Enhanced 500 trunk lighting

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Enhanced 500 trunk lighting

Post by Prima13 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:17 am

I saw on another forum where someone rigged up some LEDs in the trunk. I nearly lost something back there in the dark last week so I decided it was time to try this myself.

Advance Auto Parts sells LED lighting strips (MAX LED brand) in all sorts of colors, and they have batteries attached in the packaging so you can see how they look before you buy. The white ones I bought were really bright, so much so that they had a DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE LIGHTS warning on the package.

When I flipped the package over at the store, there was a photo of an Abarth interior, so I bought them, figuring it was a sign from up above.

I also picked up a quick disconnect wire set from Radio Shack since I'd want to be able to remove the thing when hauling something large.

Installation was fairly simple. Drilled a 3/8" hole in the little stub that forms the left "axle" for the upper parcel shelf. Routed my wire through there, then soldered it to the metal socket clips that the puny stock bulb sits in (i.e., totally reversible). Then used contact cement to attach the LED strips to the underside of the parcel shelf.

Attached are a couple photos. Enjoy!
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Re: Enhanced 500 trunk lighting

Post by ventura ace » Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:56 pm

Thanks for the suggestion and write-up, Jody. I have had the same concern about poor lighting for the trunk -- and the back seat area --- and the front footwell area. if you come up with something for the back seat and front footwell, please pass it on!

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Re: Enhanced 500 trunk lighting

Post by Prima13 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:48 pm

Wouldn't be too hard to do this. Just need to wire these into whatever connector in the harness is provided for Fiat's $300 ambient lighting kit.
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Re: Enhanced 500 trunk lighting

Post by Chris Layton » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:27 am

Nice writeup ! Want me to make it a sticky ?
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Re: Enhanced 500 trunk lighting

Post by Prima13 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:39 am

Sure, go for it. Thanks!
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Re: Enhanced 500 trunk lighting

Post by Danielmartin » Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:30 am

Prima13 wrote:I saw on another forum where someone rigged up some led bulb in the trunk. I nearly lost something back there in the dark last week so I decided it was time to try this myself.

Advance Auto Parts sells LED lighting strips (MAX LED brand) in all sorts of colors, and they have batteries attached in the packaging so you can see how they look before you buy. The white ones I bought were really bright, so much so that they had a DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE LIGHTS warning on the package.

When I flipped the package over at the store, there was a photo of an Abarth interior, so I bought them, figuring it was a sign from up above.

I also picked up a quick disconnect wire set from Radio Shack since I'd want to be able to remove the thing when hauling something large.

Installation was fairly simple. Drilled a 3/8" hole in the little stub that forms the left "axle" for the upper parcel shelf. Routed my wire through there, then soldered it to the metal socket clips that the puny stock bulb sits in (i.e., totally reversible). Then used contact cement to attach the LED strips to the underside of the parcel shelf.

Attached are a couple photos. Enjoy
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Awesome work I need to develop such skills to add lighting to my car.. But great job done

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