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Old 08-04-2014, 12:14 PM   #1
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How easy is it to install footwell LEDs?

For those of you who have installed footwell LEDs in your Camaro, was the process easy? I have always generally tried to stay away from complex DIY projects, especially lighting ones, simply because I'm not too comfortable with playing with important wires in my car. I've always been afraid of damaging existing wires with lighting installations.

But, I've heard many times that the overall installation of the footwell LEDs was fairly easy, and I just wanted to hear all of your opinions. If you can give me any feedback, I'd greatly appreciate it!

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Where do I actually mount the LED strips to in the footwell? Is there any cutting involved to place the strips there?

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Old 08-04-2014, 12:20 PM   #2
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And just a quick heads-up; I really don't have experience in lighting installs, but I've done wiring before (splicing). But, for the most part, I'm relatively new to this kind of stuff.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:25 PM   #3
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This video should help. The LED strips came with some adhesive tape but I used some plastic tie wraps on mine as the adhesive didn't have anywhere to take hold.
Watch "2011 Camaro Footwell Lighting Install" on YouTube
2011 Camaro Footwell Lighting Install: http://youtu.be/cpx49JE9378

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Old 08-04-2014, 01:05 PM   #4
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T-Tap makes everything easier. I didnt have to cut anything in my car.


Find the wire you want to power off of and T-Tap to it. Then find a good ground and youre all set to go.

I even did an add-a-circuit to the fuse box near the drivers side so that my footwell LED stays on while I am driving.

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Old 08-04-2014, 01:18 PM   #5
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T-Tap makes everything easier. I didnt have to cut anything in my car.


Find the wire you want to power off of and T-Tap to it. Then find a good ground and youre all set to go.

I even did an add-a-circuit to the fuse box near the drivers side so that my footwell LED stays on while I am driving.

You could have just added a switch, not sure which is easier.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:22 PM   #6
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You could have just added a switch, not sure which is easier.
My led kit has its on control box so I just skipped doing the switch.

I wired my rear LEDs to the dome light so they fade in and out when door is opened and closed.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:52 PM   #7
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How easy is it to remove the panels on the interior? (The ones you need to remove in order to access the wiring). I hate pulling on that cheap plastic, I'm always worried about it just breaking right in half.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:56 PM   #8
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Very easy, just do it slowly. I started from the front and worked to the rear. Its one piece, the passenger kick panel.

If you do add a circuit the fuse panel pulls off very easy also.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:50 AM   #9
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No cutting needed to mount the strips. We just use the adhesive they come with to stick them under the dash right where it turns back parallel to floor. No problems for years.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:14 AM   #10
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It's extremely easy, did it in 20 minutes. I suggest getting T-Taps that you can splice and hold separately only because how limited you are with room under the dash.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:02 AM   #11
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Does anything have to be run to the Fuse box? I've been thinking of doing this, but don't want to mess with fuses.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:13 AM   #12
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:31 PM   #13
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Messing with the fuses is not hard if you go that route. Fuse taps are extremely easy. However I say just wire to the ambients or the dome.
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:39 PM   #14
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There is a connector under the drivers side dash, but it is awkward to reach. The better solution is to remove the Passenger side kick panel. There is a large connector with a pull down handle to unlock, Its the one closest to the door jamb. This is where I tapped into for the dome light switch. The Footwells will do everything your dome light does! Search the threads for color code!
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