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you could buy a kit, but we have tried to take apart the OEM lights and its not easy. The factory glue is stronger than the plastic itself! The new OEM headlights we use seem to have a slightly softer glue that is still very difficult but doable.
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If there is interest for a DIY kit version we will sell them as it makes our life much easier
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If there is interest for a DIY kit version we will sell them as it makes our life much easier
what sort of price would the DIY kit warrant? Would it come with everything you need and more importantly what sort of skill level is required for the work?
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It would come with all the bits you needed to make it work and some basic instructions, but you would be on your own in terms of getting your headlights apart or cutting the lenses. Price would be a lot less as it would be minus the cost of 2 x headlights and labour. Not sure exactly how much as I would need to think it through.

Leave it with me.
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would an 'HID bulbs' upgrade pack be an option? - and if so what sort of monies are we talking?
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You can buy a set of hid's for less than 30 on flea bay
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We did look at specifc HID kits that had very small ballasts that we could hide either inside or under the headlight where the OEM ones go so that MOT's etc would not see them as "after-market" but as HIDs can fail, the last thing you want is to take the bumper back off to replace the ballasts.

Still it could be an option if someone wanted to.

Personally, I am looking into next generation Full LED driven main & full beam options, but that's a different storey to follow
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Very interested!

Hi, I'm from Australia and very keen to know your progress! I'll definitely be ordering from you once you have finished!
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Do you have an estimated completion date? I'm excited!!
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Jay is dropping the PSU's off at the end of next week, so hopefully I should be able to get the development sets finished shortly after that.

The only fly in the ointment is that I'm having surgery tomorrow which will slow me down a bit, but once I'm up and about I'm straight on it.

Sorry to keep you waiting folks, but you all know they'll look so much better in the darker nights.
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As Coxy said, we are in the final stages..... everything electronic is now built and ready to go but we have to assemble the headlights with the bits inside and that's Coxy's department so its over to him to sort the next stage. I am just putting the packages together for him with circuits, cases, PSU's, relays, wire, crimpers etc so he has all he needs to play with them while he recovers. Once they are built up and we have a good idea on the install, I will head back over to his place for an install day and they will be up and running on the cars as a long term test. Once this is sorted we will be good to start the process of building to order.

I literally just ordered a pair of 12v time delay relay circuits that will allow us to switch the lights on from the central locking or fuel pump feeds (if we can find one suitable) so that when you press the door open button, the indicators will flash with the alarm and then the Halo's will light up with the startup sequence.

That way you can see the full glory of the Halos starting up as you walk up to your car


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That way you can see the full glory of the Halos starting up as you walk up to your car
The icing on the cake!

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And for those of you that cant find the video of what they look like, just to remind you, here is a fresh video of the start-up sequence and modes of operation:

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ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.


Start-up mode: 0-100-80% transition per ring in sequence from inside to out of car
day mode: 80% Power
night mode: 60% Power
Signal mode: 60% for inner and outer rings with centre ring off
main beam: 100% power
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That looks awesome. Well done.
Shame about the cost but I guess that's the price you pay for looking ultra cool.
Not sure I can persuade the wife she needs them (it's her car).
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looks sensational guys, well done...

could you also organise a postage quote to australia.
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Once we get them up and running, we will look into international shipping mate

I know its been an age since the inception of this project, but awesomeness takes time
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Hadn't seen the video before.. VERY EXCITED!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHH!
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Reading with great interest. Brilliant project...
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Jay... Apologies if this question has already been answered... just it is a 14 page thread

But how are these controlled? Turn the engine on, and what else is required? Would there be a switch in the cockpit or are these totally automatic, sense day/night etc?

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Jay... Apologies if this question has already been answered... just it is a 14 page thread

But how are these controlled? Turn the engine on, and what else is required? Would there be a switch in the cockpit or are these totally automatic, sense day/night etc?

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This is a complete assumption, but guessing these will probably run off your clock to know whether or not it is night?

I assume they also are wired so that when you indicate, one turns off, when you go full beam they go to 100%?
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Ok, quick refresher for those just joining the thread....

The units are custom designed and utilise a microcontroller to manage multiple modes of operation, automatically selected based on operating conditions....

There are 3 inputs into the controller boards that take a feed from the driving light (h7), main beam (h7) and indicator. Each of these feeds acts like a switch, so when that particular bulb receives power, the microcontroller detects this and changes the current mode to the relevant mode required.

The modes are:

Start-up mode: 0-100-80% transition per ring in sequence from inside to out of car
day mode: 80% Power
night mode: 60% Power
Signal mode: 60% for inner and outer rings with centre ring off
main beam: 100% power

One important point is that the "Signal mode" , i.e indicators flashing is a high priority program interrupt, so no matter what else the unit was doing, start-up, high, low whatever, they switch instantly to Signal mode. This is a safety feature so that if the indicators are in use the DRL's do not interfere with them, ever.

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As you can see from the above picture, the controllers have 3 inputs + power on the left and 3 outputs on the right.

Each output is a regulated LED supply using a high grade LED driver that ensures the exact power is sent to the LED rings to keep them stable and happy. The actual visible luminosity of each ring is an optical illusion based on the technique of turning the ring on and off at very high speed (Pulse Width Modulation) which makes the LED look like it is dimming etc, when it actually isn't

The overall power supply for the two controllers and 6 rings is a "buck/boost" type supply with regulation, stabilisation & isolation capabilities to protect the electronic components from over, under & reverse voltage situations. This will ensure the longevity of the electrical components and specifically stop the rings flickering or dimming accidentally while the engine starts like your headlights do The power supply is actually so efficient that it will run the circuits and the rings on only 6 volts of input power! so if your battery is so flat it wont start the car, the rings will still operate perfectly, !

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The Blue unit above is the power supply in use for this project. We are still planning to have them start on the unlock of the car from the remote, but that's still a work in progress.

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Hi there,
I'm very impressed with what you are doing. I think I will be ordering a fully assembled kit from you as and when.
One question, will these will be ok with the "auto lights" on my car?
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I'm very impressed with what you are doing. I think I will be ordering a fully assembled kit from you as and when.
One question, will these will be ok with the "auto lights" on my car?
Thanks mate, yes they will work with the auto on/off feature just fine.
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