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Old 11-18-2012, 04:06 PM   #1051
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I hacked into the dome light ground wire that controls the door ajar lighting in the DS A-pillar.

The dome light has three wires, the constant power, a constant ground, and second ground that controls the door lights. I don't remember the ground colors but the power one it orange. Here's a picture of where I hooked it up:



I just needed to use the ground wire that controls the door ajar because I'm getting my power from the cigaret lighter but you could get both your power, and door ajar ground from the A-pillar wires.

For you, one way to wire it up would be hooking your lighting power up to the dome light wire and hooking your ground wire to the door ajar ground wire. This will only allow the lights to come on when the doors are open.

If you also want to be able to turn on the lights when the doors are shut, you can wire the power to the dome light power (same as before), and put a switch on the ground side of the lights using the door ajar ground wire as one and the constant ground wire from the dome light as the other.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:23 PM   #1052
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I hacked into the dome light ground wire that controls the door ajar lighting in the DS A-pillar.

The dome light has three wires, the constant power, a constant ground, and second ground that controls the door lights. I don't remember the ground colors but the power one it orange. Here's a picture of where I hooked it up:



I just needed to use the ground wire that controls the door ajar because I'm getting my power from the cigaret lighter but you could get both your power, and door ajar ground from the A-pillar wires.

For you, one way to wire it up would be hooking your lighting power up to the dome light wire and hooking your ground wire to the door ajar ground wire. This will only allow the lights to come on when the doors are open.

If you also want to be able to turn on the lights when the doors are shut, you can wire the power to the dome light power (same as before), and put a switch on the ground side of the lights using the door ajar ground wire as one and the constant ground wire from the dome light as the other.
Last time I tried hooking it up I taped into the positive on the over head dome light and wired it to the positive on my cold cathode and ran the ground on the cold cathode to a ground in the car, this resulted in them staying on the entire time.

Right now the way i have it wired up is a constant 12 volt from the fuse box going to a switch and a constant ground.

Could I keep the constant 12 volt comming from the fuse box and then hook the ground up to the ground on the over head dome light?

I believe their is an orange/grey wire, a blue/grey wire and an all black wire. Wish I could remember which one is which
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #1053
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Last time I tried hooking it up I taped into the positive on the over head dome light and wired it to the positive on my cold cathode and ran the ground on the cold cathode to a ground in the car, this resulted in them staying on the entire time.

Right now the way i have it wired up is a constant 12 volt from the fuse box going to a switch and a constant ground.

Could I keep the constant 12 volt comming from the fuse box and then hook the ground up to the ground on the over head dome light?

I believe their is an orange/grey wire, a blue/grey wire and an all black wire. Wish I could remember which one is which
Yes, you can keep you constant power source and move the ground to the dome light ground. I think you want the blue/grey wire, but I'm not sure. I can tell you which one tomorrow if you want me to.
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very nice! you should come help me wire mine.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:22 AM   #1055
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Haha. Drive on over.
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Awesome idea. Might have to use it for something similar.
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Glad I may have finally given you an idea instead of the other way around. lol
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Lmfao
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First package arrive yesterday.



They weren't a plug and play like I expected (it's my own fault for not checking what style base are in the map lights) but a simple bit of modding later and I have white LED dome map lights.

Soldered wires on to the bulbs:



Soldered the wires to the dome light:



Sorry for the crappy picture but this is how I aimed it. The wires are strong enough that the light bulb cannot move unless they are bent.



Finished product:




And installed: old bulb on the right, new on the left. The light output is about as much as the old bulbs but I got these for look, not light. They have a very good white color and do a good job of lighting the interior at night with a nice icy white color. Love them

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