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In this video, i'm going to show you how to make an illuminati kit wait was that zach cook? Yes, yes, it was zach and there's a very good reason why he was on fly ride, but i'm not going to tell you about it till the end of the video. My name is zach and i own ntx glow. I've been building lights for many years now and i specialize in tail lights. You can see here we have tons of 350z lights on the bench and i do a lot of these illumisthetic boards.

Illumistatic kits just look at this alumistatic specific drawer lots of kits over here. All of these are leds and resistors. Let's get started with the tools that you'll need start you're going to need the alumistatic kit we're working with right now is the in a miata heart tail lights. The kit is going to come with two main boards: two reverse boards red amber and white leds.

Resistor packs - and it's also going to come with a dimmer module so that your red lights can also have parking and brake lights. The next thing that you're gon na need is wiring, just some basic red and black wiring, so that you can keep track of which one's power which one's ground you're gon na need some snips uh. These are just bigger so that you can cut through the wiring. Pretty quickly um, i use smaller ones for the illumisthetic kits, because you're going to trim the led cathodes and it's nice to have something a little bit smaller uh.

Obviously, some wire strippers to strip the wiring soldering iron solder in this video, i'm going to show you how to do the red ones specifically. So the in a miata design is reverse break and then turn - and in this case we are actually going to have an amber turn signal. So this middle heart is the only one that is going to be red when you're ready to start putting the leds in place. There is one thing that you need to know about: these leds leds are directional, hence the name.

Light emitting diode a diode is something that only allows electricity to flow in one direction. This one emits light whenever electricity passes over it. That is why these are directional. You can see that one cathode is longer than the other off the top of my head.

I cannot remember which one is positive and which one is negative. Every brand is different, so i would just double check with uh the current pack that you have from a loom, aesthetic or wherever you're ordering from for which one is going to be positive and which one is going to be negative. It's important to know that, because we are going to install it in a way that allows us to have all of the grounds on the inside of the heart and all of the powers on the outside, or vice versa. However, you want to do it.

It doesn't really matter as long as you have all of the short cathodes aimed in and all the long cathodes aimed out, or vice versa. However, you want to do it. I'm going to have all of the short cathodes aimed in gon na go ahead and start putting it into place. You can see that i just pushed it in there by hand to push it in a little bit more and make sure that it's completely sturdy.

I use a pocket screwdriver just a little bit of pressure right there and i'm going to do that for all of the rest of these and that's all of the leds pushed in, except for one. The way that illumisthetic makes these is by cnc a piece of black acrylic, and then they heat it up and shape it to the light itself, which can cause some of the holes to be a little bit smaller after it's been heated up and shaped. So that's actually what's going on here to fix that you can actually take a drill bit and just drill it out a little bit so that the led will fall into place. This should work for this, i'm just going to drill from the back side so that it don't damage the front side and it really didn't need much.

I actually didn't go up another step on the step bit here just enough, so that the led will actually go into place enough. Okay, that's the easy part! Now we need to figure out what size resistors to use and actually wire everything up to do that. We're going to use this list right here. Every single loom, static kit is going to come with this little printout and it's your cheat sheet to know which resistors to use, if you don't have it in the box, illumisthetic has it on their website.

I don't know what all these notes are. This is garrett station and he has written all these notes. I don't know what any of that means, and i don't know why he says not. So what we are looking for is that the lights do have dimming dimming.

Obviously means that we're gon na have parking lights and brake lights, but that can also mean that you're, using a ghost module like the version, five module - and you want it to have dimming for the show mode or you want to have a little bit of dimming. For your turn signal or whatever the case may be, but it it might not mean that it's for break like brake lights and parking lights. It could also mean that you're using it for ship mode or something like that anyway. So we are using the dimming section here.

We have red leds, i personally like to use the 5 or the 4, because it's a little less work, so i could end up using the 270 or the 150 you'll see that it says 120 to 150.. All that they mean is that you can use 120 and 150 interchangeably they're going to ship you either 150 or 120 they'll. They usually don't send you both in the same package, it's whatever they have in-house at the time. Now we need now it's time to separate all of these leds into packs of five four or three, whichever one you end up using the right thing to do is to count it out see, what's going to break up evenly and then wire it in like that, I don't always do that, but it still ends up working out just so.

In this case there are 34 leds that doesn't divide evenly into three four or five. So what i'm gon na do is packs a five until it gets to the last one and that's going to be a pack of four. So i can obviously divide 30 by five and then you got ta. Have four leds left over so i'll use? One pack of four the marker is not required, but it does help keep things a little bit organized.

So i go ahead and mark it just like so all right that right there is one pack, it's going to be five leds, it's gon na be 150, so i go ahead and mark 150 and i do it on the next one. This is going to keep the packs organized and i don't have to go back and figure out which resistor to use, as i already have it marked here. I can just reach over to the bag, grab a resistor and install it. Sorry for the tripod in the shot, but uh.

