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Old 04-19-2010, 02:13 PM   #1
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e30 wiring

anyone got any ideas as to how to wire up my interior lights to floor lights?

Nevermind; suspected it was this: Have to bridge it from the driver side to make the passenger side work.

Ok, nevermind; that idea didn't work either. LOL Seems like the wiring is looped for the door plunger.

anyone ever attempt to wire-in foot well lights in their car?

any suggestions or ideas are welcome!

I have 3 wires: brn-grnd, grn/red-power? brn/purple?

thx.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

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Old 04-19-2010, 09:49 PM   #3
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Should be the same idea as wiring the second trunk light. Switch is the ground.
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Old 04-20-2010, 03:59 PM   #4
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anyone got any ideas as to how to wire up my interior lights to floor lights?

Nevermind; suspected it was this: Have to bridge it from the driver side to make the passenger side work.

Ok, nevermind; that idea didn't work either. LOL Seems like the wiring is looped for the door plunger.

anyone ever attempt to wire-in foot well lights in their car?

any suggestions or ideas are welcome!

I have 3 wires: brn-grnd, grn/red-power? brn/purple?

thx.


yeah i was going to do this. i replaced my interior ligthts with red ones to go with the console lights (i already put in red LED's) and i wanted to match it with red foot well lights. my plan is to just come off the ceiling light, run it along the trim tucked in to the dash, and stick a few LED's out underneath. Repeat for the passenger side. I'll probably be giving this a go in a week or two after finishing up a home renovation with my dad.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:07 PM   #5
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Should be the same idea as wiring the second trunk light. Switch is the ground.
u got time to swing by during the week or weekend? (Grin)
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latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
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latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

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I don't know, I haven't even given the vert a test drive since I replaced a half shaft on the weekend. I'll let you know as the week goes on.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:42 PM   #7
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ok, in case anyone would ever want to install a set of floor lights; I did the following:

real simple: I matched the wiring from the interior lights to the wiring underneath the door relay harness where it plugs into the relay. they are identical with the exception of the Green pwr on the light side to the main power (red.black) on the harness side. they now work in sync. that takes care of the drivers side. You will need to run additional wire up over the dash or behind the carpet to the passenger side.

Cheers! thx for all your input.
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latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
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latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

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Old 04-23-2010, 04:37 PM   #8
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Wish I saw this thread earlier as I feel my meathod was simpler.

I wired both footwell lights to the little light going into my ashtray. They stay on when the car is on or when the light switch is in the middle position. I used red neons from Canadian tire BTW and they actually match the rest of the lights in the car really well and don't draw much attention to themselves. They also dim with the dimmer switch which is cool.
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Wish I saw this thread earlier as I feel my meathod was simpler.

I wired both footwell lights to the little light going into my ashtray. They stay on when the car is on or when the light switch is in the middle position. I used red neons from Canadian tire BTW and they actually match the rest of the lights in the car really well and don't draw much attention to themselves. They also dim with the dimmer switch which is cool.
no worries; figured it out - actually was pretty simple once I figured what was what.. Wired it to the back of the door light relay harness, same wire code - works with the interior lights. Bridged the passenger side through the dash. I wanted the same lighting and a factory looking feature.
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1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

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Old 04-23-2010, 04:54 PM   #10
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Ahhh, so wired up this way they are only on when the door is open/closed (and a bit after the fact becuase of your dimmer module)? If so i see we had different goals in mind. I want your dimmer module
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Ahhh, so wired up this way they are only on when the door is open/closed (and a bit after the fact becuase of your dimmer module)? If so i see we had different goals in mind. I want your dimmer module
My dimmer module like most aren't working. The lights just come on and off when the door is open. the delay feature apparently stops working after a while.
At least mine did on most e30's I've had. My IX worked last year and thought it was a sticky door plunger. Changed it and now doesn't work anymore.
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latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:44 AM   #12
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Ahhh, so wired up this way they are only on when the door is open/closed (and a bit after the fact becuase of your dimmer module)? If so i see we had different goals in mind. I want your dimmer module
update: your dimmer module is most likely not the problem. It is a door switch behind the handle which activates the dimmer response. Makes sense since the door is exposed to the elements of rain, snow and ice; where the module is concealed.
You can fix the dimmer problem easily. Get access to the module/relay pull it out from behind the speaker cover being held by two screws. lift it up and out and you will see the harness going into the module bridge the two wires- Brn grn with the brn yellow using a plastic splicer. the delay response will then work once the door opens and will stay on once the door closes for approx 6-8 sec.
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latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

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