So even though this blog is about my R33 GT-R, for me ownership of this car means I have a responsibility to make sure this car looks good all the time. That means keeping it clean, and that means that when I'm not driving it or making mods to it, I want to do what I can to keep it clean.
Up until now, most of my detailing work has been the result of trial and error, and by no means is the result perfect, but I recently decided that as I am lucky enough to have a decent sized garage, why not create an environment that would allow me to go full blow OCD when polishing my car?
You may have seen glimpses of my garage in this blog, or on Speedhunters here in detailing Dino's yellow 911 and here doing some interior work on the same car, but I always felt like while a good working space what we could do was limited by the amount of light - sunlight for paintwork and interior lighting for everything else.
So after doing some research, I found a set of 20 LED lamps with a claimed output of 2300 lumens each with 5000K coloring.
|Yep, made in China but the price was right. Quality not bad actually!|
|I think there is more cardboard here than the LEDs themselves|
|And yeah came with a whole bunch of connectors and clips|
|The GT-R was freshly back from the R's Meeting|
|Did a quick detail, and made sure the LEDs worked properly. Yes!|
But before installing on the ceiling, I took the easy way out, and installed 5 units alongside the far wall next to the Lexus.
|All lights in the garage off, trying these 2 LED lights.|
|The blue paint looks fantastic!!|
|Photo glare! Sorrry about that... but you can see how bright the LEDs are and the extension cords I have running between at least one pair (which I cleaned up later)|
So while this looks provides plenty of light, I had 15 more LED lamp units to install on the ceiling. I then realized that I would need some help in order to ensure that I drilled the holes for the clips in a straight line. So went ahead and got this laser level:
|(After I drilled the hole)|
Once I had one north-south and one east-west installed, then it was relatively easy to keep things straight.
|Just the standard garage lamps|
|Overhead standard lamps and side LEDs|
|Standard overhead plus overhead LEDs!|
|All Lights On! (except of course the spotlights over the GT-R)|
But remember, even though I was making good progress I still have 5 more LED lamp units left. So I proceeded to install this set up:
Which made things MUCH brighter, but I felt like I could do better. More LEDs in the center, plus create another equal rectangle on the left side. Which means 5 more LED units....
And so I decided that I would move the five 5000K LED lamp units that I had on the garage wall, and replace with five more newly purchased LED lamps - but this time with 6500K color, which is slightly more bluish than the 5000K - by having two different colors, the thinking is that this will give me better ability to spot fine scratches on lighter colored cars like the GT-R, at least from the side.
|This is a well known brand, I've seen YouTubers install these.|
|Nicely packaged, yes.|
|But despite using the same couplers and cables, the form factor is thinner (Barrina on right)|
|Two on the left are 6500K, three on right are 5000K|
And as for the ceiling, I was able to quickly do this with the 5 I took from the wall:
|But sharp eyed readers will notice a few things|
|Adjustable soldering iron from Hakko - Japan's leading manufacturer of soldering irons!|
|3 circuits - left, right, and center lamps plus of course the separate circuit for the wall mounted lamps|