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Offline whittington

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My Boot Lighting Modification
« on: March 31, 2009, 11:30:06 PM »
Well we all know what crap lighting is in the boot particular the hatchback it’s so dim as being practically useless.

I have seen what some others have done to improve on this, but my solution is different. In that I am always taking the parcel shelf out for many reasons and wanted a system that would be fixed permanently so that I don’t have any plugs and sockets to worry about when removing the shelf.

I used two 24 led strips fixed pointing inwards, along each side of the boot glued to a white angled plastic strip with clear Bostic adhesive. This plastic strip helps reflect light into the boot and I was not happy to try and glue a led strip in the chosen place directly and much it’s easier this way.

With the strip leds fixed onto the plastic strip, then the assembly is screwed up with self tapping screws to the underside of the black plastic trims on each side of the parcel shelf, see some of the pictures for a clearer understanding! 

The electrics were very easy, using a 5 amp two core lead across the floor of the boot to the left side, from the on/off switch of the original festoon bulb light, this bulb has now been removed and the new lights work just as normal with the feature of switching it off if required.

Hope some of the pictures will show how I did it!

Leds glued on the Plastic Angle Strip


Testing them power on


Showing cable run across floor of boot, cable ties to exsiting loom


Drivers side switched on/off by the original Lamp switch, 
Bulb now removed



Inside boot - total darkness outside


Another view in the dark

Pity i didn't take a picture of the original light before the mod, as a comparision.
But take if from me it's tons better!!
« Last Edit: March 31, 2009, 11:48:02 PM by whittington »
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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009, 07:44:45 AM »
nice work :)

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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009, 10:09:34 PM »
Looks good.

I stuck mine in the same place, but routed the cables across under the boot lip (behind the trim).  Makes it way easier if you need to remove the shelf. 


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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009, 02:49:18 AM »
Looks good.

I stuck mine in the same place, but routed the cables across under the boot lip (behind the trim).  Makes it way easier if you need to remove the shelf. 


Yes thanks for feedback, yes i did think about that, but where i have put mine was so easy and taking out shelf dosen't affect it in anyway. One of my pals came round last night and was amazed at how bright it is. But when you consider that stupid little 5 watt festoon bulb hidden in it's case at the top, it's not surprising that 48 leds on a white reflector strip brighten it all up a bit!
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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2009, 09:16:29 PM »
Fantastic modification!! Why dont they fit this kind of solution in the first place!! LED's are cheap as chips these days.

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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2010, 03:29:53 AM »
This could solve the problem of the two LED strips with double sided tape that fell off and have been rolling around my boot for the past 2 months! :D

Where did you get the plastic angle strips?
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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2010, 09:09:55 AM »
This could solve the problem of the two LED strips with double sided tape that fell off and have been rolling around my boot for the past 2 months! :D

Where did you get the plastic angle strips?
Ty
It’s a bit of Homebase Electrical trunking that I had, I juts cut it half with a small saw smoothed down the edges and glued the led strips to it. Drilled 2 small holes at each end and used self tapping screws fixing to the plastic trim as shown in the pictures.
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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2010, 08:16:04 PM »
Hi

Any particular LEDs and also where did you source these strips?

I am really keen to do similar as I cannot see anything in either car boot.

Thanks.
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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2010, 12:01:09 PM »
Hi

Any particular LEDs and also where did you source these strips?

I am really keen to do similar as I cannot see anything in either car boot.

Thanks.

Hi well it was along time ago but got them on EBay, just had a quick look and there wre loads advertised. Good luck well worth the effort, but do wire as i did using the on/off switch, as i leave the boot open a lot in warm weather so it makes sense to turn them off
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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification Again
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2015, 04:29:26 PM »
Have just changed my car to the Venture model and done this all again exactly as described and no point in showing pictures as its already shown.

The original boot light is absolutely crap, I had forgot  just how bad!!!

Pete
« Last Edit: July 29, 2015, 05:23:23 PM by whittington »
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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2016, 05:40:49 PM »
Thanks Whittington.
Will give that a try soon as the rain stops ;) (  mine isn't garaged unfortunately)
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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2016, 08:30:11 PM »
It is a very good idea, but I just changed the existing bulb to a super bright LED bulb off eBay and that does the trick for me!

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Re: My Boot Lighting Modification
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2016, 08:30:11 PM »