Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

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Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by vaho » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:38 pm

Hi all,
Since I live in northern europe where we get like few hours of sunlight in a day during winter times, there was need for more light. So took myself together and installed four footwell lights, ceiling light and two additional back lights.
I did not wanted to search the right cable from the loom so detached the front ceiling light and took the supply directly from there. The right cable is grey (see picture). Then all the lights go on when you open the door and also when you flip the switch. The removal of the light is not very easy, the wide plastic trim removal tool works much better than the in the manual suggested screwdriver.

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Then you have to route the cable to desired locations and make splits along the way. For ground you just have to choose the points that are most comfortable. For the back lights take the ground from the back, there is no need to run two cables from front. The cables for the back footwell lights I routed along the center console. Did not remove anything just pushed the cable under the edge. There are plastic parts under the front seats where it is possible to attach the lights (see picture below). The both front panels under the dash must be removed though, it helps the installation. It is good to isolate the cables with Tesa fabric tape also.
For the footwell lights i used led panels from the company Nextec:

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They have an adhesive tape on the back and two led panel is sufficiently bright.

For the ceiling and back light I ordered these kind of lamps from aliexpress.com:

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These black ones were actually a mistake. Initially I thought that it will be enough to light up the back but it was not the case. The ceiling light is much better.

Some more pictures:

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The light is actually white.
If you don’t want to cut holes it is always possible to use just the led panels ofcourse.
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Re: Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by Vacuman » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:28 pm

That's excellent and an inspiration to many of us who have been thinking of doing the same. LEDs use so little power so no problem taking it all from the front light. I think though i would use twin-cable (speaker wire) so all the earth connections can be back at the same point by the original front light.


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Re: Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by Vacuman » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:10 pm

I've gone through Aliexpress and can't see those parts. Could you share direct links please?


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Re: Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by vaho » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:46 pm

There:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Black-V ... 45bd&tpp=1

http://s.aliexpress.com/aya6bUBb


I am actually thinking of replacing the ceiling light with this kind of lamp, more original look:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PEUGEOT-CITR ... Swqz9ZvPrK
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Re: Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by vaho » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:58 pm

Or with this, although from Peugeot 308 but it resembles the front light more:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2014-308-MK2- ... Sw8lpZHt1Q
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2016-Peugeot ... Swc-tY36jz
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Re: Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by mrscactus » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:26 pm

Nice work
Where can I buy those Nextec LEDs? did a search but nothing coming up.....
Much prefer the small subtle led look to those ugly old fashioned things for a 308 ;)


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Re: Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by vaho » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:38 am

Nextec is apparently a polish company:
http://www.nextec.pl/oswietlenie-led/ca ... ew/56.html
I bought them from estonian local electronics store for 1,30 euros each. I think you can browse your local stores who sell led panels, they must sell if not these exact ones than similar ones for sure. They are actually for domestic use with AC/DC transformer but since they actually work on 12 V DC they can be used in the car directly.

Update:

If you like you can basically order the panels from the same estonian store. As far as I understand they ship to europe also but considering the price and the shipping costs it may be cheaper or more convenient to search the panels locally.
https://www.oomipood.ee/en/product?product_id=1026773
Not all the information is translated to english. They have not translated the color of the light so here is the translation - "soe valge - warm white" and "külm valge - cold white". I bought cold white ones as the warm ones were a bit yellow.
They are really good quality led-s, with IP67 rating and all. You can browse all the different panels under category "Lamps and lighting/Led lighting". They sell other colors also and do not translate all the words so - "punane - red", "roheline - green", "sinine - blue".

Do not buy these kind of cheap panels from aliexpress.com or from anywhere else, although they are really cheap and initially shine very bright, all four of them broke down within hours after the installation.

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Re: Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by xireland » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:34 am

and indeed the cactus is very dark in the back passengers no lights at all
:o


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Re: Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by Vacuman » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:50 pm

vaho wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:58 pm
Or with this, although from Peugeot 308 but it resembles the front light more:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2014-308-MK2- ... Sw8lpZHt1Q
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2016-Peugeot ... Swc-tY36jz
I paid just over £6 for my Peugeot rear light and aim to wire it in so it can be switched on (reading lamp) as well as when a door is opened. I made sure I got one with the wiring connector but I'm not sure yet if the feed to the front interior light is permanent live and comes on when the doors create an earth or opening the doors triggers a live feed to the light. The former would make it easier for the rear wiring i think. Plus I have bought some cheap LED strips to stick up in the footwells and under the front seats for floor level lighting.
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This guy is a great supplier - good prices and service - http://stores.ebay.co.uk/dimiauto2014?_ ... 7675.l2563

It's going to take some nerve to cut into my headlining. Some trial runs on stiff card will be performed I think ;)


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Re: Footwell and back ceiling lights installment

Post by Daveh » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:44 pm

Luckily I have a glass roof in my Flair. I simply attached a stick on light above each door and ran the cables forward to the interior lamp assembly. Using the edging around the roof to hide them, no cutting or modifications were required.
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