Footwell LED Lights
By now you have probably changed your interior lights for LEDs, wouldn't it be nice to be able to spur off of the front lower interior light to run foot well lights that come on when the doors open.
Pop the light/switch out using a thin blade screwdriver and have a look at the connector.
The furthest is the constant live, when you flick the
switch it connects this to the earth to power the light.
The next one is the switched live, this comes on when the doors are opened or
the car is unlocked. The rear light feed connects to the switched feed inside the
switch and powers the rear courtesy light. (with the switch unplugged the rear
courtesy light won't function). The closest wire to you is the earth.
Here you can see I have used snap lock connections and tapped
into the switched 12 volt and the earth.
After fitting my foot well LEDs, I ran the wires behind the dash and out of
the switch hole. LEDs only work with the correct polarity. I wired the LEDs
to the correct wires and used heat shrink to protect the connections and
stop any short circuits.
Push all the wiring back into the hole and check out the lights.
The LED strips I used where actually from Ikea (called Trettion), for £21 you get four 1 foot strips and they are modular. You get the joining cables and a power converter, this can go in the bin.
These LEDs run off 12volts so the converter is not needed. The LED strips have
connections at each end so you can daisy chain all 4 in a row if you wished.