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#16 tunne1rat

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:10 PM

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.



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:13 PM

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



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 04:12 PM

Thanks Preee,

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



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:23 PM

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



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:49 PM

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

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:32 PM

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.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:49 PM

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

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:47 PM

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!

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:53 AM

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.

 



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:07 AM

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!

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:48 AM

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. 



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:43 PM

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 ?



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:46 PM

Yes you can.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 12:18 AM

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

 

 

and the rear seat side pockets:

 

 

I will probably leave it there for now!



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:08 PM

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.fordowner...t-working-argh/

 

nice one mate ;)



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