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Old 01-14-2013, 07:53 AM   #1
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DIY Sequential Taillights for approx $20

I decided i wanted to add sequential tailights to my camaro but didnt want to spend 100 bucks for them. I figured it couldn't be to hard to do so I got with my dad, who is pretty good with electronics, and we built 2 timers. Went to the shack and bought 2 of the following; a 555 timer, circuit board, capacitor, few diodes and a varaiable resistor. I had the 2 relays laying in my tool box so no reason to buy them. I dont have the schematic we used with me now, ill try to upload later. We just built the little circuit with the components and soldered everything together. Then I painted the back of the board with liquid electric tape and let dry to prevent shorting out anything. I removed the back covers over the tailights. My timers have 3 wires, ground, input and output. So i tapped in the outer light bulb ground for the ground wire and then cut the blinker bulb wire which was the yellow for left side and green for right side and installed the input-output wires to the bulb harness, all with solder and heat shrink joints of course. Then i turned on the hazard lights and used a pocket screwdriver to adjust the variable resistor until the delay was right where I wanted it. I was very pleased with the outcome of the project and I saved 80 bucks also

EDIT: SEE POST #52 FOR THE UPDATE. MOSFET WILL NEED TO BE USED, NOT A RELAY.

Here is the youtube link for the video: http://youtu.be/UjLuU-1eC0E
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:05 AM   #2
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embedded the video for you OP Great write up

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:32 AM   #3
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:05 AM   #4
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Genius! And I like the speed you chose more than others I have seen. So cool!
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:42 AM   #5
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Genius! And I like the speed you chose more than others I have seen. So cool!
thanks yeah i like the option to be able to adjust the speed as desired. if i was to build another set i would use a transitor instead of a relay and i would stand all the compents up just to make the module assembly smaller. I will try to remember to post the schmatic i used and the component values later so others can make some
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:54 AM   #6
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thanks yeah i like the option to be able to adjust the speed as desired. if i was to build another set i would use a transitor instead of a relay and i would stand all the compents up just to make the module assembly smaller. I will try to remember to post the schmatic i used and the component values later so others can make some
Nice, yeah, Im not afraid to solder and wire things up, but im not an expert when it comes to components.

Where in LA do you live?
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Nice, yeah, Im not afraid to solder and wire things up, but im not an expert when it comes to components.

Where in LA do you live?
I understand and im not either thats why i called in my dad. I live in bogalusa, bout an hour north of new orleans
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I understand and im not either thats why i called in my dad. I live in bogalusa, bout an hour north of new orleans
Haha, I was about to say the same thing. I would call my dad, he designs electrical systems for cranes. I lived in kenner/metairie/new orleans for a while but recently moved to the Folsom area.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:35 AM   #13
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Haha, I was about to say the same thing. I would call my dad, he designs electrical systems for cranes. I lived in kenner/metairie/new orleans for a while but recently moved to the Folsom area.
thats cool, ill prolly see you around some time. Im down in covington alot on the weekends
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:43 AM   #14
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Thanks for the wright up. It would be great to see the schematic
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:37 PM   #17
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Here is the schematic and parts list off to the side, enjoy 😏Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1358210218.535672.jpg
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Thank you for posting the schematic now I have to go shopping
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:04 PM   #19
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That is freakin cool. Totally visiting Radio Shack this week.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:21 AM   #20
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as a note to anyone tryin to build this, use a chip socket for the 555 timer. Those little timers are very heat sensitive and the soldering iron will melt the inside of it very fast. The first one i built was ok but the second would only work intermittently, after messing with it a few min we realized what went wrong. the shack sells a 2 pack of the chip sockets for 99 cents. well worth it! Also the variable resistor is set in the middle when you buy it and that is a little much delay so the lights wont work at all, after you wire it in turn the resistor all the way to the left which should be zero delay and start from there turning to the right until you get the desired delay.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:36 AM   #21
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That is really awesome. Good Job on the post. Going to Radio Shack myself and trying this.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:50 PM   #22
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This is great! And to think there is a 500% mark up on assemblies that do this exact thing... Crooks.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:01 PM   #23
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that is a sweet setup, and great idea btw...looks good.

does anybody know the current draw of the lights? working on using a transistor (mosfet) as the switching portion vs the relay. i could go out and measure it, but its a little wet out right now.

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Old 01-16-2013, 01:28 PM   #24
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Ohms Law comes in handy sometimes.
I=P/V
25 Watt bulb/12 Volts =2.08 A
5 Watt bulb/12 Volts = 0.41 A
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so what your saying is...

i kid i kid.

thanks, i've got a mosfet that should work with the max being 4A. i'll check it out.
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