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Old 12-01-2010, 10:55 AM
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Footwell lighting.

I want to install blue neon or LED lights in the footwell of my 98 lude, so that when the headlights are turned on, the light around the driver and passanger's feet glows blue. What is the best way to go about doing this, and for a person who has never wired anything in a car, is this a simple mod or what? Thanks!
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Re: Footwell lighting.

1.) Go LED better longer lasting and wont kill your battery.

2.) You can grab 12 Volts from the solid white wire at your ignition harness. ( Make sure whatever light you are using will hold 12 volts or has a converter of some sort.)

3.) Wire a switch inline and hide it up under your dash where you can reach it and your done aside from using zip ties to secure the light.

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Re: Footwell lighting.

Blue 4pc LEDGlow LED Interior Lights Lighting Kit

These are the ones that I have settled on. Cheap, but I've still heard nothing but good things from this company and part specifically.

I just hope I can install it correctly. But if it's not too much to ask, could you look at the part and tell me if it's possible to wire it directly to my headlights? Like, it comes with a control box where you can make it do all sorts of fancy things like strobe and synchronize with music. But I don't want all that, I just want it to turn off and on when my headlights turn off and on :P
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Re: Footwell lighting.

Shouldnt be a problem at all.

Man to be a hundred percent honest I would stick with the switch tagging at that white wire. The wiring data base I have only lists a negative wire for the headlights. ( and its one of the boss hogs for wiring )

switch would be easier. much much easier
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Here we go again.... Nee is Sure to piss someone off... oh well.

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1.) Go LED better longer lasting and wont kill your battery.
LED For Sure..... You have a wider array of colors to choose from and can get a better pattern of light (compared to incandescent) if done correctly. The "Battery Killing Issue" isn't really an issue due to the fact he only wants them on when the headlights are on- ie: the car is running.

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2.) You can grab 12 Volts from the solid white wire at your ignition harness. ( Make sure whatever light you are using will hold 12 volts or has a converter of some sort.)
No-No-Noooo....... Do not tap the white wire. This is an ignition circuit only. Leave it alone! Instead "do it right" and get your power off the Fuse Box under the dash. this will also insure your lights don't stay on when you turn the key off. And how do you "Hold" 12 volts? do you mean Use 12 Volts? Any L.E.D. array can be designed {mechanically} to use 12 volts. Most pre-made stuff is already 12V. Very few use 3V or 5V anymore

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3.) Wire a switch inline and hide it up under your dash where you can reach it and your done aside from using zip ties to secure the light.
While L.E.D. lighting is more efficient, (ie: less current, less heat) you NEVER want to install any accessory lighting just using a switch. Since the OP stated he wishes to do this right; a RELAY is a must. AND, will work better for his required application requirements. AND, he can still incorporate a switch for manual control.. if that's even a concern? Relay Diagram in a minute.


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Blue 4pc LEDGlow LED Interior Lights Lighting Kit

These are the ones that I have settled on. Cheap, but I've still heard nothing but good things from this company and part specifically.

I just hope I can install it correctly. But if it's not too much to ask, could you look at the part and tell me if it's possible to wire it directly to my headlights? Like, it comes with a control box where you can make it do all sorts of fancy things like strobe and synchronize with music. But I don't want all that, I just want it to turn off and on when my headlights turn off and on :P


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Can I assume you are driving a 1998 Lude?
if So then to find the negative trigger wire for the headlights look for the Blue/Red (-) wire in a 8 Pin Blue Connector behind Fuse Panel.
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Re: Footwell lighting.

Well thank you very much :] MsPrelude, you seem to know your stuff and seem to be willing to help. Would you mind, if I run into any problems, me sending you a PM?
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She does

Anywho, how do I go about wiring that flux capacitor again, Nee?
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Re: Footwell lighting.

good stuff i like the diagram
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Well thank you very much :] MsPrelude, you seem to know your stuff and seem to be willing to help. Would you mind, if I run into any problems, me sending you a PM?
I try..... but yes, you may PM me...or PREFERRABLY, post in this thread. Someone may learn from your experience.

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She does

Anywho, how do I go about wiring that flux capacitor again, Nee?
Do i have to tell you again? I told you to write it down junior.

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good stuff i like the diagram
Gracias. Contrary to popular belief I DO remember what it was like trying to understand and make sense of electricity.
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good stuff i like the diagram

^ Agreed! And thanks, I'll post any problems I might have!
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Re: Footwell lighting.

you might want to check your states motor vehicle laws and i'd watch out too because i know in wisconsin cops can pull you over for lights in your car as they as distracting to other drivers and the driver of the car with the lights in it well anyways running them off you headlights and having a switch would be a good idea because getting a 300 something dollar ticket isnt fun trust me : (
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Re: Footwell lighting.

I just bought my daughter a 3rd gen and the latch on the glove box was broken. Failing at fixing it, I just deleted the glove box, painted the hooha behind it black then gelled the light for it blue. Looks great at night. Not as bright as leds... nor as distracting. Very subtle but enough to appriciate it. Total price for the mod, maybe 15 cents... and the loss of the glove box... but added leg room ;)
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Re: Footwell lighting.

I've thought about doing something similar to this using the same style kit. Only I want to have the lights come on when i open up the door instead of the dome light. Would i still need to tap into the fuse box or elsewhere?
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Re: Footwell lighting.

Funny thing is my boy mentioned this idea bc he has it in his SI! But that he wired it to his dome lighting so thatwhen the doors open they turn on and when the doors are shut and the dome lights dim that the bars of LED mounted by the footwell dim also! He had them in blue but now has them in white bc the connectors he has are PNP! IMO I think the white looks nice only bc when you enter your car that the footwell lights better in white to see anf then dims within secs like the dome light!
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Blue 4pc LEDGlow LED Interior Lights Lighting Kit

These are the ones that I have settled on. Cheap, but I've still heard nothing but good things from this company and part specifically.

I just hope I can install it correctly. But if it's not too much to ask, could you look at the part and tell me if it's possible to wire it directly to my headlights? Like, it comes with a control box where you can make it do all sorts of fancy things like strobe and synchronize with music. But I don't want all that, I just want it to turn off and on when my headlights turn off and on :P
That looks like a pretty good deal; I personally like all of the modes these have. I think I'm gonna get these in green.
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Re: Footwell lighting.

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While L.E.D. lighting is more efficient, (ie: less current, less heat) you NEVER want to install any accessory lighting just using a switch. Since the OP stated he wishes to do this right; a RELAY is a must. AND, will work better for his required application requirements. AND, he can still incorporate a switch for manual control.. if that's even a concern? Relay Diagram in a minute.

How would the switch for manual control be incorporated into the relay? Im looking to do this mod and I'd like to be able to turn the LEDs off easily if necessary.
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