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calvino
10-31-2006
so I was driving today at night and the front center dome light burn off so I could not see anything
I...
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By mariz987 on 11-24-2011, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Palmsurfer View Post
This is the same basic modification except thereís no drilling and it costs $20:

1) Buy the 15Ē LED lightsFlex-Lite kit #CZ-181R (got mine at AutoZone for $19.99 + tax)
2) Cut the wires attached to the LEDís to remove the switch and battery pack
3) Toss the switch (keep the batteries for an LED flashlight or something)
4) Remove the rubber tray from inside the armrest
5) Remove the back of the armrest (as described in the link above)
6) Slide the LED wires through the opening in the bottom of the armrest nearest the A/C plug
7) Connect the WHITE wire to the RED (same as illustration)
8) Connect the BLACK wire to the Brown (same as illustration)
9) Check to ensure the LEDís work (important step)
10) Replace the rubber tray while holding the LED strip so that the wires go down behind the rubber tray at the back corner nearest the A/C plug
11) Remove the adhesive strip from the LEDís
12) Beginning at the corner nearest the A/C plug, press the light strip against the armrest just above the rubber tray.
13) DO NOT PRESS THE LEDís TOO TIGHLY INTO THE CORNERS: ITíS UNLUCKY, WHICH IS WHY THIS IS STEP 13!!!!
14) Continue adhering the LED strip all the way around

It took me about 20 minutes, but most of my time was spent trying to figure out the best way to position the LED strip inside the armrest.

You could also put a small hole in the back corner of the rubber tray, run the wires through hole, and adhere the light strip around the bottom of the rubber tray. I like to avoid holes, and I prefer the lights above the stuff Iím trying to find in the darkÖbut suit yourself!

Next, I'm going to buy a glove box switch (vintage BMW or generic is about $8 on eBay), insert it at the back of the armrest, and rewire the lights through the switch. In this way, the lights will only be on when the armrest is opened. I'll post instructions and pics when finished. (Switch mod will require drilling )

I think your idea is pretty good ,your modification is too complicated though!
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By end1roy on 04-07-2012, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by StewtheBassman View Post
I had thought of that but whoa!!!!! Too fancy!!
Fancy but will worth the price
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By Maniac0908 on 01-12-2014, 08:03 PM
So id like to do this. Has anyone found an led that matches the stock ambient lighting? Thanks
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By Maniac0908 on 01-13-2014, 08:21 PM
Anyone?
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By datbimmer on 01-20-2014, 12:06 PM
I will be doing this soon in a different way, will post a guide.
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By mAdTYzz on 02-02-2014, 06:18 AM
I was thinking to do the "same" kind of thing with the ambient lightning inside the door opener thingy( i have no ideea what it's called). Same as the e60 has. What do you guys think? It's gonna be to ricey or is it gonna be ok? The process is gonna be longer as you have to take the door pannels of, but basically the wiring and drilling is easy as cake.
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By Hartge on 02-04-2014, 09:21 AM
thats quite cool
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