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Old 03-12-2009, 07:06 PM
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Smile Pics of my Interior Lighting Mod

Inspired by mrbmwx5's DIY of the interior door handle LED mod (thanks for that by the way), I decided to try myself. With the help of the door panel removal instructions on the homepage, and some thinking, here's what turned out.

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The pictures don't do it justice! They look great in person and at night.
The front lights don't travel too far; it travels about 1/3 of the wood trim.
The rear ones are great, they travel to the end and they dim as it does so. I can't keep my eyes off of them!
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:09 PM
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Would've been nice if the light traveled across the length of the wood trim...
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Looks cool. Wish I had the time and patience.
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I thought those LEDs were supposed to light up the door handle recess, in effect showing where the door handle is in the dark
Maybe Tom could take a few pics of his and show us what his look like. C'mon Tom you said you would.

Looks good anyway. Nothing like a twist to a mod.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:58 PM
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Inspired by mrbmwx5's DIY of the interior door handle LED mod (thanks for that by the way), I decided to try myself. With the help of the door panel removal instructions on the homepage, and some thinking, here's what turned out.

My favorite mod so far!









The pictures don't do it justice! They look great in person and at night.
The front lights don't travel too far; it travels about 1/3 of the wood trim.
The rear ones are great, they travel to the end and they dim as it does so. I can't keep my eyes off of them!
Nice work i glad that you insterested in my DIY.
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I thought those LEDs were supposed to light up the door handle recess, in effect showing where the door handle is in the dark
Maybe Tom could take a few pics of his and show us what his look like. C'mon Tom you said you would.

Looks good anyway. Nothing like a twist to a mod.
What Xnsf did is for the inside
same light taht you found yesterday while you was trying to fix your door handle ( that belong to my another mod by mrbmwx5 thread)
not same one like i just did led for the outside door handles
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:32 PM
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Looks like an alien is inside about to come out. Maybe it's ET ?
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That's exactly how it is in the new 3 series coupe. Looks awesome. THAT would be a sweet retrofit IMHO. As done, I agree the door handle isn't illuminated and that should stand out more than anything else.

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tom can do that...
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:08 PM
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thanks for the comments!

the E92 was definitely on my mind when I was coming up with a solution. If I had better tools (my drill was too weak, which was why I didn't/couldn't drill through the door handle). I wanted to have the light come out from behind the door grip, so it would have some soft lighting that looked like the E92's. I'll probably try that a little later.

The front door LEDs is too tied down, which is why the light is only showing in towards the front. THe LEDs on the rear doors are looser which allowed me to make the light travel the entire length of the wood, although I would like it to be more even.

If anyone has a solution like to improve the light travel or the BMW-amber colored LEDs, tell me how!
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