E90Post
 


N54Tuning.com
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > DIY Guides > DIY- Armrest LED



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      11-24-2011, 09:55 AM   #45
mariz987
Registered
0
Rep
3
Posts

Drives: bmw
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: philippines

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
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!
Appreciate 0
      04-07-2012, 03:47 PM   #46
end1roy
New Member
0
Rep
6
Posts

Drives: BMW 1955 R67/3
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: philippines

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by StewtheBassman View Post
I had thought of that but whoa!!!!! Too fancy!!
Fancy but will worth the price
Appreciate 0
      01-12-2014, 09:03 PM   #47
Maniac0908
Captain
Maniac0908's Avatar
United_States
18
Rep
722
Posts

Drives: Alpine White 07 335xi Sedan
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Silver Spring,MD

iTrader: (2)

So id like to do this. Has anyone found an led that matches the stock ambient lighting? Thanks
Appreciate 0
      01-13-2014, 09:21 PM   #48
Maniac0908
Captain
Maniac0908's Avatar
United_States
18
Rep
722
Posts

Drives: Alpine White 07 335xi Sedan
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Silver Spring,MD

iTrader: (2)

Anyone?
Appreciate 0
      01-20-2014, 01:06 PM   #49
datbimmer
Wastegate Rattle
55
Rep
797
Posts

Drives: 335i m6t nav sport
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Canada

iTrader: (0)

I will be doing this soon in a different way, will post a guide.
Appreciate 0
      02-02-2014, 07:18 AM   #50
mAdTYzz
Private
0
Rep
51
Posts

Drives: 2006 E90 325i
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sweden

iTrader: (0)

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.
Appreciate 0
      02-04-2014, 10:21 AM   #51
Hartge
Lieutenant Colonel
Hartge's Avatar
28
Rep
1,848
Posts

Drives: 330d Sport
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Sheffield

iTrader: (0)

thats quite cool
__________________
Appreciate 0
      10-13-2015, 08:47 AM   #52
fmzip
Private
6
Rep
85
Posts

Drives: 2008 328xi, 2001 530i
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: CT

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by neuronpetkowski View Post
This is a very cool mod Cal.
I agree with Stew, if there were an LED the same as the ambient lights in the vehicles, it'd be cool...er.
There is, just posted this in another thread....


http://www.ebay.com/itm/111740443154

Appreciate 0
      02-09-2016, 02:57 AM   #53
Andruss
Registered
0
Rep
2
Posts

Drives: E90 318d 2006
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Estonia

iTrader: (0)

Hi

I think that easier way is to modify a Twin USB charger, u can attach a small LED to it and it will do the same job but without extracting your car
Appreciate 0
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:29 PM.




e90post
e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST