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FirefighterJoe

LED footwell lighting

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Good morning everyone, I've done some searching on this forum but would like to clarify before I go ahead and start messing with stuff as my truck is a lease and I don't want to risk doing anything that can damage the vehicle.  This is my first truck, along with my first GM vehicle.  I was driving a wrangler before this and it came from the factory with dim white lights in the footwells that were on whenever the headlights were on, so when I put LEDs in the footwells I simply just tapped into those wires.  I've read on here that I want to tap into the Yellow wire on the grey circuit to wire these to get them to stay on while the headlights/parking/fog lights are on.  Is this correct? Also, is there anything else I should/need to know before going ahead and doing this?  Thanks in advance!

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Good morning everyone, I've done some searching on this forum but would like to clarify before I go ahead and start messing with stuff as my truck is a lease and I don't want to risk doing anything that can damage the vehicle.  This is my first truck, along with my first GM vehicle.  I was driving a wrangler before this and it came from the factory with dim white lights in the footwells that were on whenever the headlights were on, so when I put LEDs in the footwells I simply just tapped into those wires.  I've read on here that I want to tap into the Yellow wire on the grey circuit to wire these to get them to stay on while the headlights/parking/fog lights are on.  Is this correct? Also, is there anything else I should/need to know before going ahead and doing this?  Thanks in advance!

When you say “Yellow wire on grey circuit”, I presume grey circuit is the connector this wire is in?

If so, keep in the that this connector and the bank of connectors like in the pic below is called the BCM, or Body Control Module. This is one of the brains of the truck. So be very careful when working in here.

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Here is a pic of mine. The wire in the corner is a wire you can tap and will allow the lights to be able to be dimmed with your dimmer switch.

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Land you + power wire to that yellow wire/white stripe and - negative to chassis ground.

Hope this helps.


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i still haven't found time to do this~..grrr... . but i will be tapping the dome lamp... .. i want them to fade out.. i like rolling dark!

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Thank you pgamboa! Huge help. And just to confirm- tapping into that yellow/white wire will allow the lights to stay on as long as the other exterior lamps of the car are on as well correct? Thanks again for your help.

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i believe you're right Fire`.. they yellow i think will stay on and you can control with your dimmer switch... that turns the dash lights down.... the grey is dome... which will come on when the truck is unlocked.. and fade out when you start it... 

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When you say “Yellow wire on grey circuit”, I presume grey circuit is the connector this wire is in?

If so, keep in the that this connector and the bank of connectors like in the pic below is called the BCM, or Body Control Module. This is one of the brains of the truck. So be very careful when working in here.

41c90df87586e52b0e3a0f6721ad79ad.jpg

Here is a pic of mine. The wire in the corner is a wire you can tap and will allow the lights to be able to be dimmed with your dimmer switch.

71bcfba6c0c4836c322486b42bc5c63e.jpg

Land you + power wire to that yellow wire/white stripe and - negative to chassis ground.

Hope this helps.


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Hey Phil,
So if I want the led footwell lights inside to come on when the truck is unlocked, dimmable w/ switch, doors open and come on automatically when the headlights come on, then I should tap both the DOME and DIMMER wire?


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Doesn’t the dash lights light up when the doors are unlocked?  If not then yes, you would want to tap both so they will work both ways.  

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No you just need the yellow wire on the left of the BCM it’s one wire. That will control your interior dimming and stay on with auto headlights.


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Yup. Thanks guys. Tapped the white/yellow wire from Phil’s pic and they work great. Work on doors open, stay lit after shut down (30sec), dimmable from switch and auto on when headlights auto on.


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No finished pics in this thread so I'll contribute my little quick project.  I used some leftover bulk 5050 RGB led strip and a milights RF wireless controller.  I just tapped into the RPO power in the driver side fuse panel since all functions are controlled by the remote.  I don't think the controller would work properly if I put it on the trucks dimming circuit posted above.

 

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8 hours ago, Crazyjoker77 said:

No finished pics in this thread so I'll contribute my little quick project.  I used some leftover bulk 5050 RGB led strip and a milights RF wireless controller.  I just tapped into the RPO power in the driver side fuse panel since all functions are controlled by the remote.  I don't think the controller would work properly if I put it on the trucks dimming circuit posted above.

 

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This looks sick! You should do a nice write up on this... I know a lot of us would appreciate it! 

 

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Never got around to contributing my install on my truck to this thread... I installed OPT7 Aura RGB+W LED strips as foot well lighting in my truck a month ago. Pictured is the fronts, but I also have them under the driver and passenger seats for the rear passengers. Pretty easy install because I have an sPOD circuit controller and HD panel. I have the lights set to blue to match the interior lighting but I have a controller to switch them to white or any other color plus a few effects like strobe and fade. They even can flash to music. I usually run them as accent lighting but if I ever drop something at night and need to see, I can flip the lights over to white. Also, the picture shows the blue lights at maximum brightness. I turn the brightness all the way down at night so they don't become distracting yet offer a nice glow. If anyone wants more pictures of how I mounted the strips or some sort of write up, let me know. 

 

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The white appears more purple in the photos.. in person they are pure white.

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On 9/18/2018 at 12:38 AM, Stockredsierra said:

Never got around to contributing my install on my truck to this thread... I installed OPT7 Aura RGB+W LED strips as foot well lighting in my truck a month ago. Pictured is the fronts, but I also have them under the driver and passenger seats for the rear passengers. Pretty easy install because I have an sPOD circuit controller and HD panel. I have the lights set to blue to match the interior lighting but I have a controller to switch them to white or any other color plus a few effects like strobe and fade. They even can flash to music. I usually run them as accent lighting but if I ever drop something at night and need to see, I can flip the lights over to white. Also, the picture shows the blue lights at maximum brightness. I turn the brightness all the way down at night so they don't become distracting yet offer a nice glow. If anyone wants more pictures of how I mounted the strips or some sort of write up, let me know. 

 

The white appears more purple in the photos.. in person they are pure white.

 

I would love a write up on this who you have time.  I mainly want to see how you mounted them and where you wired them into (Especially under the seats).  I like the ability to change the color with the remote, but I feel like id have it white 95% of the time :).

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17 hours ago, IncisionInd said:

I would love a write up on this who you have time.  I mainly want to see how you mounted them and where you wired them into (Especially under the seats).  I like the ability to change the color with the remote, but I feel like id have it white 95% of the time :).

Okay! I'll get some pictures up and write up how I mounted them soon :thumbs:

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13 hours ago, Stockredsierra said:

Okay! I'll get some pictures up and write up how I mounted them soon :thumbs:

Cool thanks so much for taking the time. In the mean time can I ask which kit you ordered from opt7 so I can order it ahead of time? 

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