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Retrofit Headlights (With addressable strips)

After modding my cluster and center console lights with addressable rgb strips and seeing how that turned out, I figured the next lighting project would be my headlights.

I just finished them.

My goals for this retrofit were:
Cheap(Not a good goal, I know)
Blacked out shroud
Yellow drl/brights bowl(Not a single one of you might like this but I love it)
jdm style blinkers(kinda)
and of course, addressable leds(rings, blinkers, and demon eyes

While I was at the junk yard a couple months ago, I ran into a tsx with some smash headlights so I parted out the projectors for 30$.
Everything else came from either amazon, eBay, or aliexpress.

I will try not to present this as steps but as pictures from start to finish. I don't have many pictures though


New ebayheadlights compared to my oems.




Baked and taken apart the ebay lights for paint.



Put everything together but not glued to get an idea of how it would look.



Working on demon eyes. I have it controlled that it will turn on at night/dark and off at day.



Left:Oem housing with oem bulb from 2001. Right: Tsx projector with some cheap 6000k d2s bulbs.


Testing out blinker sequence.


Testing out lock/unlock sequence. When the car is off and you lock or unlock the car, you will get a rainbow effect.



This is the control box which will be stored away right under the driver side foot panel. The relays tell the trinket(Little micro controller in the upper right) when to do blinkers, drl lights, demon eye, etc.



Not the best pic of the finish lights, but I will try to get some this weekend.


unlock sequence.


locking with hid turning off.

I will try to get better photos and videos this weekend. I will also be adding more effects to the lights.
Also wanted to add that I honestly hate black/dark headlights on a black car but soon I will be wrapping my car.
I understand that this might not be every ones style but I look forward to the feedback.

This post will also be on HIDPlanet incase you see it there aswell.

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Ah yeah I remember your interior lights, and still think that's impressive. Pretty neat you were able to carry that to the head lights, and possibly other areas. I still have no idea how this stuff works, but that's some nice work! The red demon eyes are on 24/7 in the dark? I wanted to do that too, but my battery is not strong enough, I don't trust it. Any details about those halo rings? Those plastic things seem to fit very well
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The red demon eyes are on 24/7 in the dark? I wanted to do that too, but my battery is not strong enough, I don't trust it. Any details about those halo rings? Those plastic things seem to fit very well
The basic run down of the setup is the the lights and relays are connected to the micro-controller(Trinket). You can code a trinket to do many things but I tend to use them mainly for lights. An example of the code if say you had you left blinker on would be

if ignition is on & left blinker relay is on
tell left ring & left blinker to do blinker sequence

Hope that made some sense.

The demons are 24/7 whenever its dark. Once sunlight or any light shines into the cabin, it turns off. I did some quick math with the power draw from the demon eyes and estimated it could go a week straight without killing my battery. I haven't tested this yet though.

The ring covers are from superbrightleds. I got 140mm for the lowbeam side and 120mm for the drl/ brights side. They were a close fit but I had to use a heat gun to get them perfect.

The leds that went into the ring are side-emitting leds which was the hardest thing to find but I found them on aliexpress and had them express ship to me.


Thanks for the feedback and also love your is build thread and retrofits. Amazing work!
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Real nice work.
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Those look great! Really nice work.
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Thanks for the information! I'm not gonna steal your ideas, but it's always nice to see what's available out there, and see how things work. I'd put some of those multicolor halos in the fogs, and those strips in some clear sidemarkers next haha
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More Pics and a video of the blinker sequence.








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Wow man, that look sick. Great great great work!!!!!

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This is crazy work. So badass! I love the blinkers with the halos involved too. The real question is, how much to build me a pair???
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Looks great, can you please do a DIY with prices so others can try to do this?
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