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post #1 of 35 Old 10-09-2013, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Ambient Lighting - Can't see cup holders at night.

I cannot see a damn thing in the center console region at night and would like to add some directional lighting in the overhead console.

I have see past posts about ambient lighting kits, but they are too bright based on the pictures I have seen.

I have been in two European cars (VW Passat and Volvo) that have had either a red or amber set of lights that would project down into this area at night. You would not even know where the light was coming from unless you followed it up with your hand.

This is what im looking for. Does anyone know what where I can find something like this? I would imagine they are LEDs but most LED's light output is too broad.

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I know what you want. I bought the wife a C6 Vette in 08 and it had the ambient light above the center mirror in a black plastic box thing. It was red light and you had to lean perfectly under it to even see it but it worked great for lighting the console area. Even if you held your hand under it was very dim and not noticeable.

I can't say if it was an LED though, , too dim. The "glass" it was coming thru was kinda like a lens on your phone camera so it could have been any type of light?? If it was anything like the rest of the car it was prolly a laser!!!


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That is what I was thinking too, its like the light is focused. It is not just a bare LED.

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My Acura has the best ambient light I've seen, they use a little frosted dome to disperse the light

If you take the cap off its more of a "beam"


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Op did you ever come up with anything on this. I've been wanting this since I got my truck. My wifes old honda pilot had it and its an awesome little "touch"


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interested as well. id put it everywhere if i knew what to use and where to get it
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I'd be interested too. I can't see anything in my cab at night. Some sort of ambient lighting setup would be great!

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Most that I have seen are a single LED mounted in the overhead console. So... add an LED.

Buy one of the diffused LEDs at this link in whatever color you like:

12 Vdc LEDs | All Electronics Corp.

...an mount it in the overhead console. If you want it to be directional, just don't push it all of the way through the hole.

The LEDs at the link have built in resistors, so you only need to wire them to the 12V from the light switch - no series resistor required. If you want it more dim, lower the voltage supplied to it using a regulator or resistor divider.

If you want it more bright, add a second.

Or... buy lighted drink rings:
LED Cup Holder Lights | AccentGlowLED

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My 2014 ford flex limited has a ton of ambient lighting....interchangeable 8 colors . Looks cool and useful. We gotta b able to adapt
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