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please help on how to install led strips into car doorstep

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bryan1220

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:52 pm

I bought 2 white LED 24 inch strips that i want to install into each doorstep of my car using the dome light, meaning i want them to turn on whenever a door is open. I have no idea on how to do this and really need some help
bad venge

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:13 pm

do you want them under the door (puddle lights)?or cut into the door sill ?
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:43 pm

i want them on the door sill, i kinda figured how to connect the wires, the big problem im having is choosing which wire to connect the led lights into
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Post Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:59 am

You can tap dome light wires or footwell wires OR you can use the door switch normally ground to trigger them and wire the + to a hot source your choice
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Post Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:43 am

Ohh thanks for the help man, and one last question; do you recommend using a 12 gauge positive to connect the lights into a source? Because I'm thinking of doing it by putting the ground on the inside of the door
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Post Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:06 pm

12 gauge is pretty heavy wire and not needed for the strip I'd use 16/18 at most then connect that to a fuse to the 12volts then connect the - to the door switch (assuming - grounding switch)
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Post Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:38 pm

Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it you've helped me a lot and at least I know what to do now haha
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