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Old 01-02-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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Glove box light

I use my glove box allot and wanted a light in it.
So when I got a Oracle LED light kit for Christmas & only changed the dome light I had a extra cool LED light. So I decided to do a glove box light mod.
Other than the a little wire and a light bulb you only need 2 parts.
A switch and a light socket. I used a door jam switch for a 94 Chevrolet truck & a marker light socket. Less then $10. @ Advance auto parts.
The part numbers are s1067 for the switch and 8581608598 for the socket.

My camera is crappy so forgive the bad pictures.

The switch has 3 terminals but you only need the outside 2. ignore the one in the middle. You may can order a pigtail or get one out of a salvage yard but I just used 2 small spade connectors and some epoxy to hold them in the switch.
Hot melt glue would also work.
Wires for the switch


Wires installed in switch


Then I removed the glove box door and drilled a hole for the switch. (A 5/8 drill bit was just a hair to small. I used a box cutter to trim just a little more for the switch to fit).




Above the glove box is a plastic cover that is held in by 5 torx head screws. 3 in the front along the opening of the glove box and one on each side close to the rear. At the rear on each side it has fittings that snap into place. After you remove the screws just give it a little pull and it will pop lose.




Again with the 5/8 drill bit I drilled a hole for the light socket.

The plastic is real soft so I warmed it up a little with a heat gun and pushed the light socket in. Once it cooled it locked in real tight.


Here it is with the LED bulb installed


I was going to run a separate wire to the fuse panel but after looking around there is a constant 12 volt power wire directly above the glove box. In the harness that runs above the glove box you can see 2 large red wires. One has a black stripe and is larger the other is just red. I spliced into the smaller one without the stripe.

I am running it straight to the light socket so I am not really worried about it shorting out so I did not put a fuse on it. (A fuse would not hurt)

I ran one wire from the switch to the light socket and the other I ran up and over the glove box with the factory harness to a ground on the other side.



This is basically how I have it wired.


Here it is without the glove box door

Put the glove box door back on and it is good to go





You have to lay in the floor and look up to see the bulb but it lights up the glove box Great and is up high enough I don't believe anything will ever contact it.


Here you go.





It is not that hard and makes it real nice finding stuff in the glove box at night

Last edited by jbsrace1; 03-06-2010 at 04:19 PM. Reason: Corrected switch part number
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:54 PM   #2
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Nice work, I believe there were some other members lamenting about the lack of a glove box light a while back. This will help.
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:20 PM   #3
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Very good DIY instructions!
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:41 PM   #4
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awesome work, i need a light in there also
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:23 PM   #5
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any pics at night so we can see it in action?
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:42 PM   #6
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any pics at night so we can see it in action?
Here you go.


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Old 01-03-2010, 08:54 PM   #7
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Very helpful mod, I do think this will be going into my Camaro
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:55 PM   #8
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Wow! Very bright.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:21 PM   #9
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great mod, love it. so you don't know what the power source is for the wire you tapped into? Or where it leads?
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:44 PM   #10
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nice... good job.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:21 PM   #11
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MY CONCERN WAS NO LIGHT IN THE ENGINE AREA.WAS SHOWING THE CAR TO FRIENDS AT NIGHT AND THEY WANTED TO SEE THE ENGINE,OPENED THE HOOD AND NO LIGHT.WISH THEY COULD HAVE PUT ONE THERE.
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:28 AM   #12
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great mod, love it. so you don't know what the power source is for the wire you tapped into? Or where it leads?
I believe it to be the power feed for the blower speed control but it was getting cold and I did not take the time to trace it out. The LED pulls such a small load I wasn't worried about it. If I get some time this afternoon I will try and see exactly what it feeds.
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:37 AM   #13
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I am sold! I like it and will add it to my "To Do" list! Thanks!
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:46 AM   #14
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MY CONCERN WAS NO LIGHT IN THE ENGINE AREA.WAS SHOWING THE CAR TO FRIENDS AT NIGHT AND THEY WANTED TO SEE THE ENGINE,OPENED THE HOOD AND NO LIGHT.WISH THEY COULD HAVE PUT ONE THERE.
There are all kinds of under hood light kits around. Or you can go to any salvage yard and pick about any 80 or 90's chevrolet truck and get one that only requires running a power wire to it.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:28 AM   #15
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Nice mod, well done, great instructions!
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:15 PM   #16
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Good write up. Minor correction, the switch part number is S1067 (an "S" not a 5). I'm going to add one too using a blue LED.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...archTerm=s1067

I also found one on eBay too.

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Good write up. Minor correction, the switch part number is S1067 (an "S" not a 5). I'm going to add one too using a blue LED.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...archTerm=s1067

I also found one on eBay too.

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I corrected the part number in the first post
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Thanks for the tutorial!
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:54 PM   #20
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Heck yeah...I have the extra bulb as well. I will run and get the two parts, a fuse, and give it a go! Thanks!
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:52 PM   #21
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:28 PM   #22
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If you don't want to drill the glove box, look on the left hand side. There is a hole in there already. You can fit a 5mm LED holder in there
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good Idea thanks
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Seems like a lot of work for something GM should have done in the 1st place
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:32 PM   #25
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hey jbsrace1 thanks for the write just finished mine as well with your help and the interior dome light and footwell lighting all in blue.
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