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post #1 of 387 (permalink) Old 03-04-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Sweet LED Setup I'm Planning.

I am planning on adding LED's in my Balt. I want to add LED's in the foot area of the front and back, I wanted to add a stock touch to it, instead of wiring it to a switch, I wanted it to come on automatically, so I came up with this idea.

I want to wire the LED's to the Gear (auto trans) lights, so when ever I have my lights on (automatically controlled by the ambient light sensor) they will come on automatically when needed. That's not the only benefit, the next benefit is, I can control the brightness of the LED's with the stock dimmer switch, if that's not ultimate stock, I do not know what it.

Since all the wiring is in the middle of the car, pretty much already exposed, it should be a very easy job and any wires would be easily hidden.

What do you guys think using this as a power source?

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be sure to wire every thing in parallel so you don't lose any voltage.
i've considered doing something like this myself
i'd like to know how this progresses


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Maybe it would be a better idea to also add a hidden switch somewhere... just in case. you might get tired of them constantly on. i know i like mine on the darkest setting and nice n dark when I drive. but everyones different.

btw good place to hide switch is in the fisher price tray on left of steering wheel. maybe top of that or even behind it so its 100% invisible unless you reach for it. :D
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I wired mine into the dome light.
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I wired mine into the dome light.
That is my plan, installing an LED strip either side of the dash and have them come on with dome and fade out with dome. Using gray wire on C3 pin A10 of BCM fuse block.

Similar to this guy but in xenon white instead of blue.

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The dome light would be a good idea for the auto lights when the door is open, I'm not really looking for that, although a second power source (always hot) from there would be nice for when I'm not running the car, but simply getting something from it. That would make 2 mods out of one, so to speak.

I'm looking to keep everything stock, except for the added lights of course, wanting the dimmer control to be able to dim them, and yes, I will probably add a hidden switch somewhere for when it gets too bright that it becomes annoying.

Probably going to need Coby's help for some pinout for the power sources I need if I want to not directly tap into the lights themselves.

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A proper fuse box diagram (interior) would be nice as my one printed on cover completely sucks, looks like a totally different fuse box.

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Hmm, that's the one printed on the panel, looks nothing like the fusebox inside, unless I'm just looking at it wrong, this is what I have.

It kinda looks the same, seems I'm missing a few relays and alot of the fuses are not there, the metal inside parts are not either



The white wire is the one I added for the radio btw.

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