Interior Light Upgrade for VAG Vehicles




Introduction: Interior Light Upgrade for VAG Vehicles

About: i enjoy building things from scratch, DIY and modifying/improving pretty much anything

This is a guide for adding an interior light with illuminated buttons to VW/Audi group cars, whether that be Volkswagen,Seat,Skoda or Audi etc

it is a good upgrade over the original light which in my car,didnt even have map lights!

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Step 1: Choosing the Correct Light

There's 2 known lights that fit, one from an Audi A2 like what i am using, and also lights from an Audi TT.

The TT lights do not require. trimming so if you are using one, skip the next step.

Step 2: Cutting

Ok, if you are using a Audi A2 light, it will need trimming down, what i done was use measurements from the old light unit and marked a line on the light of where to cut

Remember measure twice, cut once! although you might need to file the edges of the light down to tidy it up and get the fit perfect, i cut it ever so slightly too dig with the dremal and finished it off with a good file

Step 3: Wiring

This is actually quite simple, you will need to cut the plug off the car's roof loom and solder the plug on from the Audi. in the picture you can see how i matched the colours, i believe the roof light wiring colours are the same across the VW group range but if now, you will need to find out which wires are:

door open +ve
permanent live for map light

you will also need to run the grey with blue stripe wire to the back of the headlight switch and solder it to a wire which will be the same colour. Grey with blue stripe is dashboard lighting used on pretty much all VAG vehicles.

the solid brown wire will need earthed to a ground point, i earthed it inside the roof

Step 4: Fitting

the light fits inside the cavity but requires 1 hole drilling for it to be securely mounted, you will need to drill into the light mount in the roof then fit a self tapping screw through the middle hole of the heat shield 'circled in red'

Step 5: Reassambly and Test

refit the bulb and shade, and you are done, make sure the light comes when doors are opened, map lights work and the illumination works with the dashboard lights.

Don't worry if the red doesn't match your interior lighting colour, you can actually take the light units apart and solder in new 3mm LED's of your colour choice !!!

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    3 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Are all the audi TT buttons illuminated ? I have one at home in black but i do not know how to test it to see if it is illuminated indeed


    3 years ago

    I don't get it, you are upgrading a VAG light to a VAG light? pics of the original may help explain what you are doing


    Reply 3 years ago

    This it the original that was in my car....