Securing LED panels in dome lights - 80 Series

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I installed the full LED kit in my 80 series and wow, the difference in light output is amazing.

How are people securing the panels in the dome/map lights? I tried using the double sided foam tape included on the panels with the kit, but the problem is that the dome & map light internals do not have enough flat surface for the tape to be much use. Both dome light panels and the map light panel have since fallen down and are now just floating around on the light lenses.

I was thinking of using some museum gel to stick the panels to the lenses, just to keep them from sliding around inside.

I'm curious if anyone has any other fixes for this?

Thanks
 

2000UZJ

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Velcro (just a little contact between the pads will hold)
Liquid Nails (Stays pliable,dries clear)
Dab of super glue on the parts that hang down on the dome light assembly. A little super glue should work, the LED's aren't that heavy.
 
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I ran by my local Container Store yesterday to pick up a few bins & a jar of Clear Museum Gel to try on my overhead LED panels.

It seems to have worked well, just a few dabs on each corner of the panels & stick them to the light lens. Too bad they didn't have a smaller quantity of the gel, as for the $12 I spent I could probably do about 1,000 of these LED panels, but I'm sure I'll either find some other use for the stuff, or give it to someone with a curio cabinet.

Cleaned lens, led panel & gel "balls" ready to be installed
http://www.alkemeyer.com/scott/tlc/led-lens-gel.jpg

Gel "balls " installed on corner LEDs
http://www.alkemeyer.com/scott/tlc/gel-on-led.jpg

LED panel with gel pressed onto lens
http://www.alkemeyer.com/scott/tlc/led-gel-back.jpg
http://www.alkemeyer.com/scott/tlc/led-gel-face.jpg

Bench-test with 9 volt battery
http://www.alkemeyer.com/scott/tlc/led-gel-test.jpg

Installed in truck
http://www.alkemeyer.com/scott/tlc/led-gel-installed.jpg


After installing the panel on the lens I noticed that some of the gel had run over the sides of the LED & was touching the contacts on the side of the LEDs, so I tested the gel with my multi-meter & it is non-conductive, so nothing to worry about there. I guess we'll have to see how well it holds up in the summer heat, or if the gel causes any discoloration of the plastic lens over time.

When I was installing the map-light LED panel I tried several positions & found that removing the affixed panel is very easy, & the gel can simply be pulled off without leaving any reside, and reused if desired.
 

pfran42

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Great idea! I use black foam tape (used for sealing doorways?) it is about 3/8" thick and provides a nice surface for the panels to rest against.
 
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