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Under hood and glove box lights...

Anyone add an underhood light and/or glove box light? seems most of the new vehicles i seen dont have these.

just lookiin to see if anyone has done it and what would work best. next time i head to the junkyard im gunna see what i can pirate off a Ford (gunna keep it in the family :))
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Thats a good idea, how would you wire it up, straight to the battery?
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you need a plunger switch for the hood light or else it would stay on all the time, the glove box light you could hook into the haedlights somehow or a plunger switch for during hours of darkness when you didnt have the headllights on, could/should be a fairly simple fixup depending on how high tech you wanted it.
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ya thats why im gunna pirate them from another Ford vehicle...get it all at once.
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Could you just run a wire to a switch inside the cab for the light under the hood?
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yeah that would work too unless you forget to turn it off:)
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yeah that would work too unless you forget to turn it off:)
That would definately suck!
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm positive that my 02 XLT has a glovebox light. I'd go look to make sure, but I'm driving my mom's VW Passat for the week while she hauls some stuff with my truck.
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yea most do have the g-box ones, but some dont i guess. but non have the underhood light. which im thinking of doing too cause it really helps. cause sometimes i want both hands, otherwise the mag-lite does its job
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My 2003 XLT has a glovebox light from the factory.

Most underhood lights use an internal mercury switch to turn them on/off when the hood is moved to a different angle. Wiring is as simple as running a wire to a constant hot, adding an inline fuse if necessary. Ford underhood lights usually have a dedicated ground wire but some manufacturers use a case ground through the mounting fasteners (won't work on a composite hood like 2001~2003 Edge/4x4!)

$5 underhood light:
http://www.generation-edge.info/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3205
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my ranger has a glovebox and under hood light
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thanx bob, now what about the glove box light?

oh and my 93F150 has both also! but my moms 03 xploder has neither as well and its an XLT limited...
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For the glove box, you could probably just mount a white LED up at the top and hook it up to your lights. It'd be a simple solution and would provide you with some light.
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my ranger has a glovebox and under hood light
both my 93's do lol...
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well im not asking whos truck has one, im asking for a solution to the problem.

but i guess i can pirate the glove box light from a 93 and under ;-)
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well im not asking whos truck has one, im asking for a solution to the problem.

but i guess i can pirate the glove box light from a 93 and under ;-)
that would be the point and you got it. find a 93 ranger lol...
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thanx bob, now what about the glove box light?
You can look into getting a 2003-back Ranger glove box light. The 2004 is the first year Ranger that doesn't have one. My guess is that it would bolt right in and you would need to run one wire to the LG/OR at the Smart Junction Box.
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yea id look online or go to a J-yard and just wire in a setup that was on some other truck or ranger
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Like said the underhood works on a merc switch..I yanked one off an Exploder from the J/Y when I was getting my temp sensor for my overhead console..
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the underhood light would be sweet, mine has the g-box, a neighbor just bought a new Escalade and he was showin it to me , no under hood light, no g-box light the thing stickered for $60 grand, go figure.
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I would think the glove box light would be easy. Momentary switch rigged up so when the box is closed it would hold the button in. Should beable to find parts at your local radio shack.
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bah whats the fun of that? i can always use it as an excuse to hit the boneyard up :evil
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