How to Illuminate the Fumo® 'F4' Hookah



Ok, everyone really seems to like the light kits for Fumo® Hookahs and I keep getting requests to make kits and tutorials for the different models.  This, I believe, is the last Fumo® Hookah to have a custom tutorial.

Each time I do one of these I try to do it a little differently than the last.  This one uses a plastic embroidery ring for the fixture instead of the usual stainless steel units I've used in the past.  I think these look a little better on Fumo® units that don't have the stainless steel ends or, like the Pod, the stainless steel stands.  The video also mentions that wooden rings are also available and would probably be look really sharp if you own Fumo's wooden hookah box.     --JP

**Note, these are the same steps used to illuminate the Orb Hookah

WHAT IS THE FUMO® F4

The Fumo® F4 hookah, is Fumo's tribute to the traditional hookah. Fumo says "we owe everything to the hookahs that have come before so the F4 is Fumo's attempt to honor that tradition." The F4 hookah can accommodate up to 2 hoses and you can choose from any of Fumo's patented hoses.

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DISCLAIMER

Ok, we all know that guy or girl who thinks they can not only do anything we can but can also do it better and, when they mess it up, blame us for whatever went wrong.  This disclaimer is for them, you, and anyone else reading.... We make no warranties about the safety (watch the video, I suffered a life-threatening injury in the making of this), cost, potential damage to your hookah, or potential harm to you.  We do not encourage anyone to modify or otherwise tamper with with the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) designs, materials, or uses.  

PARTS & EQUIPMENT LIST

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  1. Fumo F4 Hookah
  2. 5" Embroidery Ring
  3. rgb LED 3-button controller
  4. rgb LED connector
  5. Wire Cutters and/or box cutter
  6. Needle Nose Pliers
  7. Sharpie Pen
  8. Electrical Tape
  9. Silicone Sealant
  10. Super Glue
  11. 1800mAp, 12v battery and power supply

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mark a notch to be cut out of your embroidery ring that is approximately 1/4 inch wide and 1/2 the height of the ring.  It should be about 2 to 3 times wider than the wires that we will pass through the opening. Step 1 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
2. Cut out the notch that you just marked making sure you don't cut to far down and significantly affect he ring's integrity.  You may need to cut the port in notches and then use your pliers to 'tear' out the pieces. Step 2 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
3. You may need to cut the port in notches and then use your pliers to 'tear' out the pieces. Step 3 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
4. If your port has rough edges you can use your box cutter or exacto knife and trim it up so it looks and feels nice.  Then grab your reel of LEDs. Step 4 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
5. Wrap your LEDs inside the ring until it fills the unit and then mark the closest 'cut point' that is at least 1" short of the ring's diameter.  The point here is that we will need somewhere for the LED connector to rest inside the ring and, if we don't leave space, it will sit on top of the LEDs which will get in the way of our F4 base. Step 5 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
7. Cut your LEDs with your wire cutters at the point you marked. Step 6 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
8. Carefully cut away and remove the silicone encasement to your LED strip.  You should remove approximately 1/4 inch in order to give your LED connector enough room.  If you remove too little and the silicone winds up inside the connection box and the connector will simply fall off later. Be careful not to cut through the LED strip itself. Step 8 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
9. Pop open the cap on your LED connector and insert your newly exposed LED strip contacts inside the box.  Be sure to slide it under the the ledge inside the connector box and press down on the LED connector's 4 pins to ensure they are making a good connection before proceeding. Step 9 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
10. Connect your LED controller to the LED strip and your 12v power supply and test the LEDs.  If nothing happens at first you can try unplugging your LED controller, flip it over, and connect it oppositely.  If that doesn't work try pressing on the 4 LED connector pins with your finger and then flip again and repeat if that didn't work.  If it still doesn't work then you may want to shoot us a message and we'll try to help you figure out the problem. Step 10 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
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Now that we know the lights are working we can close the LED connector and even apply some silicone sealant if we wish.  This will help insulate the LEDs from sweat and other sources of moisture during use. It's probably a good idea to test the strip one more time before continuing.
Step 11 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
12. Now line your LED strip inside you ring starting with the connector end.  Be sure to leave enough room between the connector box and the notch you cut earlier so as to keep the tension on the box as little as possible.  Then peel back the 3M adhesive strip and begin wrapping the interior of the of the ring. Step 12 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
13. Slowly and firmly line the ring with your LEDs.  Be sure to make small increments and leave absolutely no tension on the LEDs or it will create gaps later which will ultimately cause the them all to fall off. Step 13 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
14. I suggest gluing or using silicone sealant to fill the gap in the notch that your LED wire feeds through.  This will support the wires, take the torsion off of your connector, and generally give the device a longer life. 

Step 14 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah
15. Reconnect your controller and power supply and test!  You're done!  The video above also walks you through you I attached the controller to the outside of the LED ring but I didn't detail it here in the written description.

Step 15 of 16 in lighting up the Fumo F4 Hookah

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