Intro: Need a Light? Quick and Easy LED Courtesy Lighting.
A simple modern luxury that lights up your step when you open the door so you can see where you going before you enter your car. It also shuts off when you shut your door. Watch the tutorial alongside the instructable!
Step 1: Remove the Fuse for the Interior Dome Lights
The first thing to begin this awesome luxury is to pop the hood and locate the fuse panel. Find the fuse that provides power to the dome light. You only need to do this if you want the fading effect, but I didn't do that in the video.
Step 2: Door Switch Hack
After removing the fuse you want to open the door and locate the switch that your door comes in contact with so your car knows when the door is open or shut. Remove the screw with a screwdriver or socket set after removing the rubber cover.
Step 3: Add Wire to the Door Grounding Switch
Add a length of wire that will stretch around the molding of the car, so you can hide it, to about the gas pedal. Remember you can always cut wire if you need to.
Step 4: Replace the Door Switch Screw
After routing the wire to the pedal, you want to replace the screw on the door switch.
Step 5: It's Electric.
Locate a fuse in your instruction or owners manual that provides 12v+ even when the keys are not in the ignition. Remove that fuse and insert the positive end of the LED strip in the hole and replace the fuse on top of it.
Step 6: Routing Time.
You're almost done! All you need to do now is to route the wires throughout your car so that they do not get in the way of things. This is an important step as you need to also make sure the wires are secured down so they don't cause problems in the future. Finally you can run the LED strip out to the bottom of your car and you may want to use clear packing tape for this because the original sticky tape is usually not enough.
Step 7: Replace the Fuse Under the Hood and Test!
Replace the fuse under the hood of the vehicle, and try it out! Now when you open the door to your car, the LED strip should illuminate under the car providing more than enough light to see your way into the vehicle. Have fun and impress your friends with this awesome new feature of your car that will put all eyes on you!
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