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Old 10 Jan 2014, 09:31 pm
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I was wondering if anyone has tried a mod of this kind;I've given it some thought using these parts:

LED LIGHT-http://www.ebay.com/itm/121247902560...84.m1436.l2649

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This is my basic idea......Feel free to opine.
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Old 10 Jan 2014, 09:35 pm
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Sounds like a good Idea to me! Wire it to a constant 12v and as long as the switch is wired "normally closed" it should turn out fine
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Old 10 Jan 2014, 09:57 pm
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Wire it to a constant 12v and as long as the switch is wired "normally closed" it should turn out fine
I thought 'keyed' 12v would be better,in case somebody (ME?) happens to leave the glove box open,it won't drain the battery........That particular pin switch is 'normally open' (when depressed),when the glove box is opened(pin switch out),then the circuit will be closed,and the light will turn on.
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Old 10 Jan 2014, 10:51 pm
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I used an LED light strip fastened along the upper edge above the open box.
When closed this strip is unseen; it shines down into the full width of the box.
I did wire to an always hot source.
I used a magnetic switch such as used for home window security. The magnetic half is attached to the backside of the glove box. It triggers the wired portion mounted to the heating duct behind. The light is off before the door is fully closed. When the glove box is removed completely for any work, I disable the hot lead via an installed connector.




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Old 10 Jan 2014, 11:20 pm
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Gotta figure Smurf had another way to do that!
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Sounds like a couple of potential "How To" stickies that need done with pictures.
(So that I'll know how to do it when I'm brave enough...)
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Actually I did think about lighting the glove box. But went against it as I thought how many times are you in the glove box and need a light. My response, not enough. So I just put a cheap flashlight in the glovebox as I had one in my car anyway.
I also thought (and actually tried) lighting the power mirror switch along with the door locks bur thought against it as well as I don't lock my car with the door locks and the power mirror switch won't been seen whilst sitting.
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Actually I did think about lighting the glove box. But went against it as I thought how many times are you in the glove box and need a light. My response, not enough. So I just put a cheap flashlight in the glovebox as I had one in my car anyway.
I also thought (and actually tried) lighting the power mirror switch along with the door locks bur thought against it as well as I don't lock my car with the door locks and the power mirror switch won't been seen whilst sitting.
pappa, you should light the the under the seat drawer. I like the magnetic switch thing from Sanatanadharma's post. So you may as well light up those other things you mentioned above too .
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Actually I did think about lighting the glove box. But went against it as I thought how many times are you in the glove box and need a light. My response, not enough. So I just put a cheap flashlight in the glovebox as I had one in my car anyway.
I also thought (and actually tried) lighting the power mirror switch along with the door locks bur thought against it as well as I don't lock my car with the door locks and the power mirror switch won't been seen whilst sitting.
This is why I dismiss the idea off hand.
And, I put a small LED flash light there in the case that I ever need to see some detail at night.
It's kinda like the glove box trim too.
If I can't see it off hand, I am apt to not worry about appearances.
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pappa, you should light the the under the seat drawer. ...too .
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Old 11 Jan 2014, 04:13 pm
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pappa, you should light the the under the seat drawer. I like the magnetic switch thing from Sanatanadharma's post.
That's funny;Because I had also thought of that,but couldn't figure out a way to switch it on/off....Since a pin switch isn't a viable option there,but a 'magnetic switch',and then tap into the wiring for the gear shift indicator light,to power it(MTXs have the socket,it's just not being used!).
I've already ordered the LED & switch for the glove box,and I think that once anybody adds a light to a glove box,or 'other things'......That gives you a reason to use it more.
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