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Interior footwell lights
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Interior footwell lights

What will you need???

Two LED strip lights, the exact ones I bought are... Lights
Zip ties of various lengths
The smallest terminal block you can find
3 metres of 2 core cable

How long will it take???

Should take 10 to 15 minutes

Where to start???

First job is to remove the interior light, this is done by simply pulling it down from the rear, it will then pop out.

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Make sure all switches are in the off position. Open the door part on the interior light from one end.

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It then took me a while to establish which metal strips did what. I decided to take my feed off the passenger light bulb so connected one end of the 3 metre cable to each side of the passenger light bulb. At this stage it doesn't matter which wire is connected to which side of the bulb. So I did not have to cut any wires etc I placed the cable under the correct bit of metal wire strip. Hard to explain really!!!!
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Now take the 3 metre cable and place it along the roof liner to the passenger side. It should just push up and hide in the roof liner.

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You can now reattach the interior light.

Pull the door seal off from where the roof liner starts, all the way down the front of the door to the bottom. You will see there is now a gap to place the wire in (between the two red lines!!!).

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Take the other end of the wire and feed it through the gap from the door seal to the back of the glove box. Rough position shown by red arrow.

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Place the wire in behind the door seal and reapply the door seal.

I then connected the end of the wire into the terminal block. I tested which wire from the LED strip needed to go into which side of the terminal block (don't worry it won't damage your LED strip if it's the wrong way) one will light the strip up when you turn your interior light on. Remember this.

Now position the two LED strips where you want them. I just zip tied them both in position.

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I took the wire from the drivers side behind the dashboard by removing the stereo, feeding the wire across and then out into the passenger footwell.

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Now connect the two wires of the led strips together and place into the correct side of the terminal block.

Test the lights which should all be working. Zip tie any loose cables up behind the glovebox out the way.

The way mine works is if the car is unlocked the come on, if the car is locked they fade out, if the engine is started they fade out, if the engine is turned off they come on. If both interiror lights are turned on they come on, if the passenger reading light comes on so do the footwell, if the drivers reading light is turned on, the footwell lights don't come on.

Any questions you have, ask away and I'll see what I can do.
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Re: Interior footwell lights

i have the other centre light so what do u do then?
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Re: Interior footwell lights

I'm not sure what the other interior light looks like. Any pictures and I'll try and guide you through it.

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Thanks bro! I ve done it today with your guide in few minutes.
I ve changed interior light to white LED too.
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Thanks for the guide! Did it 2day! Also added blue LEDs in the roof light. Looks really cool!
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Good stuff, pleased to help you both.
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Re: Interior footwell lights

I do recommend that you disconnect the car's battery before doing to avoid blowing the fuse. The punto does not come with any spare.

I used Blue LED light stripes from Halfords, they were powered by the cigarette socket so i just cut the plug off. I just love unlocking my car as the car starts glowing, my mates thought it was awesome. Next project to do the boot with the same idea linking off the light again.
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I do recommend that you disconnect the car's battery before doing to avoid blowing the fuse. The punto does not come with any spare.
Or jsut pull the fuse out
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Or jsut pull the fuse out
Very true, I was just making sure I didn't fuse anything by mistake.
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Re: Interior footwell lights

Here are photos of my blue interior lights
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Re: Interior footwell lights

WOW that does look really good. Might give this a go however I have a diffrent type of centre light will try and get pictures on here.

As I am more of a n00b than the word n00b could discribe. Would you be able to tell me where you got them parts from? As the links are not working anymore!

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Re: Interior footwell lights

Lee,

You can get the LED lights from places like halfords, Mine were 16 each I seem to remember. I bought ones which plugged into the cigarette lighter and just cut off the adapters.

For the electrical cable any electrical DIY shop will have it. Ask for 5 metres to be safe, you can always cut excess off.

Here is the link to the halfords lighting section:
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Any problems don't hesitate to contact me,
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Re: Interior footwell lights

Hi Tom,

I am thinking about doing this some time soon and I wondered what cables you connect to each other.. as my centre consol light has three cables one yellow one red one black. Just wondering which ones you have to connect to which? Also what terminal block did you use? I have the other interior light also I will try and post pics. Hopefully! Also what size neons did you use?

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IS THERE A WAY TO DO THIS WITHOUT WIRING INTO THE CARS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM OR USING THE CIGARET LIGHTER ONES
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Quote Originally Posted by tomelsmore View Post
Next project to do the boot with the same idea linking off the light again.

how about using the boot light... connect it to their... is that possible?
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