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Old 09-21-2008, 10:53 AM   #1
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Lighting for the Ignition Key Bezel....pics.

This Focus is hard as hell to find the key slot at night. Maybe it gets better after you get used to it.....but I can't take it any longer. Here's the fix...

Parts needed....an illuminated lighter socket (O-Riley Auto Parts $7). A 12v LED.....Radio Shack $2.



Remove the amber bezel.....the rest of the thing is unused for this mod. That bezel needs to have the flange cut off. You'll only use the outer ring part....I used a Dremel. You can see the flange in this picture before it got cut off.



The LED needs to be filed down to fit in there....very close clearances.



To get the LED into the housing, the two halves need to be separated. Take loose the lower dash cover.....then the three screws that hold the clam-shell together. I didn't completely remove the lower section. You can squeeze the LED in there.....and hold it with strong duct tape.



The amber bezel is then attached to the face of the lock cylinder.....I used two drops of clear glue. Here's a shot in low light....don't have a night shot yet, and I don't know if the single LED will be bright enough. Bench testing at night.....looked bright enough. I'm going to wire this into the dash lights....you could just wire it to be on all the time, or maybe with the dome light. I'll try to get night shots later on....too bright right now.

This is a moderately difficult job, but I think it will be worth the trouble.




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Old 09-21-2008, 12:07 PM   #2
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I'd say wire it into the dome light so it comes on when you open the door. Wouldn't want it on all the time.

Looks good though, nice right up.
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:16 PM   #3
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The bezel is totally hidden from the driver's view by the steering wheel. Plus the dome light is often completely off by the time I put the key in.

It might bother the passenger at night....but I doubt it. It's not going to be very bright with a single LED.....I'll find out tonight. I wired it into the dash lights.

Oh.....if anyone actually tries this, don't attempt to use a snipper to cut the amber bezel. It will crack the whole thing for sure.
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:22 PM   #4
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wow, great idea =) i definitely might have to try this. one question tho... howd you actually remove the amber bezel?
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This is a really good idea. Night pics needed for sure. Agreed on wiring into the dome light so it shuts off while driving.
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great idea.. i really want to see the night pics
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The amber bezel isn't permanently attached to that lighter socket.....you just unscrew the two main pieces and the amber bezel comes right out. No sweat. I'll have to drive this a little bit at night to see if it is visible as a reflection in the windshield. I'll take some photos after dark tonight.
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Perfect....that single LED is all that's needed. Not too bright, not too dark. It is not visible from the driver seat with the wheel straight ahead, and there's no reflection in the windshield. Sorry for the slightly blurry photos......

From the driver seat here it is with the steering wheel turned 90 degrees..



And here it is from the passenger seat....



Wired into the dash lights is the way to go for me..... If anybody improves on this setup, please post about it. There are some other threads on this idea, but I don't think I ever saw one that looks OEM.
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Damn, that looks awesome! Nice job man.
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Awesome idea. I just gave you +1 rep
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