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Old 09-24-2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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replacing rear dome light fixture

Can you replace the rear dome light in the Focus with one that is like the front one, where one or both lights can be manually turned on and off? It's not an issue to me, but I've noticed (when travelling with people) that it can be annoying, especially since in mine, the only way to turn on the rear dome light while driving is to turn on both lights with the front light button, which can be distracting to me for longer periods of time.

Suggestions? I personally don't think it would be that hard... I personally think the wiring is probably exactly the same, and so is the wiring and mounting. The only difference i see between the two is the front one has buttons on it, and the rear light has nothing on it.


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You would think it's that easy, but it isn't. Not sure if you have the moonroof, but in mine, the lights seem to rely on each other. I took some apart (right down to the circuit boards) and had a look. Unfortunately, while they plug in, they didn't work... One would come on while the other would turn off... it was very strange.

There are a few variations of the dome lights in this car, though, so maybe you would have better luck. It might be easier to install 2 of the passenger-side moonroof model overhead lights, as there is only one button to allow it to be turned on, but otherwise controlled by the main light unit.
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You would think it's that easy, but it isn't. Not sure if you have the moonroof, but in mine, the lights seem to rely on each other. I took some apart (right down to the circuit boards) and had a look. Unfortunately, while they plug in, they didn't work... One would come on while the other would turn off... it was very strange.

There are a few variations of the dome lights in this car, though, so maybe you would have better luck. It might be easier to install 2 of the passenger-side moonroof model overhead lights, as there is only one button to allow it to be turned on, but otherwise controlled by the main light unit.
I don't have the moonroof. I do know what you mean and I can see that being an issue with the moonroof since there is a light on both sides of the moonroof. Mine only has the one central light between the drive and passenger, and then the rear seat light, which has no controls on it. Those both come on when the doors are opened.
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It has been done.
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I have seen a rear light in the new '13 Escape that has a single button on it...looks like it could be a direct replacement for the rear lamp. The problem may be how to get power to it when the front one is off. I'd like to switch mine out, too, but do not want to invest tons of effort in the process.

The stock (Focus) setup is odd. I'd much rather have the rear one be switchable than the front.
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