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glovebox lighting

Post by littlefeller » Fri 20 Sep, 2013 18:10

following on from the footwell theme, im will have a go at the glovebox light, with a glovebox door switch of some kind (why is it called a glove box, mine doesn't have gloves in :? )
will prob have a go this weekend.

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by RichP » Sat 21 Sep, 2013 01:01

i think the "three-old-MOT's,-a-screwdriver-,and-a-2005-road-map-box" although more accurate is not as easy to say as "glove-box". :D

Got my footwell lighting in the post today, i'll try and find some time on sunday to fit it. Thanks!

you can never have too much LED strip lighting, so i'll probably be interested in this...
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Post by littlefeller » Sat 21 Sep, 2013 12:49

made a start this morning, switch used -

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strip, I may shorten this if its too bright, again im using warm white to match the rest.
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switch will be going here, it will come on when the box is full open, didn't want it to switch the other way ie switch contact broken when door shut, if it fell of, the light would stay on :shock: so I have opted for a switch that needs to be pressed to complete the circuit.


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light strip will be going here, hidden up inside.

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hopefully I will get the chance to wire it in this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

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Post by petecossie » Sat 21 Sep, 2013 18:15

This looks to be the way to go with the components you have used, look forward to seeing pics of end result. If you end doing a similar kit to the footwell lights I'd be very interested.
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Post by littlefeller » Sat 21 Sep, 2013 19:05

already thought of this, I have ordered 10 of these tiny switches. I might need more :lol:

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by Topaz Z3 » Sat 21 Sep, 2013 22:41

Like the look of this Littlefeller.

Please add me to the list when you are happy it is ready to go.

You post covers all my questions. Top Job again. :bow

Looking forward to receiving the footwell lights.

Just fitted a set of these in the boot in the recess to the left and right-hand side

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-Pai ... 257e94ae76

Trouble is you can only see them when the boot is open, but can not see out of the rear window when driving then. :shock:

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Post by littlefeller » Sun 22 Sep, 2013 14:55

test number 2
switch, think I will get some sealed types.
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umm I need to find an easyer way off attaching the switch, it wasn't that easy trying to get behind that stop AND closing the box enough to get the rubber cushion out of the way AND lining it up to switch all at the same time.

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might use a different switch, abit bigger.
cant see wires
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if you look underneath you can
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will wait till it gets darker then take more pics.

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by OXO » Sun 22 Sep, 2013 19:58

There's a mouse in your heater outlet.

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by littlefeller » Sun 22 Sep, 2013 20:06

:lol: its a leaf :lol:, before anyone askes - the pieces in the footwell are the hard top mount covers

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by littlefeller » Sun 22 Sep, 2013 21:56

these might work better, more options where to put them

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251328670975? ... 1423.l2649

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by lebigmec » Sun 22 Sep, 2013 22:22

How about small mercury tilt switches?

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Post by littlefeller » Sun 22 Sep, 2013 22:35

lebigmec wrote:How about small mercury tilt switches?
ummm that could work, give that man a cigar :lol:

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by Fender2004 » Mon 23 Sep, 2013 09:36

Put me down for the glove box light and one for the boot as well I think you were doing those as well?
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Post by littlefeller » Mon 23 Sep, 2013 09:57

will do, first I may try these tilt switches, it is a good idea. but I need to find one that wont keep switching while going over bumps. the magnetic switch may end up coming in first place unless I can find an easyer way of getting the tiny switch I used around the back of the stop, it was a bit fiddly. I also need to explore more wire routing for the glovebox, its fine as it is as you cant see it while sitting in the car, but im sure if I search around more I can find a better place for the wiring. at the moment it goes through the same route as the footwell lights but uses the red and white wire in the A post (lower down from the plug).
the boot is real simple :)

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by Fender2004 » Mon 23 Sep, 2013 10:53

Thanks for that I'm in no rush when ever you get things sorted. :D
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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by lebigmec » Mon 23 Sep, 2013 15:24

littlefeller wrote:will do, first I may try these tilt switches, it is a good idea. but I need to find one that wont keep switching while going over bumps. the magnetic switch may end up coming in first place unless I can find an easyer way of getting the tiny switch I used around the back of the stop, it was a bit fiddly. I also need to explore more wire routing for the glovebox, its fine as it is as you cant see it while sitting in the car, but im sure if I search around more I can find a better place for the wiring. at the moment it goes through the same route as the footwell lights but uses the red and white wire in the A post (lower down from the plug).
the boot is real simple :)
You wouldn't have any issues with it coming on over bumps mate, if you mount the mercury tilt switch vertically, it can only make the circuit when it tilts to horizontal. They are very small and discreet too, so you should be able to stick it into position in a discreet appropriate place on the glove box using just duck tape. No need to damage the glove box during installation then either... Just a thought.. Hope this helps. :)

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by littlefeller » Fri 27 Sep, 2013 09:57

the tiny switches have now arrived, I will be updating my glove box with these this weekend and updating this thread. 8-)

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Post by littlefeller » Sun 29 Sep, 2013 08:05

im quite chuffed with these tiny reed switches. they are about the same thickness as the wires, so once wrapped in heat shrink sheaving there a neat little mod.
will upload some pics later, there still on my camera.
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Post by littlefeller » Sun 29 Sep, 2013 20:49

here is the switch, the round thing next to it is a 5p coin to give some idea of scale

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switch attached to the strip
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switching by magnet
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light in place
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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by littlefeller » Fri 11 Oct, 2013 07:12

should get the chance to complete this hopefully this weekend. :)

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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by t-tony » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 00:07

We had a 328i rag top in at work the other week which had some led lights in the bottom of the doors (wired into courtesy lights) which throw a pattern of the BMW logo on the ground as a "puddle" light. General agreement was they are COOL! Available on eBay and probably other sites.Having some for my Z and the family tractor (VW Touareg)
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Re: glovebox lighting

Post by littlefeller » Thu 05 Dec, 2013 20:39

ummm seems I forgot to update this thread, will do so at the weekend, all finished and works well 8-) though to be honest its only any good if its dark and I need to go into the glovebox, which is very rare as I don't use it. but others may find this usefull :lol: I think maybe an led in/next to the mirror in the passenger sun visor would be more usefull for doing her make-up, maybe I should do this to try and get her to ride in the z :)

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