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After being hit last year I decided to create a third brake light that was unavoidably noticeable, especially at night when applied, but also hidden when parked.

I came up with, under "sun shade/spoiler" side emitting LED strips.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/side-emitting/side-emitting-led-light-strips-outdoor-led-tape-light-with-18-smdsft-1-chip-smd-led-335/1542/

I purchased two of the above strips, soldered them together. I kept them weatherproof by running clear heat shrink tubing over the soldered joint. This gave me an inch or so inch on each side under the sun shade/spoiler. And its held on with 3m, should i want to remove it later, i can...with some difficulty.





Then using a simple dual intensity circuit, I was able to wire in running lights and brake lights. I used this...

http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/electrical/dual-circuit-element/

I tested different resistors and noticed very little change in brightness from the 200 ohm range to the 500 ohm range, so for the running lights i used around a 500ohm resistor, and i did not use a resistor for the brake lights. Pictured was my testing setup, final assembly was soldered and heat shrink...shrank...shrinked...?



Here is the final brake lights and running lights





opinions welcome, i know most (including me) arent a fan of the combination of LEDs and normal bulbs, but what turned out should help avoid accidents.

Now that I am finished, i could have even kept the two strips separate and created a blinker setup as well as the brake and running lights. All in hind sight.
 

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So it's more than a third brake light?
 

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Well done, reminds me of the led's pickups put on their tailgates these days. Not in a bad way either, i sure as hell can tell when those things are stopping, since half the time the brake light up on the cab is out since those seals always dry out.
http://www.autoanything.com/lights/74A5785A0A0.aspx

I've thought about installing a blinker on the brakes for attention like i see on some work vehicles around here, the kind where it blinks a few times before staying steady. I still need to convert to LED's first though...
http://www.amazon.com/Attention-Flasher-Module-Lights-Steady/dp/B007I6P26Q

Something like this but less hot rod(black instead of chrome, would blend in) looking would be a bolt on solution, although not near as bright as yours for sure.
http://www.amazon.com/Custom-Accessories-92595-Lighted-License/dp/B007LICGLK
 

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So it's more than a third brake light?
More than a third brake light...no??? not sure it needs to be much more. no knight rider status etc etc sorry

I mentioned towards the end what i would have done differently that may have bbeen confusing but as it sits it is just a third brake light.
 

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Well done, reminds me of the led's pickups put on their tailgates these days. Not in a bad way either, i sure as hell can tell when those things are stopping, since half the time the brake light up on the cab is out since those seals always dry out.
http://www.autoanything.com/lights/74A5785A0A0.aspx

I've thought about installing a blinker on the brakes for attention like i see on some work vehicles around here, the kind where it blinks a few times before staying steady. I still need to convert to LED's first though...
http://www.amazon.com/Attention-Flasher-Module-Lights-Steady/dp/B007I6P26Q

Something like this but less hot rod(black instead of chrome, would blend in) looking would be a bolt on solution, although not near as bright as yours for sure.
http://www.amazon.com/Custom-Accessories-92595-Lighted-License/dp/B007LICGLK
i tried looking into working an led truck bar or something into it, but like i said i wanted something sleek, and the bars had weird angles to deal with. Plus the cost of the two strips was a little more than half the cost of a bar. Haha im sure if i installed one of those flashers it could cause an accident, or cause a light sensitivity induced seizure.
 

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Looks brilliant! Nice work! I bet it's visible at a longer distance than the existing brake lights.

Only thing I would say is that eye-level lights, particularly over here, are exclusively brake lights; where you have yours dimmed to be extra tail-lights wouldn't be allowed over here. Plus, the whole point of making them eye-level was putting brake lights right in front of the driver behind you. Just thinking that some people behind you might mistake the tail-lights for brake lights, even if they're dim.
 

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Just thinking that some people behind you might mistake the tail-lights for brake lights, even if they're dim.
That was my first thought, too. Hence my vague question/comment above.
 

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the beauty is that if its not legal you just don't have to wire it in simple fix done haha. make is a brake only light, make it a christmas colors, make it whatever your heart desires.

As far as getting mistaken for brake lights even though they are dim, i guess i will just stay out of wisconsin ;)
 

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That does look good, what did you use to stick it on, looks just a little rough, or maybe its just sanded or flaked off paint.

You like it + the extra light may save another supra! thats all that matters!

I wish i had that hatch by the way
 

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That does look good, what did you use to stick it on, looks just a little rough, or maybe its just sanded or flaked off paint.

You like it + the extra light may save another supra! thats all that matters!

I wish i had that hatch by the way
Only 4 years late - LOL
Yah its still rough after all this time, The plan was/is to have it all cleaned up and painted someday.
i routed out the spoiler then put in a red acrylic rod in the grove i created then filled in the gaps with resin that came with my fibreglass.
its all back-lit by a LED strip.

hers the original post:
https://www.celicasupra.com/forums/showthread.php?62011-Tstefan-s-84&p=884241&viewfull=1#post884241
 
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