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Old 02-02-2011, 04:19 PM   #1
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those of you with footwell lighting?

wired to your dome lights.... do you drive with your dome light on? i think thats pretty weak for the lights only to show when u open your doors... so do u guys just drive around with them on or? i think adding a switch may be too difficult...but maybe not
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:25 PM   #2
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nope dont drive around with them on they just come on when the doors open at night thats enough for me
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:17 PM   #4
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I see guys lol

well anybody hhave them wired to where u can turn them on and off maunually?
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:39 PM   #5
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My footwell lighting stays on at night in both the front and rear footwells
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:54 PM   #6
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yeah I never thought that such a small thing would be important, but my wife is driving the new honda CRZ and it has very subtle lighting in the footwells and I think it's awesome and now I want it but all the ones I've seen are super bright and obnoxious looking.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:24 PM   #7
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I have mine wired up to the dome light. Easiest way to do what you want is to install a dimmer switch between the lights and the 12v. That way you can dim them to be "subtle"
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I jumped my power from the center console.theres a power lead for the phone charger there and its only powered when the car is on. i like mine on all the time alsoName:  iphone pics 065.jpg
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:52 PM   #9
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You could always add a secondary light/led that's hooked into constant power. That way the bright ones would go off w/the dome light, and the dimmer ones would stay on w/the car
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:31 PM   #10
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You could always add a secondary light/led that's hooked into constant power. That way the bright ones would go off w/the dome light, and the dimmer ones would stay on w/the car
haha, i was thinking the exact same thing. But yea, I dont like it where the footwell light bars are always on. Dont need more distractions while driving... especially at night.

If i was going to have a dimmer light on even while driving, I'd just get some single LEDs and pop them under... should be enough light imo.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:30 PM   #11
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I jumped my power from the center console.theres a power lead for the phone charger there and its only powered when the car is on. i like mine on all the time alsoAttachment 203592


could you elaborate more on this? u hooked em up to the the power source under your usb port?
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:31 PM   #12
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I have mine wired up to the dome light. Easiest way to do what you want is to install a dimmer switch between the lights and the 12v. That way you can dim them to be "subtle"
might have to do that man.. im a noob at wiring though
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:58 PM   #13
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You could always add a secondary light/led that's hooked into constant power. That way the bright ones would go off w/the dome light, and the dimmer ones would stay on w/the car
Thats exactly what I did. I have dim blue ones that are on when the dash and door ABL are on and bright red ones that go on and off with the red dome light!

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:19 PM   #14
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its a little distracting to have it on all the time i prefer to keep it off unless the dome light is on.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:30 AM   #15
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Just got mine wired. Only on when the doors open. Dont know what the cops would say about it glowing around your feet when he pears through the window
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:48 AM   #16
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Mine are on whenever the dome light is on and that is enough for me.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:35 AM   #17
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I have mine on a switch, they come on n off when I want.

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Old 02-03-2011, 09:48 AM   #18
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yeah I never thought that such a small thing would be important, but my wife is driving the new honda CRZ and it has very subtle lighting in the footwells and I think it's awesome and now I want it but all the ones I've seen are super bright and obnoxious looking.
Our LED Footwell kits comes in 15" strips. You can literally take a pair of scissors and cut the strip so that only 12", 10", 8" 6" etc is used and that allows you to dial-in the brightness to something that suits your taste. You can even take the pieces you cut off, solder new wires to them, and use them elsewhere on the vehicle, ie: back seat footwells or in the trunk
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:20 PM   #19
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Mine are wired from the area on passenger side sill panel.Tapped in so that lights only come on when door is opened. Also have that gradual on effect.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:01 PM   #20
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Mine are wired to the dome light. Not going for the Miami Vice or Nash Bridges look in cars.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:41 AM   #21
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The 2lt and 2ss gauge cluster has a power port near the shifter. You can pull up the panel and jump into the power sorce so you don't have to run a ton of wire. This worked well for me but to each his own. I'm thinking the power port is for cell nav exced.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:21 AM   #22
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nope dont drive around with them on they just come on when the doors open at night thats enough for me
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:48 AM   #23
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:20 PM   #24
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I've got mine wired for both. What I did was wire the lights into a 3 position switch (On/Off/On) and have one wire feed from the traction control light in the center console (that particular wire works the same as the ABL) and the second feed from the dome light. Depending on my mood I can set it to come on only with the dome light, with the ABL or even not at all. I also have the whole thing fed through a dimmer switch so I can fine tune it to my liking while driving. This setup took a bit of time but it's exactly what I want.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:59 AM   #25
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I just installed some and took some pics, just haven't had a chance to post them yet. I used fuse taps like these and ran it off my power outlet fuse. They require the car to be on to get power. I mounted a rocker switch under the dash so I can turn them off if I'd want to.

I've had them in my past 2 cars, it felt so dark to me without them haha. I don't see the point of not having power to them when you're in the car. To each his own I suppose.
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