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post #1 of 38 Old 08-17-2015, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Just Installed VERY Cool RGB LED Interior Lights

Just finished installing the interior RGB LED lights in my new HRV. Cost about $80 in material including $45 for the OPT7 Kit, couple of switches, a relay, double sided 3M mounting tape and some Velcro. Looks very professional and has many options controlled by the added switches.

Added cool feature of inserting a led strip in the storage compartment under the gear shift.

Installation has the following controls:
1- Lights (white) come on when opening the door. Shuts-off when the regular interior lights turn off
2- Lights come on (latest set color) when ACC is on
3- Lights on can be turned off when ACC is on using one of the installed switches
4-Option to have color lights turned on (instead of white) when doors are opened.

I will be downloading a video showing how all this work.
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Very nice, would love to do that to mine
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Just finished installing the interior RGB LED lights in my new HRV. Cost about $80 in material including $45 for the OPT7 Kit, couple of switches, a relay, double sided 3M mounting tape and some Velcro. Looks very professional and has many options controlled by the added switches.

Added cool feature of inserting a led strip in the storage compartment under the gear shift.

Installation has the following controls:
1- Lights (white) come on when opening the door. Shuts-off when the regular interior lights turn off
2- Lights come on (latest set color) when ACC is on
3- Lights on can be turned off when ACC is on using one of the installed switches
4-Option to have color lights turned on (instead of white) when doors are opened.

I will be downloading a video showing how all this work.
Very nice! Looking forward to the video ...
The Missus wants a Milano Red, Black interior EX-L with Bordello Red interior LED lighting
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Video Installed LED

As promised the videos showing how the lights are used and controlled.
Video will be in 2 parts, due to some system limitations.

http://youtu.be/8G9i07uomEE


http://youtu.be/fLPZM7aPCl8
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As promised the videos showing how the lights are used and controlled.
Video will be in 2 parts, due to some system limitations.

http://youtu.be/8G9i07uomEE


http://youtu.be/fLPZM7aPCl8
I know our Miami members will love having blue lights
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That is really cool. I like that you figured out something to do with that blank button space. Feels very high tech.
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Very nice, any DIY hints you're willing to share? Difficulty? How to remove panels etc...? Great job!
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Very nice, any DIY hints you're willing to share? Difficulty? How to remove panels etc...? Great job!
Sure. Will do it on the weekend (or sooner time permitting), including pics, parts list and helpful instruction.
In the mean time this is the link for the installation instruction of the Honda Ambient Lights, My installation does NOT use Honda's product but the instruction is useful for reference,

http://www.bernardiparts.com/Images/...AII01797-1.pdf

This should give you an idea how to remove the driver side side panel and lower cover, and passenger side lower cover. The relevant pages are page 2 (left hand side), page 3 (bottom right hand side) and page 4 (left hand side).

I will provide a wiring diagram showing where to attach to the existing fuse panel and other wiring details.

Also the link for the OPT7 Led Strip Kit is:
Amazon Amazon
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Hi, I think I built a similar circuit using relays.

The circuit is very simple. It has two relays, one is triggered by opening the door (together with the LED sill) and the other is driven by the headlight (I took the positive from light of the center panel).

When the LEDs are disabled (closing the door for example), the relays make a lot of strange noise. Does missing a diode in parallel with the coils?

I am in doubt about the ground (negative). I'm using the same ground (from door LED sill) for the entire circuit.
Any idea about the problem?
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Hi, I think I built a similar circuit using relays.

The circuit is very simple. It has two relays, one is triggered by opening the door (together with the LED sill) and the other is driven by the headlight (I took the positive from light of the center panel).

When the LEDs are disabled (closing the door for example), the relays make a lot of strange noise. Does missing a diode in parallel with the coils?

I am in doubt about the ground (negative). I'm using the same ground (from door LED sill) for the entire circuit.
Any idea about the problem?
My installation also uses a relay (but only a single relay). It does make a sound when the door is closed and the interior lights turn off. The "Pzzzzzing" sound is short, for abound 1 second or less.

I think this is normal (at least with my installation), because of the dimming effects of the lights. The negative side does not drop off instantly but is decreased linearly.

Independent of the sound, are you using OPT-7 and use the dome light wire? If so you might need a diode.
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