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Old 05-13-2010, 01:16 AM   #1
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Dizzy Footwell lights?

i got a few lights today so i can install footwell lights..?

what would be the best way to install these.
I'm wanting to use a toggle switch i don't want them hooked up to my doomlights.. or radio BAD IDEA draws to much power..

i could run it off the battery.. but how on earth would i hook that up for the toggle switch..
any ideas...??

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Old 05-13-2010, 12:05 PM   #2
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i could run it off the battery.. but how on earth would i hook that up for the toggle switch..
any ideas...??

The light should have two wires to connect it. Ground one side, connect the other wire to one side of the toggle switch and the other side to 12 volts.

That pretty much as simple as I can put it.

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Old 05-13-2010, 01:37 PM   #3
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You could wire it into the dome on used the "on" portion if the 3 way (On-Door-Off) switch. That would be nice and useable.

I guess I don't see why you would want them on when you open the door though.

You can also grab 12volt off of the ciglighter-plug.

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Old 05-13-2010, 04:25 PM   #4
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i dont see why you wouldnt want them to come on when the door opens. i wired in footwell lights from an s10 and an older gm rearview mirror with lights in both of my saturns to give me more light at night inside the car. the mirror had the same wiring colors as the saturn domelight and even the s10 footwell lights had the same coloring (minus 1 wire though). the whole project took about 30 minutes to install and well worth it. they all come on when u open the door and when u turn the domelight to "on". and its not too much extra power to run them from the domelight

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Old 05-14-2010, 11:01 PM   #5
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Your post is very confusing. You're saying you don't want to do something so it's useful, which is fine you have your reasons. But, you're asking how to do something so easy, even a caveman could do it. Think how a flashlight works. Do the same thing, but with your car.

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Old 05-18-2010, 10:43 PM   #6
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I think he is trying to make them come on at night while driving. Footwell lights create a kind of theater effect in the car. I find them to be a bit bright for my taste, but I'll share with you the attempt I gave it.

I actually had a set of footwell neon lights an eBay seller sent me by mistake. Pink ones, go figure... I tried to install them, but there is just no space behind the dashboard! You either run into that massive heating duct that takes up 80% of the visible space (if you ever use heat, you might kill the lights), a cruise control cable and all sorts of little nasties you wouldn't want your lights to be messing with. My lights required a ballast, and the only place to put the ballast was sandwiched in between the fuse box and and the heating duct. Once I discovered the ballast was reaching scalding temperature levels, I deemed it all unsafe and gave up.

I also had trouble with the adhesive strips coming loose. I had already found them distractingly bright; having a pink glowstick rolling around the gas pedal while driving in a pitch-black night in the mountains was hardly my idea of an enjoyable ride. My Dad uses epoxy for everything, so I gave them to him; he's going to put them in his Oldsmobile (it has plenty of empty space under the plastic moulding). I can't wait to see his car pimped out in pink...

I ultimately concluded that lights are best used outside the car (Lord knows my car's exterior is as decked out as legally possible ). Still, if you want to take up such a project, perhaps the moral of the story is that LEDs are the way to go. Neons are bulky and can be troublesome, but LED minibulbs could be hidden away easily. Just secure them as best you can, lest you have spotlights rolling around all over the place.

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Old 05-28-2010, 02:49 PM   #7
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I've actually have a similar setup in my car except I use 2 single led lights to light up the center console (to light up the power window switches) and another in the center console it self so you can see inside. I used the power wire off the cigarette lighter since it's a constant and you can turn it on at any time. I also put another light in the glove compartment and hooked it up the same way but I use a 3 way switch with a center off. One way turns on the interior and the other for the glove compartment. I'll try to post some pics.

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