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DIY - footwell illumination, ambient lights & glovebox illumination

Old 12-14-2013, 07:13 AM
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Hi guys,

That is my first post, so let me introduce myself first. I'm from Brazil, and I'm a proud owner of 2010 Fit GE8. I don't known if this "GE" term is the same for US, but I think it is

I'm here to share my pictures of glovebox and footwell ilumination. This forum helped me a lot, so that is my way to say thanks

First, lets see the footwell.
I've added a 20cm white led strip (7,8 inches) on driver and passenger side, and another one bellow both seats, to illuminate the rear seats.

The trick for rear seat was to pass the wires inside central console (need to remove) and tie the strip below the seat:

Final result (it looks like blue light, but it is not. They are white)

O movie will show it better (it is me talking in portuguese)

For Glovebox, a movie will explain it better, but basically I used a magnetic sensor to make it works

Final result:

And the movie:

I have some more detailed pictures, with subtitles in portuguese. If you have some questions, I will be happy to answer!

I'm from that is pretty similar to this forum, but for Brazilians There is a lot of portuguese text, but you can use Google Chrome to translate. We have a very good DIY section too, with almost 90 different DIYs:
Fit Fans Forum - Exibir tópico - Índice Geral - DIYs / Faça Você Mesmo

You are all welcome there

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Old 12-14-2013, 08:29 AM
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Nicely done!
Old 12-16-2013, 09:05 AM
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Welcome to the site. Nice mods, I like the idea of that magnetic sensor for the glove box... any more info on it?

A few of us here are members over at great site over there with plenty of detailed DIY's...
Old 12-16-2013, 11:37 AM
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Tks, FitStir

This magnetic sensor is the same used on doors, to keep track if door is opened or closed, to fire an alarm for example. I bought this one in a store, here in Brazil, that is specialized in residential and commercial alarm systems. But you can also buy it on Ebay. Here is an example:
The trick is use a type of sensor called 'normally open'. It means that when both parts are close each other, the eletronic circuit will be closed, and the power will flow.

In the second video on my post, is possible to see where I've fixed both parts of this magnetic sensor. They are fixed on glovebox by a double-sided adhesive stick. In my case, they were sold together with the switches, so I had just to remove the protection and fix it on the glovebox
Old 01-20-2014, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Zalthras View Post
for what you see here:
~$20-25 for LEDs
~$90 for Ambient light kit

the cost for wires and tools will vary by situation since I already had them on hand.
Total Fit n00b question on an old thread (I just got my '13 Base this month): I follow your original installation for the ambient light and footwell illumination, but I only see the install pics for one set of the lights. Is the LED setup in the pics for the ambient or illumination lighting? What LEDs did you use for (and where did you mount) the other set of lights?

Thanks! Looking forward to taking the new car apart
Old 02-01-2014, 03:59 AM
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i need some help.. who can help me find the thread about installing navi? thanks
Old 02-10-2014, 06:56 PM
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Love it! You did a clean install man
Old 05-20-2014, 02:18 AM
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Will a t10 bulb fit the cup holder light? I have a bunch of led bulbs.
Old 09-21-2014, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by kered424 View Post
Just did my footwell lighting today!

I wired these so that they come on with the headlights. They seem a little bright, so I might hook it up to a variable resistor later so I can adjust the brightness.

Next step: Adding door sill courtesy lights and/or more footwell lights that come on with the dome light. Just waiting on my white LEDs to come in

Thanks for the awesome DIY!
I just did my front footwells about two weeks ago. I started my back footwells two days ago. Used led strips and strapped them under the seat. I tapped into the positive and negative wires I already hooked up but were not turning on. The LEDs were very very dim, almost not even on. Am I using too much power from one power source? Is this possible?
Old 10-16-2014, 02:56 PM
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anyone done this to a 2015 Honda fit? a DIY would be awesome for the '15 fits...
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