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Old 02-23-2012, 03:48 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Interior Lighting v2.0

I have installed some interior lights just wondering what you all think of my work? I had started another thread on the same topic however i just learned about the art of properly posting images in forums so here goes my second attempt.

A Pillar switch pod by rugged ridge w/ aftermarket switches to control all interior lighting as well as the 2 7-LED spot lamps at the base of the windshield. In the dash i have installed 6 LEDs. Under the dash i have installed 2 12" LED light bars to illuminate the footwells. Under the rear seats I have installed 3 3-LED lights.

I have also drawn up a quick wiring schematic in paint to give you a rough idea of how its all wired in. any questions just ask?

If anybody else out there has any interior light installs i would love to see them as i am thinking of doing some more interior light installs in the future...

Here are my pics, enjoy :P












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Old 02-23-2012, 07:23 AM   #3
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Whoa...that's like a Hollywood set.

I'm with kjeeper. Electricity makes me wanna pull the covers over my head. In fact...
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Not a fan of colored lights in the interior at all. Just not my thing. That being said, I have been planning to add some white LED light strips under the dash for quite some time. With the black interior, you cant see anything in the floor area at night. My wife is constantly needing to go through her purse, and there just isn't enough light.

I'm planning to wire them into the dome light (wire can be accessed in the passenger side kick panel) so that way they come on whenever I open the door or cut the dome light on. I may also add a couple smaller strips under the rear seat or on the back of the front seat track, but the kids don't need the light as much as we do up front.

Also, for those interested, here is a lengthy thread on footwell lighting over at JK-F.
http://www.jk-forum.com/showthread.p...twell-lighting.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:22 AM   #5
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How 'bout a parts list. I'd be interested in the LED you're using and where you got them.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
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Not a fan of colored lights in the interior at all. Just not my thing. That being said, I have been planning to add some white LED light strips under the dash for quite some time. With the black interior, you cant see anything in the floor area at night. My wife is constantly needing to go through her purse, and there just isn't enough light.

I'm planning to wire them into the dome light (wire can be accessed in the passenger side kick panel) so that way they come on whenever I open the door or cut the dome light on. I may also add a couple smaller strips under the rear seat or on the back of the front seat track, but the kids don't need the light as much as we do up front.

Also, for those interested, here is a lengthy thread on footwell lighting over at JK-F.
Led footwell lighting..


Thanksnfor the link. I've been wanting to do the same thing. My car has lights in the footwells and it seems especially dark in the Jeep without them. I do like the second "dome" light on the back bar though, when we had the LJ it was always a pain getting things out in the back, especially because what little light that reached there from the one light would cut off when the doors were shut. At least now there is a way to turn them on.
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Talking Red...............

........... IS BEST USED INSIDE AT NIGHT.... less affect on the eyes at dark

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My main concern was the lack of light for the center console/coffee cup holders. All the other lights I thought would look cool at night with the doors off.

I am considering putting in a dimmer switch so as to not arouse the suspicion of local authority figures :P

The red lights are nice as the produce minimal glare off the windows otherwise I would have run green or white lights
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6 hyper LEDs bought at Walmart presetup for a 12volt application. Bought the 3 3led lights from princess auto along with all the wiring and switches. The rugged ridge a pillar pod bought off eBay.

Costs: Walmart LEDs $20.
Princess auto lights, wiring and switches were $40.
EBay a pillar pod $50 after shipping.
2 12" Led lights strips from Walmart for $30
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Learning a lesson from someone else's install: PRICELESS

I'm sorry, it's a dated reference at this point, but I went there anyway.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:56 AM   #12
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6 hyper LEDs bought at Walmart presetup for a 12volt application. Bought the 3 3led lights from princess auto along with all the wiring and switches. The rugged ridge a pillar pod bought off eBay.

Costs: Walmart LEDs $20.
Princess auto lights, wiring and switches were $40.
EBay a pillar pod $50 after shipping.
2 12" Led lights strips from Walmart for $30
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Can anyone confirm the wires to do this in a 2012?
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I ran my own wires from the battery through the firewall on the driverside however I have an 09 so I'm not quite sure if wiring routing would be the exact same or not
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If you go to the following thread there is a little bit more detailed info about my install..

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/int...ll-140118.html
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This looks really sweet, I want to do this to my JK!
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:16 PM   #17
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Do it up. All in all the install took me about 4 hours only due to the fact I had to run wiring through the firewall and remove the center dash and kick panels on the floor. Not to mention it was about -5 c outside doing it in the driveway so I had to stop for warmup breaks.
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Very, very nervous about tapping into the 2012 wires. I've read that they're very finicky...
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Yea I've heard everything is monitored electronicaly and if you toy with anything electrical it can throw codes and warning lights. This is why I chose to run my own wiring as opposed to tapping into anything. That being said I'm sure running a relay setup wouldnt affect the electrical system too much but don't quote me on that... I am still a first time new jeep owner
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With the super low draw of the LEDs, you can take the two strips for under the dash, connect them to each other with standard butt connectors, then use a vampire clip to tap into the dome light wire in the passenger side kick panel and attach the ground to an existing ground screw. Done and done.
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With the super low draw of the LEDs, you can take the two strips for under the dash, connect them to each other with standard butt connectors, then use a vampire clip to tap into the dome light wire in the passenger side kick panel and attach the ground to an existing ground screw. Done and done.
I bought two of the short LED strips to tap up under the dash for floor lighting, but I need some help with the wiring....as in I have no wiring experience. What is the vampire clip you refer too and where would I get one? Any specific directions would be greatly appreciated.
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I bought two of the short LED strips to tap up under the dash for floor lighting, but I need some help with the wiring....as in I have no wiring experience. What is the vampire clip you refer too and where would I get one? Any specific directions would be greatly appreciated.
http://articles.jeepforum.com/Thumbnails/7752445601.gif

