A variety of options are offered by Chevrolet for the mid-engined C8 Corvette, and among them is the $995 Engine Appearance Package, which includes carbon fiber closeout panels and LED engine compartment lighting. YouTube user AzuluzA decided to skip this package for his C8, opting to embark on his own DIY LED lighting project instead. He recorded the installation and uploaded it for the benefit of other C8 owners who might want to do the same thing.
AzuluzA began the work very early in the car’s life, when it had just 164 miles on the clock. Understandably, he wanted to cause minimal damage – “no drilling, no cutting, nothing” – though he did end up having to make two small holes.
The video begins with him taking the roof panel off the C8 Corvette, moving the seats forward and removing the liner from the rear roof section. This allows him to check the route of the wiring already fitted to the car, which he will follow as far as possible.
For his DIY LED lighting project, AzuluzA chose the Mictuning C2 Curved RGBW LED Rock lights. The package includes four pods (he will use two for the engine bay of the Corvette and decide what to do with the others later) plus a wiring switch kit and a Bluetooth controller. The latter will allow him to switch the LEDs on and off, and to control their color and brightness, using his smartphone.
AzuluzA helpfully goes into a lot of detail about how to fit the lights and route the wiring. When describing how he refitted the liner, he urges the viewer, “Take your time. There’s no rush. Make it look nice.” He even tells us which vacant slot he used to fit a fuse for the DIY LED lighting kit (it was #19) and that he used a screw behind the driver’s seat to ground the system.
The full effect of his work isn’t apparent until the last minute and a half of the video, when he switches on the DIY LED lighting system at night. It looks great in the engine bay of the C8 Corvette, it cost a lot less than $995, and it gives him the satisfaction of having done the job himself. Check out the full 19-minute video below.