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DIY Trunk light

Discussion in 'Customizing & Modifications' started by chojn1, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. chojn1

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    #1 chojn1, Jul 3, 2018
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    Now that the kids are occupying my 3D printers for a while, I've decided to turn to my solder iron for today's project:

    trunk light.jpg
    Here it is mounted:

    trunk top.jpg

    I know Abstract Ocean already have an excellent solution for this, but for me, the fun is in building it myself.
    And the before and after pictures:

    trunk before.jpg
    trunk after.jpg
     
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    #2 Lovesword, Jul 3, 2018
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    Looks like you really ... (puts on sunglasses)... trunk-ated the darkness!

    I look forward to seeing this post explode into another "shut up and take my money, @chojn1" thread. :p

    EDIT: Darkness, Trunk-ated... the marketing writes itself!
     
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    I've been using inexpensive LED strips to light my basement and workbench. A long continuous light source is so much nicer than bright point sources. Great idea for the trunk!
     
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    Wonderful idea and one that I will do myself. I have many spare led light strips that I can use for this purpose. Thanks Chojn1.
     
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    So the question of the day - did you take the light out on the left side and just use that plug? I see the right hand side light still shining. Also do you know that one on the right stays on 5 minutes longer than the one of the left?
     
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    Hi @GDN,
    The left side bulb is unplugged but left in place.
    I wanted the trunk light on when the trunk is open and off when it is closed, hence the left side placement.
    The right side bulb function is unchanged.
    The next project is running some of these strips to the rear passenger footwells.
     
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    I did same mod, but just spliced into the light on the right and ran a pigtail through the existing wire loom and pops out right past the trunk to the lights.
     
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    What connector is that? I might have to do this.
     
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    Nice work...where you get the connector? Thinking to have the LED strip lights in the frunk and trunk too...
     
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    Sorry Chojn1, not thread-jacking, just adding to the discussion on how I spliced for power.

    I used two of these, 3M UG connectors and measured the lengths with some extra wire and soldered it all into two leads for the tap.

    upload_2018-7-3_12-12-40.png

    https://model3ownersclub.com/threads/led-strip-trunk-lighting.6618/#post-93062

    the wires ran toward the passenger wide, behind the cover then into the existing wire loom and tapped the leads more toward the little trunk light. you'll need to test the ground and 12v since the LED strips are polarized.
     
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    I don't mess with the electrical side too much, so I'm wondering is there a guide to perform this or a video?
     
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    This is a cool project. If you're not comfortable with electricity/making components then I would suggest buying two replacement lights from Abstract Ocean and just swapping those out (super simple project). They make a huge difference in lighting the trunk.

     
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    Great project. It's a shame Tesla doesn't provide better lighting to begin with for the trunk area. I'll have to purchase some 2-wire LED strips for this one. Most of the scraps I have are 4-wire types.

    Would something like this work with splicing:

    I guess I'm not able to post links until my post count has reached a certain #.

    You'll have to search using the following description on Amazon:

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    Wire Connectors - Pack of 12 low voltage wire T tap connectors T type 2 Pin solderless with no wire-stripping required for Mid-span Branching in Wires Connection 20/22 AWG Cable By brightfour"
     
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    For me, it's more about not knowing where to start. I'm more of a learn by doing kind of person (various maintenance items on my old ICE car) and would love to see a write-up or a video of this process.
     
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    I didn't realize there was a privacy setting. I changed it to members only. Let me know if you can see the pictures now.
     
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    I'm totally "stealing" your idea. I have some of this channel left over from a previous project. It mounts to a surface at a right angle and the LED strip sticks to the 45 degree section. The little white cover snaps over the whole thing and acts as a diffuser. Looks like the OE connectors can be had for less than a dollar apiece if you know where to look and don't mind waiting :)
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