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Old July 1st, 2011, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to -> Footwell lighting

Hello everyone,
Here is a little "how to" for footwell lighting because a lot of people started threads and asked question on how to do this. So here it is. If you have a bit of skills in electronic this should be an easy task.

Tools needed :
Wire strippers (i use my teeth mostly for stripping but your mom will tell you not to )
Electrical tape
Electric wires (your choice but personally i am using 20 gage wire) better get some black and red wires because...do i really need to argue????
A switch(your choice if you want a swich or not)...i won't teach how to install all models of switches because it will take my entire life so i will teach the most simple one wich is a mini-toggle switch)

1. Select your power source. You have a LOT of choices for that, personally i am using the 12v accessory wire from head unit(blue wire), but you can use a constant power wire too if you want to turn the lights ON without putting your keys in.

2. Remove head unit. This is sooooooooooooo simple, just pull the whole pannel and it will come off.Remove the cables from the pannel(head unit and hazard).


3. Pass wires to driver and passanger side. This is very easy because there is a big gap on each side so you just need to get the wires trough the gaps(i suggest you not to cut the wires now so you can choose the lenght to not end with too long or too short wires). Im sad to write this but you will need 1 red wire and 1 black wire on each side .


4.Connect your light to the black and red wire(mostly with LED or SMD strips the wire polarity is easy to see, the copper wire is the positive and nickel wire is the negative. So if we put this all together, the copper wire goes to the red wire and the nickel wire goes to the black wire . Now you can put electrical tape on your connection(or heatshrink tubing if you are cool)

5.Now you can stick your lights where ever you want to(my favorite too is hot glue but need to put a LOT to make sure it wont melt down during hot weather). Now that your lights are fixed you can pull the wire back into the head unit space to hide everything.




6. Now for powering your lights, if you wish for the lights to turn ON when you start the car you can simply run the red wire to your 12v acessory source. If you wish to have a switch to turn it ON here is a picture that tells EVERYTHING you want to know. What you should understand is that your 12V power get in the swich and then get out by the 2nd wire(mostly power IN is red) and all your negative wires goes to a negative place(using your car's frame is the easiest ground you can use). Personally i am using a alligator clip on my car's frame for the ground so its easy to plug and easy to remove. For the switch, if you are using a toggle switch you just need to have a drill and the right size drill bit to make a hole and then put the switch where you want to.





7. Make some cable management in there so you don't end up with a mess and when you want to work in there you just want to pull everything out and scream . Put your head unit back in place, put your keys(or not) in the starter at acessory, turn your switch(or not) ON and watch your new footwell ligthing .

Before someone asks, the lights i am using are 24cm SMD strips. I am using those because i got them for free from one of my LEDs supplier. If you still don't know about that, i am a car LEDs seller, so i can supply what you need for that job. Here is the link to my ebay store(just check the products, don't buy from ebay, just PM me here) http://stores.ebay.ca/Quebec-Light-Source

Here is the result








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Old July 10th, 2011, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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quick Q. if i were to run all the wires up to the map light could i just splice these in there and not have a toggle? thinking if i did this it would allow two things. 1.) all leds would work by opening any of the doors. 2.) i could also cut them on at the rear view mirror and walk away at any kind of show, cruise in or anything.
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if you manage to run your wires to the map light and hide it you could do that. otherwise what you can do is install a push swich in your door so when you close the door the light turns OFF. One of my friend did this with his glove box, he installed some kind of refrigerator switch in the hinge so when the door opens the light turn ON.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 08:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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hey dude i have switches on order but i have my LED light and i am trying to find a good power source? I am trying to wire it to the traction control but (because i don't have it) but there is no power going to the wires...i cant find if its missing a fuse or if what. plus there is four wires and i cant tell which it which. can u please help, thanks
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Thanks for this man but ugh....another switch....

Nitrous switch, bottle warmer switch, purge valve button, pillar pod gauge switch...

led switch....
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Would it matter if you used wire bigger than 20Ga? The smallest I could find in my town was 14 Ga...
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Smaller the number, the bigger the wire size, for LED's 14-18 gauge will be fine
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It 14 gauge seemed kinda big... but if it should be ok, then ill pick some up! About time I get my Footwell LEDs hooked up!
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Man, I would kill for those pictures under #6
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Man, I would kill for those pictures under #6
Yeah it sucks I cant see any pics. I want to finally hook mine up!
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Is there any way to see these photos again...hmm
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