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    Hey guys,

    Now, I know there's millions of guides out there on telling you how to install these, but all of them seem to be the U.S. version of installation - i.e. with no sidelights. Since our UK cars do have side lights - is it possible to wire them up using the power source from these i.e. just take the bulbs out and feed the wires to the sockets...? The U.S. tap their power from the 12v+ and the trigger wire from the DME (ECU) to be always on. However, I wish my Angel eyes to be switch activated on the dashboard. If I can use the sidelights as the power source, how can I get them not to signal a fault if the resistance is not there? Also, by making the angel eyes my new sidelights - is it legal as a substitute or do I still need the bulbs in for MOT?
     
     

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    No prob to wire to the existing sidelight wires, that's how I did mine, just remember it's not what you think when you wire from the inverters, the red wire doesn't go to the brown of the sidelight! Had no warning light problems with mine.
    Never heard of mot probes either, I know members off here who have passed mots with angel eyes fitted.
     
     

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    Hi there, please elaborate on the intervers, and the wiring - all I need to know is which wire goes where when connecting the LED wires to the side light socket - so you didn't have a fault warning with your LEDs, can you tell me which ones you bought please?
     
     

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    The wires going to the existing bulb holder are brown and black, the angel eyes come complete with inverters, the wires from the inverters connect to the wires on the bulb holder, red from inverter to black on bulb holder and black from inverter to brown on bulb holder.
    I got mine from BMStyling.co.uk
     
     

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    Simple as that! Thank so much for your help and input :-)
     
     

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    Hold on.....I just had a look at that website - only found CCFL ones. I'm after the LED versions - are you sure LEDs have inverters or are you referring to the CCFLs??
     
     

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    Ah ha... Yes the ccfls, I didn't notice you preferred the LEDs sorry.
    Any reason you want LEDs? Ccfls are the ones most people fit.
     
     

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    They last longer, don't suffer from cold start, and overall brighter according to the pictures I have seen from various modifiers. Anyway, let's start from the beginning again...to my questions...do you know if they can be wired into the sidelight sockets or do they need 12v to run?
     
     

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    noooo ccfl's are much brighter and you can see them in the daylight too!

    mot is not a problem as long as you go for white not green,blue or any other colours.

    yes you can connect in to side light plugs with led's, when i had led's they did'nt give the warning either.
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    Hi there - The only reason why I'm going for LEDS is because I've seen the new SMD high output versions - with the 72 LEDs - they are exceptionally brighter than any CCFLs. I guess if they were any different than those ur probably right in choosing the other.
     
     

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