Help - Search - Members - Calendar
Full Version: Guide To Fitting Smd Leds To Cup Holder
Ford Owners Club - Ford Forums > Ford Models > Ford Focus Club > Ford Focus Guides
Preee
http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/smile.gif
First check my guide for making the LED setup.
http://www.fordowner...331#entry151331

Basic setup up is Ford Focus with armrest , but with out armrest there would be little difference.

Parts
9 SMD LEDS
Fuse holder and 3 amp fuse
Scotchlocks

Tools
T25 and T20 Hex screwdriver bits
Pliers
Drill and 4mm Drill bit
10mm Socket and driver
Multimeter tester
Flat head screwdriver
One inch wide insulation tape

STEP 1)

Lift armrest lid and undo two T20 retaining screws.
Lift handbrake surround up and over the handbrake.
20111105113324.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
20111105114437.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05

STEP 2)
Lift out bottom section of cupholder , use finger nail .Undo the T20 retaining screw and remove.
20111105114516.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
Step 3)
Using your finger nails pull up the gear stick plastic/chrome surround lift out and then un-screw the
gear stick knog anti clockwise and remove.
20111105114615.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
STEP 4)
Pop out Start button or 12v Aux and undo the wiring clip.
20111105115143.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
STEP 5)
Using a flat head screwdriver , start from the bottom of the radio surround , insert screwdriver covered with
a cloth and using a twisting action work your way from the bottom / middle and upwards until radio surround is free.
20111105115825.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
20111105115917.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
STEP 6)
Using T25 HEX screwdriver undo the two retaining screws and remover , un-clip the set of buttons.
You can now see the wiring for the buttons , i found two live feeds when lights are turned on.Furthest right (on mine)is the
wires used for the ESP or Electric roof on CC models Orange/White = +. Left of that are the wires for the Rear Demister
wire is Orange/Black + both of these are live when side lights are turned on.
20111105115946.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
20111105120640.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05

Continued in next post.
Preee
STEP 7)
Now for marking up rear of the cup holder for the lights.20111105122320.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
20111105124536.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05

STEP 8)
Three sets of three SMD LEDS are going to be used , these are not covered in the rubber surround , the reason for this is they
will click into a 4mm diameter hole to help with securing.
Start by drilling the center hole first and double check markings for the other two.
Click all LEDS into Place and TEST they work.
20111105130525.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
20111105131619.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05

STEP 9)

Using one inch wide insulation tape secure the LED's in place , use as much as you think is nessessary to secure , make sure bottom
wire's are away from the Cupholder securing hole and tape to the side.This will not be seen .
20111105131637.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
Next using a CLEAR silicon sealant add a small blob to each hole inside the cupholder , smooth flush with your finger and wipe away any
residue. This is to seal the LED's from water spillage into the cup holder.
Allow to cure for 1 hr.
20111105131911.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05
20111105131931.jpg
By preeee at 2011-11-05

Continued in next Post
Preee
Step 10)
using 10mm socket undo one of the handbrake bolts and remove , this will be out earthing point.Return center console to the car , feed the wires
through the center gap between the retaining screw and start button.Strip back the negative wire on the LED's and form a loop, feed the handbrake
bolt through the loop and bolt back down. Starting from the front clip console back into place and use T20 for cup holder screw, place the bottom
of the cup holder back into position.
Slide handbrake cover back on and put T20 Screws back in.
Feed positve wire and fuse holder passed gear stick and through opening where rear demister buttons are.
Screw gear stick back on , clockwise , making sure it is tight and clip bottom cover back in place.
[img]http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/5633/20111105140457.jpg[/img]
By [url="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/preeee"]preeee[/url] at 2011-11-05
Using a scotchlock , i used the spare set of wires Orange/White + feed and connected into it with the fused end of my LED's.

Testing Time :)
[img]http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/3734/20111105141046.jpg[/img]
By [url="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/preeee"]preeee[/url] at 2011-11-05
[img]http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/4812/20111105170956.jpg[/img]
By [url="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/preeee"]preeee[/url] at 2011-11-05
[img]http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5939/20111105171023.jpg[/img]
By [url="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/preeee"]preeee[/url] at 2011-11-05

Thank you for viewing my Guide
Paul
james_60
Hey Pre


That is one fab mod and i really like it.


I will pay ure fuel etc for you to come and mod the cupholders in my car:-)


Jamie
Preee
Thank you James
If you follow the 2 Guides its real simple to do , hardest part was the wiring up the LED's yesterday after a night shift :blink: .I'm fast running out of things to do now haha.
Dismantling is very easy . only caution is drilling the holes , i almost messed up and had to widen a couple so the LED'S clicked in.:D
H3lly
Nice mod there matey :).
Preee
[quote name='H3lly' timestamp='1320519432' post='151416']
Nice mod there matey :).
[/quote]

cheers H3lly
alkyz89
have you got a switch for these lights?? do they come on when ignition is on? if so could you link then up to the interior light so that they come on when doors are open??
sorry for the million questions, just really like the look of these.... thinking the white LED's would look o smart in my silver focus!!
johnH
linking up to orange/white connection is typically the illumination wire. this means soon as you turn your lights on, these will go on...its the same connection as your head unit uses to illuminate the buttons on a night
alkyz89
ahhhhh very clever lol thnx again
Preee
Yes as JohnH says these lights are linked to the Lights On , so under normal ignition they are off and as soon as Side lights are turned on the will come on.But it would be easy to wire a switch to either turn them off completely or wire the feed to ignition and be able to have them on during the daytime and also be able to switch them on/off.
Lenny
[size="3"][font="Calibri"]Quality Mod Pree l[/font][/size][size="3"][font="Calibri"]ooks excellent mate, [/font][/size]

