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Old 12-02-2019, 02:41 PM
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wiring install for interior lighting strips?

Thinking about installing two strips of blue interior lighting in 97 TJ. Seems like it should be DIY kind of install, almost plug and play, no more difficult than replacing stereo speakers with screwdriver. I'm seeing basic kit at auto store under $20. But cant find right install video on the net. I believe you connect the wiring to fuse panel? Whats the trick? Can somebody direct me to pics or vids for wiring install so I get it right the first time, and don't accidentally create bigger problem for myself? Trying to save $100 labor charge and DIY.




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If you remove your glove box there are usually 2 factory spare power leads behind and to the right, typically labeled switched and unswitched. Great option to pick up a power lead. Or you can just tap into the courtesy footwell lighting circuit and they will operate on the door switch.
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If you remove your glove box there are usually 2 factory spare power leads behind and to the right, typically labeled switched and unswitched. Great option to pick up a power lead. Or you can just tap into the courtesy footwell lighting circuit and they will operate on the door switch.

If I connect to the courtesy footwell lighting circuit then they would turn on and off when I open and close the door, correct? I was thinking that I wanted the blue interior lighting strips to turn on and off with my dashboard panel background illumination. is there way to do that?
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If I connect to the courtesy footwell lighting circuit then they would turn on and off when I open and close the door, correct? I was thinking that I wanted the blue interior lighting strips to turn on and off with my dashboard panel background illumination. is there way to do that?
Since the power requirements for LED's is so low I suspect you could tap into any circuit to do that. Such as the HVAC panel or the radio harness.
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I don't want the lights to come one when I turn on the air-con, or radio. That's the kind of botched job I want to avoid. I want the lights to come on when the background light behind the instrument panel (speedometer etc) is illuminated.
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On your ’97 the panel lights that come on with the light switch & can be adjusted for brightness by turning the switch knob comes from the switch through fuse 12 in the fuse block behind the glove box. It is an orange wire & can be picked up either at the fuse or anywhere you have those lights. Like the cluster, radio, HVAC panel or switches.

I think this is what TJ4Jim was referring to. As long as you are tapping into the orange wire it should work*. Then just ground the other strip’s wire.

* If these are LEDs make sure they are dimmable & will work when/if you dim that circuit.

As long as you are not adding too many lights you should not overload the circuit & be good to go.
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I don't want the lights to come one when I turn on the air-con, or radio. That's the kind of botched job I want to avoid. I want the lights to come on when the background light behind the instrument panel (speedometer etc) is illuminated.
You missed the point, all those circuits I mentioned are on the same circuit as your dash lights so it Will accomplish what you want.
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None of the above is making sense to me. I have never had any ability to dim the interior lights in my jeep, and I never asked about that. The only lights on my jeep that I have ever been capable of dimming are headlights (high beam / low beam), and I don't want to change anything there. My air-con controls have never had any kind back-light whatsovever. My stock clock radio is always illuminated.

What I'm asking about installing 2 small led blue light strips for interior accent lighting that will automatically turn on when my dashboard instrument panel (speedometer, tachometer etc) backlight comes on, which is when I turn on my headlights during night driving.
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None of the above is making sense to me. I have never had any ability to dim the interior lights in my jeep, and I never asked about that. The only lights on my jeep that I have ever been capable of dimming are headlights (high beam / low beam), and I don't want to change anything there. My air-con controls have never had any kind back-light whatsovever. My stock clock radio is always illuminated.

What I'm asking about installing 2 small led blue light strips for interior accent lighting that will automatically turn on when my dashboard instrument panel (speedometer, tachometer etc) backlight comes on, which is when I turn on my headlights during night driving.
I will try and clear up your confusion, all your dash lights ie: instrument panel, radio lights and HVAC lights are all on the same circuit. If your HVAC panel is not illuminated then all the bulbs are out , all dash lights can be dimmed by rotating your headlight switch. The radio has a separate circuit connected to the dash lights.

If you connect to the radio light or HVAC panel lights it's all the same circuit and when you turn on the lights the LED's will illuminate with the dash
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Nah I can rotate my headlight switch but it doesn't dim anything, interior cabin lights, dashboard lights, or any other lights. It has always been that way. I am original owner so it wasn't modified by anybody else. Either the 97 Wrangler SE is different from what you're driving, or else mine just came from the factory different that way because of factory worker mistake in the assembly process, which wouldn't be unheard of with chrysler.

I don't recall ever having backlight behind the HVAC switches, but its possible that could be bulb that burned out over 10 years ago since its older car, and I just forgot about ever seeing it with backlight. Easy enough to remove the dash cover and check that.

But my headlight switch has no rotating dimmer capability. I'm more confident there saying it never has.
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Nah I can rotate my headlight switch but it doesn't dim anything, interior cabin lights, dashboard lights, or any other lights. It has always been that way. I am original owner so it wasn't modified by anybody else. Either the 97 Wrangler SE is different from what you're driving, or else mine just came from the factory different that way because of factory worker mistake in the assembly process, which wouldn't be unheard of with chrysler.

I don't recall ever having backlight behind the HVAC switches, but its possible that could be bulb that burned out over 10 years ago since its older car, and I just forgot about ever seeing it with backlight. Easy enough to remove the dash cover and check that.

But my headlight switch has no rotating dimmer capability. I'm more confident there saying it never has.
Regardless you can still tap into any of the lighting discussed to accomplish what you want.

Question: Does your headlight switch rotate ?
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Replaced 2 bulbs behind AC controls. Lights up at night now.

Reviewed owners manual and I am supposed to be able to dim my dashboard lights, but its ok with me at current fixed brightness level. Maybe I should replace switch or part there too.

Looks like you were correct on both. Thanks for heads up.
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