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Old 10-31-2017, 05:03 PM   #1
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Trunk LEDs for $20


I decided to take on some DIY work and order LEDs from Amazon. They are so cheap that if it didn't work I wouldn't bother returning.

Basically I just started from over by the OEM trunk light and worked my way over with cheap thermostat wire and plastics glue.( Be particular about the glue. Super glue will permanently burn the plastic) Super easy to remove if I wanted. I bent the wire around each end of the OEM trunk light assembly and viola.

The lights around the bottom edge have been removed they would not stay stuck with the tacky plastics glue I used. May try again in spring
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Old 11-01-2017, 03:40 AM   #2
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Amazingly bright. Id imagine you will attract a decent amount of insects!

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Old 11-01-2017, 03:48 AM   #3
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They way I had the lights angled is away from your eyes because it's blinding and to minimize bugs. Along the ridges that face toward front of car. Not had any bugs

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Old 11-01-2017, 07:13 PM   #4
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looks nice and bright. The only thing I did differently on my old VW was a 3000K strip instead of a 6000K strip. I prefer a yellow look instead of bright bluish. I would recommend looking into 3000K if you don't mind a little yellow. It is easier on the eyes late at night.
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Old 11-03-2017, 02:44 PM   #5
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Can you link to the lights you ordered? That looks great! Thanks very much.


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Old 11-06-2017, 08:20 AM   #6
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$9.99 you can cut them.

FAVOLCANO High Density Cool White IP65 Waterproof Led Light Strip, LED Tape ,SMD 3528, 600 LEDs 5 Meter or 16.4 Feet LED Strip 120 Leds/M Multifunction
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012FFZANO..._ogIs3avPDt6Tv

Plus glue and wire,etc

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Old 11-08-2017, 05:10 PM   #7
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Why do you need to have such bright trunk lights? Are you cooking dinner in you trunk?

What's the point?

I put groceries and other crap in there and when I get home I take them out. It's not like they get lost in some black hole.

Seems like a fix for something not needing a fix or even attention.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:01 PM   #8
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Why do you need to have such bright trunk lights? Are you cooking dinner in you trunk?

What's the point?

I put groceries and other crap in there and when I get home I take them out. It's not like they get lost in some black hole.

Seems like a fix for something not needing a fix or even attention.
Come back to this thread when you need to change a flat in the dark
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:38 PM   #9
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Why do you need to have such bright trunk lights? Are you cooking dinner in you trunk?

What's the point?

I put groceries and other crap in there and when I get home I take them out. It's not like they get lost in some black hole.

Seems like a fix for something not needing a fix or even attention.
I bet the picture makes it look brighter than in real life. At least that's how my lights are. you need to do negative exposure compensation on your phone camera because the surroundings are pretty lit up and grainy and your oem yellow light looks way brighter than it should.

When you put groceries and it blocks the OEM light, it gets pretty dark I'm guessing. If you have light all along the edge, you can put things in there and if it blocks 1/2 the edge, it will still be bright enough.

Next, if you don't want it that bright, you don't have to install it. There may be some people who want it that bright and have specific use cases where it would be handy. This post would be for them. Having done something similar, I understand it's a little overkill but there have been times I was glad i had it

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Old 11-08-2017, 07:48 PM   #10
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Or even having a trunk full of large items. During a recent Southern California fire, we loaded luggages and small bags in my car in case we needed to evacuate. Our luggages and small bags are all either dark blue or black. When I was loading the car at night while trying to find empty spaces to do some tetris work, I couldn't see anything in 3/4 of the trunk.
Sure, needing that much light isn't always a necessity, but once you actually need it, it'd be great to have what the OP did.

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Come back to this thread when you need to change a flat in the dark
That's why they make these things called flashlights.

I still don't get having the equivalent of the sun in my hatch.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:52 AM   #12
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It's a bit overexposed. Agreed
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:53 AM   #13
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Why do you need to have such bright trunk lights? Are you cooking dinner in you trunk?

What's the point?

I put groceries and other crap in there and when I get home I take them out. It's not like they get lost in some black hole.

Seems like a fix for something not needing a fix or even attention.
I keep files on my clients and cases in there. Like 12 point font. It'd be impossible to find anything in there after dark even with a flashlight. Road warrior sales agent

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Old 11-09-2017, 04:02 AM   #14
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That's why they make these things called flashlights.

I still don't get having the equivalent of the sun in my hatch.
To each their own. I prefer having both hands to work with instead of trying to balance a flashlight on my shoulder, but if you enjoy fumbling with an external light when you could have a bright, cheap option that is always there without excess interaction, then that's your perogative.

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Old 11-09-2017, 10:32 AM   #15
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Not to hijack, but here is my install. It's nice and bright and under $15. It's really bright but not blinding. Maybe volks6 will approve of this one. Probably not

https://www.amazon.com/YITAMOTOR-Day...dp/B018G5MY5O/



Here it is with the cargo cover pulled back


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I did manual white balance on my phone (cloudy wb so 5000k. Not 6000k but closer). My kids wanted to play inside. You can get a sense of color and brightness. The interior lights are definitely warmer
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:47 PM   #16
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I keep files on my clients and cases in there. Like 12 point font. It'd be impossible to find anything in there after dark even with a flashlight. Road warrior sales agent

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VW didn't tell you to use 12pt font size. It's also not a file cabinet. Go paperless and save a tree for the future.

There I fixed it for you.
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Not to hijack, but here is my install. It's nice and bright and under $15. It's really bright but not blinding. Maybe volks6 will approve of this one. Probably not

Those poor kids need sunscreen on. Bad parenting right there.
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