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I ran blue leds under my dash by pilot a 5" flexible strip and I know some of you are gonns say oh thats a ricer thing to do but i think its really helpful i am tired of dropping things on the floor at night and not being able to find them so i just wanted ya'lls opinion i will post up pictures but for now what do ya'll think of the idea??? post all opinions good or bad

EDIT: Also i got LED's for my dome light they are bad a$$ i dont care what ya'll say about those i like em'
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I don't think its a bad idea, at least you didn't put them all over the place and under the truck.

I think it would look pretty decent, as long as its not too intense.

I'd like to see some pics
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its not bright at all just enough so that if something falls on the floor the i can pick it up easily and i have them on a switch so that if it gets annoying then i just shut them off
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i want to do something similar. wire them to the dome light switch though. so that they also come on when i open the doors
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i want to do something similar. wire them to the dome light switch though. so that they also come on when i open the doors
That's not a bad idea at all, it would prolly be easy to do
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i just leave mine on over night and everything they draw so little power i thought about hooking it up to the dome light switch but i said no i dont wanna run the wiring so i did it the easy way but ya that would be awsome ill post pics when i get home
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i want to do something similar. wire them to the dome light switch though. so that they also come on when i open the doors
Actually it's smarter to use transistors and have them feed off of the door latch.
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I have both of these ideas on both vehicles.













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Wow, that looks REALLY good. Did you follow any kind of how-to on here that others can use to do that? That's almost exactly what I want to do to mine, and I'm guessing you replaced the dash lights with blue leds too?
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Wow, that looks REALLY good. Did you follow any kind of how-to on here that others can use to do that? That's almost exactly what I want to do to mine, and I'm guessing you replaced the dash lights with blue leds too?
Search around for my posts. I learn and muddle as I do the work, most of it is posted.

I did blue LEDs on the Ranger dash, and red on the IX dash.

I have extra 28" strips for the doors (Red) if you want them. Exactly what I have on my car. I have 2 of them extra, trying to sell.
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RED Interior LEDs and the door LED interesting ideas.
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Search around for my posts. I learn and muddle as I do the work, most of it is posted.

I did blue LEDs on the Ranger dash, and red on the IX dash.

I have extra 28" strips for the doors (Red) if you want them. Exactly what I have on my car. I have 2 of them extra, trying to sell.
Im interested in buying, what all do i need to get this setup
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ya mines blue on the floor but no where near as intense i still think that those pics are bad azz and i'm also thinking of doing it loooks awesome though good job

lol and i have the same floormats
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yeah I did this to a friends buick. its nice
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yeah I did this to a friends buick. its nice
How much space is in the door tread area when the door is closed ?

Is there special LED Strips to use ?

How did you run the wires ?

Where did you connect them to the Interior Lights ?

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How much space is in the door tread area when the door is closed ?
There's a lot of room. All you have to do is squish some play-doh in your door and measure the distance between the door and the rocker.

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Is there special LED Strips to use ?
Yeah, they are silicon enclosed.

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I ran a power wire through the OEM rubber encased sleeve and used transistors inside of the door. There is a ground on the latch as is so you just can use that for ground.

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I use transistors to tell the LEDs if they should be on or not. I don't connect them to the interior lights. That's pretty easy to do if you wanted to though.
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Hey thanks for the info.
Did you happen to do a “How-To” on this ?

I like it.
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Hey thanks for the info.
Did you happen to do a “How-To” on this ?

I like it.

Not yet. If you want the strips I have I'll gladly provide a wiring diagram with the strips. You need to get transistors and diodes from radioshack though.

40$ shipped for both 28" strips (red) first come first serve!
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The hardest part is running power through both doors. For this I would tap off of the fused side of a "hot all the time" fuse. From here run 2 wires through both door grommet rubber hoses. I tape mine to an unbent hanger and slowly work them through where the stock wires go. From here all of the wiring you need is easily accessed. You will need to install one diode from radioshack on each door on an existing wire (they cost 1$ each) You will also need to solder a transistor in. I have the specifics as of which color. I think the transistors were like 2$ each at radioshack and I have the exact model numbers. What took such a long time for this mod was the whole figuring out how to make it work part.
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Use the IMG code, just copy past into your message. Should start and end with [IMG]
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I had 9" mini tube neons under the dash in my old car. Don't have pics tho. I didn't think it is "ricey" unless you have them flash to the beat of the music blaring out of you stock speakers and base model head unit you had installed at Best Buy lol
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