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Old 06-19-2010, 08:04 PM   #1
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Over head storage bins rebuild and LED lights!

I have been thinking of this a long time, and this spring took the jump.

I started by taking down the light fixtures, door, and removing all the plywood backing. Most of it came out OK, but one bottom piece gave me a fit, and had to make a new one.

I started by putting 1/2" plywood supports above the light fixtures so that I could screw the fixtures back in. I used Gorilla glue, a piece of aluminum to back up the plastic.

After the plywood was glued in place, I reinforced that with a 4' piece of aluminum angle 1"x1"x1/8. That was glued as well 6 screws drilled and taped into if through the plastic and plywood.

Then I re-glued with the Gorilla glue the plywood supports, while jacking up the center of the cabinets just past level.

After that a piece of aluminum 1/8"x1 1/2" glued after roughing up to the glue will hold. (did that on all the aluminum parts)

Here is some photos of what I did.

Coming up next, the LED change over!
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:39 AM   #2
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LED's in old housings

While I was working on the overhead bins, I reworked the light fixtures as well. I wanted to get as much light out of the new LED set up with a Hi and Low setting like the original power robbing setup.

I used 12 LED light bars in each housing, that made 3 rows with 4 strips in each one. I had to solder the connectors on ends of each strip to the next one, then run the power to each strip out the top of the housing.

I placed a 1/4" plywood, glued and screwed to the housing to give me a flat even surface to place the strips. Painted the whole fixture bright white.

I used 2 mounts for each strip, and the 3M strips that came attached to the strips. I thought long and hard about screwing them all down, but with the 3M automotive tape, think I will be OK. Time will tell on that.

I wired the lights so that the center strip would go on on Low and all of the strips would go on at High. I went from running about 25 amps with the old system (all 6 lights on) to under 3 amps on High. On the low setting and still good enough to read by, under 1 amp!

Here is a few shots of the new LED's installed.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:04 AM   #3
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Here is the completed project. No more sagging overhead bins, they are solid, great bright light with low battery drain, and all doors work like they should. Although it took some time and cash to get this all done, I would do it again. Just the looks of the light fixtures, and how they looked like they were going to fall out at any time, made a big difference in the looks. Most of the pop rivets holding them in had broke through the plastic. The reworked fixtures, I screwed in with #4x1/2 metal screws. I was also able to re-align all the doors and cleaned them and the tracks up good. They operate much smother now.

I bought my LED's from Superbrightleds.com in St. Louis, MO. I have used them for many LED projects, and have been a great source and great prices for them. I used the LB4 strips.
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VERY nice job!!!

I'm in the middle of a total interior rebuild on my 325. Thanks for the inspiration!!
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Wow, cool!
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More photos

Here is a link to all the Pic's that I took while re-building the overhead bins in the stream.

There has been some folks asking about what I did to rebuild these and hope this helps. If you have any questions, please drop me a line if I can clear up any questions that you might have.

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Very nice. I suppose when I am done with flooring, I can walk toward the lights...
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Here is a link to all the Pic's that I took while re-building the overhead bins in the stream.
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There has been some folks asking about what I did to rebuild thesezz ansld hope this helps. If you have any questions, please drop me a line smif I can clear up any questions that you might have.

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I have been thinking of this a long time, and this spring took the jump.

I started by taking down the light fixtures, door, and removing all the plywood backing. Most of it came out OK, but one bottom piece gave me a fit, and had to make a new one.

I started by putting 1/2" plywood supports above the light fixtures so that I could screw the fixtures back in. I used Gorilla glue, a piece of aluminum to back up the plastic.

After the plywood was glued in place, I reinforced that with a 4' piece of aluminum angle 1"x1"x1/8. That was glued as well 6 screws drilled and taped into if through the plastic and plywood.

Then I re-glued with the Gorilla glue the plywood supports, while jacking up the center of the cabinets just past level.

After that a piece of aluminum 1/8"x1 1/2" glued after roughing up to the glue will hold. (did that on all the aluminum parts)

Here is some photos of what I did.

Coming up next, the LED change over!






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I have been thinking of this a long time, and this spring took the jump.

I started by taking down the light fixtures, door, and removing all the plywood backing. Most of it came out OK, but one bottom piece gave me a fit, and had to make a new one.

I started by putting 1/2" plywood supports above the light fixtures so that I could screw the fixtures back in. I used Gorilla glue, a piece of aluminum to back up the plastic.

After the plywood was glued in place, I reinforced that with a 4' piece of aluminum angle 1"x1"x1/8. That was glued as well 6 screws drilled and taped into if through the plastic and plywood.

Then I re-glued with the Gorilla glue the plywood supports, while jacking up the center of the cabinets just past level.

After that a piece of aluminum 1/8"x1 1/2" glued after roughing up to the glue will hold. (did that on all the aluminum parts)

Here is some photos of what I did.

Coming up next, the LED change over!
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