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S21NMP
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   18th Apr 03 at 17:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Today I have spend a few hours installing some new interior lighting. I replaced the standard boring roof fitting with a Vectra one with map lights. It is also tinted grey which looks great!!

I have also fitted some smaller fittings into the centre console lighting up the footwells. It makes the car look a little more classy inside(especially at night)

What does everyone think?










Rob H
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18th Apr 03 at 17:27   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

You use my guide for the map reading lights?
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18th Apr 03 at 17:34   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

the floor lights look well good, did u wire them up to the interior light? how hard was it to do?
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18th Apr 03 at 18:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

looks very smart, how hard was it to do??
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18th Apr 03 at 18:33   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

very impressive, whats the deal with the blue mfd - how hard is it to do and what does it require, heard its not as simpl as putting in leds, something about an inverter need soldering upto it or something?

Would look cool in mine with my blue seats and silver dash

oh very classy mod by the way, good idea swappping the standard crappy stuff - gives it an all round better feel
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18th Apr 03 at 19:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Yes Rob, I used your guide - thanks, it was very helpful.

I can put up a tutorial on how I did the centre lighting if anyone is interested?

As for the MFD, I used plug and play LED's from someone on Ebay, I think they were 17 for 4, used 2 in there and 2 on my dials with a red one in the centre. The plug and play LED's have a resitor and just plug into the original bulb socket
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18th Apr 03 at 19:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

very smart how did u do it?
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18th Apr 03 at 19:59   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

where did u get the vectra light from vauxhall dealer? how much?
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18th Apr 03 at 20:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

The vectra light was from my local Vauxhall breakers and cost me 10. See the tutorial by Rob H on how to fit them.
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18th Apr 03 at 20:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i like that a lot mate, are those light out of a boot or a glove box? If i can get the stuff together, i wouldn't mind giving that a go mate. Can you give us some more info on them, maybe a quick tutorial.
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   18th Apr 03 at 20:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

First of all you will need to get the light fittings themselves. Mine were boot lights from a scrapyard. I picked them up for under a fiver. Next you need to run a length of two core cable (speaker cable is good) down the passenger side A panel(down the windscreen). To do this, remove the screw cover at the top and remove the screw. This will free the top of the panel. Then pull away the rubber door seal and gently pull the panel down, this will unclip the panel so you can get behind to fit the cable. Once the cable is secure, you can refit the panel and door seal. The cable then needs to be cable tied out of sight under the glove box. There is a metal frame underneath with other wiring cable tied, I used this.

You will need to remove the centre console. To do this, you will need to unscrew 1 screw which is hidden at the front under the ash tray. Remove the cover and unscrew the screw. Pull the gear gaitor from the console or if like me you have an aluminium surround, unscrew this and release the gaitor. Then you will need to gently pull the console towards the back seat and up, this frees it from the clip that holds the back end of the console. Once free, turn the console 45 degrees and free it from the gear stick/handbrake. You will need to cut two holes. If you use the same fittings as me, the hole is roughly 2x1" but measure before you cut! Underneath the console you may find a silver metal unit which I think has something to do with the airbag, this shouldn't interfere with the light fitting but make sure that where you cut the holes, there will be enough room to fit the fitting.

To cut the holes, I just used a drill and drilled small holes over the pencil line I drew. Then I drilled a hole in each corner big enough to fit a hack saw blade in. I then cut the hole with the hacksaw blade and finished it off by filing the rough edges. You should now be able to fit the light unit in the hole. Do you same for the other side.

Now you should have both fittings in place and the cable ready to connect. In the roof fitting, join the cable to the red and grey wire. If like me, you have a map light unit, I just connected the wires to the spade connectors I had used to terminate the new wiring. See the tutorial on fitting map lights to see how this is done.

At the other end, join another piece of cable about 10cm long to the end of the cable from the roof fitting and terminate both ends using spade connectors. so you should have four spade connectors, a live and earth twice. You then plug the connectors onto the fittings. a live and earth on each fitting.

Once wired up, test they work by opening a door. If everything is wired correctly, you can now refit the centre console over the handbrake and gear gaitor making sure that all cables are neatly tied and out of sight.

Thats it! if anyone has any questions about this tutorial please U2U or email me at neil@npaddock.co.uk

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viera
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18th Apr 03 at 20:47   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

thats great mate thanks a lot.
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18th Apr 03 at 20:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

they do look well, and i have the maplight in already (but not wired up yet) think i may get some of these for when I wire the map lights !
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18th Apr 03 at 21:01   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

how much did the leds for the mfd and dials cost u then???
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The led's were bought from someone on Ebay, they sold me 4 for 17. You need 2 for the MFD and I used 2 in my dials with a red cap over the centre bulb to give a nice effect as you need 3 LED's to do the full dials.
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cool does ne1 off here sell them??? Im thinking cobra148??? may do, mite have to u2u hime, didnt realise it was as easy as plug and play, thoguht there was more to it.

 
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