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tunne1rat

Some of you will remember from the how to section that last year I decided the single light in the roof of my Zetec S was inadequate for interior courtesy lighting so after some careful thought, embarked on an upgrade project.

 

To recap, I wired in and fitted Red LED bulbs to the footwells, I swapped the interior light for the Titanium version and wired the submarine lights:

 

 

I brightened the interior by adding Electroluminescent Wire to the roof lining:

 

 

...and around the edges of the rear floor mats:

 

 

and recently I have also added logo puddle lighting to the doors:

 

 

I probably should have stopped there, but no.

 

I wanted ambient lights.

 

So, this is still work in progress, but so far I have added light to the centre console:

 

 

The dashboard...

 

 

The rear footwells...

 

 

The door handles and pockets...

 

 

...and custom designed cup holder bases:

 

 

 

I Still have more work planned for the rear seat side pockets and front footwells.

 

But wait... there's one more thing...

 

 

I can change the colour...

 

 

to any colour....

 

 

or brightness....

 

 

or even an animated slow fade between all of the colours....

 

 

or when i'm sick of it - just turn it off!

Jwsturner
Hi, we did you buy the electroluminescent wire from?
Bladerunner

Hi Steve, looks very impressive, this might seem a daft question but does all of this make it easier to see in the back of the car as we have never had such a poorly light up car interior before, we have two dogs that have safety belt restraints fitted and we have to use a torch to see.

Cheers.

Martin.

ps. I fitted led red under footwell lights soon after we got the car which looks very good.

AJ_sXe

I had one thought when I saw your lit-up bottle holder - NukaCola Quantums!

Oh and I really want to copy your headlining strips but doing the wiring scares the hell out of me!

b1g_dav3

\out of curiosity, what bulbs go in the submarine light?

bigmunkynutz

\out of curiosity, what bulbs go in the submarine light?


In particular what bulb did you use for the centre of the overhead bulbs, in the facelift they show as w6w but I can find any of that type available anywhere. Tried a w5w to no avail and I seem to have knackered the centre light as it won't come on with any bulb combination. Any thoughts?
b1g_dav3

Might have mucked up the switchlike I did. My advice - restore to original and go to Ford saying it won't work :P

 

As for W6W, never heard of it, got a picture?

bigmunkynutz

Might have mucked up the switchlike I did. My advice - restore to original and go to Ford saying it won't work :P


I was thinking this, though I do wonder why that light is a 6w w5w/501 style bulb, is it possible to get led/smd alternatives as I can't find anywhere and it seems daft to only change the map reading ones :-(
b1g_dav3

Seems to just be a 6W T10 bulb, so in theory a T10 LED should work fine, strange.

Stoney871
For some reason the fuse for the courtesy light is very sensitive in Ford's.
I have blown a couple changing courtesy light bulbs.

Seeing as led bulbs are polarity sensitive a lot of people fall foul of this and get bemused when their lights don't work.

Btw Bunny, love the Fallout 3 reference. :d
bigmunkynutz

For some reason the fuse for the courtesy light is very sensitive in Ford's.
I have blown a couple changing courtesy light bulbs.
Seeing as led bulbs are polarity sensitive a lot of people fall foul of this and get bemused when their lights don't work.
Btw Bunny, love the Fallout 3 reference. :d


Cheers Stoney, any idea which fuse it is? and is it seperate from the other bulbs? as the handbook is as much use as a chocolate fire guard.
bigmunkynutz

Seems to just be a 6W T10 bulb, so in theory a T10 LED should work fine, strange.


Dave, I presume that you mean even a 5w w5w/501/t10 should work?
AJ_sXe

For some reason the fuse for the courtesy light is very sensitive in Ford's.
I have blown a couple changing courtesy light bulbs.

Seeing as led bulbs are polarity sensitive a lot of people fall foul of this and get bemused when their lights don't work.

Btw Bunny, love the Fallout 3 reference. :D



I'm glad somebody else got it.... :ph34r: :wacko:

tunne1rat

To answer some of your questions:

Submarine lights are LED.

All filament bulbs were replaced with 5 SMD T10 LED.

The roof lighting was added because my children couldn't see to buckle themselves up at night. The Aqua Neon glow from the EL wire is surprisingly bright.

All parts can be found on ebay.

b1g_dav3

Dave, I presume that you mean even a 5w w5w/501/t10 should work?

 

I'd have thought so, probably had a fuse go if it won't work at all.

tunne1rat

For some reason the fuse for the courtesy light is very sensitive in Ford's.
I have blown a couple changing courtesy light bulbs.

Seeing as led bulbs are polarity sensitive a lot of people fall foul of this and get bemused when their lights don't work.

Btw Bunny, love the Fallout 3 reference. :D

When fitting or changing a bulb, disconnect the light unit from the wiring.

The twist in bulb base contacts are wide enough to short circuit the positive and negative contacts on the light unit when locating the bulb causing the fuse to blow.

