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Old 06-23-2008, 01:43 AM   #1
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DIY - blue interior lights :)

colored my sharpie interior bulbs cuz i was getting sick of the ugly stock color FOR FREE. i know it might look ghetto to some but i just couldnt stand it anymore so i thought i might as well try it out. pics below





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Old 06-29-2008, 09:51 AM   #2
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it does not look good at all dude
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:07 AM   #3
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just order some blue leds
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:16 AM   #4
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You sharpied your lightbulbs?

Um...

They sorta kinda might catch on fire. They do get hot.
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:55 AM   #5
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r u serious about the bulbs catching fire or ur being sarcastic? theres no way in hell sharpie is gonna cause the bulb to heat up any more and light it on fire
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:56 AM   #6
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and i appreciate the criticism but i dont get how it looks worse than the ugly yellow on tan interior.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:10 AM   #7
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I'm being serious. Interior lights get pretty damn hot. Sharpies aren't made to withstand higher temperatures. If you have your interior lights on for a bit, you run the risk of them smoking up or catching fire.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:28 AM   #8
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I'm being serious. Interior lights get pretty damn hot. Sharpies aren't made to withstand higher temperatures. If you have your interior lights on for a bit, you run the risk of them smoking up or catching fire.
Yep. Unless you perfectly coated them with the exact same thickness of sharpie all the way around, it'll form hot spots and eventually (violently) die. Think small pop and shattered glass everywhere.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:23 PM   #9
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it's true... the lights arent that good to begin with...and they do get pretty hot. In some cases hot enough to melt/warp the plastic covering.

Fire, although unlikely...is possible.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:27 PM   #10
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were can i order blue LEDS?
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:44 PM   #11
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i did the same, they go back to OEM ugly in about 2 months
except for the reading lights that i hardly use, those are still blue as hell and so dark that u cant even read anything
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:06 PM   #12
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lol thanks for the comments i guess ill use this temporarily until i upgrade to the xenon kit. just decided id post up the idea for anyone who doesnt like how it emits the light on tan interior
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:47 PM   #14
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they do make little silicon sleeves that you can put on light bulbs to make diffrent colors... like red for SEX.

ooooh you should do red and green... then it will be like cristmas year round yaaay!
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they do make little silicon sleeves that you can put on light bulbs to make diffrent colors... like red for SEX.

ooooh you should do red and green... then it will be like cristmas year round yaaay!
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:55 PM   #16
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I'm being serious. Interior lights get pretty damn hot. Sharpies aren't made to withstand higher temperatures. If you have your interior lights on for a bit, you run the risk of them smoking up or catching fire.

It won't catch fire. The alcohol or whatever flamable liquid it uses has already evaporated. All that will happen is over time the blue will fade away due to the heat. They will fade and you will end up with a greenish color.

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I just bought the LEd's off Ebay from Sylvania-biz....perfect real sharp look in a black interior
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It won't catch fire. The alcohol or whatever flamable liquid it uses has already evaporated. All that will happen is over time the blue will fade away due to the heat. They will fade and you will end up with a greenish color.

It's not the alcohol content, its that it can create hotspots on the glass, stressing it and making it prone to failure.
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I would have to disagree. It's not like they are halogen bulbs. You could even go as far as putting a colored condom over it and it should last you for quite some time.
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