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A 355nation How To presented by
Ace644

Project Name
How To Make Your Own Halo Bulbs

Project Description
Make your own bulbs for Halos in the color of your choosing.
****Check your local laws for color restrictions.****

Skill Level
Moderate

Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado
Year: 2012
Engine: 2.8L
Power windows: yes
Sun Roof: No

Tools Needed
Wire Strippers
Wire Cutters
Crimpers
Dremel
Respirator
Soldering Iron – A temp adjustable will help prevent overheating.
Needle Nose Pliers
1/16 Drill Bit

Parts List
3mm LEDs - Color of your choice - SuperBrightLED.com
270Ω Resistors
470Ω Resistors
Prototyping Board - RadioShack
Wire Quick Disconnects
Single Strand Wires - Used for Breadboards - RadioShack
18 Gauge wire – Red and Black
Heat Shrink Tubing

Symbols Used
V – Volts
Ω - Ohms

Project Time
8 – 10 Hours

Project Cost
About $40

This is the bulb that I was wanting to replace. I also made the circuit on a breadboard before making the bulbs. Used different resistors on board since didn’t have the proper ones yet. In order to determine the resistors I needed, I used an app called LED-Calc Pro. It was a free app that would calculate the resistor needed by adjusting Vin, Current, and the Voltage across the LED. You can tell it the color and number of LED's used also.





You will need to retain the grommets off the headlights. The resistor packs can be thrown away if you will be installing your own resistors. Keep as much wiring on your DRL strip as you can. Mine had 2 sets of 2 LEDs and one single LED.



Take your prototyping board and cut it with the dremel at every 3rd and 8th hole. The hole pattern on your boards will need to be 2 x 7 to make the bulbs. Wear the respirator when cutting the board because they are made with fiberglass and you don’t want to breathe that in.







Using the 1/16 drill bit enlarge four holes on one end and two at the bottom. Strip a length of the solid strand wire. You will need to make jumpers to connect two holes together. The longer you make your jumper the easier it will hold itself in the board. The Jumper will go into the top two of the four holes you drilled.









The circuit you are creating will follow the positive up one side of the board and the negative down the opposite side. On your positive side the short lead of the LED (cathode -) will go into the hole with the jumper, the long lead (anode +) will be one hole down. The second LED will have its long lead (anode +) in the side with the jumper and the short lead (cathode -) one hole down. Pull the wires as close to the board as you can and solder them to make the connection. I also soldered the top of this connection to help keep them in. After they are soldered trim the connections so they will stay in the board.







Using the phone app I determined the Resistors I needed to use. The SBL.com website told me that the LED's I chose had a forward voltage of 3.4V, and Continuous Forward Current 20mA (milliamps). On the positive side add one 270Ω resistor. On the negative side add a jumper using the solid strand wire. Solder the connections. Add a 6 inch strip of the 18 gauge Red and Black wires to the board and solder together.







The bulb should be able to be tested at this point to ensure it is working. I used the 12V battery from my cordless drill. If it is not working the either LEDs are backwards or the heat from soldering burned out the LEDs. If it is working properly cover the board with heat shrink. Cut the bottom out of the Halo grommet and install onto your new Halo bulb. I added the quick disconnect to ease replacement of bulb later. Didn’t take pic of this but can be seen in later pics. Repeat previous steps until all Halos are completed.





Feed wires through the large round grommet and install the opposite connecter to the bulb. Splice in a second wire for the second Halo with disconnects also. Solder and heat shrink this connection.





The finished product should be similar to this. The longer the wires are from your connector to the bulbs the easier it will be to install into the headlight. The short one in the pic was a pain to get in.



Feed the wires into the headlight from the DRL side to the opposite Halo. Once the wires are ran through the headlight you can install your new bulbs into the Halo locations. Seal with the grommets and the Halos are done.





I also rewired my DRL strip. For this I spliced a resistor into the positive side of the circuit. For the two LED I added a 270Ω resistor and the single LED uses a 470Ω resistor. Cover with heat shrink and splice into positive and negative wires.







Connect your positive and negative wires however you wish from this point. Test to insure it’s all working properly. Reinstall head lights and you should be done. I connected mine to a switch in the cab so I can turn them on and off anytime in case I travel to a state where I can’t have the green.







4/3/15 UPDATE: Its been a year since I made the How-To for my Halo bulbs and want to let everyone know that they are still functioning perfectly. I leave them on all night while I'm at work and have them on when I'm showing off the truck. So far have not had to remake another set and will make another update when I have to.
 

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wanna make a trip to Colorado?? lol nice write up but I still dont think I am that talented
 

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I'm willing to make them for anyone that doesnt think they can do it. Will need some of the parts off your headlight depending on how you want it wired up.
 

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Is there anyway that sell these bulbs, would love to have my halos working again
Ya gotta read...
I'm willing to make them for anyone that doesnt think they can do it. Will need some of the parts off your headlight depending on how you want it wired up.
 

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I'll make a set for $65. I'll just need to know what color and depending on how you want them wired will need your grommets. Cost will include the shipping back to you.
 

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If i buy a set of these i would ship them to you before i even install them. I need to keep this in mind. Nice write up btw.
 

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If i buy a set of these i would ship them to you before i even install them. I need to keep this in mind. Nice write up btw.
Only the grommets not the entire headlight. I wired my DRL strip with the HALOs. so had to put the large round grommet on before the DRL strip was wired. If you just want the HALO bulbs I wont need the grommets you can install them your self. Just wont add the quick disconnects to the bulb side, will ship them with the bulbs to be put on after the grommet that holds it into place.
 

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God I wish I had wiring skills.
 

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Ok thanks for the help, I've done led swaps on my 2 motorcycles, and my friends bikes so this shouldn't be too much of a hassle then, I'll post up when I get them swapped out
 
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