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Interior Ambient-Mood lighting MOD!!! Did I mention cheap as well?

With this mod you still have full function of your white factory interior lights...

What I did was while I was running a switched/ground wire up to the area above the rear view for my radar detector, I made use of the power I ran and added some blue LED's for some ambient lighting.

(I think red LEDs would look cool with all the factory blue)

They look cool and cast a nice cool-blue glow all over the cockpit but at night it does not effect your night vision but you can see everything like cup holders or what ever you may be looking for, it even makes the non-lighted buttons on the homelink mirror easy to see at night.

The other cool side effect is the way that the light fades into view when the regular interior lights dim after closing the door, they kind of just fade from white to blue with a little bit of purple thrown in.

I did not do a DIY, but I can describe it easy enough...

1st-you need to run a switched power wire as well as a ground up to the the overhead panel.
The panel is easily removed by 2 Phillips screws inside the sunglass holder.

I got switched power from the fuse box and used the old wire-tuck behind the fuse method (I used the fuse for the heated seats since mine are not utilized) and ground screwed with a self-tapping screw, ring terminal and star lock washer onto the dash bracket.

I ran the wire up the A-pillar and tucked it behind the head liner.

I got the LED's from Pep-Boys, a pack of 3 for 6.99. I removed the light panel and drilled 2 9/32 hole for the the LED's (they are the type that snap locks into a pre-drilled hole)

I drilled the holes in the rear corner area in the black plastic housing and pushed them into the holes so they were facing towards the front of the car but inside the light housing right next to the regular white lights.
I then just tucked the wires in (after I connected them to the wire I ran up) and re-installed the panel.

The lights come on any time the ignition is on, but you could install a switch if you want to be able to turn them off, but since they are LED's there is no heat so that's not a concern.

I have posted some pictures of the finished product...
 

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I'm suprised, it looks better than I expected.



 

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I have to agree this looks very fancy!
 

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Que cliche saxophone music. Check. :)
 

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I like the look of this. i am trying to do something similar to a hyundai Genesis sedan and am having trouble removing the overhead lighting fixture. I can remove the assembly with the two screws but I cannot figure out how to unsnap the two wiring clips for the power to the lights. Do they just pull apart or is there some kind of retainer clip? I don't have much room to work given the length of the wire so i don't want to mess something up. Any input? I would appreciate it.

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With this mod you still have full function of your white factory interior lights...

What I did was while I was running a switched/ground wire up to the area above the rear view for my radar detector, I made use of the power I ran and added some blue LED's for some ambient lighting.

(I think red LEDs would look cool with all the factory blue)

They look cool and cast a nice cool-blue glow all over the cockpit but at night it does not effect your night vision but you can see everything like cup holders or what ever you may be looking for, it even makes the non-lighted buttons on the homelink mirror easy to see at night.

The other cool side effect is the way that the light fades into view when the regular interior lights dim after closing the door, they kind of just fade from white to blue with a little bit of purple thrown in.

I did not do a DIY, but I can describe it easy enough...

1st-you need to run a switched power wire as well as a ground up to the the overhead panel.
The panel is easily removed by 2 Phillips screws inside the sunglass holder.

I got switched power from the fuse box and used the old wire-tuck behind the fuse method (I used the fuse for the heated seats since mine are not utilized) and ground screwed with a self-tapping screw, ring terminal and star lock washer onto the dash bracket.

I ran the wire up the A-pillar and tucked it behind the head liner.

I got the LED's from Pep-Boys, a pack of 3 for 6.99. I removed the light panel and drilled 2 9/32 hole for the the LED's (they are the type that snap locks into a pre-drilled hole)

I drilled the holes in the rear corner area in the black plastic housing and pushed them into the holes so they were facing towards the front of the car but inside the light housing right next to the regular white lights.
I then just tucked the wires in (after I connected them to the wire I ran up) and re-installed the panel.

The lights come on any time the ignition is on, but you could install a switch if you want to be able to turn them off, but since they are LED's there is no heat so that's not a concern.

I have posted some pictures of the finished product...
What kind of LED did you use. I'm talking specifics like what level of brightness etc. What did the packaging say etc? I want to do something like this but I want it to be real subtle, like people won't even realize it until their eyes adjust and they realize their feet are glowing blue just a little. If I get one of those crazy bright LED's and go through the trouble of installing them, I'm gonna be pissed when I hook them up and I find out that I installed a blue sun under my dash. Thanks
 
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