Ha all, I thought I would move discussion about the Cylon brake light project away from the LED thread so I didn't hijack my own thread, ha!
Here is a break down of where we are at:
The idea came about as a result of finding out that the 159 (and maybe Brera/Spider) make use of a simple light bar in the high level centre brake light. After finding this out I needed to replace it with LEDs and a brief opening up of the unit leant itself to having some fun applied to it.
Essentially you can simply upgrade to LEDs by removing the light bar and replacing them with 5mm LEDs and then wiring them back to the +12 with suitable resistors. Of course that would be too easy so instead I decided to make a micro-controller that could run them in different sequences.
I have made 4 different versions of the circuit, with V3 currently being in a BETA test in my car. V5 is most likely to go to full production and is in progress as of today.
The unit has 3 modes and an MOT bypass, and runs through the modes from the moment you place your foot on the brake:
Mode 1: On for 2 seconds
Mode 2: Breathing (high to low to high) x number of times
Mode 3: Larson / Cylon style left to right to left scan (indefinitely)
You can read up on V3 here
and below is a video of it in a bench test:
The final unit will be a simple user swappable replacement for the light bar that wont require any screwdrivers or other technical know how to replace and I am prepared to make a few for a reasonable fee (yet to be determined) if you want one.