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-**Fitting Neons**+===== Fitting Neons =====
  
-Neons are great for lighting whatever you want up. I'​ve ​got a total of 7 on my car at the moment, with more to come. They'​re ​not too bright, and cast a really cool glow, so its worth doing. ​+[[Neon]]s ​are great for lighting whatever you want up. I have got a total of 7 on my car at the moment, with more to come. They are not too bright, and cast a really cool glow, so it is worth doing. ​
  
-First thing to do is source the neons. I used two blue 10" rotary neons from Maplins, priced at £9.99 each. I fitted my neons with a switch, so they can be on at any time. +First thing to do is source the neons. I used two blue 10" rotary neons from [[Maplins]], priced at £9.99 each. I fitted my neons with a switch, so they can be on at any time. 
  
 +  - First, locate your [[power feed]]. If you only want them on when you have lights on, then I recommend using the feed from the [[cigarette lighter]] illumination. If you want them always on, splice in to the feed to the cigarette lighter itself. You can also wire them to [[door switches]], so they only come on when the door is open. 
 +  - Run a wire from your power feed to your switch (I used a panel in place of the ashtray) ​
 +  - Screw your neons up to the bottom of the dashboard. You may want to add tape as the plastic is very soft. 
 +  - Pull your power leads round to your switch. Chop off the cigarette lighter plugs, and remove about 1/2" of the insulation from each wire. Twist both positives together, and both negatives. You may wish to solder them for added security. ​
 +  - Put a spade terminal on your positive leads, and connect them to the switch. ​
 +  - Cut an appropriate,​ easy to get to earth wire (for example the cigarette lighter again), and put a crimp terminal on the -ve end of that wire (the bit that is no longer attached to the lighter). ​
 +  - Put the two negatives from the neons, and the negative off the cigarette lighter into the crimp terminal, and make sure its secure. ​
 +  - Turn the neons on, and bask in their cool blue glow. 
  
-1)First, locate your power feed. If you only want them on when you have lights on, then I recommend using the feed from the cigarette lighter illumination. If you want them always on, splice into the feed to the cigarette lighter itself. You can also wire them to door switches, so they only come on when the door is open+**Note: Always Disconnect ​the Car battery before working ​on the vehicle.**
  
- +If the light directly from the tube is too bright or distracting, ​stick a strip of black electrical tape down the side that faces you. It will still produce a nice glow.  
-2)Run a wire from your power feed to your switch (I used a panel in place of the ashtray)  +{{ :neons.jpg?500 }}
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-3)Screw your neons up to the bottom of the dashboard. Also, you may want to add tape as the plastic is very soft.  +
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-4)Pull your power leads round to your switch. Chop off the cigarette lighter plugs, and remove about 1/2" of the insulation from each wire. Twist both positives together, and both negatives. You may wish to solder them for added security.  +
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-5)Put a spade terminal on your positive leads, and connect them to the switch.  +
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-6)Cut an appropriate,​ easy to get to earth wire (for example the cigarette lighter again), and put a crimp terminal on the -ve end of that wire (the bit that is no longer attached to the lighter).  +
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-7)Put the two negatives from the neons, and the negative off the cigarette lighter into the crimp terminal, and make sure its secure.  +
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-8)Turn the neons on, and bask in their cool blue glow.  +
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-If you find that the light directly from the tube is too bright or distracting, ​put a strip of black electrical tape down the side that faces you. This will stop it shining directly, but it will still produce a nice glow. I like the shining on face effect though, makes people look twice.  +
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-Here's the idea:  +
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