Incidentally, from memory I don't think the interior lights are fused on the mk7 Fiesta - they are driven directly from the GEM which has built in short circuit protection.

Preee

Lights look really good Steve , and even better that you can change the colour

tunne1rat

Thanks Preee,

The cup holders are my favourite part - even though they took the longest to perfect.

b1g_dav3

When fitting or changing a bulb, disconnect the light unit from the wiring.

The twist in bulb base contacts are wide enough to short circuit the positive and negative contacts on the light unit when locating the bulb causing the fuse to blow.

Incidentally, from memory I don't think the interior lights are fused on the mk7 Fiesta - they are driven directly from the GEM which has built in short circuit protection.

 

Also don't do it just while waiting for the other half to finish her shift in the dark, think that was my mistake :P

bigmunkynutz

When fitting or changing a bulb, disconnect the light unit from the wiring.
The twist in bulb base contacts are wide enough to short circuit the positive and negative contacts on the light unit when locating the bulb causing the fuse to blow.
Incidentally, from memory I don't think the interior lights are fused on the mk7 Fiesta - they are driven directly from the GEM which has built in short circuit protection.

 
Also don't do it just while waiting for the other half to finish her shift in the dark, think that was my mistake :P


Cheers guys, I have checked all fuses and they are fine, the centre light isn't working but the two either side are so I'm not sure where to go from here, perhaps a trip to the dealers with all Originals back in place and a claim of "it's not working only noticed the other day when I went out at night" :-P
tunne1rat

Cheers guys, I have checked all fuses and they are fine, the centre light isn't working but the two either side are so I'm not sure where to go from here, perhaps a trip to the dealers with all Originals back in place and a claim of "it's not working only noticed the other day when I went out at night" :-P

Try removing the centre switch and bending the contacts inwards slightly.

DanGersFord
Love the cup holder logos where did you get them from?
bigmunkynutz

Try removing the centre switch and bending the contacts inwards slightly.


Cheers mate, this solved the issue and it works again even with my smd bulbs!
tunne1rat

Love the cup holder logos where did you get them from?

 

The cup holder bases started life as a perspex disc, which were then covered in layers of reflective and non reflective material to channel the light from a single LED to the outside edges, creating the desired halo effect.

 

Whilst I was rummaging around in my parts cupboard I found some stick on aluminium wheel centres and thought they would look good as decoration for the bases.

 

xenium12
Great set up Tunne1rat, I love it!
I'm curious, how tricky was it to install/wire the rear footwells? I would love to know where you got all the parts and how you managed to do it so well!
tunne1rat

Great set up Tunne1rat, I love it!
I'm curious, how tricky was it to install/wire the rear footwells? I would love to know where you got all the parts and how you managed to do it so well!

 

Wiring the rear footwells is not too difficult as most of the plastics on the floor console pop off.

With the cup holders removed there is plenty of room to run wires up to the dash.

All wiring is fed from 2 places. Courtesy lights are tapped into the courtesy light circuit and ambient lights from the dash switches illumination circuit.

As most lights are LED, current drain on these circuits is minimal. 

xenium12

Ok cool


My zetec already has front footwell lights fitted. Does that mean I can just attach the new footwell lighting to the existing wiring ?

tunne1rat
Yes you can.
tunne1rat

I finally found some time to work on this project again, so now the front footwells are complete:

 

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and the rear seat side pockets:

 

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I will probably leave it there for now!

Brigante

howdy dude

 

your lightings looking mad

 

giving me plenty of ideas, i was gonna fit door handle lighting myself but i wanted to get the wire into the car intead of tapping into the door handle loom, gave up on the idea though

 

i notice you fitted submarine lighting

 

i'm in the process of doing this myself but it isnt working

 

have you got any ideas what may be wrong?

 

if you could have a mooch at my thread to save typing it up again here and hogging your thread i'd really be most appreciative

 

http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/44626-ambient-lighting-not-working-argh/

 

nice one mate ;)

tunne1rat

Hi Brigante

There is not much that can go wrong so check your work and eliminate every step one at a time.

It is important to have a multimeter that can read volts and ohms. If you haven't got one, go buy one now!

 

Starting at the light unit, set the multimeter to read volts and connect the black lead to a good earth point (such as the metal cigar lighter casing) and the red lead to your new wire.

Switch on your sidelights and check that the multimeter reads 12v (or close to it).

 

If it does, the problem is with your new light unit.

If it does not, the problem is with your wiring.

 

I notice like most people you use scotchloks. I am not a fan of these. They were originally designed to be used as a temporary connector for the telecoms industry and despite what many people beleive are not suitable for automotive applications - especially where high currents are involved as they have been known to cause fires.

There are safer alternatives such as the Posi-tap or T-Tap.

Brigante
Probably a silly question but what kinda places could i walk in n pick up a multimetre from? Should wickes do em? Cause thats about the only local place i can think of without driving a distance.

