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Old 08-03-2009, 11:57 PM   #1
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Lightbulb DIY: Here it is Dashboard ambient lighting ABL

As featured on homepage.

Hey guys, well I was one that was bummed about the ABL not being on the dash. However been doing some research and got my order in today and did a quick mockup.

NOTE: This is not a finished representation of what it is going to look like, I am screwing around with different size lighting, colors and the proper way to hard wire it and run all the wiring. Currently this is run off of the lighter plugin and looks like only two very small holes will be drilled "out of sight so you will not see it")

Once I figure out the easiest way and right size lighting I will give out all the information. I do not want to say use this particular brand, color, or size and make it look like crap. My big thing with all my mods is I want them to look like they came from the factory and not some riged contraption.

On a side note this will be a very inexpensive mod!

Anyway here are some teaser pics, I hope you like!!!!!



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Old 08-04-2009, 12:00 AM   #2
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sweet man, let us know when you get it figured out.
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:01 AM   #3
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awsum, keep us informed, and make sure it won't void your warranty in any way!
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What would be cool if the ambient lighting was inside the panel making the whole thing glow instead of it just being a line..
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What are you using to light it? LEDs or fiber? There is nothing behind that panel from the factory right? There is a space for the light to go through on the stock trim piece, right?


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awsum, keep us informed, and make sure it won't void your warranty in any way!

What is it with people and warranty? If you want to 100% keep your warranty then DON'T MODIFY YOUR CAR!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:07 AM   #6
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Awesome.

Can't wait to see the finished project.
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:09 AM   #7
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Hey guys, well I was one that was bummed about the ABL not being on the dash. However been doing some research and got my order in today and did a quick mockup.

NOTE: This is not a finished representation of what it is going to look like, I am screwing around with different size lighting, colors and the proper way to hard wire it and run all the wiring. Currently this is run off of the lighter plugin and looks like only two very small holes will be drilled "out of sight so you will not see it")

Once I figure out the easiest way and right size lighting I will give out all the information. I do not want to say use this particular brand, color, or size and make it look like crap. My big thing with all my mods is I want them to look like they came from the factory and not some riged contraption.

On a side note this will be a very inexpensive mod!

Anyway here are some teaser pics, I hope you like!!!!!



Impressive! I'm really liking the way thats starting to look. Definately keep us informed.
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:13 AM   #8
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:26 AM   #9
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I will be working on the IO dash, looks good ,let us know what you used.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:11 AM   #10
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:37 AM   #11
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What would be cool if the ambient lighting was inside the panel making the whole thing glow instead of it just being a line..
That might be a little bit too bright at night.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:47 AM   #13
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Teccboxx - you are the "Monarch of Modifications" - once again you're blazing new trails - this time blazed in ABL...

Looking forward to seeing and having the instructions for the finished dash ABL.
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:08 AM   #14
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I seem to recall someone stating that near or above the fusebox is a plug that looks to be where ABL would have been plugged into had the engineers gotten it figured out in time.

Have you tried using that for the power source rather than doing any drilling?

Look very nice
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:11 AM   #15
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I seem to recall someone stating that near or above the fusebox is a plug that looks to be where ABL would have been plugged into had the engineers gotten it figured out in time.

Have you tried using that for the power source rather than doing any drilling?

Look very nice

Good memory - I recalled it too - look here - post #4 http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...&highlight=ABL
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Great job Teccboxx. I have also ordered wiring for the job. I will be switching lighting technology to EL wire of optical. What did you use?
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:24 AM   #18
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Great work. Keep us informed. I'll do it as soon as you have it figured out. Thanks!
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Looks awesome. Hopefully I can add some of this stuff to a 1LT.
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:51 AM   #20
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Looking good! Can the brightness be adjusted?
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:01 AM   #21
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Is this going on any kind of switch so that you would be able to turn it on/off or change the brightness?
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Looking good! Can the brightness be adjusted?
I would think he hooked it up to the dimmer switch, as its has the connection for it.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:52 AM   #24
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I'm currently working on doing the same thing to mine. I'm going to have orange ABL and I'm also changing it in the doors to orange to go along with my color scheme.
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