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    Lightbulb XJ Under dash lighting

    There's no reason this additional, or replacement lighting can't be done in any 12 volt vehicle, but so far I've only tried it in an XJ (1984 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee)

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    Several years ago I replace the incandescent bulb that came with the Jeep with a LED "bulb" but after recently adding under cabinet lighting in our kitchen I thought I'd try the same thing in my Jeep.

    As you may know LED's are very bright, very cheap, and run off of 12 volts. Our Jeep runs off of 12 volts, but only when the alternator isn't turning. 13.8 volts is the running voltage, but is this too much voltage for the LED lighting strips? Well I'm going to find out.

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    Attaching the light strip to a power source is very simple, you just attach it to the same wires that power the bulb receptacle.

    Attaching the physical strip turned out to be more challenging. These LEDs are warm and this isn't very good for the 3M tape that I attached to the back. Right now I just have a zip tie holding it, but I believe epoxy will be in my future plans.

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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    So they work off 12V without any adapters?
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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    So they work off 12V without any adapters?
    Correct

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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    Good to know. I have done some daydreaming about using them for interior lights
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Good to know. I have done some daydreaming about using them for interior lights
    These are waterproof so they could be used on the outside as well. You know but for the others reading, fuse everything!

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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    I've had 4 or 5 16 foot spools of those Cheap LED rope lights for about 6 years now. They have been awesome. I mostly use them for camp lighting but trimmed a few down to use as undercarriage lighting that I still haven't put in yet lol.
    1995 XJ / 4.0L / AW4 / D30 w/No-Slip Locker / C8.25 / UPCOUNTRY spec suspension / 235/75R15

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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    these too flimsy to use for rock lights?
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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by denverd1 View Post
    these too flimsy to use for rock lights?
    Don't think so but I need to try them on the outside, and see how bright they are.

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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by denverd1 View Post
    these too flimsy to use for rock lights?
    I was daydreaming about that too
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    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    I have a lot left. I'll try to get some shots with it under my Jeep.

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    Looks good Tony,
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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    These are the ones i use for camp. About 50 yards away in this picture.

    The hardest part is figuring out how to attach them the stickum on the back isnt strong enough. Im going to try some all weather superglue.

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    Last edited by downsy; 03-28-2019 at 06:38 PM.
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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    Yep, the LED technology is amazing, to me.

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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    I can find a pic on my phone but I've had some like this, albeit shorter sections you buy as a kit at the auto parts, on the inside of each fender flare. They're just stuck on right behind the edge and are so slim are not visible. I do have them in blue (I was young...) so not the best color to tell but are no where near bright enough for rock lights with the 12-16" sections I have. But the adhesive has help up great for the approximate 8-9 years I've had them in there.

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    Default Re: XJ Under dash lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Wheeler View Post
    I can find a pic on my phone but I've had some like this, albeit shorter sections you buy as a kit at the auto parts, on the inside of each fender flare. They're just stuck on right behind the edge and are so slim are not visible. I do have them in blue (I was young...) so not the best color to tell but are no where near bright enough for rock lights with the 12-16" sections I have. But the adhesive has help up great for the approximate 8-9 years I've had them in there.

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    I remember seeing your rig with the mood lighting on! These days, with RGB lighting, you can have it all! Red for V day, green for St. Patty's, purple for Prince's birthday (it's coming up, June 7th!) you get the idea.... I also worry about throwing mud and rocks at them, but if yours are going on 9 years, sounds like they would work.

    Still can't decide if this is a good idea or not... for the price, I could order a roll and experiment with them.

    seriously, thanks for posting that up, had no idea the stock adhesive would hold up that well....
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