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#46 bigmunkynutz

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 05:05 PM

There's an easier way to wire in the ambient light (on 13 plate zetec S's at least)

Remove the glove box by taking out the bottom two pins and squeezing the top part of the glove box, locate the wiring loom for the ford ambient lighting.

Feed the wire through for either the ford ambient lighting or a led strip in colour of choice.

If it's the ford one it's plug and play and will work ok, if you buy and led strip, splice the wires connect up and insulate.

Stick the lighting strip wherever you want it and reassemble glovebox.

I stuck mine to the top of the dash facing down, I bought a 30cm 15 smd strip, I think I really could be 40cm for a full length effect so I'd perhaps advise buying a longer strip that can be cut to size.

Will upload some night time pics later.

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:32 PM

Bigmunkynutz Is there any chance you've got a link for the LEDs you purchased ? :)

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:04 PM

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:52 PM

I have to check again but i think there is 3 wires on mine? could that be correct?



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:56 PM

and also how do you know it had to be 12V?



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:45 PM

Can I just ask ,,, mine has the ambient lighting as standard,,, but the one above the glovebox is quite poorly lit, and in sure it should be brighter,,,, is there a way of checking to see if its running like it should be ? Could it be broken in some way etc etc, cheers.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:09 PM

still waiting on my led strip ahhhhhhhhhhhh



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:10 PM

is it possible to get a switch to turn these on and off?



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 07:56 AM

I have to check again but i think there is 3 wires on mine? could that be correct?

Yes you can have three wires on LEDs you have one positive one negative and one ground meaning it has to be connected to earth or the nearest UNPAINTED solid steel body work
  

and also how do you know it had to be 12V?

 
12v supply is standard is all cars now thats why you have a 12v battery and 99.99% of things you put in a car are designed to work of this voltage
 

Can I just ask ,,, mine has the ambient lighting as standard,,, but the one above the glovebox is quite poorly lit, and in sure it should be brighter,,,, is there a way of checking to see if its running like it should be ? Could it be broken in some way etc etc, cheers.

You can check the voltage/current/resistance in the cables using a multimeter this is a simple electrical device which measures different voltages currents and resistance AC or DC any local garage should have more than a handle laying around ask them or seek an electrian to borrow one for 10mins, if there is less than 5.6v at the led terminal then the LEDs will dim to a point of turning off, if above this then poor LEDs have been fitted if below then more likly something is causing the current and voltage to drop so check you terminal connection and where you have the supply feed from any problems message me
  

is it possible to get a switch to turn these on and off?

Yep you can do this is you are to take the supply from a PERMANT live like the cigeratte lighter and feed a switch before your lights then you have control when then come on or off with the ignition on or not but if you leave them on over night you may wake up to no battery left

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:58 AM

thanks for the reply

 

well i instanned it yesterday and for 2€ of light strip im very very happy. i think its even better looking than the ford one cause its a little brighter =)

 

the switch i was just thinking of havig it like in the glove box some where and just to be able to turn it off when i wanted but i like it alot so i wont put a switch.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:43 PM

thanks for the reply
 
well i instanned it yesterday and for 2€ of light strip im very very happy. i think its even better looking than the ford one cause its a little brighter =)
 
the switch i was just thinking of havig it like in the glove box some where and just to be able to turn it off when i wanted but i like it alot so i wont put a switch.


Sweet pics ?? No proof till pics up ;)

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 05:43 PM

AND VOILA =). Oh and no need for a switch since you can switch off the ambient lighting in the menu of the car8D786E97-2FB4-4DB6-86CC-65DEE6222C59-507



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 05:52 PM

Sweet :) looks good mines on order ;) done by next week i rekon

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 05:55 PM

easy peasy :P only took me like 5 Minutes lol. I tried to dismantle the connector on the car but didnt manage to get it off. So i ended up cutting it. I would of liked to just have too clip it back into the connector if i need to haha.



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:06 PM

After installing this anyone find that their interior courtesy light doesnt work yet the LEDs do??? HELP!!!!

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