12° North Industries
May 29, 2019
We thought to post some additional pics...
2011 GMC Sierra
- 2003 Xterra
- 1993 Ford Ranger
How do the led pods strobe. Do they have an internal controller or are you required to get an external similar to the sho-me controls modules
Looks like there's a simple clicker switch near the end of the LED strip. Pop open the hood, hit the switch, ???, light. As for how they're controlled, probably a simple resistor on the 12v line. Many of these types of LED strips are sectional, meaning you can cut them at regular intervals and not need to worry about changing the driver; the resistor may even be on each section, so you have a strip of three or four sections designed to run at 12v.
Sorry was referring to the 3x3 pod they had advertised
It works within the on/off switch used. A quick on/off flip of the switch toggles through functions. Longer pause between acts as normal last feature selected. No external or extra components needed. They kept it pretty simple. We also know that the housings could be swapped allowing for a "flush mount" option as well.
All correct.. The switch near the strip itself is a water proof switch. I personally have been running this light under my own hood for well into 5 years now on a vehicle that normally runs hot under hood temps; NO issues, loss of light segments, bad switches, not even an adhesive issue as of yet. Pushed through 30"+ in. of water crossings, etc.. That particular application does however have an OEM mercury switch under the hood. The light can work with that switch itself and for daytime under hood needs, the light can be shut off to save battery usage. However, during off roading, I've noticed that the light flashes from the mercury switch sloshing around and so I use the waterproof switch to turn it off at all times.
Hope that helps.
Do you guys have the Spod touch screen system for lighting / electronics or anything similar?
We have access the SPOD, and we also have a simple lesser expensive unit called a UCON 2.0 that is no SPOD, but simplicity of cleaning up wiring and just an overall affordable system we use in a few vehicles.
Additional control systems
And for the switching, we went an extra step for the customer which is a current project for this 2011' GMC Sierra right now.. I know, its not Nissan related but keeping the lights on and people to have jobs, If we had to do an oil change on a 76' Beetle.., bring it in.
that really nice
Continuing on getting the prep & finish work done on the panel itself is already a tedious effort, along with materials cost and two of the reasons we even admit, this is just slightly over the top as far as installations are concerned.
However, in this day with so much of everything becoming if not already cookie-cutter like. We felt taking some long time gained experiences and skills and taking it up a notch was well worth the excitement and response from a long time client whom we've had the honor to groom not only trust with them, but a working relationship that will be a lifetime client. That is what we are striving for here.
So after several coats of a special plastic primer, we were able to start adding layers of the actual dash color matched paint/dye, [now at the time of this posting this I would like to point out that there is what seems to be a slight off color look to the end product. It is not a color issue but what the camera is showing but albeit not as effectively as in person is that the panel has a texture to it rather than being smooth to match the original dash plastic panel itself]. There is roughly nine coats of paint and two coats of texturing technique so that the panel could be felt by the owner with slight of glance at night for on the fly operation changes.
Assembly of the panel comes after some light sanding of the switch gallies to smooth up the surfaces that had some over spray on them. After a quick sanding and testing each buttons function for being operable the assembly could continue.
The last and most exciting part for all was the dash assembly. Customer was called and able to spend enough time for us to do the minimal dash assembly and check for exactness and will return a couple days after to program switches to their functions.
The following pictures are just the aesthetic results during the day time both off and backlit. We will surely post some last minute night time shots so a night time view is available to be seen.
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