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Old 02-03-2014, 12:28 PM
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Need help lighting the up the front seat area

2012 JKU, no power windows, no power locks, manual, softtop

I bought some blue LED strip lighting for the front seat area, mounted them on the dash at the very bottom, 3M sticky tape. Ran the wires back behind the center part of the dash. I wanted to see how they looked and if they provided enough light before I did any thing that I couldn't undo. So they are running off the batteries and push button that came to demo them at the store. They look great and now I want to add a rocker switch right above the AC vent and wire them in so that I or passanger can flip a switch to turn them on and off.

I have never had the dash off, I have not done anything to the electrical system behind the dash. Looking for someone to advice me on taking the dash off to install the switch and as to where and what wires to tap into.

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If you are adding a dash switch, your best bet is probably direct wiring to the battery rather than tapping into some part of the existing wiring harness to your radio or other equipment. Jeep makes this easy, there's an access point through the firewall covered with a rubber seal. It's located on the drivers side under the dash. You will need to puncture the seal (I used a coat hanger) and pulled a wire into the engine compartment. From there you can go direct to the positive and negative leads on the battery.

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With an LED the draw would be minimal. You can probably just tap right into the interior lighting. On the passenger side floor well is a piece of plastic molding with a bundle of wires in it. The yellow and white (90% sure) is the door lighting lead. Should just splice in, recommend one of the easy splices, to power the LED strip
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First you need to decide whether you want them to work even with the key off.
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If wired into the interior lamps they will work with the key off but will time out with the interiors as well. And probably draw less then the factory bulb
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With an LED the draw would be minimal. You can probably just tap right into the interior lighting. On the passenger side floor well is a piece of plastic molding with a bundle of wires in it. The yellow and white (90% sure) is the door lighting lead. Should just splice in, recommend one of the easy splices, to power the LED strip
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If wired into the interior lamps they will work with the key off but will time out with the interiors as well. And probably draw less then the factory bulb
I like this, I will need to look into and see if I can find said wiring. Is there a good spot for grounding? Plus this will save me from drilling holes all up in my dash. I should be able to trace dome light wire back to area easily enough correct?

This was my first choice to do but I thought it would be easier to add switch.

I'll post pictures when I can!!
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A link to what i have in mind an a little how to but its for a 2011 How to Add LED Footwell Lighting to a 2011 Jeep Wrangler JK | Plazor
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I have the 4" version to light up the center area under the Heating controls and then another under the next level and they are quite bright might have to cut them down to 2 LED's each - the ones that you have pictured should be able to give you a tan!!
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I have the 4" version to light up the center area under the Heating controls and then another under the next level and they are quite bright might have to cut them down to 2 LED's each - the ones that you have pictured should be able to give you a tan!!
What do you have yours powered by?
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Try searching interior lighting in the JK tech section. Look for the post titled:

"Added interior LED lighting"

Great lighting at the console. It's on my to do list.

Sorry, I don't know how to link the post to my reply.
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I like this, I will need to look into and see if I can find said wiring. Is there a good spot for grounding? Plus this will save me from drilling holes all up in my dash. I should be able to trace dome light wire back to area easily enough correct?

This was my first choice to do but I thought it would be easier to add switch.

I'll post pictures when I can!!
Right over that bundle is an ideal ground bolt
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Looked at it tonight found two connections there and what I think is the wire just not ready to cut and splice until I'm sure it's the right wire.
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I bought these same lights at Walmart and wired them into the footwell light. I removed that bulb as these are much brighter. I purchased another set that I am going to install under the driver and passenger seats to light up the floor board for the rear passengers and wire them into the same connection as the front.
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the 2011+ interior is the same, so any procedures in that link you posted are the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL_4dxpVM7U
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Light finished wired in to the back side of power outlet on the dash very clean and easy wiring job. Down side there are on when the jeep is running and if you have the doors off you have to wait for them to time out to turn off but looks great. Bonus driving at night with top on made it look like I had the top off.

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