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These are 12 volt so they don't need a resistor.

They are 5050 type LEDs, 3 LEDs in one Surface Mounted Device (SMD). One is Red, one is Green, one is Blue so by varying the intensity, any color can be produced.

However this strip is non-waterproof, the strip lacks any covering for the LEDs. Also there is no included controller so no way to control the intensity of the 3 colors. If you hook up the ground and all 3 power leads, the Red, Green and Blue would all light up at full intensity which would produce white light. If you connect the Red, Green, and Blue each to a separate switch, you can get limited control (7 colors: Red, Green, Blue, R+G, R+B, G+B, white) but not the entire color spectrum.

I'd stay away. Look for similar stuff elsewhere. You could try eBay to get some experience with LED strips and controllers, the entry price is pretty cheap although with many Chinese suppliers, quality of goods and service is hit and miss.

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thanks for the info :)
 

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Do a search on eBay for "5m LED RGB waterproof controller" and you will see there are many items available.

5050 type LEDs are brighter than 3528 LEDs but draw more power and are slightly more expensive. Also look at density - how many LEDs per meter, which has an effect on current draw and cost. Assuming you mount these on the outside of your car, you'll want waterproof LEDs.

Lighting laws vary from state to state, some places like California do not allow colored lights on certain places of a moving vehicle. Check your local laws before you roll with the LEDs on. (Parked is OK).

Have fun shopping!
 

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i bought a roll of these for 11$ a couple weeks ago. finally got here after 50$ customs fee between canada and US.. due to our free trade agreement if i would have bought a set from canada or the states that wouldnt have been a problem but i ordered it from hong kong.. i was pretty discouraged after paying 61$ for them when i thought i was paying 11 but once they got here and i opened the package i noticed that they mistakenly sent me three rolls, each 16.5 feet of LED's. almost makes up for it, but now what am i going to do with 49.5 feet of LED lol!
 

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Landing lights down the centerline, along the roof, nose, and hatch . . .
 

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from the grill to the exhausts pretty much? but they would look strange off in the day time I think on the hood.. but maybe not
 

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I do like the roof thing tho, along those black inserts
 

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I crazy idea often sparks a neat, cool one!
- My best ideas have usually been a spin-off of a bizarre one.

What color are the strips when off and what color & color is the B?
Is there a roof rack?
What color are the LEDs? What spacing between them? How long is each strip?

Ideas:
One along the lower edge of an 08-10 upper grill and/or the top of a lower grill.
If a strut bar, put a strip under it.
If spoiler: put a strip on the bottom side of the spoiler, and/or the front edge- aimed back towards the front so it makes the back of the roof and top of the hatch glow (effectiveness and "coolness" depends on LED colors and body color).
The roof inserts, esp. if there is something they can cast the light onto.

Something I'd love to see: a light that goes back-and-forth (Knight Rider-esque) in the upper grill of an 11-13.
 

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off they are white, my b is gold rush mica.
theres no roof rack.
the leds are blue, I wanted purple (to go with the gold as to have "royal" colors). but I still might use the blue at least temporarily as I couldn't find purple.( not a big deal at the moment)
theres approx 1 1/4" for 3 lights and the strips can be cut every 2 inches. I have three 16 strips.

those are all great ideas tho thanks!im going to look into the grill forsure, and ill test fit the roof inserts and see how they look
 
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