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04-03-2007, 09:28 PM
Hey all, I'm starting to look into lighting mods. I'm interested in LEDs primarily, mostly for the lower cost and the seeming better flexibility of use (ie Oznium's flexible LED strips). I read a few threads the other day about comparing LED, CCFL and neon tubes, and it seems that LEDs are my favorite choice. My GA is black, and I have a black/red thing planned in my head (see CarDomain pics for red painted interior for example), and wanted to go that route with the lighting.

Now I am thinking of a few things, and saw some really cool things that other's have done on their GAs and such. What I'm wondering is if my ideas would look too 'much' or anything. I'm thinking of LED strips to run under the car along the sides and front/back. I also had seen CCFL angel eye rings and wondered if anyone had seen/used them and how they looked. Some other points of interest were the LED Pontiac badge on the front that I saw a How-To on; interior LED for domelight, flooring, etc; flex strips for wheel wells; and trunk lighting as well.

I guess I'm looking to have some good accent lighting without being gaudy. Also, I had originally thought of UV lights for the accents, but wasn't sure if it would 'mesh' with the red paint on the interior and everything else. And would it look bad using both colors?

Please give some feedback fellow GAers, I'm wanting to get something looking nice for my car. Plus, LEDs and such can be moved to a new car :)

EDIT: Ah yes, I suppose I should add in that I am going to do black painting on the interior as well. Mostly to accent the red, like my vents are black with red rims, and so I was looking to have a gray-red-black layered effect in my painting. ALSO I want to clear my HVAC knobs, switches, etc.

04-03-2007, 11:30 PM
personally if you have the money, iceled is the way to go (buy thru oznium). get the ufo exterior, you can do ALOT with that..then if you do some research on iceled's site you can find alot about fiberoptics and their lighting on there, you can do some CRAZY and INGENIOUS interior lighting with fiberoptics and the iceled setup.

LED's are by far superior to other lighting sources, and I love iceled because if you throw in their programming you can get some insane setups going on.

speaking of which, i have an iceled gem that i gotta figure out what im gonna do with..

04-04-2007, 09:58 AM go with led kit for exterior, if you plan on doing under seats or soemthing like that id say use neons because then you dont have to angle them for more light output

04-04-2007, 09:59 AM
also that neon wire stuff around gauges and headunit looks pretty cool, but you would want like LEDs if you gonna put them in vents and stuff like that

04-04-2007, 12:00 PM
get some cold cathodes from for the inside i have 4 sets inside my car and its real bright

04-04-2007, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the inputs so far. What do you all think of UV/red or a mix? I don't really think a mix would be good, but wanted to ask. BTW - by mix I mean one color outside and one inside (like red inside and UV for underglow). What about the CCFL angel eyes rings? I'm guessing I'd have to open up my headlights to actually put them in right? I think they look nice as hell (as long as they are off when driving of course :) )

04-05-2007, 09:48 AM
Black and red go together really well. I have a black GA and I'm also thinking of doing some interior lighting (no exterior stuff yet for me). I've heard that Oznium is a great place to buy, so I'd give them a look.

04-05-2007, 10:01 AM
yeah they are good, expensive though, well for some stuff but if $$ isnt an option then get the best stuff they have they have a underglow kit that does 2million colors or something like that and its so bright, it would be sweet, definatly a head turner

04-05-2007, 10:58 AM
To my knowledge they don't make UV exterior lighting, such as an underbody kit. For interior I would go with cold cathodes from and well, I did, ha. I have cathodes under the dash, under the front seats, LED's in the heating vents, cathodes in the rear deck speaker vents, and still need to wire the cathodes mounted behind the door speaker grills. Other than that I still want to put a few LED's in the little pocket on the ceiling above the rear view mirror.

In the end, my advice is used cathodes for the interior and LED's for the smaller places the cathodes won't fit. As for exterior, find a kit you like and run with it.

04-05-2007, 11:28 AM
I would say either cold cathodes or some Flexible LED strips. I've got one 9.5" strip under each seat and they put out amazing light. Order today before midnight and you can get 10% off. Hope Phil doesn't kill me for giving out his coupon...

04-07-2007, 07:42 PM
I've decided that you all don't like me lol No one likes answering my questions as much as other peoples :D

Anyways, I did see UV LEDs on Oznium's site (that's what I was referring to as opposed to neon). And I don't like the multi color ones, ugly IMO
BTW - VertigoGT, what 'little pocket on the ceiling above the rear view mirror' do you mean?

04-08-2007, 07:05 AM
i have 2 4'' uv cathodes up near where the visors meet the window and they make whoever is in the front seat glow

05-02-2007, 03:21 PM

go there and swap out every bulb that you can from there... then go with neons for interior. in like the footwells and such

05-03-2007, 05:52 PM
Cathodes > Neons. Cheaper and brighter.

05-04-2007, 05:37 AM
Well, since this is somewhat relevant.
I was thinking about doing an Ice Blue or Cyan interior lighting setup.
My question, is that all the red lighting in the car already... Are those red bulbs inside?
Or is there red coloring on the plasic parts, behind the dash and all.
becuase I'm hoping that the bulbs are just red, and I can swap them all out to Cyan LEDs, and then get the blue lighting.

05-04-2007, 08:12 AM
those are red overlays in the car. a good example is look at you heater knobs. that is transparent red plastic. pull the knob off and turn on the lights, they are white bulbs

05-04-2007, 08:17 AM
Yeap. Don't forget resistors if you plan on the LED swap.

05-05-2007, 06:50 AM
Yeap. Don't forget resistors if you plan on the LED swap.
Yeah, I was reading up on that, saw the one place where you can order the LEDs + Resistor for 5 cents more... But anyway, this pretty much screws me over.

those are red overlays in the car. a good example is look at you heater knobs. that is transparent red plastic. pull the knob off and turn on the lights, they are white bulbs

Thanks very much <3 That's what I was thinking.
Is the plastic actually red? Or is it a transparent film or something that can be removed? Becuase I mean, everyone has a red lit interior, I wanted something a little different. =S

05-05-2007, 11:39 AM
it is a transparent red with a grey rubber "overlay" glued to it. nothing some acetone can fix and time can fix.

if you are looking for cheap leds go to

05-05-2007, 02:17 PM
Thanks much =)

05-05-2007, 02:50 PM
no problem, just trying to help a fellow newbie out where i can. im still learning this car myself

05-10-2007, 01:05 PM
What about the member that has blue for their HVAC knobs?

edit: good to see my thread still going lol