Vibe Door switch panel add night lights DIY

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Vibe Door switch panel add night lights DIY

Post by Derf » Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:13 pm

Added lights to the door switch panels.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1S5F2ZuFM0

Used flat top LED's to prevent switch panel interference and protrusion from trim panels.
The resistor values need changed by type and color of LED. For Example a White LED may be 3.3v and yellow 2.4v, different resistor values are needed to optimize the circuit. Use 15 volt as circuit operating voltage, this higher value will provide better integrity, the Vibe can reach 14.8 volts during normal operation. Use the following link to assist in LED circuit design LINK: http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz
The higher the resistor value, the LED will get dimmer, but go to low and "Poof" your LED will go permanently dark. In the video, used the LED wizard to get a basic idea of what value to start at, then used the potentiometer to determine the desired illumination level.

For the Neptune Blue Vibe I used the following LED:
P/N RL5-B12120 Flat top 5 mm (T-1 3/4), Forward Voltage 3.3V, 4 Lumen, 1200mcd, Peak Forward Current 100mA, Viewing Angle 120 degree Wavelength, 470 nm http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo ... /265/1192/
Your Local Radio Shack should have a decent selection of resistors and LED's, but if working with quantity, online will be cheaper

Used one LED for each door handle
Ground - LED - Resistor +12v
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Four LED's for driver door switch panel, mounting to the switch frame, this was the hardest part of the project due to limited working space.
Ground - LED-LED-LED-LED - Resistor +12v
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Two for passenger door switch panel, drilling holes in the switch mounting sockets, as shown in the video
Ground - LED-LED - Resistor +12v
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Check the following link for tips on pulling wires from the car through the rubber boot into the door:
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Re: Vibe Door swith panel add night lights DIY

Post by KITT222 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:31 pm

Wow, that's some really creative and smart thinking. I may need to do this... Not that I want any light, but just because it looks good.

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Re: Vibe Door swith panel add night lights DIY

Post by tpollauf » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:05 pm

Awesome job Derf! I was your 21st viewer on YouTube ! You obviously have a lot of extra time on your hands in order to get these mods accomplished. This is very similar to what I plan on doing to our 09 Vibe's but won't have the time for a while. Great job! ;)
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Re: Vibe Door swith panel add night lights DIY

Post by hotbug1776 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:14 pm

Just waiting for your how-to on power window delay off so I can roll my windows up and down with the key off. :D

Its a feature on the wife's Impala that I like, well, that and the delay off radio. Hers is 15 minutes or door open, whichever is first. I noticed the Vibe has the battery save as well after like 15 minutes for the dome lights. I wonder if that circuit could be utilized with a relay to allow for window power with the key off for the 15 minutes.
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Re: Vibe Door swith panel add night lights DIY

Post by Derf » Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:48 pm

tpollauf wrote:Awesome job Derf! I was your 21st viewer on YouTube ! You obviously have a lot of extra time on your hands in order to get these mods accomplished. ;)
Ah, you underestimated "Snowmageden '14" lots of indoor time to research and get things setup, but the cold delayed working on plastic bits.
hotbug1776 wrote:Just waiting for your how-to on power window delay off so I can roll my windows up and down with the key off. :D
....Uh Oh a new project!
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