This is how i'm gon na do it. Okay, now we can actually start wiring. What i'm gon na do is fold down this cathode and this cathode just to get them out of the way i'm going to trim all of these cathodes. Now, when you're trimming, all you're trying to do is make it short enough to reach to the other side, but not too short that it doesn't reach anymore, so that should be plenty short fold it over and across, like so okay, we are going to pause right There and i'm going to explain, what's going on so for pack number one, the negative cathode is going to the positive cathode of the other led and so on and so forth.

Until you get to here, this is going to end up being your resistor, and then it's going to go out to negative this style of wiring, where each led is going into itself, is called series, not a very creative name, because it's literally just the leds wired Up so you have one led powering the next powering the next powering the next power to the next. Now that we have it mostly set up, we can actually solder into place and to clean this up, i'm going to go ahead and fold these cathodes over and get them out of the way, and that is how you wire in one pack. We just have to do that seven more times. Well, at least the packs are done now.

All the white smoke that you see on the plastic itself is really not that big of a deal you're not going to see it on the front side. That's just from the soldering. The next step is to actually wire everything up, but first i want to make sure that i am actually putting the right color wire to the right one. I want to double check for positive and negative.

That's perfect negative is in the middle and positive is on the outside. What i'm going to do is wire all the grounds together and i'm also going to wire all the powers together, we're going to have one power and one ground wire to power all of them. Let's test it, it works. You need to trim the excess one of the last things that you do for the red leds is install the dimmer module.

So in order to keep everything clean, i actually like to glue it right here once it's inside the light. It's not going to bounce around or anything, and it's going to be completely out of the way. Overall, it just makes a cleaner, install all right. Now you can see, we have two wires going into the module and a ground that is going to control the parking lights and the brake lights, and i have actually glued it here.

It's still curing so we're going to leave it just like that, and that is how you wire up an alumistatic tail light kit. You can really let your creativity run wild with these kits there's so many different options, aside from just the basic plug-and-play style that we have over there. Like i said earlier, you can do a version 5 module from ghost. Instead of this, you can do the addressable five millimeter leds, which is getting really popular right.

Now. We really like installing the corso motion modules for the turn signal so that you have sequential turn signal, that's actually plug and play. But what would you do different? Let me know in the comments, definitely make sure that you comment below like zack asked, and i just want to tell you. This is actually a new part of the channel.

We're gon na have zach hosting a lot of the videos here, and i have more announcements. Coming up, which i want to invite you to we're gon na, do a live stream with myself and with zach we're gon na bring up a bunch of the community members to ask questions. We'll probably even have other people on that live stream. So that's coming up.

I will see you there.

By Chris

13 thoughts on “How to make led tail lights”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars iVolkswagen says:

    Awesome video! Well shot and explained in a way that you can understand! My only gripe is it would have been cool to see a totally finished product. But I get that’s not always possible with client work

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GoogleLeaveMyNameAlone says:

    Nice an actual guide. I watched alot of your videos and it seems like alot is not helpful guides like this. I bought a Corso Motion and accross all the Flyryde video and website there wasnt a good guide in the slightest. What is worst is that your video's always come up without actually helping and constantly hiding the actual corso wiring 🙁

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marino says:

    When leds are in a line like this i like to flip each series so that you can group the ends and have it be alittle less wiring. ( -++–++- vs -+-+-+-+ )

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kisakye tommy says:

    Thanks Zack, you make it look really simple. Big up brother 🙏 💪

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Milan Meiland says:

    You say you’ve done this for many years but don’t know the difference between an Anode and a Cathode? 😅
    Not hating or anything, but that’s kind of basic stuff
    Use this acronym: PANIC Positive Anode, Negative is Cathode

    Also, normally the long one is the Anode

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Its Shadow says:

    The positive is always the one with the longer stem

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars greenrogue07 says:

    nice, so i am actually lookin to build some tail lights, headlights for a friend's prelude. this is coming in very handy, but one thing i would ask for a video, is how do you get your parts. i know of corsomotion and now illumaestethic. are there any other places to buy parts to throw in headlights/tailights?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel man says:

    Dude, long cathode and short cathode? As a person that want to do educative videos, you should know the correct name of the stuff you use. No hate

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Low says:

    Glad to see more content man eventho it's not all you was thinking about you and your channel the other day. Hope everything is going well bro!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Simply Addressable says:

    I'd use a corsomotion module on the brake also to have the parking light function

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Darren Cannell says:

    Wow really? Short and long cathode? I don't think so, and this guy has a taillight business ? One is the anode and the other is the cathode.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Batman75149 says:

    Am I the only one screaming "FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS!!" hahahaha

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Garforce II says:

    Jay and I were just talking about you at his place today lol

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