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Old 02-04-2011, 11:51 PM   #1
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Interior and underhood lighting

I bought two sets of ambient lighting kits from AAC in orange color and some orange lighted ring switches. The LED strips are about 16 inches long each.
I cut off four inches from two strips to make them 12" long and put each of the shorter ones in the front seat footwells, just under the lip of the dash. Then I put one 16" strip centered just behind the headliner stuck to the rear glass tight against the headliner in the blacked out area and the two 4" pieces (that were cut off the 2 strips) I put behind the headliner out by the C pillars.
I wired all these interior lights to the dome light circuit, so they come on when the doors are opened or the dome light switch is turned on. I also wired these same lights to a separate ring switch on the side of the center console, so the interior LED's can be turned on without turning on the overhead dome light while driving (so you don't get the windshield glare of the dome light). I had to put a Diode in the wire from the dome light circuit to the LED's so that when I use the ring switch to turn on the LED's, it doesn't backfeed power to the overhead dome light.
I wired up the last LED light strip to the underside of the hood, just above the underhood insulation behind the hood latch loop. I ran the wires down to the back passenger side of the hood hidden by the insulation and came out by the hinge and put another ring switch by the fuse box. It throws a nice orange glow over the whole engine compartment at night.

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Footwell Lighting
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The ring switch on the side of the console. Lit up so you can find it at night.
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The back seat lighting.
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View through the rear window from the outside, with the LED lighting on.
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The LED strips behind the headliner.
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Underhood lighting.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:00 AM   #2
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Awesome. I love that rear seat lighting.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:36 AM   #3
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Awesome. I love that rear seat lighting.
Thanks, I hated the fact that the Camaros have no lighting in the back seat. At night while traveling, you just had to feel around in the dark to try to find something.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:10 AM   #4
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like the idea of lighting behind the headliner
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:19 AM   #5
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like the idea of lighting behind the headliner
Yup that is
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:02 AM   #6
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Yea great idea I may have to use it myself
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:53 AM   #7
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Nicely done.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:16 AM   #8
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Looks pretty good. We'll have to do another night club meeting so I can see it in person...
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:58 PM   #9
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I bought two sets of ambient lighting kits from AAC in orange color and some orange lighted ring switches. The LED strips are about 16 inches long each.
I cut off four inches from two strips to make them 12" long and put each of the shorter ones in the front seat footwells, just under the lip of the dash. Then I put one 16" strip centered just behind the headliner stuck to the rear glass tight against the headliner in the blacked out area and the two 4" pieces (that were cut off the 2 strips) I put behind the headliner out by the C pillars.
I wired all these interior lights to the dome light circuit, so they come on when the doors are opened or the dome light switch is turned on. I also wired these same lights to a separate ring switch on the side of the center console, so the interior LED's can be turned on without turning on the overhead dome light while driving (so you don't get the windshield glare of the dome light). I had to put a Diode in the wire from the dome light circuit to the LED's so that when I use the ring switch to turn on the LED's, it doesn't backfeed power to the overhead dome light.
I wired up the last LED light strip to the underside of the hood, just above the underhood insulation behind the hood latch loop. I ran the wires down to the back passenger side of the hood hidden by the insulation and came out by the hinge and put another ring switch by the fuse box. It throws a nice orange glow over the whole engine compartment at night.

Here's some pics:
Footwell Lighting
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The ring switch on the side of the console. Lit up so you can find it at night.
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The back seat lighting.
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View through the rear window from the outside, with the LED lighting on.
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The LED strips behind the headliner.
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Underhood lighting.
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Looks great! The LED Strips are lots of fun to install because there is no "wrong" way to do it! You can get really creative with this product
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:31 PM   #10
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Loving the back seat lighting! Where did you run the wires for the back seat lights and how? Too perfect!
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:44 PM   #11
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Looks great!!! But, why the gap in the rear seat lighting? Just wondering.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:50 PM   #12
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great back seat lighting
also where is the lighting on the bay area ?
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:41 PM   #13
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interested on how u did the back seat lighting too!
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great back seat lighting
also where is the lighting on the bay area ?
Not sure about the OP but we usually mount the underhood lighting like so:



or...



or...
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On out '69 Camaro Project car we used the ORACLE ColorSHIFT LED Strip to illuminate the engine bay which allows us to change colors. Good option if you do not want to commit to one color










or all of the above!
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