or shoe lace, lay it carefully around the edge of the location you want to mount the Angel Eye.
Mark the ends and use the bit you marked to cut the lengt you need.


2- let’s get the rod to light up.

In order to make the ring to lights up like the true 'Angel Eye', you need to refract the light as it goes through the rod by making multiple cuts along the rod.





As you see from the picture there is not much light being reflected.

Use a Dremel and cut groves in the rod.
Each cut/groove allows the light to 'escape' the ring. Each cut should be about 2~3mm apart and 1mm deep. This will make your ring look like a continuous band of light.

DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE RING.

To get the cuts look perfect, use masking tape and draw a line every 2-3mm. Stick the masking tape to the rod and cut along each line to a depth of 1mm.





Don't make the cuts too close to one another.

You only need to make the cuts along one sided of the rod.

Make sure that the cuts are evenly space out.

It will take about a few minute to do the cuts using a Dremel.





If you don't have a Dremel, you can use a small saw, but then will take you a bit longer to do the job.





Here is few cuts.





Use a saw blade and even out the cuts so they are all starting and ending at the same place of the rod.
If you have access to an air compressor, blow the shaving off the rod. If not a brush would do.
To see the final effect these cuts have, turn the rod upside down, so the cuts are on the bottom side of the rod.





Now you can see how the cuts refract the light and how the rod hides any imperfection in the cuts.(Remember this is only an example to show you how. I know the cuts are not exactly perfect….(.


3- Making a ring.

Now, find an aluminium can or a glass jar (let’s call it a Peanut Jar) that has about the same diameter as the ring you want to make.

Heat up the oven to 150°C. When the oven is 150°C, turn it off.
Place the rod on an aluminium tray and then leave it inside the oven for 10 minutes.
Put on a pair of oven mitts or gloves and take the rod out.
Hold the two ends of the now VERY bendable rod with your fingers and wrap the rod around the peanut jar lid and hold it for few seconds.





MAKING SURE THAT THE CUTS ARE EITHER FACING UP OR DOWN (not sideways towards or from the jar). In the above picture they are facing down.

The rod will harden within 30 seconds or so.

If you did not succeed to make a perfect circle, repeat putting the rod in the oven and warm it up etc….. one more time.

Now you should have a nice circle. With the cuts facing up or down.





There is your ring.

4- The LED

Attach the resistor to the positive terminal of LED bulb, which is the longer of the 2 terminal leg.

Attach a wire to the LED first, and then attached the resistor at the end of the wire on the positive terminal. This will give you flexibility because the resistor will be outside your headlight unit and you can change it if you have a need to do so later, like changing to a lower resistor to make your Angel Eye brighter.

5- Securing LED Bulbs Inside Angle Eye Rings
To secure the LED bulbs into the rings, drill a hole in both ends of the ring, 5mm wide and 5mm deep.





Parallel connect two LEDs for the both ends of the ring together.
After soldering a 25cm long wires to the positive and negative legs of the LED bulbs, wrap black electrical tape around or use some shrink wrap on the exposed part of the legs and the wires to keep them apart.
Attach the resistor to the end of the wire later on and connect the wire to the parking light.

Make sure you connect the correct wire to 12V+ and earth.

Next, insert the LEDs inside the holes of the ring, and either wrap black electrical tape around them or use a drop of Superglue to fix the LEDs to the holes you made in the end of the ring.

DO NOT paint the rod, specially in black.

The black paint will absorb the light and will make your angel ring look dim.

If you plan to wrap the black tape around the uncut/unused part of the ring, make sure you wrap some aluminium foil around them first before wrapping the black tape.
The aluminium foil will reflect the escaping light back into the ring, making the ring brighter.





This is how it looks with ONLY one LED.



6- Securing the Halo Ring to the reflector

Use either JB Weld or Super glue to glue the Angel Eye rings to the headlight housings trim or the reflector edge or if you got a bezel. i.e. a suitable place.
Apply only a very small amount of glue to the un-scratch/un-cut part of the ring. The inner black frame acts as a barrier and helps protect the Angel Eyes from the heat coming from the reflector housing.

MAKE SURE THAT THE CUTS ARE FACING DOWN or ARE AT THE BACKSIDE FACING THE TRIM/REFLECTOR EDGE etc., WHEN GLUING THE RING.

Before reassembling the headlight lens to it’s housing, test that everything works OK.
If everything is OK, reassemble your headlight lens to it’s housing.

Permanently connect the LED wires to 12V+ and earth of your Parking lights.

Enjoy your Angel Eyes.


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i say $8 for rod, some LED's, and some resistors coupled with a little work is way better than the going rate for some chump to sell you off ebay

i love budgeted mods :-D

i found that DIY at Retrofit Source - Fully Custom HID Projector Headlights.
i have made a set for my cra but i used octigaonal rod where did you find the circlular rod mine work alright but i think circluar would work better
 

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Instead of a switch, why not wire in a potenciometer (varistor) in line? You'd then be able to control the brightness. Say 0ohm to 200? (you could offset it by adding a resistor in line with that) You could mount it neatly to the switch panel and use a rheostat knob like the one that no. 1 is pointing to:



That looks like a volvo tach!
 

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does anyone have any pics of them on the car? and where would you mount these inside the headlight? Doesn't it get really hot on the inside of the housing? I may be wrong, any ideas?
 

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i made one and put it in my left headlight when i made this post, but have been distracted since. i made the second one but am soon going to put it in the other headlight housing. the only problem with my car is that the headlight is textured so the visual of the angel eye is distorted a little. but im going to fix that with some plexi glass, a dremel, and some sealant. ill get pics up in the next few days.:D
 

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alright cool, i was going to do this when i got home over thanksgiving. let me know.
 

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fyi, with this method, they arent super bright because of the indirect lighting method. which means you see the light passing through the plastic instead of the light source in normal angel eyes pointing at you. but when its dark they look good:p
 

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i made this a diy angel eyes, headlight, and cornerlights......

i wasnt about to pay 60+ dollars for clear corners... i removed the outside shell and just sealed the inner piece and caulked around the edges for filler. it will look better when i get my car painted black. then i lined and cut out the front of my headlight. i bought some plexiglass from home depot. i outlined and cut a flat piece then sealed it to the existing headlight shell. i put foil on the back half of the angel eye to reduce backwards glare. i will take more pictures in the daylight so the flash doesnt kill the picture. there is some minor cleaning up to do but i am happy with my OWN custom work...


.....stupid textured headlight.........





the flash really brings out the sealant....


 

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i really need to wash my car...

what type of signal bulbs are blue and then illuminate amber?

one down, 1 to go...

 

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damn man that is a hell of a job. good work
 

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i had to slowly pry the outside plastic, the part you see, from the gray housing. mine cracked in a few places but the caulk hides it well.

i tried baking it but that didn't go to well for me, im sure it would be a lot faster and work very well with a heat gun from what i have heard.
 
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