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Old 10-24-2009
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LED Indicator Lights

Hey i was seeing where u guys are getting yur indicator lights? im looking for red ones, looking for 3. im modding my ohc garage compartment.
i have one from kragen and its like 1 1/2" long. im looking for short ones so they dont take up so much space
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I buy my LED's from oznium, superbrightleds, and vleds. Search there, do something creative.
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If you want something that is setup for 12V already thing Rat Shaq, I don't like a lot of their product but their components work OK.

This one is in a small package but not sure if it works for you.

Red LED with Holder - RadioShack.com
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thanks guys. whats the link to oznium?

scrambler u have experience with that led indicator?
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scrambler u have experience with that led indicator?
Yup I have them in the Jeep's switch panel and I used them for new directional indicators and high beam indicator on the dash for the Jeep also.
I would show you a pic but do not have one of the completed Dash; when I return from vacation in two weeks I will take a pic IF you still need them, sorry.

The lights are a little bright for me, so I added an additional resistor to the power line, I think it was about 100 ohms to dims them a little.

About adding a resistor to an LED with a resistor, since it is already setup for 12V there is no problem about popping the LED but if the resistor in the light is at the high end of the resistance for that LED then LED will go out. All you need to do is reduce the resistance of the added resistor. If you have a pick between what resistors try putting different ones in line to achieve the brightness , or dimness in my case, you want. Remember there is a limit to the amount of resistance you can add to an LED so play with it so to speak.

They look good against a black background, drill a hole, hook them up and you are all set.
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okay cool.i should go pick up a few then
but are they long? im looking for shorter ones
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Ya, a little , about an 1" in the back.

How much room do you have behind the panel the LEDs will be mounted in ?

You can mount standard LEDs w/an panel mount (which is just a snap in piece of plastic and a lock ring, about/4"behind the panel) and bend the leads close; you will need to add a resistor to each LED based on the forward voltage. (there are calculators on this site somewhere that can help you with the resistor needed).
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i was gonna do this to the ohc. where the garage button is pushed.
i took it out and cut out a piece of aluminum and want to put 3 led lights for indicators for switches
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I do not know what you are actually up to but from what you are saying it sounds like a good project.

The Rat Shaq LED 12V Indicators will work OK, but may be too brights; the only limiting factors is the depth of the area you have.

Go to a Rat Shaq (Radio Shack) and look at the indicator lights their might be one that will fit as is, like a mini 12V LED.
OR use one of these for each LED, LED Holder - RadioShack.com, you need one of these, a lock ring, an LED of the correct color and a resistor to use the LED at 12V, for each indicator.
Very low space requirements.
Best thing to do is check them out at the store or any electronics store.
If you were closer I could do this for you but Cali is a long way from Boston.

luck to ya, I am off tomorrow for vaca for two weeks so if I do not reply it is because I do not have access to the internet.

ltr and luck with the project.
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i was talking about the expo ohc. on the garage door cubby theres that garage door button on the cubby, theres two screws that hold the button down and i took it off... and cut out a piece of aluminum for the whole and will place 3 led thru it.

i was at vatozone today and i was in the ricer light section. and i saw 3 led "high intensity" lights from pilot automotive. there 12 volt leds.
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Yup got the OHC idea but didn't know where you were putting things.

You have the right idea about checkingout different lights, don't forget to check out other stores too.
Watch the High output LEDs, they sometime are too bright.

Either get some measurements of the depth of the space you meed to fit or take the part to the store and try to fit the LEDs in place.

Measure the open space in the OHC from the lip up, add in the thickness of the panel you will be using and buy something that will fit in that space less 1/4".
There isn't much space so it will need to be small; sometimes LEDs with resistors are the only way.

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