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Old 06-04-2011, 10:02 AM   #1
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DIY : Footwell Lighting Install - Dome/Toggle Switch

Thanks to many of you on the site, I was able to install my footwell lighting project with ease. When I first installed my footwells, I connected them to the dome light.

After having this for a few months, I then wanted to then add a switch to control my footwells alone, yet still achieve the dome light affect when the doors open/close. I searched all over, but I was only able to find information that was scattered abroad, so that is why I put this together.


After your have securely installed your footwells where you would like them, it is then time to wire them up.

1. First take the negative ends of your footwells and ground them. By popping off the drivers side center console piece, there is a perfect location to ground.


2. Using a SPDT switch, all your connection points will be ran to this switch. The type of switch which I found looked like this. Although their are many types, I am happy with how this one works. Its a ON/OFF/ON toggle.


3. Next you want to connect your positive ends of your footwells to a single piece of wire. This will later be used in connection with the switch.


4. Next you will find power from your dome light. This grey wire is located above the gas pedal. Tap in with a piece of wire, and it will later be used in connection with the switch.



5. Now you want to find 12V power for your switch for when you would like to control the footwells. Located in the fuse box on the drivers side is a given spot to tie into. You will use a female terminal to make this connection.


6. To protect your footwells add in a fuse. Using 3 female terminals, a fuse, and wire, make something that looks like this. It will then tie into the location that was shown above.



Now that all your connection points are found, it is time to tie them into the switch.

1. On one side of the switch connect the wire coming from the DOME LIGHT connection.
2. On the other side of the switch connect the wire from your 12V fusebox source.
3. In the middle of the switch add your accessory, which will be the wire running from your footwells.



Depending upon the switch you use, and where you would like to mount it is up too you. I personally hid mine, and placed it right under the fuse box. This also allowed all the wires to run to a easy and accessible spot. I drilled the whole, and popped it in. I'm sure you will be able to recognize where its at.


How does it work?

With the switch in the DOME LIGHT position, your footwells will dim off and on with your dome lights. This is great for when opening your doors. When the door closes, everything goes off.

When you are driving at night, and would like to just have your footwells on, pop the switch into your 12V power source position. You then have control over your footwells.

Move the switch back into DOME LIGHT position, and they will go back to functioning with your dome light.

If you toggle the switch into the middle position (like mine) the footwells will have no power, and will stay off completely until you move into either DOME, or 12V power position.

Enjoy!

Thanks to member TonyNo for putting together this Footwell Install. I know it has helped many, including myself.

Beginning of video shows my footwell lights.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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Great write up! I may use this to wire up a 12v source for my halos. I have them tied into parking lights for now, but the problem is that they turn off after like 15 minutes :(
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for the write up... I'm doin' this. Just got my ABL LED kit.
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:50 PM   #4
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what size fuse did you use? the red one?
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:29 AM   #5
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So if I have read this right, this is how it's wired with the (-) of the LEDs grounded of course?
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:16 PM   #6
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what size fuse did you use? the red one?
I think red is 10V. I'm trying to figure where the LED strips should be placed. On the passenger side it doesn't seem right to attach it to the bottom of the glovebox door, but I don't see anywhere else to put it. If I do put the strip there won't that create an issue with the wires getting pulled on when the glovebox is opened?
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:46 AM   #7
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i actually had to attach my strip to a long skinny piece of plastic so its on a flat surface, then i ziptied it where i wanted it using the 3 holes on the pass side, did the same on drivers side, it just has 2 holes tho...hope that helps
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Definately does... You and some others have been doing it this way so I will to. Thanks!!!

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i actually had to attach my strip to a long skinny piece of plastic so its on a flat surface, then i ziptied it where i wanted it using the 3 holes on the pass side, did the same on drivers side, it just has 2 holes tho...hope that helps
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:14 AM   #9
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I made a video just to show where I put mine. I thought it
might help people on the last step.
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Thanks for the placement tips... Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks.

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Old 01-03-2012, 07:31 PM   #11
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my OCD wouldnt let me get away with that lol, straight lines on a straight palne and tucked up underneth, i have a wife and a 12 yr old, i didnt want to have to do this every 6months or so when they end up kicking the shit out of it lol
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:00 AM   #12
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I was very worried at first that people would kick them but I tucked mine way up and out of the way. I still tell people to watch the feet and the rule is no sudden kicking motions.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:03 PM   #13
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lol,..good deal!
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:02 PM   #14
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OK ran into an issue, in the fuse box where you say there is an extra placing for a 12v source,..mine does not have it it has a HVAC 40 fuse in that spot and i dont have an open connection anywhere,..any ideas? this is a 2011 if that makes any difference..
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this is how mine is set up...
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I found the same thing when I opened my box up. I just skipped the fuse idea...
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where did you get your 12v connection then?
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The grey wire under the wheel, it's the dome light power.
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well i found what i was looking for , im putting a switch in where i can use it with the dome lights or turn them on by themselfs, thats why i was looking for another 12v source...
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:43 PM   #20
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Josh....kick ass video sir. Well done and straight up!

Well done sir!
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Very helpfull! putting my lighting in now!! Thanks!!!!
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Did my lighting... Looks sweet! At first I was all over installing the switch, then said screw it. I went easy; tapped straight into grey with no switch, grounded 'em and we're good to go. I started thinking why would I want to turn the footwell lighting on or off??? If it's tapped into the dome light it all controlled there. I'm totally happy with the set up. To all those who contributed and answered my questions... Thank you!

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(not sure how to load videos here yet)... well, look at that. It worked!

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Old 01-17-2012, 07:45 PM   #23
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this is how mine is set up...
I have this same setup in my 2011. Where can I get a 12v power source for when the car is on? I plan on hooking my lights up to an SPDT switch to where I can have the lights with the dome (gray wire to switch, lights to switch, 12v source to switch.) or all the time depending on the switch setting. I just need a power source since I have the fuse there.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:26 PM   #24
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Bump for answer to another 12V source
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I used the traction control switch wire. Works great.
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