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How to?? : Full Ambient lighting fitted for £5.21

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by ALPINE, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. ALPINE
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    ALPINE Yes its diesel, now cry u lost

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    firstly i got to say this is a fiddly arse job! you will need.

    6 standard RED 5mm 12v leds (not ultra bright)
    1 soldering iron
    some electrical cable (able to hold 12v)
    2 red led caps
    4 standerd led holders
    2 chop blocks
    electrical screwdriver
    some insulating tape.

    Now before i start, i will say i know i could of used different tools i.e heat shrink and m/f connectors etc. In this case, i was using what i already had!

    Step 1
    Go to your local maplins and ask for 6 standard red 12v leds, 2 red holders, and 4 standard holders. They will then hand you a little bag like so...
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    £5.21 down TA DAAA!

    carfully remove the interior light cover, and using a phillips remove the 2 screws holding it up. Carfully lifting the front of the roof lineing poke your wires through to the light fitting, like so..
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    i simply split the wires from the chop block to power left and right LEDS. solderd the LED legs to the wire and wraped them in electrical tape. Run the Wires on the other side of the chop block along to your A pillar, tucking the wire under the lineing as you go along. gently lift the trim on the A pillar so you can access the wires from the door side. Pull down the rubber seal on the door and it will give you more room to access the wires from near the fuses.
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    before anyone comments, the pillar pod was from my scooby, hence the uneven edges as i had to trim in to fit. The door rubber covers this so happy days :)

    i plumed into my already fused gauges so was simple from here. simply tap into the block. I have leaft my fuse as is as im only running 2 1w leds.


    I understand our cars will vary from trim. My pre facelift has no room for 2 symmetrical fitted LEDS so i impovised.
    using a small screw driver i peirced the roof lining. then poked a 5mm pozzi drive through the pircing. I think if you use a drill you mite do more damage than good by wrapping roof lining round the drill bit.
    I then popped these little red flat led holders in the hole.

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    and the end result is this...
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    I will do the footwells with the remaining LEDS as they are soft light leds. i will then has as per title.. Full ambient lighting for £5.21! :)
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    Unless you have an S3 in which case you take the panel off, drill two holes and fit the Audi part ;)





    Only joshing chap. Looking forward to seeing the floor lighting ones.
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    hahaha, wonderd how long it would take for that comment! lol *rolls eyes* bloody S3 boys! :slap: :)

    i too look forward to seeing my foot wells all done. Would of done them today but i had to come in as i was in to much pain to do em! (note to all, dont brake ya back) work 2morrow so i must add it to my list of "to complete" mods. Tho my center consoles nearly done!! :)
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    [Mar 11, 2010]
    the Audi items will fit our facelift A3...ive already checked ;)
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    see us poorpers with pre-face lifts have to opt for maplins! lol
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    Er, mines pre facelift and has the stuff for the audi ambient lighting upgrade! How very odd!
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    well done for the effort...
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    ALPINE Yes its diesel, now cry u lost

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    [Mar 11, 2010]

    mybe was an option thing? ?
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    [Mar 11, 2010]
    Maybe some sort of 'lighting' pack etc. as I've got puddle lights, rear seat reading lights etc, front map lights as well as the main big light at the front?
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    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)

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    [Mar 11, 2010]
    Alpine, have you got a lot of free time on your hands lately???
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    [Mar 11, 2010]
    His is a 2000 car so it was most likely one of those anomoly 8L's that had some facelift parts whilst in middle of changing to facelift, so that would most likely explain Tom's
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    That makes sense. :)
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    Or he's just a greedy bloody copper who wants wants wants lmfao, but I'll go with my original & actual post lol
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    well people aint dieing! Plus my boss is being kind to me since i had my accident.
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    interesting....would be good to find if all facelifts have the puddle lights as our new one does..... but my old T plate didnt
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    [Mar 13, 2010]
    Sorry to sound dumb but what's a puddle light, is it under the doors to shine on puddles lol.
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    Yup! They're just 501 bulbs under the doors and come on when you open them.
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