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Old 08-14-2011, 08:16 AM
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Default How to: Under Door Light

If you have ever wanted to see the ground when getting out of your truck this is the mod for you

Items needed:
1. Led strip (available at your local autozone or similar store in multiple colors and lengths)

2. Wire

3. About an hour of time

Procedure

1. Take your led strip and mount on the underside of the door align it and make sure to put it far enough back so not to smash it when shutting the door



2. Take off your interior door panel and peel back the plastic cover enough to have access inside the door



3. Run you led strip wiring into the door through a existing opening or make one



4. Take the ground wire from the strip and connect it to the grey red stripe wire (passenger) or yellow black stripe (drivers) this will be your switch wire.
(CAUTION: You might want to check to make sure this is true for your truck also (Should be but...) take a voltmeter tap the wire and with the door open you will see a ground with the door close you will see 12v)



5. This next part could take a little a patience. You have to find a constant 12v source I could not find any all ready in the door so I ran a wire from behind the radio to the postive wire on the led strip through the door. You can come up with the 12v wherever you can.
(for a cleaner look take the time to run the wire through with the others)



6. With all this new wire inside your door take a minute before reinstalling to make sure they don't interfere with the window or any other components.

7. Reinstall your door panel and check out your new lighting.



8. Repeat on other door

After doing this mod you will have light when ever you open your door allowing you to see the ground below your feet.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:41 AM
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Nice write up!!
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:49 AM
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Default Re: How to: Under Door Light

That's a pretty good writeup, I've thought Bout doin that but had no clue on how to do it, does the light stay on when ya driving or hows that work
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:42 AM
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Default Re: How to: Under Door Light

nice mod+ write up
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:54 PM
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That's a pretty good writeup, I've thought Bout doin that but had no clue on how to do it, does the light stay on when ya driving or hows that work
the light only comes on when the door is open
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:04 AM
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nice write up , a very handy mod , especially for the off roaders
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:10 AM
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Default Re: How to: Under Door Light

the orange/green light in the drivers panel is a constant 12 v power (dome light power)
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:03 PM
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the orange/green light in the drivers panel is a constant 12 v power (dome light power)
wherever you can find the 12v go for it I tried finding it in the door and wound up locking my doors a time or two I'm surprised I didn't start rolling down window checking wires
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:11 PM
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Will this work for manual doors setup?
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:57 PM
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I want to see night pics! I may just have to do this...
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:28 AM
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I want to see night pics! I may just have to do this...
DO IT! I've done it to my truck and it lights up super bright on the ground. But I got mine wired to my dome light so both lights come on when I open one door (for now). I want just one to turn on when one door opens . But do it, it's worth it!
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:40 AM
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Night shot
(not very good taken with Ipod)

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Will this work for manual doors setup?
Should be basically the same this is wired into the door switch that activates the dome light
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:19 AM
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Looks good!
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:02 PM
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Default Re: How to: Under Door Light

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the orange/green light in the drivers panel is a constant 12 v power (dome light power)
Thats not for the dome light, thats for your power mirrors. Which yes it is an "hot at all times" wire.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:15 PM
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So you can only do this mod if you have Power Mirrors?
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