Maybe it’s a little ricer but I really like ambient footwell lighting so I added it to my e30. Maybe it’s because my e39 touring has quite a bit of ambient lighitng in the cabin and I’ve just become partial to it. I’ll post some supplementary photos but here’s the summary:


  • ordered 2 red LEDs from for $2.00 each
  • cut off the socket for the light that’s normally attached to the cigarette lighter
  • added quick disconnects to the wires
  • stripped and wrapped together the 2 + and 2 – wires of the LEDs
  • added quick disconnects
  • connected everything together and tested it
  • removed my shifter console
  • placed the LEDs about where I wanted them in the footwells
  • put the shifter console, etc. back
  • zip tied the LEDs to the sides of the console becuase there’s no where else to put them (on the driver’s side at least)

The effect is successful, but I’d like to find a better way of mounting the LEDs, without using adhesive. I’m also thinking about adding LEDs underneath the seats or maybe installing courtesy lights to the underside of the doors that would be tied into the cabin light circuit.

November 4, 2012 interior