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Old 01-02-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
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How to wire grille lighting?

Hey guys, I'm thinking about putting some LED lighting behind my grille, what would you tap into for the power/ground? Could you tap into the fog lights or the side markers?

Has anyone done the grille lighting?

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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i trided and failed the fan is right their where the grill is
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:24 PM   #3
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i trided and failed the fan is right their where the grill is

uhh....what? I don't even understand that post...
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:38 PM   #4
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If your getting a light from AAC, it will come with a remote. Run the power wire to the fuse box post, fuse it, ground really to any screw going into the frame or tap into any ground wire, ie, side marker etc.

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Old 01-02-2011, 09:29 PM   #5
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uhh....what? I don't even understand that post...
soory i was saying where the grill area is is two fans that cool the engine and if any of the lights get loose they can be sucked in by the fans
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:34 AM   #6
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Depends on how / when you want the lights to be lit? If for show use, you can grab power off the fuse box and mount a switch in the engine bay and ground it to your CAI box. This way you don't have to run wires into the car.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:13 AM   #7
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what kind of grille lighting are you talking about.. i did grill lighting on my camaro (see Sig)
if you need help shoot me a PM
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:31 AM   #8
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what kind of grille lighting are you talking about.. i did grill lighting on my camaro (see Sig)
if you need help shoot me a PM
That's what im talking about right there, how'd you do it?
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:37 AM   #9
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I bought a 12" blue led strip and i ran a wire from the power terminal under the hood (Under a red plastic cover) through a hole in the firewall located on the drivers side right behind the wheel well (you can find it if you feel around there, theres a rubber grommet in the hole) to a switch under the steering wheel. then from the switch i ran a wire back through that hole to the front. i attached the led strip with some wire to hold it up against the hood latch plate. i connected the wire coming from the switch to the positive on the led strip. then ran a wire from the negative on the led strip back through that same hole and grounded it in the drivers side fuse box on a bolt you will find in there... and thats all you have to do it was my first time wiring anything and it took less than an hour mainly because i had to reach up underneath dash to pull the wires through that hole. good luck! let me know if you have more questions.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:00 PM   #10
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did you have to take the front bumper off? i was looking at doing the same thing but it looks like you have to take the bumper off
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I bought a 12" blue led strip and i ran a wire from the power terminal under the hood (Under a red plastic cover) through a hole in the firewall located on the drivers side right behind the wheel well (you can find it if you feel around there, theres a rubber grommet in the hole) to a switch under the steering wheel. then from the switch i ran a wire back through that hole to the front. i attached the led strip with some wire to hold it up against the hood latch plate. i connected the wire coming from the switch to the positive on the led strip. then ran a wire from the negative on the led strip back through that same hole and grounded it in the drivers side fuse box on a bolt you will find in there... and thats all you have to do it was my first time wiring anything and it took less than an hour mainly because i had to reach up underneath dash to pull the wires through that hole. good luck! let me know if you have more questions.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:52 PM   #11
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nope i didnt take off my bumper .. as long as you can fit your hand through the grill your fine
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:59 PM   #12
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You can also use 2 pods to light up the grill nicely.

Here is an example from Veteran1:



Here is a couple ft of LED strip:



if you want to get wild use some of our RGB strip:

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nope i didnt take off my bumper .. as long as you can fit your hand through the grill your fine
well that sucks kuz i dont have a stock grill
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If you don't want to use a ton of wire power the light under the hood with a fuse. Then run just one black wire inside that you can put to your switch and from switch to ground. I just don't like running hot wires through the firewall. There's many ways to do this. Use good conectors and shrink tubing can help. Double check every thing before adding power.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:18 PM   #15
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You can take the cover off that the hood latch is bolted to. Only a few screws and some push pins.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:19 PM   #16
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i just wired it to the fuse box and grounded it. Didnt think about putting a fuse to it. Will do that in the spring. The lighting behing the grill looks great
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yeah thats one thing i need to take care of when i get a chance it would be safer with a fuse
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:59 PM   #19
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1. Remove the hood plate.
2. Run wire through the firewall
3. T-Tap into the dome light

I tied these into my footwell lighting. Check the DIY section for step 3. Search the forum for the firewall pass through.

Good luck. It is a GREAT mod!
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You can also tap into the power out in the center console.
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