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So I'm currently trying to put some LEDs in my custom center consol however when it comes to power supply and totally clueless. I've tried reading up on it but I don't seem to make it work. Is there a cable/power source close to the center consol to attach those cables to? they say it needs a 12v power supply. I'll post pictures of what I'm talking about
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Re: led power supply?

you just need to run them to any 12V supply. i wouldnt try to "steal" power from another source. run a 16 gauge wire from your battery to the lighting and ground to the chassis. ohh and remember to throw an inline fuse close to the battery, that way if something goes wrong you wont burn down the car. 10 amp should be plenty.
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Re: led power supply?

So you wouldn't recommend "stealing" it? I've never really ran cable before so a bit new at this. More of a body work type of guy lol. And if I did want to steal it what would be the safest place?
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Re: led power supply?

To draw power? The battery.
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Re: led power supply?

As in the battery in the engine bay right? Stupid question I know but like I said. New at this
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Re: led power supply?

Yes in the engine bay. Is this a 5th Gen?
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Re: led power supply?

3 gen lol. My 5th gen it's still being shiped to me.
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Re: led power supply?

hmmm not too familiar with the 3rd gens. anyways ill try to describe how to do this the best i can.

first thing is to get some terminals like this


that way you can hook up power to one of the 2 lock down bolts.

next get some ends like this (youll need 2)



crimp the end to your wire and tie it to something near the battery (this way you can pull on it and still be able to attach it to the battery. DO NOT connect it to the battery until the very end of the wiring) make sure you put an inline fuse close to the battery like this.



next if the 3rd gens are anything like the 4th gens theres a rubber grommet under the fuse box on the passanger side of the firewall. this is where youll send the wire into the cabin.

next wire the power to the switch and from the switch to the + side of the lights.

now run a wire from the - side of the lights to somewhere on the chassis (theres a bolt that holds the dash to the floor under the radio thats a great ground)

now insert a 10 amp fuse and hook the power to the battery and enjoy :)
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Re: led power supply?

Should there be an on/off switch if running from the battery directly? Me personally, I'd use a dash light source so the console only lit at night.

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Every circuit in the car listed. Then you decide how you'd like to get the power there.

Nice write up basic.
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Re: led power supply?

Thanks. I don't really like stealing power from another source, there only set up to run so much power especially on a 20+ year old circut. Kinda like running too may appliances on one circuit in your house, eventually your going to trip the breaker.
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Re: led power supply?

i would NOT recommend running it straight to the battery. this would make the lights on all the time. there needs to be some sort of "switch" in the way that activates when you turn on the ignition.

there is a fusebox on the left side of the driver's footwell. and if you look there are open slots (its snowing out and i dont want to go out in the cold so no pics). you will need to use an accessory fuse like this:

then run a wire from the red wire coming off the accessory fuse to your leds, then a negative to the frame.

this will make it so the leds will turn on when you turn your car on.

for routing the wire, try to go behind the dash. on my 5th gen i had the wire go straight up from the fuse box, over the steering column, then back behind the radio and you would then go down to the center console.

edit: i realize you have a 3rd gen, so the wiring may be slightly different, but i believe with the accessory fuse you are also able to run whatever else is on that slot. notice there are 2 places for fuses in the accessory fuse. i could pull the cig lighter fuse, put in the accessory fuse with the cig lighter fuse in the bottom slot, then install a second fuse into the top of the accessory fuse which would go out to the wire running your LEDs. also you should be able to find them at the auto parts store.

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Re: led power supply?

That thing is sweet, never seen one before.
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Re: led power supply?

^.^ thanks guys. helped alot. i dont think im going to run it from the battery. going to see if i can find that part rocker mentioned. thanks for the info though basic. Will come in handy later :)
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Ya definitely use that thing, I know I'm going to use it from now on.
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Re: led power supply?

Since they are LED's and presumably draw little current you should be able to tap into an existing circuit without any problems.

When do you want the LED's to be powered? That should dictate the circuit you tap. You did not mention using a switch.
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Since they are LED's and presumably draw little current you should be able to tap into an existing circuit without any problems.
You can always draw from something else, but with tapping power comes the (slight) chance of overloading the fuse. Bam, no lights. Period.
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You can always draw from something else, but with tapping power comes the (slight) chance of overloading the fuse. Bam, no lights. Period.
unless you use the accessory wire like i posted which basically makes any existing fuse spot into 2. one of which goes out the wire, the other goes through the second pin on the fuse
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Re: led power supply?

Most LEDs don't draw enough power to make "stealing" the power from a closer source a problem.
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