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Titanium Tony 12-23-2012 08:54 PM

Center console lighting
 
I finally got around to doing something about the lack of lighting in the center console today. It wasn't that hard of an install overall just two hours. Most difficult part was fishing the wiring through to the cup holder area. Ended up tapping into the interior lighting circuit underneath the shift handle PRNDS panel.

Sorry for the crappy night shots:
avail at Pepboys
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Will eventually do something similar to the glove box.

SaToX 12-23-2012 09:18 PM

Good ideal Tony, I have also wondered if someone could purchase some of the ambient lighting pieces and tie them into the system but in those locations aswell

dpotter5 12-30-2012 08:10 PM

Did you do any kind of switch on this? I wonder how hard it would be to use a off(on) pushbutton switch for this. So when you open the lid to the console it comes on and when you close it, its off.

Titanium Tony 12-31-2012 11:45 AM

No, didn't feel the need for a switch as LED's have a very low amp draw and also didn't want to add to the complexity of what I'm using it for.

dpotter5 12-31-2012 02:59 PM

Well the idea for using that pushbutton switch would be to attach it to an always on circuit and then every time you open it the light comes on, whether the car is on or not. I get in my console pretty often without the car on, but I wouldn't want the LEDs to be constant on when the car isn't running, even with the low power consumption.

Titanium Tony 12-31-2012 03:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dpotter5 (Post 4519708)
Well the idea for using that pushbutton switch would be to attach it to an always on circuit and then every time you open it the light comes on, whether the car is on or not. I get in my console pretty often without the car on, but I wouldn't want the LEDs to be constant on when the car isn't running, even with the low power consumption.

Like I stated earlier, it's a simple light. This car has multiple LED's illuminated once the car IS running. It's on the same circuit as the shift indicator LED so light is only on when they're on which is usually running.

e30og 01-13-2013 10:39 PM

does this kind of lighting at all dim the other lights on the same circuit you tapped into? if not, does it in theory?

dpotter5 01-14-2013 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by e30og (Post 4538336)
does this kind of lighting at all dim the other lights on the same circuit you tapped into? if not, does it in theory?

With LEDs I can't imagine that it would dim anything. In Theory, it would be taking some power away from other things on the circuit, but with the super low power consumption of LEDs you would never notice it.

mrpeaches 01-14-2013 08:54 PM

LEDs do not dim with available power. They are only on or off. There are ways of dimming LEDs, but they all involve some type of circuit that is performing a PWM function (essentially turning the power on and off at a high enough duty cycle so as to appear to the eye as always on).

It would probably be possible to install two sides of a contact switch on the console and the base so that the lights turned on only when you opened the console, but that'd probably be a fair amount of work for not a ton of benefit.

AtlantaDan 01-14-2013 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by mrpeaches (Post 4539798)
LEDs do not dim with available power. They are only on or off. There are ways of dimming LEDs, but they all involve some type of circuit that is performing a PWM function (essentially turning the power on and off at a high enough duty cycle so as to appear to the eye as always on).

Wrong. You can dim an LED with a dimmer.
http://www.mikesflightdeck.com/led_d...d_dimming.html


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