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Adding Footwell lights

Post by wogden700 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:06 pm

As we all know the interior lighting is lackluster in the 6. I was thinking of adding some courtesy/accent lights in the front footwells. I want to use these little LEDs, one on each side. ... 1494/3433/
Ive already found some decent mounting locations, now just need to figure how to wire them. Looking through the ETM (thanks bob) I think my best option is to wire the LEDs direct to HOT and then switch the ground by tapping into the Brown/Red wire that comes from the dome light just before the Interior light timer control.
This should make the lights work exactly as the dome light does complete with delay off. The downside is when I switch the dome light on manually the footwell lights wont come on. In fact the only way to turn on the footwell lights would be to open the door.
Am I missing anything here? Any suggestions for other ideas?
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Re: Adding Footwell lights

Post by 86_6series » Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:09 am

Hi Warner,

You're correct. If you tie into the door switches they'll go on only with the door.

The only way that I know of is to tie them into the dome light.

The wiring along the headliner and down the A pillars will be a pain but doable.

I did it for an added dome light in between the sun visors.
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