Ok it's time to share what I've been up to recently.
Not long ago i got myself one of those special Super Duty 3rd brake lights that seem to only be on certain 06+ models which also fit our rangers.
Well I wanted to convert my cargo/3rd brake light to led so what a great mod candidate
Think I'm the first to attempt this with this particular one? hence I'm posting it here
Anyways I needed to pick up some red and white leds along with compatible resisters and some bread board. I chose to go with flat 165° wide angle leds. Reds were rated at 5,000 mcd and white at 20,000 mcd.
The first step was to remove the plastic housing off the back for traditional bulbs. I used a rotary tool to cut it.
Interestingly I noticed that once i got it cut off there seems to be a built in light spreader just behind the front cover (the red part). I don't believe the older style CHMSLs have these.
back side with boards laying in the SD CHMSL (*note haven't trimmed/mounted perm yet)
The LED arrays themselves(two cargo/one brake)
for some reason the camera flash glared through the cargo lights
cargo lights light(21 leds per light)
brake light(32 leds)
both cargo/brake on
Not bad however I would have liked to get the brake light brighter. I just cant fit enough single leds on the board to get the brightness I'm after with red. I tempted to try 20 or so Oznium Superflux 4 Chip LEDs
They aren't cheap though at almost $2 an LED and one downside is they have a much smaller viewing angle at only 90°.
The other thing was I sort of slightly buggered the rubber seal up in the process of using the rotary tool to cut the backing off. It worries me that it might leak rain water which i cant have at all especially with an amp right below
The other thing during the cutting process somehow a piece of plastic managed to lodge itself between the red light spreader and clear cover. I haven't had any luck getting it out yet. Its barely visible but it still drives me insane lol.