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Old 09-11-2009, 03:57 AM   #1
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LED lights by cup holders

I am thinking of installing some sort of LED lighting in between the cup holders on my '09 Access cab as I find it hard to see if you are out driving on a highway with no lights around. Anyone here done anything like this, I am looking for something though that would not be too bright and distracting but show enough that if you go to grab a cup of coffee from the cup holder which in some cases unless you get an XXL cup it is completely inside the holder and hard to grab to begin with.

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Just be aware that a bright LED can glare in the side windows or shine into your face if you mount it such that the bulb is facing up.

The LED I got for my cupholder was too bright (4 chip style from Oznium) the way I had mounted it at first (centered, facing up under notch I cut in the black divider).

I had to put the LED into the hollow of that divider shining downward so that the light comes out of the notch I made. Still reflects in the side windows at night but not enough to be a problem. If you have a small/dim LED though, it might not be an issue.
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My cup holders are a little bit different than yours. I think it is because I have the 5 speed. Anyway, I did think of that and I am working on more of a fiber optic type approach. I plan to run fiber around the outer edged of the cup holders and then mount the LED's underneath in the console to give a more gentle light. If that does not work then I am going to put them above but shade them so they shine outwards rather than upwards so they don't distract.
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this is how I mounted mine, no glare, doesnt shine in my eyes

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I like the look of your LED's. I am hoping mine turn out well. I am getting the LEDs tomorrow. I still have to figure where I am going to power them from. I assume you did your LEDs from the lights for the indicators for you tranny, I however have a 5 speed so I don't have any power close by. I am probably going to tie in to the lights for the climate controls. I will post pics as soon as I get it done.
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good luck Ray and don't forget to post the pics
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