any automotive store will have them. they allow you to tap into another wire without cutting it. basically you clip it around the wire you want to tie into, and then slide the new wire into the short side of it, then clip down all of it and BAM your tied in. called vampire clips cuz you bite into the new wire.
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I finally added the LED's in the footwell, the install took about 30 minutes now I need to research what to do about the dome light, it looks yellow compared to the white LED's. Anyone have any suggestions?
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I finally added the LED's in the footwell, the install took about 30 minutes now I need to research what to do about the dome light, it looks yellow compared to the white LED's. Anyone have any suggestions?
You can find LED bulbs for the dome lights on eBay.
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Vampire clips... don't like them especially if you drive with the top down/ off. They arent insulated and are prone to corrosion buildup (cancer of electrical systems) as they can be exposed to moisture. I much prefer to use an insulated heat shrinking butt connector/union.

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...F1oPmBLf-wy1od

After you insert the wires into this connector, you crimp them in place in the metal tube inside and then you apply heat to them and shrink them until glue purges out the ends indicating that they are sealed. I prefer a propane torch on a very low setting and be careful not to burn the wires either.

The connectors can be bought at most automotive stores. They cost a little bit more than the non shrinking ones but are well worth it in my opinion. This way will ensure you won't have to go back and repair corroded wires.

Vampire clips are easy to use but can cause headaches down the road. The shrink connectors will entail cutting the wire you are tapping into but really isn't that much extra work
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Next time I'm in tinkering with wires I will be sure to take pics and post them so you can all see what I'm talking about.
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Oznium.com has the best prices and quality lighting options ive ever found. they ship super fast also. I had a Scion xB before the jeep and i used their products a LOT. I wouldnt ever waste money on the high-school-aimed led section of walmart and auto part stores.
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Vampire clips... don't like them especially if you drive with the top down/ off. They arent insulated and are prone to corrosion buildup (cancer of electrical systems) as they can be exposed to moisture. I much prefer to use an insulated heat shrinking butt connector/union.

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...F1oPmBLf-wy1od

After you insert the wires into this connector, you crimp them in place in the metal tube inside and then you apply heat to them and shrink them until glue purges out the ends indicating that they are sealed. I prefer a propane torch on a very low setting and be careful not to burn the wires either.

The connectors can be bought at most automotive stores. They cost a little bit more than the non shrinking ones but are well worth it in my opinion. This way will ensure you won't have to go back and repair corroded wires.

Vampire clips are easy to use but can cause headaches down the road. The shrink connectors will entail cutting the wire you are tapping into but really isn't that much extra work
The Quick Splices (vampire clips) I used are weatherproof, they have some type gel inside them. Because they are under the dash they should last a long time.
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Vampire clips... don't like them especially if you drive with the top down/ off. They arent insulated and are prone to corrosion buildup (cancer of electrical systems) as they can be exposed to moisture. I much prefer to use an insulated heat shrinking butt connector/union.

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...F1oPmBLf-wy1od

After you insert the wires into this connector, you crimp them in place in the metal tube inside and then you apply heat to them and shrink them until glue purges out the ends indicating that they are sealed. I prefer a propane torch on a very low setting and be careful not to burn the wires either.

The connectors can be bought at most automotive stores. They cost a little bit more than the non shrinking ones but are well worth it in my opinion. This way will ensure you won't have to go back and repair corroded wires.

Vampire clips are easy to use but can cause headaches down the road. The shrink connectors will entail cutting the wire you are tapping into but really isn't that much extra work
I agree with this assessment, and use the same crimps for the same reason.
I've seen too much crap happen from the use of those clips from my experience.
Luckily it was from ten years of building and retro-fitting law enforcement vehicles and not from ever using them myself.

I plan on using marine grade stuff as much as I can in my Jeep. It's been swimming more times than I can remember already.
Well, wading really, but still...
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Yea I work as a transport truck mechanic and I see faulty wiring on a daily basis. I live in Ontario and due to the Canadian climate, our roads are always just covered with salt and deicing fluid which I think takes the worst toll on wiring. I can't stress enough the importance of properly sealing tour wiring.

As for the grease in those vampire clips, it's most likely a dielectric grease which is designed to protect against corrosion. Although it is better than nothing, I would still prefer a heat shrunken but connector over anything. Solder with heat shrink over top is also pretty good but takes a little more effort to work with

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