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Lights in the center console...I don't know why

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by EquinsuOcha, May 14, 2008.

  1. May 14, 2008 at 3:36 PM
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    EquinsuOcha

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    I got bored a few days ago and decided to put some LEDs in my center console.

    I bought a package from Street Glow with two 3" LED strips with adhesive backing.

    http://www.streetglow.com/s.nl/c.460445/it.A/id.1774/.f?sc=2&category=5616


    Mounted them here, under the small overhang nearest to the passenger seat:
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    Drilled some small holes where the lid attaches:
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    Wired them up to a switch mounted near the rear cup holders:
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    And here's a night shot:
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  2. May 14, 2008 at 3:38 PM
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    eordonez

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    thats a very nice mod man, i like that!
     
  3. May 14, 2008 at 4:52 PM
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    RememberMorrison

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    Haha, thats awesome!

    Very nice.
     
  4. May 14, 2008 at 5:15 PM
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    Toy4Life

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    That is a great mod. The only thing I might suggest to anyone else who does it, is try to find a pressure switch. That way, the light comes on automatically when the lid is opened.
     
  5. May 14, 2008 at 5:36 PM
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    awesome mod man!!!
     
  6. May 14, 2008 at 6:18 PM
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    i like the ipod with the toyota logos hehe
     
  7. May 14, 2008 at 6:24 PM
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    4x4x4trd

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    My neighbors son visited the other night and damn if his truck wasn't broken into overnight. He had left his wallet in the center console. He had to make a lot of phone calls the next day and hopefully no ID theft will follow this mistake. ;)

    Forgot to mention that I liked the mod.
     
  8. May 14, 2008 at 7:47 PM
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    stevedidj

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    Great mod - I was thinking about something like this last weekend on a 4-hour night drive. Where'd you tap into the 12V for the lights?
     
  9. May 14, 2008 at 8:23 PM
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    EquinsuOcha

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    The easiest place would be the cigarette lighter/power outlet, but I just happened to have a power wire going to my underseat sub that came straight from the battery.
     
  10. May 14, 2008 at 8:40 PM
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    I like it too. During my 8 hour stay in the parts department during my TSB work, I kept passing it...so long story short, marketing works.
     
  11. May 14, 2008 at 8:48 PM
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    Sounds like a perfect candidate for a Console Vault.
     
  12. May 14, 2008 at 8:59 PM
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    Clever I like it,A dryer pressure switch might work well for that.Just finished cargo lights in the bed and this looks like a must do also!
     
  13. May 14, 2008 at 11:53 PM
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    I tried to find a pressure switch at Radio Shack, but couldn't find one that would work. I wanted to put one on the driver's side wall of the console, but could not find a place where it could be hidden. If you could find a suitable place to mount a pressure switch, that would be a much better way to go.
     
  14. May 15, 2008 at 2:28 AM
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    Just a thought, but an alarm system switch used for hood opening should work. Just have to ground it if mounting it in plastic. Look for something like this:

    http://www.aboutsecurityconcepts.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ALA-960


     
  15. May 22, 2008 at 8:55 PM
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    I really like the led strips you installed.

    After looking at street glow and noticing they were out of the lights I wanted; I did some looking around.
    Can you tell me if the lights on this web site are similar to what you ordered?
    I would probably go ahead and get the lights that need to be soldered.
    http://www.oznium.com/flexible-led-strips

    The prices look prett good. I'm also looking at the Cold Cathodes.

    Any advice would be welcomed!

    Many Thanks!!!
     
  16. May 22, 2008 at 9:02 PM
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    EquinsuOcha

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    These are the closest to what I used:

    http://www.oznium.com/led-ribbon

    The adhesive backing makes the whole job a lot easier since the console is one big molded piece.
     
  17. May 23, 2008 at 7:05 AM
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    Great job! Think I'll add this to the Cheap/Free Mod thread's T.O.C.
     
  18. May 23, 2008 at 7:24 AM
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  19. Jun 3, 2008 at 7:33 AM
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    I realize this post is pretty old, but it's cool and I had something to throw out. Rather than a pressure switch which will be prone to failure over time, I'd recommend a magnetic reed switch.
     
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