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Interior lighting suggestions

Discussion in 'Electrical and Interior' started by oldmansmonte, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. oldmansmonte

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    I really should have made a build thread years ago, but anyways....


    When I drive my car at night, I don't know if it's that dark blue interior, but it's totally dark from your knees down. It's pitch black. I don't remember my old '88 Monte being like that. If a passanger dropped something it would be in the abyss until you could turn the interior lights on. Maybe there are interior bulbs burned out so long I forgot about them?

    So anyhow I want to add some led lighting to the cabin just enough to illuminate the floor areas. I don't want it to be bright as hell, I want it to be tasteful and subtle. Any suggestions or pics would be great.
     
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    I'm pretty sure most Gbody cars got foot well lights...like you say maybe the bulbs are burnt out...


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    Should be one on each side fastened up under the bottom edge of the dash....
     
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    at night without any interior lights on in a car it's supposed to be dark
     
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    x2 on the footwell lights. However I have seen some gbodies without. Anyways I swapped mine out for 12v LED lights with an adhesive back. 2 lights per side and blue to match my interior. They illuminate better than the footwell lights as well and don't require an additional power supply as they are already 12v
     
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    So these led lights weren't bulbs that plugged into the existing footwell bulb sockets im guessing?

    Also can you recommend a brand name or type of bulb to use. There seems to be a lot of crap in the market for automotive led's thanks to China and kids willing to buy them on eBay. Thanks again.
     
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    A friend of mine imports LED lights and even though they show up in different packaging with different brand names they are all the same. I have LED in my interior in the existing sockets to save the battery if the doors are left open.
     
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    If I understand correctly they have to have some kind of built in resistor in order to dim properly, correct?
     
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    why would you want to dim interior lights? Autometer sells a module to dim dash LED lights so you could always get that module. I am not aware of using resistors to dim LED lights but in order to dim the LED is various brightness you'd need a variable resistor. Perhaps that is what the Autometer module is.
     
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    I don't bother with the LED bulbs. I find they are too expensive. Instead I get mine from a friend in the signage business. He makes a good living converting fluorescent signage to LED ( which 90% of is conveniently 12v ). They use modules on a strip with self adhesive backing spaced 4"-6" apart. Cut it to length, add your 12v positive and negative and you are good to go. I have 2 strips x 2 modules per side in the car footwell and its plenty ( blue to match my interior ). I also have 2 x 4 foot strips set aside to put underhood on a switch in bright white ( waiting until I paint the underhood ).
    In my boat I put a 6' strip down each side of the boat interior ( blue ), and again under the engine cover and the bilge ( white ). Also anywhere else I need 12v lighting.

    Although its 50% cheaper you don't need a full box, just about any decent Electronics store should have 20 modules for $20 or less. Some links below if you are interested. I prefer the ones with both positive and negative leads. I imagine they should have some at Harbor Freight as well in their towing / lighting section. Those would be packaged a little nicer with a sealed surface.

    https://www.amazon.com/slp/led-modules/ufynhkdcsqjk6kt
    www.canadiandisplay.ca/LED-Sign-Modules-in-Canada-s/1828.htm
    www.emplastic.com/en/products/lighting/led-lighting
     
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    if you want any LED lights for the interior let me know and I can throw them in the box with the gasket.
     
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