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UncleDon 05-26-2009 06:20 PM

Dimming and Tinting EAS Aurora Angel Eyes
 
In my opinion, LED Angel eyes are a little too harsh and too bright, unless you want to use them as daytime running lights.
In an effort to get a more subtle, OEM look, I dimmed and tinted my LED Angel Eyes.

I installed an adjustable dimmer on my EAS Auroras to tone them down so they would look good at dusk and at night.
I don't use them during the day. (BTW, these are the new, 15% brighter v1.1 Auroras.)

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...1&d=1242873784

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...0&d=1243346607

To install the dimmer, I spliced into the main power wire between the relay and the main power source. I wired them to come on with the fog lights and I do not use the wire that fades them on and off with the interior lights.

The rheostat, plastic "project box", and the knob are all from Radio Shack. The cost of all three parts was less than $10.

Installing the dimmer was easy...

- Just drill three holes in the project box.
- Solder the wires to the rheostat.
-Assemble the project box and attach it to the firewall. ( I attached it with HD velcro. )

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...6&d=1242946492

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...7&d=1242946492

I also "tinted" my LED Angel Eyes to reduce the individual LED, "pearl necklace" look. Auroras use a pattern that is moulded into the lens to diffuse the light and help blend the individual LEDs. However, that pattern is only on the front of the lens, leaving the sides of the lens clear. When viewed at an angle, the individual LEDs show up much more than when they are viewed straight on.

To fix this I tinted the sides of the rings with silver vinyl, the type of vinyl you would get at a sign shop. (1/4" x 11" strips) Silver vinyl is quite thin so 50% to 60% of the light still shines through, but it is diffused much better and the "pearl necklace" refections are all but gone.

The pictures below will give you an idea of how the silver vinyl looks and works...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...1&d=1243432740

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...5&d=1242874565

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...0&d=1243346607

BTW... you could experiment with different colored or translucent vinyls to get different colors or different looks, like carbon fiber patterned vinyls.

ThreeTwoFive 05-26-2009 06:25 PM

Nice! I might try something like this.,..

Spdu4ia 05-26-2009 07:59 PM

good job!... the brightness is one of the reasons I got the 30LED versions

SlimKlim 05-26-2009 08:08 PM

Excellent work! I've installed a dimmer as well, but if you're a well respected surgeon, Im a monkey with a knife. I made a dimmer for the inner and outer pair though.

Solidjake 05-26-2009 08:09 PM

Very good job!

Even though I like it bright :eeps:

Keyser Soze 05-26-2009 08:09 PM

This thread rules

can you list the part #'s from Radio shack please?

SlimKlim 05-26-2009 08:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Solidjake (Post 4214870)
Very good job!

Even though I like it bright :eeps:

I can almost see daylight under your front right tire in your sig. :)

Keyser Soze 05-26-2009 08:18 PM

Jake wants his car to be seen from outer space and to scorch peoples eye's out.

next step = two of these bad boys on his hood

http://www.magnalight.com/pc-664-71-...ndlepower.aspx



Quote:

Originally Posted by SlimKlim (Post 4214896)
I can almost see daylight under your front right tire in your sig. :)


Solidjake 05-26-2009 08:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SlimKlim (Post 4214896)
I can almost see daylight under your front right tire in your sig. :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Keyser Soze (Post 4214927)
Jake wants his car to be seen from outer space and to scorch peoples eye's out.

next step = two of these bad boys on his hood

http://www.magnalight.com/pc-664-71-...ndlepower.aspx

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::thumbup:

You guys know me oh so well.

I'll try to get a wheel off the ground on the next run :fingers:

UncleDon 05-26-2009 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Keyser Soze (Post 4214874)
This thread rules

can you list the part #'s from Radio shack please?

25-Ohm 3-Watt Rheostat
Model: 271-265 | Catalog #: 271-265

Project Enclosure (3x2x1")
Model: 270-1801 | Catalog #: 270-1801

Communications Style Control Knob
Model: 274-402 | Catalog #: 274-402

SlimKlim 05-26-2009 09:01 PM

Holy fricken crap your car is cool, a touring with M-tech II and 135's?

