LSC15's 95 Tacoma 4x4

Go Back   Tacoma World Forums > Tacoma Garage > Lighting

Notices

My DIY ambience lighting

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-21-2014, 10:27 AM   #1
Junior Member
tacomawhite is on a distinguished road
Joined: Jul 2013, #109029
Gender: Male
Posts: 19
tacomawhite's Tacoma Gallery
My DIY ambience lighting

Been looking around at adding some ambience lighting in the cab to help illuminate the cup holder / console area. My Pilot has this from factory and I like it so...

So I found some pre-wired, thin strip LED's that stick right under the radio/clock console and ran it into the crack above the temp controls. I wired them to the 12v ignition that's wired to the radio for now. It's a bit bright so looking to add a dimmer. Any suggestions would help.

Here are the LED's: http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...ent-light/639/

Here's a couple of pics:



Attached Thumbnails
My DIY ambience lighting-20140120_211057_richtone-hdr-.jpg   My DIY ambience lighting-20140120_210935.jpg  
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
Senior Member
yellowrubiu has much to be proud ofyellowrubiu has much to be proud ofyellowrubiu has much to be proud ofyellowrubiu has much to be proud ofyellowrubiu has much to be proud ofyellowrubiu has much to be proud ofyellowrubiu has much to be proud ofyellowrubiu has much to be proud of
 
yellowrubiu's Avatar
Joined: Dec 2011, #69678
Location: Empire State
Gender: Male
Posts: 254
yellowrubiu's Tacoma Gallery
You may want to try wiring them up to the dash light source on the black plug behind the temperature controls. This will allow you dim them using the dimmer for the dash lights.

Here is a link to a pic from another thread showing the details...
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2014, 12:59 PM   #3
Junior Member
tacomawhite is on a distinguished road
Joined: Jul 2013, #109029
Gender: Male
Posts: 19
tacomawhite's Tacoma Gallery
Excellent, thanks!
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2014, 05:36 AM   #4
Senior Member
Gene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of light
 
Gene563's Avatar
Marines: 1982-1988 Okinawa, Japan & Southern California
Name: Eugene
Joined: Jul 2008, #8171
Location: Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Posts: 280
Gene563's Tacoma Gallery
Nice idea, I like that ... although a bit bright. Please post how the dimmer controls work out.
My wife's Highlander has a recessed, hidden LED that shines on the console. I had been wondering how to do something like that.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2014, 08:40 AM   #5
Oregon Edition
RAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shedRAPR is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
RAPR's Avatar
Name: Ross
Joined: Oct 2007, #3081
Location: Home of the Oregon Ducks
Gender: Male
Posts: 7,564
RAPR's Tacoma Gallery
Looks great. This is the only area I haven't done yet. I'm going to drill 2 holes under that same area and add 2 wide angle LED's.


The strip you used - I put one of those in my center console. Works awesome.

Nice job man.

I have an LED writeup here if you want to do anymore interior lights.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...ml#post4445401
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 08:14 AM   #6
Junior Member
tacomawhite is on a distinguished road
Joined: Jul 2013, #109029
Gender: Male
Posts: 19
tacomawhite's Tacoma Gallery
I tried running the positive to the green/white wire yesterday and I don't think that's the correct wire for my 07. I tried looking for the hot with my voltmeter but maybe I'm doing something wrong. Didn't have much time so gonna mess with it some more this week.

Thanks RAPR. You've got some cool stuff there.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2014, 03:24 PM   #7
Senior Member
Gene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of lightGene563 is a glorious beacon of light
 
Gene563's Avatar
Marines: 1982-1988 Okinawa, Japan & Southern California
Name: Eugene
Joined: Jul 2008, #8171
Location: Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Posts: 280
Gene563's Tacoma Gallery
According to Yellowrubiu's post, the "green/white" is the variable ground. The solid green is the hot (12v) lead.
I checked your link and ordered a couple of the Cool White, spot LEDs in the link. You mentioned strips, but the link shows the single spots. What did you actually use and what color ... they look blue. I'm going to try one or 2 of the spot LEDs, hopefully to created a slight glow in the dark. I don't want it to be distracting at night.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2014, 02:30 PM   #8
Junior Member
tacomawhite is on a distinguished road
Joined: Jul 2013, #109029
Gender: Male
Posts: 19
tacomawhite's Tacoma Gallery
I used the little dot SMD light. It has a wide angle. I've been too busy to mess with it this week, but I'll update when I do.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lighting Help Naylor32 1st Gen. Tacomas 3 01-21-2014 01:17 AM
New lighting laemmons Lighting 22 10-23-2011 08:56 AM
lighting!!! kinkrider101 2nd Gen. Tacomas 3 09-21-2011 04:32 PM
lighting hawkman Lighting 3 03-29-2009 05:44 PM
Lighting help, PLEASE HELP!!!! Stillfly199 Lighting 26 03-28-2009 09:23 AM


Copyright © 2014 Tacoma Forum. Tacoma World is not owned by, or affiliated with Toyota Motor Corporation.