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Old 12-28-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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$5, 1 Hour DIY Cupholder Lighting-2010-2013 Camaro

It took me around 1 hour to complete this project on my 2011 Camaro LS. There are many kits out there up to $350. It only cost me $3.80 for the led lights and maybe $1.75 in basic material. I ordered my LEDs from Ebay for $3.80 for a pack of ten. You only need two.
1. Pop out the panels on both sides and the grey center piece. Disconnect the grey piece and keep it close by. You will have to tap into the T/C button wiring later.
2. Remove the four 7mm bolts off the boot.
3. Move to the rear of the center console and remove the four screws holding the back panel in place. Then pop it off and remove any screws on the top.
4. Disconnect both connectors and use a flat head screwdriver to push the two connectors towards the front of the car for removal.
5. Move back to the front and remove the two screws (one on each side) that is holding the center console in place.
6. With a little force, pull up the console on both sides and gently remove it from the vehicle.
7. Use a screw and drill a hole the same size as your led bulb. Test the bulb for desired fitment. If the hole is too small, use a nail or a larger screw to make it bigger. Test fit the bulb again. If you are happy, use one drop of gorilla clue in the hole and slide the bulb in place. It should fit tightly in it's place. Use some electrical tape to hold it the bulbs in place.
8. Grab the center piece and tap into the T/C wiring harness. Yellow goes to positive and black to black for ground.
9. After 10-15 minutes, reinstall everything in reverse back inside the car.
10. When you are done, test the lights by turning on your lights. They will come automatically when it is dark or you can control it by turning on your lights.

Pretty simple and straight forward. Again it only cost me less than $5. I think it's worth it. Good luck on yours. Let me know what you think.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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Looks good, great mod. For a couple bucks more you can get t taps and avoid splicing too.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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Thanks for telling me about T-Taps. I didn't think about that.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:19 PM   #4
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wow. i have a new 13 2 LT. the dealer wanted $400 to put in cupholder, and footwell lighting
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:35 PM   #5
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wow. i have a new 13 2 LT. the dealer wanted $400 to put in cupholder, and footwell lighting
I did my footwell lighting yesterday. It took about 45mins and the lights (two strips) cost around $4.75.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:38 PM   #6
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Yeah t taps are awesome, for anyone who is afraid of splicing it's the perfect, time saving way to get power from something without cutting wires.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:42 PM   #7
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Yeah t taps are awesome, for anyone who is afraid of splicing it's the perfect, time saving way to get power from something without cutting wires.
Who is a big supplier of T Taps?
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:03 AM   #8
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Who is a big supplier of T Taps?

I want to say 3M is the manufacturer but you can get them on amazon.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:21 AM   #9
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Yeah a pack of 100 on amazon for 16-14 gauge wire is $8.23. Just have to figure out what size wire it is.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:57 PM   #10
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Did you diffuse them at all on the inside of cupholder?
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:16 PM   #11
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Good write up
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:35 PM   #12
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I did my footwell lighting yesterday. It took about 45mins and the lights (two strips) cost around $4.75.

+1 my boy actually did mines for me. Went to radio shack bought some wires (dirt cheap) . My boy had some extra LeD strips did my footwell lights and my trunk as well. 400 way to much.


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Old 01-28-2014, 10:01 PM   #13
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what size t taps are they and what are the leds called since I only seem to find the led strips?????
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:37 PM   #14
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what size t taps are they and what are the leds called since I only seem to find the led strips?????
The LEDS are called PreWired 5mm Leds with no Resistors. Ebay for $3.79 for a pack of ten.
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:48 PM   #15
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awesome thanks found them and what about the size of the t taps ???
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:17 PM   #16
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Sorry, I don't use T-Taps. I heard over time they could cause corrosion.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:56 PM   #17
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Here's a picture of mine at night.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:06 PM   #18
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looks awesome what did you do to wire them ???
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:38 PM   #19
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For those thinking about using splice connectors such as "t-taps", you might want to reconsider. Give this a read. http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/reso...ap-connectors/
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:35 PM   #20
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I wired the the positive to the posive T/C wire and black to the black ground T/C wire.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:51 PM   #21
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T/C = Thompson/Center Arms?
How do you control on/off?
Dimmer switch?
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:18 PM   #22
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T/C = Thompson/Center Arms?
How do you control on/off?
Dimmer switch?
That come on whenever you turn on your light's manually or automatically. You could add a switch if you want, but I don't think it's neccesary.
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