Tell me its a sport package 5-spd.

UncleDon 05-26-2009 09:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SlimKlim (Post 4215094)
Holy fricken crap your car is cool, a touring with M-tech II and 135's?

Tell me its a sport package 5-spd.

Thanks for the kind words...
I ordered it late in 2004 so it is one of the last U.S. spec E46 wagons built.
It does have the sport package and a 5 speed.

AlboBMW 05-26-2009 10:52 PM

I will definitely do this. Nice job.

rabbitw00t 05-26-2009 11:56 PM

looks great. How sweet would it be to blast some techno and get some crazy lights on the top of the car like in cash cab while dialing your angel eye dimmers from high to low, back and forth. Cops would drop their doughnuts on site and there'd be multiple lane accidents on every interstate you ride on.

SlimKlim 05-27-2009 04:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UncleDon (Post 4215141)
Thanks for the kind words...
I ordered it late in 2004 so it is one of the last U.S. spec E46 wagons built.
It does have the sport package and a 5 speed.

:bow: Now you just need to do an S54 swap into that wagon. :bigpimp:

Screamin 05-27-2009 07:04 AM

I like the part about wiring the angel eyes to come on with the fog lights. How did you do that?

burnoutfad123 05-27-2009 07:05 AM

Good Job, Cool idea, I think it would be cool to dim the outside and leave inside bright. I might try that when i get mine!:thumbup:

SmokedE46 05-27-2009 10:08 AM

AWESOME job, I noticed ur EAS leds dont seem to have the pearl necklace effect, like the orians do. Is that due to the tint that you put on OR the fact that EAS has solved the issue. We the time comes I will upgrade to EXACTLY what youve done. Cold starts on ccfls is gettin me pissed. Again great job, more pics perhaps from further away?

tom @ eas 05-27-2009 10:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SmokedE46 (Post 4216104)
AWESOME job, I noticed ur EAS leds dont seem to have the pearl necklace effect, like the orians do. Is that due to the tint that you put on OR the fact that EAS has solved the issue. We the time comes I will upgrade to EXACTLY what youve done. Cold starts on ccfls is gettin me pissed. Again great job, more pics perhaps from further away?

That's in effect to the ring that we use - it properly diffuses the light for a uniform pattern, compared to the Orion V2s that simply magnify it.

Lex5 05-27-2009 10:22 AM

Very nice on the dimmer but quick question. Is the vinyl tape heat resistant?

UncleDon 05-27-2009 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lex5 (Post 4216149)
Very nice on the dimmer but quick question. Is the vinyl tape heat resistant?

Premium vinyls are designed to last for years of outdoor use. The outer lens on LED angel eyes doesn't ever get hot enough to be a problem.

Spdu4ia 05-27-2009 11:08 AM

i wouldn't worry about the led's heating them up but the bulb that BLASTS through the middle of the ring.

jryguyi 05-27-2009 03:06 PM

Nice job on the dimmer, but lets ditch that and see more pics of that awesome wagon :supdude:

Keyser Soze 06-06-2009 01:46 PM

I am so bummed. I ordered these parts and installed them, wiring them up and soldering per your pics. The dimmer function didn't work. Not sure why. Eyes would come on at 1 million candlelight, twist knob.....nothing happens. Wonder if I got a defective rheostat but I doubt it. Only other thing I can think of is that since I have mine kicking on from the interior light it over-rides the rheostat. Hell if I know. I hate doing electronic crap to my car why don't the damn manufacturers or resellers include a damn dimmer and add $20 to the price? GRRR


Quote:

Originally Posted by UncleDon (Post 4214963)
25-Ohm 3-Watt Rheostat
Model: 271-265 | Catalog #: 271-265

Project Enclosure (3x2x1")
Model: 270-1801 | Catalog #: 270-1801

Communications Style Control Knob
Model: 274-402 | Catalog #: 274-402


wheel-man 06-06-2009 01:51 PM

Nice job, but I like the 'Pearl Necklace' effect :eeps::D


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