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Old 11-04-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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Lightbulb LED Footwell Light DIY Install on 2013 Camaro 2LT
















I just installed my aqua led footwell lights from oracle - the pics may look blue but they are aqua and match factory acc lights. This was the first time I have ever messed around with automotive wiring so I'm very proud of the results. I installed a on/off/on toggle switch by the fuse box and wired that to the dome light, a dimmer switch, and the 12 volt power wire of the cigarette lighter under the center console. I was going to use the 12v in the fuse box as described in other footwell threads but then discovered that the 2013 doesn't have an open fuse like earlier models. So I installed a t tap to the cigarette lighter wire instead. The lights work exactly like I wanted. I am able to drive with them on and dim them so they won't be too bright by switching the toggle switch to the 12V on position. They still work with the dome light when I flip the toggle switch to the opposite on position. When I open the doors they light up with the dome light and when I close the doors they dim off. The install took me a good while (about 5 hours) but that's because this was my first time messing with wires. i had never worked with a stripper, crimper or anything - but I managed. It was relatively easy considering I wanted a toggle switch and a dimmer. If you just want the lights to come on with the dome light it is MUCH easier. Thank you to all who posted on the other footwell threads and special thanks to SummoneR for all the help with the diagram and the answers to all my questions. Here's how I did it:

Disconnected black wire from the battery in the trunk as a precaution. ;-)

1. I removed the 2 side plastic panels and the fuse box cover. Installed the led lights with zip ties like described in other threads and fed the passenger led wire through to the driver side. I then connected the 2 black wires from the lights together using a butt connector and connected them to a 18GA wire so I could connect one wire to the - OUT terminal in the dimmer and I did the same for the red + wire and connected it to the + OUT terminal in the dimmer. (basically I formed a Y with the led wires to get one wire to put into the dimmer OUT +/- side) see picture of the dimmer i used.

2. Then I installed a t tap (see pictures of the ttaps i used) to the gray dome wire by the accelerator pedal (see other footwell threads for details). I used a fuse connector and an 18GA wire (see last few pictures). I connected the red wire from the dome light to one of the on terminals of the toggle switch.

3. I took an 18 Ga separate wire (marked it black with a sharpie) and installed it into the - IN terminal in the dimmer switch and grounded that to the car bolt using a ring connector. See bolt picture. This grounds the dimmer switch. Be sure to measure the amount of wire you need first.

4. I then took another 18GA wire and connected it to the middle terminal on the toggle switch using a ring connector and the other end to the + IN terminal on the dimmer switch. Again, I used a ring connector for the toggle switch and the other end didn't require a connector. Be sure to measure the amount of wire you need first.

5. Then I lifted the plastic cover surrounding the shifter and did a t tap into the cigarette lighter red power wire. (12 V Power) and connected the other end of the wire to the other end terminal on the toggle switch using a ring connector.

So now the 3 terminals on the toggle switch are wired up and the dimmer is all wired up. There is a good diagram picture of the toggle switch wiring in another footwell thread (~pg 27 of thread). I tested the connections were all right by installing the battery and everything worked just fine so I continued to set everything in place.

6. I drilled a hole at the bottom of the fuse box for the toggle switch to go into. So I have to reach down for it with my left hand ;-) See my picture. There are also other pictures of this in other threads.

7. I zip tied all the wires nice and neat by the led's under the driver side footwell and hid them in the center console by the dimmer switch and set my dimmer switch where I wanted it in the center console by the driver side panel.

8. I measured very carefully and drilled a small hole in the side panel by the driver side leg that covers all the wires for the dimmer switch. I ran into a problem here and I'm still trying to solve it. I took off the dimmer switch black knob so I could put the dimmer bar through the plastic console but it wasn't long enough to be able to secure the black knob again. Now I guess I have to find another black knob to use on the dimmer bar. Bummed about this but I hopefully I can find a replacement. :( any suggestions?

9. I put everything back together and took the car out for a drive. The dimmer works awesome! Hope this helps.

Below is a video I made for you all to see the dimmer in action. Hope you all like it.

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:45 PM   #3
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Thanks Ivan
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:17 AM   #4
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Awesome Miro! I knew you could do it! Glad I could help. It looks good too. As far as the dimmer switch knob not sure, unless you use a different dimmer with a longer dial. Or a larger image I could possibly see better how to modify it.

Glad you got it done!

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Thanks Ivan!




As a side note I just realized I used the wrong ground symbol, that is a Earth ground, I should have used a Chassis Ground symbol... oh well it still makes sense. I will have to fix it for fur future reference.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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Hey Paul. Glad you liked it. I found a dimmer switch knob today that looks retro and it fit perfect. Job complete. Now time for the next mod. My ugly yellow fog lights need to be white to match the halos.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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so the traction control button is where most people tap into for the power?? I want my footwell to come on only at night time kinda or when I turn the halos on.. how many led bars or regulars can you tap to that source??

it looks good.. I want this soo bad
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:10 AM   #7
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Hey Paul. Glad you liked it. I found a dimmer switch knob today that looks retro and it fit perfect. Job complete. Now time for the next mod. My ugly yellow fog lights need to be white to match the halos.
Nice! Glad you found a fix.

Yup I love my Plasma DRl's I just need to get some 8K HID bulbs now, and AAC's new Plasma Halos.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:11 AM   #8
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so the traction control button is where most people tap into for the power?? I want my footwell to come on only at night time kinda or when I turn the halos on.. how many led bars or regulars can you tap to that source??

it looks good.. I want this soo bad
He tapped into the power from the cigarette lighter/accessory plug.
I tapped my radar detector into that wire and into the 4 gauge cluster power wire as well for something else.
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Great love here....really appreciate seeing folks hook up together to help it out on the installs.

That's what's really awesome
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:02 PM   #10
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:44 PM   #11
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So what did you all think of my video? I made it special for you.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:59 PM   #12
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Very nice! Funny how your camera changes the color though, I could see it shift before my eyes.

I can tell you have some video editing skills as well, which was nice from the just posting a video method. Very cool. I have a video I need to make for Ivan still about my foot-well lighting. I wanted to finish it all before I did though.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:27 PM   #13
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Nice DIY can you possibly make the pics smaller so i really cant see them?
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:44 AM   #14
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is there a way to connect the lights to a source that will come on at the same time as the halos? if so, where? what color wire?
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