[size="3"][font="Calibri"]I love the way the light illuminates up the bottle of water too, [/font][/size]

[size="3"][font="Calibri"]Ill Defo be following this guide in the near future mate its brilliant B) [/font][/size]

Preee
Cheer Lenny
I'm not a water drinker usually but i tend to put my phone in there and now i can see where it is :P
Preee
While sat there last night waiting to pick my daughter up , i decided to mess with the dimming switch , i was able to Dim the lights in the Cup Holder , now i'm even more happy with it :D
jeebowhite
A very good mod indeed! certainly worth the effort by the looks of it! good job!
Lenny
[size="2"][b]Thanks to Pree helping me with the wiring of the Led's ive got this Mod in my car now too[/b][/size]

[img]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/Image1127.jpg[/img]


H3lly
Awesome work Lenny. This mod is fast catching on now. I think red leds are best for it too. :)
Preee
Nice one Lenny looks great , have you got your Dimmer switch yet. Im glad the dark nights are here i can actually see all my light MODs now when driving to and from work :)
Lenny
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1321380840' post='152729']
Nice one Lenny looks great , have you got your Dimmer switch yet. Im glad the dark nights are here i can actually see all my light MODs now when driving to and from work :)
[/quote]

Thanks to your Guides mate,
i wish i had my dimmer, im still looking for a control switch with a dimmer and with the front foglights and without the autolight setting on it for less than 80 :D

the lights look cool but even better when you can dim them, keeps getting better
Lenny
Hi all,
Ive added another Led Strip to my focus today,
theirs no need in creating a guide for it because it ties in with everything Pree has done on this one,
i fitted a 3 SMD strip to the ''bird bath'' pocket in the rear of the centre console by lining the strip in the centre and drilling three 4.5mm holes for the led's to beam through then stuck the strip to the panel with some electrical PVC tape, then spliced it in to the cup holder lights that i also fitted following prees guide in this thread,
very happy with the results and a nice glow in the rear now as well as the front matches in nicely, and these are all run from the interior dash light feed so the illuminate when the driving lights are switched on and they can be dimmed along with the rest of the interior lights, if you have a dimming wheel on your light control unit. http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/cool.png

Image1770.jpg

Image1778.jpg

Image1780.jpg

Image1781.jpg

thanks to pree for the inspiration on this one, http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/cool.png
Preee
Hey Nice work Lenny , looks great , i'm going to copy that for sure i have some spare LED's :)
I have also been looking at a Clock , for the same area but finding it hard to find one skinny enough to fit in there lol , i have emailed asking how deep they are. Thought a nice red glow analog clock would finish it off with those LEDS lenny , what do you think?
Lenny
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1334176354' post='177172']
Hey Nice work Lenny , looks great , i'm going to copy that for sure i have some spare LED's :)
I have also been looking at a Clock , for the same area but finding it hard to find one skinny enough to fit in there lol , i have emailed asking how deep they are. Thought a nice red glow analog clock would finish it off with those LEDS lenny , what do you think?
[/quote]

Cheers Preee,
Clock sounds good mate,
Lenny
makes an excellent after shave sampling boot in the rear of the focus!

now thats what i call PIMPIN! :lol:

the bottle is clear but the light travels through the glass illuminating the whole bottle

[img]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/Image1794.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/lennymanwoods/Image1793.jpg[/img]
Stoney871
Yer just showin' off now. :P
Lenny
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1334255824' post='177277']
Yer just showin' off now. :P
[/quote]
sorry Stoney the centre console can be purchased on ebay and is a straght swap to the existing one mate,
ive just purchased some 3 smd light units that i plan to stick to the top of the rear footwell heater vents,
facing the rear seat and splice them in to the front footwell loom
[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/380146011854?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp4712.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D380146011854%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1"]http://www.ebay.co.u..._fvi%3D1&_rdc=1[/url]

all the way from Houston Texas. :D
Stoney871
Only two things come from Texas ;)
Preee
Got mine fitted now:) great idea Lenny , i tried a bottle of "Brute" but the green bottle does not give the same effect :)
Stoney871
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1334328494' post='177433']
Got mine fitted now:) great idea Lenny , i tried a bottle of "Brute" but the green bottle does not give the same effect :)
[/quote]
Try Joop ;)
Lenny
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1334328494' post='177433']
Got mine fitted now:) great idea Lenny , i tried a bottle of "Brute" but the green bottle does not give the same effect :)
[/quote]
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1334328714' post='177436']
Try Joop ;)
[/quote]

