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Old 05-10-2012, 12:39 PM
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Re: ambient light kit question

And I, rather than "install" the button somewhere visible and "tacked on" looking, if it's only function is the change the color of the lights, which I never will once I found the color that matches the existing interior lights, will probably hide the button under the dash somewhere as well.

I assume the intensity of the lights is adjusted by and along with the switch the controls all the other interior lights?
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Re: ambient light kit question

Actually, it's come to my attention that this kit "DOESN'T dim with the factory switch, and only has two (2) "brightness" positions, bright and dim. That's a NO GO for me!
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Re: ambient light kit question

How about light colors. Does it have the same defult color that came with the Overland in the door handles etc..
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:00 PM
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Re: ambient light kit question

I think one of the colors is "close" to the Overland color. For me though, it was a "deal breaker" not to be able to dim them along with all the other interior lights. I'm a control freak (ha ha) when it comes to my lighting, and the thought of being able to dim all the other lights with the OEM switch on the dash, and only have a bright/dim setting on the ambient light kit, was enough to make me pass.
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I think one of the colors is "close" to the Overland color. For me though, it was a "deal breaker" not to be able to dim them along with all the other interior lights. I'm a control freak (ha ha) when it comes to my lighting, and the thought of being able to dim all the other lights with the OEM switch on the dash, and only have a bright/dim setting on the ambient light kit, was enough to make me pass.

It is not a big deal if they can't be dimmed with that other interior lights.

My 2004 VW touareg had what they called Footwell lights that were dimmable in 10% increments but you had to controll it through the MFD on the dash... so the MOPAR systems operation is not unreasonable beside you can change the color to suit your mood or color scheme if you change it.
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Re: ambient light kit question

Even though this kit seems decent, that is just sooooo much money to spend for LED's when you can do almost the exact same mod for less than $2.00. Most vehicles that have OEM ambient footwell lighting use a single LED. For example my 2007 Acura TL Type S had them and it was nothing more than 1 small red LED in each foot well. I liked it soo much I did the same thing to another vehicle of mine and it was incredibly easy, cost less than a couple bucks and a little of my time. And to top it off they dim with your factory switch ;-)

Instead of paying some ridiculous amount for this mopar kit I will be doing the mod myself for a few bucks. I will post pictures once I get it done. Now the trick is to find a few aqua colored LED's to match the factory lighting.

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Even though this kit seems decent, that is just sooooo much money to spend for LED's when you can do almost the exact same mod for less than $2.00. Most vehicles that have OEM ambient footwell lighting use a single LED. For example my 2007 Acura TL Type S had them and it was nothing more than 1 small red LED in each foot well. I liked it soo much I did the same thing to another vehicle of mine and it was incredibly easy, cost less than a couple bucks and a little of my time. And to top it off they dim with your factory switch ;-)

Instead of paying some ridiculous amount for this mopar kit I will be doing the mod myself for a few bucks. I will post pictures once I get it done. Now the trick is to find a few aqua colored LED's to match the factory lighting.

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Looking forward to the write-up and pictures, James.
Alright I will be sure to take pictures of the work. I ordered the LED's. Turns out www.superbrightleds.com sells individual aqua (cyan) colored 3mm LED's. They are on their way :-)

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It would be interesting if you could tie them into the power feed for the cup holder lighting. Perhaps add a switch/dimmer inside the front face of the lower console compartment. I will be watching for your install, best luck.
Yup, I found the easiest place to tap into a OEM dimmable power source is the two wire harness that powers the shift selector lights (P,R,D). It's very easy to get into the center console area, it's not far from the footwells, and I already tested the power and it's 12v+ when lights on and dims down with the dimmer switch. I also wanted this mod to be 100% reversible and without cutting a single factory wire.
Everything is all wired up and done, all I'm waiting for are the LED's to arrive in the mail.

I'm not shooting down those that spent the big bucks for the Mopar kit, but IMO this DIY is the way to go. It offers a MUCH cleaner install without all the wires, harnesses, switches, and module. You do not need to put holes anywhere to mount a switch, it offers exact matching cyan color lighting that dims with your oem dimmer switch. Oh and the most important thing....this cost me less than five bucks ;-)
I took pictures of the install so far and will take a few more once I finish mounting the LED's when they arrive. Watch for my seperately post on the install in the coming days.

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I agree with you about the Mopar kit, and can't wait to see your mod!
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Well as much as I don't like the cost of MOPAR kit, I went ahead and ordered it as it looks like a fun install. I will report back here with pictures later in the week once it has been completed.
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