I'm not a fan of scotch locks either just used it cause its generally what i was told to use. I have sinse removed em n tried without but still no joy. Heard all the horror stories about fires too
tunne1rat

Yes most DIY, automotive and electronic hobby stores have them.

You don't need to spend a fortune either - something like this will be fine: http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/electrical/circuit-protection-consumer-units/circuit-testers/digital_multimeter/B-and-Q-MS8233A-Digital-Multimeter-12758717?skuId=13269423

bigmunkynutz
Maplins...
Brigante

Maplins...

Obviously maplins...

 

But what i'm saying is i dont have a maplins locally. This is why i asked whether wickes would do it cause theres one round corner from me

 

Its like the nearest halfrauds n b&q is atleast 20min away from me and due to the hours i'm working, i cant get to a maplins etc at the moment so i'll be waiting a while before i can get a multimetre

Stoney871
Wickes should have them.
tunne1rat

Here is a short video I made to demonstrate the lighting effects:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn-evL30rxU

DanGersFord
Just showing off now ;) lol
bigmunkynutz
I want those ford puddle lights!!! How did you do them??
DanGersFord

I want those ford puddle lights!!! How did you do them??


You can buy them and you simply wire them wire your interior light switch :)
tunne1rat

Just one more job to do... hide the IR receiver.

 

To make it easier to hide, I attached a short length of fibre-optic cable to the sensor:

 

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Then pushed it through a small hole drilled into the back of the centre console storage bin:

 

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The result is a virtually invisible receiver!

bigmunkynutz
Tunne1rat I've bought some of those projector puddle lights, what did you wire them upto, I'm struggling to find something that has power only when the door is open but struggling
tunne1rat

As I needed to get new wiring to the door for the LEDs I included a feed from the footwell lights to power the projector lights.

To get the wiring to the door I took the wiring through the grommet above the door hinge then into the existing door wiring through a small cut in the bottom of the loom protection rubber.

 

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16Vrhys

Are all the Lights colour changing , do u need separate remote and a controller for each?

 

 

how well did the fibre optical cable trick work , to make the remote work better ? :) is it one large optic cable , or lots of individual ones?

tunne1rat

Are all the Lights colour changing , do u need separate remote and a controller for each?

 

 

how well did the fibre optical cable trick work , to make the remote work better ? :) is it one large optic cable , or lots of individual ones?

 

There is one controller and 1 remote - all LEDs are fed from one controller to keep everything in perfect sync (it could get a bit dristracting with a seperate remote for each light set)!

The fibre cable is a chunky 2mm thick so it collects lots of IR light from the remote and passes it to the hidden receiver flawlessly.

 

The light show was demonstrated to a select few at Ford Fair and received lots of positive comments - so thanks for that!

Next year I will be back with something bigger and better...

D13 HPD 95
You got the link to the LEDs you used for the rear?? And how do you get the lights to stay on with the cursity light ?? As when i open my doors they come on but when i turn the light on inside they dont stay on??
tunne1rat

My ambient lights are wired to the headlight light switch so they are on when my sidelights are on.

They can be turned off via the remote.

 

The courtesy and puddle lights are wired to the centre roof light.

If yours is not working as it should, check your wiring and also check the light switch as the terminals can become bent and not make a secure contact.

 

All ambient lights are LED strip cut to the required length and stuck down with 10mm double sided 3M body kit tape (the standard tape on the LED strip is no good for automotive use as the glue melts in hot climates resulting in your LEDs falling off)!

LED strip and controller from ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1M-2M-3M-4M-5M-5050-Waterproof-IP65-RGB-LED-Strip-44-Keys-IR-Remote-Controller-/200942701195?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Night_Lights_Fairy_Lights&var=500172213997&hash=item2ec91e4a8b

D13 HPD 95
Thanking you the switch was not contacting, all good now thank you, where did you mount your led under the seats??
Dan829

that is an excellent job tunnel. it looks fantastic (as i am sure you are aware) i take my hat off to you sir.

 

My ambient lights are wired to the headlight light switch so they are on when my sidelights are on.

They can be turned off via the remote.

 

All ambient lights are LED strip cut to the required length and stuck down with 10mm double sided 3M body kit tape (the standard tape on the LED strip is no good for automotive use as the glue melts in hot climates resulting in your LEDs falling off)!

LED strip and controller from ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1M-2M-3M-4M-5M-5050-Waterproof-IP65-RGB-LED-Strip-44-Keys-IR-Remote-Controller-/200942701195?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Night_Lights_Fairy_Lights&var=500172213997&hash=item2ec91e4a8b

just ordered some of these :) quick question however, do they work with the auto function of the lights? where did you run the wiring from too?

many thanks :)

jackgl

i've ordered some too,  quick question though, when you cut the LED strips for each part of the car how are they then connected back together?

 

Cheers



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