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:

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  • ordered 2 red LEDs from SuperBrightLEDS.com 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

Installed LED trunk, license plate and interior lights. In the process discovered that I need to solder a resistor onto the trunk LEDs otherwise they cause a false positive on the check panel and that the switch in my glove box is broken. Always something to fix… more photos to come when I set up a tripod for proper night-time shots.

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Part Notes:

  • License Plate LEDs: Error Free LEDs on Ebay (which I should have bought)
  • License Plate, Trunk and Glovebox LEDs: 3710 LED at Superbrightleds.com
  • Cabin Dome Lights: 6451 LED at Superbrightleds.com

Update:

Ordered the eBay LEDs which even fit inside the bulb housing better due to the shape of the resistor. They don’t generate an error unless I restart the car the without also turning off the lights (i.e. stall it), in which case the trigger the check panel light.

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October 13, 2012 cosmetic