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Old 09-27-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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Ghozted LED tails

I wanted to share a little project I've gotten started on. To provide some background, my buddy and I started a little company this year called Ghozt lighting and we have developed a smart LED sequencer/animator. It's mostly been installed on Nissan/Infiniti models but now I'm finally getting around to doing it on my beautiful E46 LED tails. If you are curious about what this is, check out some of the videos on our website: https://www.ghoztlighting.com/

Here is what I started off with. I got these on ebay, originally they were $370 on the premise that they were in working condition. They turned out not to be, as you'll see, so I was able to keep them and get $200 refunded from the seller. The adhesive that holds the lens on had started to dry up, so where this normally would be a job for a dremel to cut them open, I was able to gently separate the lens from the back with a flathead screwdriver.

After I did that, here is whats inside:

Originally, I was on the fence about whether or not to black out that piece of chrome. But this driver-side tail has some water damage, including on the trim which means that the only other option is to buy a second donor tail to get a pristine piece of trim from. So black-out, it is!

The next part of the job is to isolate all of the LEDs and wire them up to our Ghozt sequencer modules. I'm going to replace all of the red LEDs because It will be slightly easier that way and the ones I use will be a little brighter.

Anyway, that's where I'm at. Stay tuned for more!
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:23 PM   #2
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:30 AM   #3
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:47 PM   #4
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Here is a quick status update:

I dropped off the reflector's with my buddy to have them prepped for paint (sand blasted). I've decided to paint them gloss black. This will cut down on the output a bit (especially off-angle), but they will look really cool so I think it will be worth it.

I bought some lumileds superflux LEDs to replace the red ones since a bunch of them have water damage on the housings I bought. I think this will be comparable, if not brighter than the OEM LEDs. This also adds additional challenge to how I'm going to assemble the whole thing. I was hoping to put them all on a vero board behind the reflector, but they spacing isn't going to work out. So I think I'm going to glue them individually onto the back of the reflector. I hope this works, stay tuned!

I've also spent some time trying to figure out how to group them together to use the 20-channels that the Ghozt module. I can't come up with an arrangement that I'm really happy about, but I think I would need a 50-channel module to do that. Anyway, I finally settled on a grouping as seen in the simulation below. This is a sample of what I think I'll do for showmode, I'll probably add more later. Thoughts?


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