Lmao nice one lads,
i would have used a packet of clear latex condoms but the ones i use wouldn't even fit in the glove box their so big lol

also,
sorry to go off topic, but my laptop charger stopped working this morning after weeks of a loose connection, ive purchased a new one from ebay but i may not be able to log on over the weekend due to no power going to the laptop :(hopfully i can give it a wiggle and get it charging for me ;)
Stoney871
Condoms and wiggling in the same post?
Tell the truth Lenny, you're off for a dirty weekend really. ;)
Preee
Lenny you mean the ones a Chef use's in the kitchen if he has a cut finger ? :0
Stoney871
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1334336101' post='177466']
Lenny you mean the ones a Chef use's in the kitchen if he has a cut finger ? :0
[/quote]
OOOh That's cruel.
I think that's why he's been pimping the car with loads of lights and a special shelf just for the aftershave.
Mobile lovenest. LOL
Sorry Lenny, Couldn't resist. :P
Lenny
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1334334366' post='177460']
Condoms and wiggling in the same post?
Tell the truth Lenny, you're off for a dirty weekend really. ;)
[/quote]
Lmao wish i was mate,

[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1334336101' post='177466']
Lenny you mean the ones a Chef use's in the kitchen if he has a cut finger ? :0
[/quote]
Lol
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1334336921' post='177472']
OOOh That's cruel.
I think that's why he's been pimping the car with loads of lights and a special shelf just for the aftershave.
Mobile lovenest. LOL
Sorry Lenny, Couldn't resist. :P
[/quote]
Not a bad idea their mate,
but your comment also dteres me from telling you that i recieved a set of clim-aer rear windows covers in the post yesterday, blecks out the rear windows the same as tint but i can keep my FOC stickers in the side windows with the shades but if i had tint i would neet to remove the FOC decals lol
[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Window-Sun-Blinds-Privacy-Shades-Ford-Focus-Estate-04-/251006310737?pt=UK_Car_Interior_Accessories&hash=item3a71245951"]http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3a71245951[/url]

Love your signature on the bottom of your posts too mate, like the picture of the badge light in the background B)
the 12v socket is a nice mod too mate.
Rain
Hi Preee (or anyone else)[list=1]
[*]Out of curiosity, where did you stash the fuse holder with the fuse. Did you stash it behind the radio?
[*]If the fuse would happen to blow, would this mean that you would have to remove some panels etc.
[*]Is the main idea of the fuse to act as a safety net, in case there is a spillage that would cause a electrical short?
[/list]
Preee
Yes just a safety net , but regarding spillage after i drilled the holes and fitted the led's i used clear sealant to fill the holes from the front so the led's are protected.

i fitted the fuse , so it lines up under the gear lever surround , so if it did blow i can get to it easily just by popping up the surround with my finger nails.
Rain
Better safe than sorry. It does make sense.
I couldn't find any 3 amp ones on ebay. I could look around locally but I'm not aware of any good electrical shops in my area (closest one I could think of is probably B&Q).
The lowest amp that I could find was [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/In-Line-standard-waterproof-Blade-Fuse-Holder-fuses-5a-5amp-kit-car-boat-bike-/280794474259?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item4160a7a713"]http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4160a7a713[/url] which is actually good deal by looking at it.[list=1]
[*]Would this be any good?

[*]For future general knowledge as well I gotta ask this question. If any fuse holder is sold for specific amp, does this mean that they genuinely take only certain fuse (i.e. you simply can not chuck in 3 amp fuse into 5 amp holder.
[/list]
Sorry I'm still finding my way in any modding.
Preee
you can always go less , i would not go higher than is rated
Rain
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1350499054' post='212105']
you can always go less , i would not go higher than is rated
[/quote]
Thanks, thats good to know.

Am I OK to go with the 5 amps for this mod or should really go lower just to be safe?
Preee
5amp should be fine , if you can't find a 3amp fuse , you can always use a different fuse holder and go as low as you want.
Rain
Better to be safe than sorry. I bought 5 x 3amp for a £1 from ebay. I think it's a steal :)
WAZ91
Hello everyone!

Sorry to bring this back up after such a long time.

I've looked for fuse holders but I have no idea what it's supposed to be :-P

Could anyone post a link to what I actually need?

Much love!
jeebowhite

inline fuseholder is the best variety. This is basically the same shape as the holder that supports your Festoon bulbs in your map lights / interior lights / number plate

WAZ91
So will this one be ok?

http://bit.ly/17XUnE4
WAZ91

sweet. I have brought that one now.

 

Need to wait for the lights to be deliverd then work begins :rolleyes:

WAZ91

So lights have arrived will be cracking on the weekend.

 

Does the fuse need splicing to the LIVE wire? silly question im pretty sure it does but would like reasurance haha

WAZ91

ALso Do i splice Live to the orange + white

and Neutral to one of the Black + white?

 

20111105120640.jpg

Stoney871

A fuse should always go into the live side of a circuit in case of short circuits.

Live to orange/white, earth to black/white.



This is a "lo-fi" version of our main content. To view the full version with more information, formatting and images, please click here.
Invision Power Board © 2001-2014 Invision Power Services, Inc.