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Super cheap and easy center console LED light

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by BBYE V8, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Mar 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM
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    BBYE V8

    BBYE V8 [OP] Please keep TW beautiful: search & stay on topic

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    I'm new to this forum, but have found it very useful and gotten a lot of good information from it. Time to give a little back; not much, but it's all I have to offer for now.

    My wife bought these little magnet-activated, battery-operated LED lights; they came in a 10 pack (as seen on TV!) and she only used a few. I've found many uses for the rest including a nice way to light up the center console without any wiring. Each light has an adhesive strip on the back for mounting and another on the back of the magnet that is included. Simply stick the light and magnet where they will be very close to each other when you want the light off (center console lid closed) and as soon as they are apart from each other (lid open) the light turns on. The pictures probably explain it better than I can with words:

    The light:
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    Where I put the light so it would not shine up into my eyes:
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    Where I put the magnet on the console lid:
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    The light when activated at night:
    [​IMG]

    I have verified on several occasions that the light is off when the lid is closed and so far I've found it very useful. If you choose to mount the light someplace else, just make sure you put it where you can open the battery compartment to replace the three AG13 batteries. I think this light will also work well in the glove box, but I haven't explored this idea any further. As to where to buy these lights...I'm not positive....Edit: these lights have been available recently at Harbor Freight, Wal Mart and Home Depot.


    Enjoy!
     
  2. Mar 15, 2011 at 11:03 PM
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    Badwin45

    Badwin45 Well-Known Member

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    Damn! I never realized I needed a light there until you posted. Now I have to do another lighting project.
     
  3. Mar 15, 2011 at 11:05 PM
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    Good idear.:thumbsup:
     
  4. Mar 21, 2011 at 6:49 PM
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    BBYE V8

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    The still have those lights at Harbor Freight. They are not exactly like what I used, but very similar. They're only $2.49, probably cheaper than the batteries themselves.

    [​IMG]

    BTW, I'm still loving mine every time I open the center console at night.
     
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  5. Mar 21, 2011 at 6:50 PM
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    crf69

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    ummm yeah
    cool
     
  6. Mar 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM
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    Sweet!
    Great Idea!
     
  7. Mar 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM
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    great idea OP!... but i swear i saw a LED mod for this IIRC.... wondering if someone ran LED instead and used some sort of pressure switch?
     
  8. Mar 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM
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    yeah but this is so much faster lol
     
  9. Mar 21, 2011 at 11:50 PM
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    Great Idea... doin it this weekend:yay:
     
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    did this today with a 2 pack of those lights from wally world for like 3 bucks! great mod!

    Also, to test to see if the light goes off i just put my phone video on in the console and opened and closed it and it worked!
     
  11. Jun 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM
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    montes6173

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    real goo idea, i just added that to my to-do list.
     
  12. Jun 13, 2011 at 9:28 AM
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    FYI: I recently saw these types of lights for sale at Home Depot in a two pack. They were in the light bulb section by the night lights.
     
  13. Dec 29, 2011 at 11:09 PM
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    Thanks OP!

    A bit off topic here. For people who tapped OEM wiring for LED lights, any hassle from dealership during warranty work because of it?
     
  14. Jan 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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    Great idea! I'm gonna go get some right now.
     
  15. Jan 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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    I'm really glad to hear other people have found this useful. I've thought of several other good uses for these little lights over the years. Anyplace you access at night but don't want to turn on a bright light, like a night stand drawer or medicine cabinet. Anyplace you might need to get to when the power goes out, like the kitchen drawer you keep a flashlight in. Gun safes, tool boxes, circuit breaker box, entertainment center.....feel free to add to the list.
     
  16. Jan 31, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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    I did this mod about a month ago, and I noticed today that the light was weak and barely shining. I hope that it is the "high quality" batteries that get shipped from the company. Have not had time to check tonight, but I will check tomorrow and let everyone know.
    edit:
    Checked today and it was the battery, but also the magnet that helps shut off the light fell off, draining the battery. Fixed not hopefully. Would recommend to anyone. Thinking about the glove box next!
     
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    Awesome! I need to go to lowes :D
     
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  19. Apr 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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    So far I've only seen the lights at stores. I'm sure if you do enough searching you'll find them someplace. If/when you do, please post a link.
     
  20. Jun 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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    Sweet little mod. I like having a pressure switch..but great thinking.
     
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