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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

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Thanks a lot for that.

Another quick question: How did you angle them? I want the light to be where it is in the pictures I posted which is over the cup holders and shifter.

Did you level the LEDs with the flow of the plastic or did you angle them to a certain extent.
Mine follow the contour of the plastic, but I wanted to have mine facing forward a little more, over the controls and a little of the shifter. That is why I placed mine in the front where the curvature faces a little more forward. If you want a good representation of your target area for mounting flush somewhere on the overhead console, grab one of the little magnet tools that extends and put the magnet end flush against the plastic. That will give you a perpendicular line to the curve at that point and tell you where a flush mounted LED would shoot.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Ok. I have a few of those magnet tools. Thanks.

I might wait to finish this project after I get my switches back from Bob. I'm doing the LEF conversion in blue and the light from the center console switches might be so bright that they will light up where I want the Ambient light.

Kinda sucks thinking about it. Lol. But in going to go ahead and purchase everything I need for this project.

Instead of using an LED holder, in going to find a piece of plastic, drill a hole in it, and then push the LED through it. I'll then glue that over the hole in the overhead console.

I might just go ahead and try the LED holder also.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Great idea and great write up!

Can't wait to see the results. I'm gonna have to look into this too
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

I found 2.2k resistors at Radio Shack last night.

The box style fuse tape I bought last night has the terminal on the side so it doesn't fit in between the big relays.

I bought some terminal style fuse taps that I did not want to use but I guess I have no choice.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

So I started running wiring and ran into a bit of an issue. For some reason when I tapped into the #8 fuse, it's feeding 12V constantly and when I turn on the parking light, it drops to 0V. Any idea what's going on here?
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So I started running wiring and ran into a bit of an issue. For some reason when I tapped into the #8 fuse, it's feeding 12V constantly and when I turn on the parking light, it drops to 0V. Any idea what's going on here?
I had a feeling it would do this. I think the fuse is all time power. The relay however must be in between the mini fuse and the mutifunction switch.

Looks like I'm going to be tapping the cig lighter.

Anybody know which cig lighter wire to tap?
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Did some more testing tonight. I've decided I'm going to be using a 5.6k ohm resistor for my install.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Almost finish. Here is a teaser.

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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Looks much more calmed down, I like it - going to give us some info on your install pics with the final light output?
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Looks much more calmed down, I like it - going to give us some info on your install pics with the final light output?
Yes sir.

I'm about to upload a YouTube video. Be right back. And it's a 4.7k ohm 1/4 watt resistor.
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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Here is the video. I'll be back a little later with pictures and install info. This should be thread of the month (TOTM). Thanks Muddy.

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Re: Homemade Overhead Ambient Lighting – 2006 WK Grand Cherokee Limited

Love the shout out man - looks great! I'll wait till you have the install pics posted before I start asking questions. Glad you got it all figured out, but jealous you finished your install first, haha!
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