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I've now received my CCFL halo kit from the Ukraine!
Only trouble is, it's going to be quite involved i.e. removing headlights (which means removing front bumper unless I'm mistaken?) and taking them apart.
Time to do it is going to be the tricky part as I can't have it apart for more than a weekend as my wife needs the car every week day. With 2 young kids that's going to be tricky.
Looking at the instructions (which are in reasonable English) they recommend putting the headlight in the oven at 80c to soften the glue (after removing bulbs etc). My initial question is what do you glue it back together with? I have a hot glue gun to stick the rings on but that won't be suitable to re-seal the headlights.
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I am looking into a less intrusive/destructive option for DRLs at the minute as I partially melted my junk headlight in the oven trying to take it apart
What temperature did you set the oven to and how long did you leave it in there?
Also, I'm wondering what sort of glue to use to stick the CCFL's on and also to re-seal the headlight. Any ideas?
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Tip: If you want to un-seal and re-seal the headlight - bring it to some company specializing in it.
If it's too expensive, wait for my detailed manual for cut off the fronts. I will do it in about one month.
DO NOT use hot glue to re-seal headlight parts. DO NOT use it to install CCFL's. Buy some silicon glue high temperature resistant.

My project is slowly moving forward. I'm just ordering parts
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I have looked at the fog's directly and its the same issue, sealed units that look a mare to get open. current plan is to fit an additional custom DRL into the foglight trim surround. I have a mate working up a prototype fitment based on my spec ready for me to add the electronics to. Thing is, he's too busy building a lancaster and a spitfire model at the minute to crack on with it! don't ask!
JabawokJay - you have a PM.
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Impressive work YonasH!
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Any updates on this thread? I've just read through from start to finish - Pioneering at it's best! Would have a set without question / subject so someone supplying them complete as my DIY skills are non existent!
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I personally abandoned this one due to the complexities of dismantling the headlights. I know YonasH is still blazing ahead on this though so maybe PM him.
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no longer a prototye stage, designated headlamps are just being modified this week
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As Lucasino said - work in progress. First two cars with SMD rings should be on the road tomorrow
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I'm not currently planning to produce those headlights. I just don't have time for it. But I will provide very detailed manual. The best would be if you could find someone who will do it for you.
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Finished work...with a smile ;)

Hello guys, I have finally finished this project on my Brera. At first try I used flexible LED strips, looked good, but after a month some of them started flashing...so I got a bit angry about it. Tried anything to improve the voltage, to keep it stable and so on. Nothing worked, so decided to use another ones, hopefuly better ones. Ordered the same rings from the polish Jafra guy, came without a problem to Slovakia after 3 days, had to pay bank transfer ahead. I have installed them right away, took me aprox 5 hours and now the result is amazing, have already few interested people in this with 159 So guys dont be afraid of it, just a few cuts into you lights and than you see everyones head turning

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Very nice indeed.

So how did you do it then?
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Periro - be careful with using them on the road w/o any DRL module. If you will "learn" police that your lights are home-made, then everyone else having those may be stopped. We installed the rings in two cars last week, but until the module will be fitted, we don't use it on the road. No exception.
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That I know, but the police cannot say how it is installed. They are inside the headlights, so it looks like factory made. And they have no right to open your hood and look for DRL module So in that matter I dont see a problem and for second, I have them as parking lights( so called side lights).
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Looks nice but w/o the module it can jappardize the whole operation

Periro do I see correctly that after SMD installation your left lamp plastic cover looks to be mounted more to the right than the original one ?
Did you mark the position before cutting it off ?
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Looks nice but w/o the module it can jappardize the whole operation

Periro do I see correctly that after SMD installation your left lamp plastic cover looks to be mounted more to the right than the original one ?
Did you mark the position before cutting it off ?
Yes, I have marked it before cutting so there is no movement to any side, might be because of turn of camera. The other things is, that these rings in the specific size dont fit inside the mirror part of the headlight, but directly on the end edge, so when you put the transparent part back to glue it back, there is a space around 0.5 cm because of it. But at the end it was not a problem, just some heat resistant silicon in the space and put all the plastic covers back and screw it as it was before. Peace of cake
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DRL module

The thing that I dont use DRL module is because i like it in the evening and night aswell. Also most of now factory mounted DRLs are on all the time. So I have it as DRLs during the day and when it gets darker my main bi-xenon lights turn on aswell.
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sample of what module by YonasH can do...

Alfa Romeo 159/Brera - Ringi Demo - YouTube

translation of movie subtitles in order of appearance:

intro animation (when opening the car rings are in standby mode) -->
inserting a key or starting the engine -> DRL functionality
sidelights -->
headlights xenon -->
driving (beam) lights -->
special effects: strobo, knight rider (and other ...) -->
outro animation -->

one last feature not shown here - you can turn off the rings by one click from the cabin, then you have regular lights as if they were no rings.
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Why this mod would not be a cheap one to buy:

You would need to include the cost of 2 x new headlights (200 or so) unless you like loosing the use of your car for an undefined amount of time.
The cost of the parts, rings, electronics etc (100-200 depending on qty being sourced at once)
Labour to build the headlights and controller units...
Labour to remove your headlights, refit the new ones and wire up...

The labour to build a set would be days if not weeks, and the labour to swap and install would be at least a day if not 2.

I would do it in the UK for people but the reality is the cost is not worth it. This makes this the ultimate DIY mod, not for the faint of heart

That said, if enough people were serious, much like the cylon conversion. I would be happy to team up with someone and organise a group mod approach to keep costs down.


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What is the reason to buy another set of headlights? To put them on the shelf?
The cost of the kit will be about 250-270, but it includes everything (rings, 2 modules, buttons, cables, connectors, cutting tool, silicone glue). You will only need to have, borrow or buy some tools and go step by step through my detailed manual.
The labour time is 2 days to modify headlights (obviously car is undriveable), and another 2-3 evenings, when you will piece by piece finish the installation.
I don't know how "ultimate" it is, but there is (or will be in the nearest future) 15 cars with my rings (incl. one in UK)
I will post here some detailed informations about my kit soon.
Till end of the year I want to collect orders, then some deposits. Complete kits will be sent early spring 2013.


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The reason behind another set of headlights is so that the car is still usable during the headlight build. The reality of this is that while you are able to do this in a couple of days, many would not be able and want someone else to provide a complete headlight kit that is easy to swap.

Its the headlight assembly that is the major issue. Many people do not want to cut them open, and I know from experience this is the ONLY way to get inside them. If your kit included the units pre-installed into a replacement headlight, you might get more buyers.
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