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Light up the ignition switch

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by gearcruncher, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Jan 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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    gearcruncher

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    I dunno how many times I get into the truck , close the door and gotta search for a place to put the key . I have the Flyzeyes Mod under the radio but it doesnt light the ignition . I have Led in the map and dome lights but that doesnt light up the ignition switch .
    Anyone got a quick fix ?
    My dimmer shuts off to quick once I close the door > by the time I get the door closed , The auto dim goes dark and I cant see the ignition switch

    Here is a guy who used glow in the dark paint http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/338839-my-fix-lacking-lighted-ignition-ring.html
     
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  2. Jan 12, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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    Put the key in before you close the door. Hahaha
    My buddy has a 93 4runner & it has a little light on the steering column that shines on the ignition. Maybe you can find something like that or a lighted ignition ring from another model like a rav4 or 4runner
     
  3. Jan 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM
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    I've seen some vehicles with a little ring around the ignition switch, wonder if it's possible to epoxy a little light strip in there?
     
  4. Jan 12, 2013 at 6:25 PM
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    I do leave the door open now but I like your idea . If a Rav 4 or a 4 runner have the lighted ring , I will look into a mod
     
  5. Jan 12, 2013 at 6:28 PM
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    Just brain storming here, but maybe some glow in the dark tape in a circle around the ignition. idk
    :notsure:
     
  6. Jan 12, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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    I was just thinking about this the other day. My gf just got a new kia that has a lighted ring around the ignition. Seems pretty useful...

    Maybe one of those mini LED light strips wired into the dome light?
     
  7. Jan 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM
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    I went out & measured the ignition on my '12 then I checked out my wife's '12 Camry which has a light ring & all the measurements were the same. I'm thinking if you could get a ring from another model I should be a pretty easy mod as long as they measure the same. Just hook the wires up to the dome light & it would come on & go off the same.
     
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    Rav4 definitely has it..my wife's 05 is also color coded to the instrument panel lights.
     
  9. Jan 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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    I like the idea of adding a lit ring around the ignition switch >
    Lets say i grabbed a ring from the wrecking yard and installed it tying it into my interior lighting circuit . Only issue , my auto dimmer goes off too quickly . Is there a way to lengthen the auto dimmer timer ?
     
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    Never had a problem finding the hole in the dark :notsure:
     
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    Use some glow in the dark paint. I have some glow in the dark nail polish that I bought at a Halloween store. I have put it on all of my light switches in the house. It works well.
     
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    my camry has one, i wonder if the parts are interchangeable?

    but then if the diameter is different, you might have to trim the steering column plastic.
     
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    I'll go ahead and bump this. Tried to do this a while back on my 2013 with a 3rd gen 4runner ring. Too small. I could do some serious sanding to get it to fit but haven't gotten around to doing it. I'd imagine a 5th gen 4runner ring would fit but I have no idea where you'd find just the ring...I'm not sure if the ignition cylinder comes with it if you were to order one but I don't think so just by looking at the parts diagrams.

    On a side note, and not sure if the trim on ignition cylinders differs between 2nd gen years but mine has a black piece (for signal from chip in key or whatever) and under it is a coiled up copper wire and some other electronics. Had to pry this piece off to even have a chance of fitting a lit ring on the cylinder.

    I'll get the 3rd gen ring to fit eventually but I'd definitely suggest the 5th gen ring if you can find a wrecked one. My friend has a 2013 4runner and they at least looked identical. Nt sure on exact measurement.
     
  17. Jul 17, 2014 at 3:13 AM
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    Great idea!
     
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