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Do the LED strips just stick to the window?
Yes. They come with good quality 3M tape on the back. Since they are so light, I don't think there will be any problem with them staying "stuck on". Will have to see how the tape stands up to water/rain/snow.

I had the choice of sticking them to the glass, OR to the adjacent black plastic trim piece. I decided the glass would be better. It places the strip at a slight angle which makes it slightly brighter to vehicles that are not directly behind my car. Also, if I ever decide to remove them, it can be done without any residual damage to the underlying surface.
 

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The video shows nothing at all. Watched it many times and see nothing.
When you follow the link in my original post, you should be taken to a SmugMug page where you will find 6 short video clips. 3 of them are "before" and 3 are "after" the addition of the LED strips.
 

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When you follow the link in my original post, you should be taken to a SmugMug page where you will find 6 short video clips. 3 of them are "before" and 3 are "after" the addition of the LED strips.
Ah crap. I thought that was the only video. Sry.
Yes that does look a lot more improved. Well done.
 

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alright started to take a stab at this over the weekend but may chicken out. Did you remove the bumper or lift the car in any way to get to the wires you needed to splice? I started out, ran the wire through the cushion and into the bumper gap but once I got down under the car I was met with much less room to work than I'm used to (having worked only on dashboards up to now). I don't believe I'm doing anything wrong, but I'm not sure I have the dexterity to get my arms up there to do the delicate work needed in this case, especially with that impact bar in the way.
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No, didn't remove bumper cover, and didn't lift car. I'm 74 years old and don't move or bend like I used to, but didn't have too much trouble making the connections.

I pulled the backup light bulb holder out of its light unit, and pulled the turn signal bulb holder out of its light unit. That gives you a little slack. In your photo there is a white label on the factory wiring harness, and to the right of it a molded clip holding the wire harness. I pulled the harness out of that clip, which gives you more slack. To the left of that white label there is a big electrical plug in the harness. That plug is clipped to a bracket. Pull the plug off the bracket, and you get some more slack.

At that point, the turn signal bulb should be hanging down behind the bumper cover low enough that you can work on it. Pull the little bit of electrical tape off the wire, and cut the plastic sheath back far enough to give you room to make your wire splice. I used the blue quick splice connectors like in the link below, but soldering, or straight inline crimp connectors would also work.

After you make your splice connections then just put the wire harness back up in proper position and plug the two bulb holders back into place. Use black zip ties to secure the wire going up to the LED strip so it doesn't blow around when you are driving.

 

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thanks! unclipping those two spots was supremely helpful. I was able to do all of the work under the bumper while kneeling outside of the car. I went with a much cheaper pair of LEDs from Amazon even though I liked the look of yours; I was hesitant to spend $100+ on something I'm not sure will hold up over time, carwashes, etc. Got a set for $11 on amazon and plastidipped them to cover everything showing aside from the LEDs themselves. only 12 on each side, but they get plenty bright and I'm very happy with the results! Maybe someday I'll replace the LED strips with something a little nicer, but at least the 'difficult' part of running the wires and splicing is done. (click for gif)
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thanks! unclipping those two spots was supremely helpful. I was able to do all of the work under the bumper while kneeling outside of the car. I went with a much cheaper pair of LEDs from Amazon even though I liked the look of yours; I was hesitant to spend $100+ on something I'm not sure will hold up over time, carwashes, etc. Got a set for $11 on amazon and plastidipped them to cover everything showing aside from the LEDs themselves. only 12 on each side, but they get plenty bright and I'm very happy with the results! Maybe someday I'll replace the LED strips with something a little nicer, but at least the 'difficult' part of running the wires and splicing is done. (click for gif)
Can you post the Amazon link?
I too don't wish to part with $100.
 

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Can you post the Amazon link?
I too don't wish to part with $100.

I wrapped the cables so that they are all black rather than black/red, and I plastidipped the strips themselves to hide the circuitry. I could have done a much better job on that end, but figured it was a first pass at something that may be temporary and I can always go back and touch up or re-dip later.

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That's great. These days with high sitting larger cars everywhere, the Bolt's low signals always seemed puzzling, and I bet they're mostly there because of cost.
They are there because they decided to make the entire rear of the car part of the hatchback. The regulation is that required tail, brake, and signal lamps must be where they are still visible if the hatchback or trunk is open. For the Bolt, that is the reason why there are additional tail/brake lamps in the bumper that work if the hatchback is open. A similar setup can be seen on some Audi SUVs. Even sillier are the decorative non-functional brake lamps on the hatchback of the Mini Cooper Clubman, with the actual functional brake lamps in the bumper (see 3rd Gen - F54 - Clubman - F54 Clubman Rear Tail/brake Lights ).



They could have made the outside of the hatchback a bit less wide (there is plenty of extra width outside compared to the inside hatchback opening) so that a vertical strip of tail, brake, and signal lamps can be put on the fixed part of the car. But vertical strip lamps seem to be out of fashion other than for pickups and commercial vans.
 

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They could have made the outside of the hatchback a bit less wide (there is plenty of extra width outside compared to the inside hatchback opening) so that a vertical strip of tail, brake, and signal lamps can be put on the fixed part of the car. But vertical strip lamps seem to be out of fashion other than for pickups and commercial vans.
Or they could have had a set of redundant lights on the hatch like they do the brake lights (only light up on bumper if hatch is open), Or they could have just made the brake lights on the hatch blink if down and not even added a second set.
 

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I just went back and looked at my original post in this thread. For some reason the link (in that post) to my videos is not working properly. Instead of taking you to a menu of all 6 videos, it takes you to all of them piled one on top of another. The Forum rules won't let me edit the original post, so I am listing all 6 video links here separately. I hope this helps anyone interested in this mod.

Daylight, Stock Left Turn Signal


Daylight, Stock Left Turn + LED Repeater


Daylight, Stock Emergency Flashers


Daylight, Stock Emergency Flashers + LED Repeaters


Night, Stock Emergency Flashers


Night, Stock Emergency Flashers + LED Repeaters

 

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Nice mod! I kinda wish there was a way to mount the LED strips on the inside of the glass for better protection, but at least with the Amazon version, at least they’re cheap enough to replace if one goes bad.
 

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The LED strips I used are designed to be mounted on motorcycles, so will supposedly hold up to being out in the weather.

Mine still look like new so far...we'll see how they look in a year or two after being exposed to the Texas sun.

They also come with a "Lifetime warranty against LED failure, water damage and UV damage". If they ever crap out I will find out what the warranty is worth.


 

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It looks really cool. Don't listen to anyone or tape. This is very cool and expensive looks. I also decorated my car inside with led strips. But there was a problem, they didn't change the light. And I so wanted the light to be multicolored. As a result, I contacted the service and they said that I need to change the driver. I went to the store ukled.co.uk where I bought led strips. They had drivers at a very low price. I bought two just in case. So your car deserves to be the most beautiful!!!
 
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