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#1 tunne1rat

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 07:58 PM

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!



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:51 PM

Hi, we did you buy the electroluminescent wire from?

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

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.



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:15 PM

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!



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:19 PM

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



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:12 PM

\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?

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:22 PM

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?



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:27 PM

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 :-(

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:06 AM

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



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:00 AM

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

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:27 AM

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.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:33 AM

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?

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:38 AM

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:



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:01 AM

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.



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:40 AM

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.



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