Ambient (Submarine) Lighting Wiring Help
Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:22 PM
I have looked into buying the new unit from the fiesta:
for about £80?!?! Not worth the money as this looks just like the one in my focus but with the led slots:
So I turn the unit around and check the Haynes manual which says there is one Orange and Blue, one Black and Yellow finally one Black and blue.
I then noticed the extra Orange and Blue connector, connected to a large copper circuit, but powering nothing.
So I took the unit out the car and dismantled it:
And as I suspected the holes are there for the led's, just need to add them and drill two holes in the button surround to emit the light. So I de-soldered some red led's from an old ps2 controler (checked it was all working first)
Removed the copper section covering the hole and put the led in:
Plugged to test and nothing, obvs tried earthing the other side and also connecting to the negative wire already in place. I'm not an electrical genius, just like to try things .
Any help and advice is welcome as I don't want to pay £80!?! :S
Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:04 PM
You will also need to check the LED is the correct way around as they are a diode
Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:21 PM
They look very nice.
I miss these on my new focus :-(
Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:23 PM
Okay mate thanks for the advice
http://www.maplin.co...-3mm-leds-35738 think those will do the job??
The extra spade connector was already connected when I removed the cluster, but the extra LED circuit does not connect to the main light circuit at all. there doesnt seem to be a point where the two circuits meet :S
Submarine lights can be known as 'ambient' lighting. its normally just two red LED's built into the map light cluster that shine directly down on the gear stick area, illuminating it in a soft red ( not like blackpool iluminations ) just a faint light, helps seeing in the dark and just looks nice. Its standard in the focus ST and high spec fiesta's also most VW's, Audis, Vauxhalls etc.. just google it for some pics
Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:30 PM
If they do not connect at all then you could just loop a small wire earth side in the earht circuit of the light fitting , check the polarity of the LED's beforeyou solder them in.
Looks a good idea as the cost of those fiesta lights are crazy , but i have just looked and not found any the same as you have there on ebay.
I already have them in the front and have been considering putting them into the back , so i watch your post and then search for a fitting
Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:44 PM
Just fitted an original one and it works a treat.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 06:07 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:00 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:23 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:53 PM
One of the 3mm LED with some crappy insulation on one of the legs and one of each of the LEDs in the circuit. Don't know why but my iPhone camera likes to focus on everything but the actual area I want to take a picture of :S
Also a link to the guide as there isn't one in the thread
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:00 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:08 PM
Glad you found the guide a help though
Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:56 PM
As you may be able to see, there is a little bit of light leaking from the right LED into one of the map lights. That is because to get these buggers in, I had to drill two 6mm holes. Unfortunately the right one took the brunt, and part of the plastic "wall" went with the drill. Nothing a bit of my magic putty we use at work won't fix.
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