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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

I calculated 180 ohm resistors for each oh of 2 (presently) and potentially 4 parallel circuits. Unfortunately I calculated based upon 12 V supply but I think that is nominal and varies to 13.5V which would mean I should have used 220 ohm resistors. I also keep reading that the LEDs burn out faster with calculated resistance values and that higher resistance should be used. But it was too late I had already bought my 4 resistors for $0.50 so it was too late to start over.

Anyway instead of splicing into the hot and ground as shown in the picture I used the "Scotch Lock" (I didn't know they had a name) that GlennR asked about.

It looks great at night and it is all pretty neat and tidy (not that you can see it since it is all tucked away and covered up).
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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

Yep ... first photo is how the LED is mounted to the rear of the front seat (excuse wiring mess, will be fixed soon). The second is how the wiring exits the centre console in split tubing. I need to get some more of that tubing.
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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

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Can I ask what resistors you have added to each circuit and am I correct that you have "ganged" the 12V supply from the single source as mentioned on the original thread?
Hi Glenn,

I ran separate circuits for front and rear from the same feed.

I used two 0.5w 270 ohm resistors. One runs both front, the one runs both rears.
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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

OK. Looms Made. Almost ready to cut in, but how do you remove the footwell mouldings that house the LED installation. I can see the large plastic dome head fasterners but can't work out if they are threaded or will pop out. Don't want to break anything!!! Thanks Again.
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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

the mouldings are quite flexible. the clips are xmas tree types that pop out, but need a bit of coaxing. I found it easier to try and pull the whole panel down with the clips on it. get as close into the clips as you can when doing this though.
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Excellent. Really appreciate the advice. Now, the final question, how did you approach connecting all the +/-ve's. I'm thinking of running a single + & - wire(s) (ie conecting a single + & - to the gear selector LEd 12V) then branching out to do the fwd left and right LED's. I would then connect to the same single wires braching out to do the rear LED's. I was wondering if this is easier than trying to connect 4 wires +ve and 4 wires -ve to the gear selector 12V. Is this how you did it?
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Excellent. Really appreciate the advice. Now, the final question, how did you approach connecting all the +/-ve's. I'm thinking of running a single + & - wire(s) (ie conecting a single + & - to the gear selector LEd 12V) then branching out to do the fwd left and right LED's. I would then connect to the same single wires braching out to do the rear LED's. I was wondering if this is easier than trying to connect 4 wires +ve and 4 wires -ve to the gear selector 12V. Is this how you did it?
That's how I did it.

I pre-built the wiring so at the end all I needed to do is solder single wires to the vehicle wiring that feeds the cup holder lighting.

On the positive wire, I then soldered in two parallel resistors in a "Y" arrangement. One resistor for the front LEDs, and one for the rear LEDs. Then to each resistor, I soldered two wires un a "Y" each feeding an individual LED.

On the negative wire, I soldered 4 individual wires to 1, and soldered the 1 to the vehicle wiring.

I used heat shrink tubing on all the soldered connections, except where I spliced into the vehicle wiring. There I had to use good quality electrical tape.
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Re: Here it is. Custom interior ambient footwell LED lighting. Pics inside!

Thanks for the info. Much appreciated. I tried the LED's off an old 12V battery. They seem quiet green although the LED spec says green/blue. Would you say they appear more green than the existing ambient light throughout the cabin?
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Yes they are a bit on the green side, but I have also seen the "green" leds and the aqua ones are definitely aqua in comparison.
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For 4 Led's I used a 120 Ohm resistor. I placed the resistor on the positive wire just where I connected to the car wiring under the gear shift. I ran 2 wires from that to a 8 pin plug. 4 neg and 4 positive. The car wire ran to 1 of the + sockets, then I ran a link to each of the other 3 sockets. Did the same for the + wires.
The problems I had were that the Led's were polarity sensitive, and when I switched them on for the first time, only 1 lit. A swap of the polarity to the others soon showed all lighting up. Tip: Dont fully connect the wires until you test. If the led does not light, swap the wires.
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Note that the long leg on an LED is +ve. One leg is usually slightly longer than the other.
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Can I ask you how you spliced into the existing red and black wires for your =/-ve feeds. We have something called a scotch-lock that I have used previously. (A plastic clip with a "guilotine" that bites into the wires)

Thank you.

Glenn here is what I did so I did not have to use a tap or splice the wiring, that way if is had to remove my harness the wiring is still intact and unmolested.


Using the same plug that James used in his origingal posting.
  1. I stripped about 1/4" of insulation from some 18 gauage wire
  2. tinned the end with solder then I pushed the solder covered ends up in the back of the plug.
  3. If necessary trim the you wire so that you don't have any expose conductor peeking out from the plugg.
  4. After you have tested the connection and are satisfied with fit.Using a zip tie strap your positive to the orange wire (+) of the OEM harness. Then do the same with your negative wire and the OEM harness.
  5. Then using two more zip ties secure the rest of your wire to the OEM harnes So that they would not pull out.
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