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Cup Holder Lights

Just bought a 2016 XLE Premium and I'd like to add cupholder lights. I already purchased and installed the OEM clear lens rings and plan on purchasing the OEM courtesy lamps. However, I have no idea how to determine which wiring to tie into that would provide power when the headlights are turned on (although I suppose they can remain on full time as I believe the center console compartment light does). Can anyone assist by pointing me in the right direction? Thanks!
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tap them to the wire that lights up the PRND lights which are under the cup holder. lift armrest, then from the front cuop holder leather on the right side, pop it out. then you can pop out the other plastic that has the heated seat controller and stuff, you'll se which plug is for the PRND lights. get a multimeter and see which is the 12v or 5v that you need for your lights. then tap and figure out how you will do the rest. sorry i dont have pictures, but ill post some once i get in my car. its not that hard. plus once you hook it up take a pic and show us since your the first on this forum to do so (i havent seen any yet)
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Please post a photo when you finish. I'd really like to add cupholder lighiting. If you can please post the light you are using P/N or source. Thanks!

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here how to get to the wires, after that do you installation and let us know






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Well, I finally found the time today to complete this project! Jukah, thanks for the photos and insight, they were helpful. The following is a description of cupholder light installation:

1. I ordered the cupholder lenses (P/N 58866-07020 & P/N 58865-07030) and two lamp assemblies (P/N 81080-22040). Although you could probably rig something to work without ordering the Toyota lampholder, it is made to twist lock onto the cupholder assembly so I figured that alone would save me time. It turns out the lamp assembly already has a resistor built in so that's a plus as well.

2. Remove the cupholder assembly as Jukah described and remove six screws that hold the cupholders to the assembly. Install the lenses.

3. Use two small flat head screwdrivers to remove the LED housing (black plastic) from the harness fitting (gray plastic)

4. I tested the LED legs to determine which was positive and soldered wires to each.

5. I disconnected the PRND connector and tested it to determine the positive wire and soldered the LED wires to it accordingly.

It's not dark here yet, but if anyone is interested I will follow up with a night photo. Just let me know.
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Please post a nighttime picture. When it's dark is when I have a difficult time locating the cup holder with my coffee mug. My Tundra has a single amber LED for the 3 cup holders in the console and it makes a huge difference. I'd even be happy with single LED lights, but anxious to see your halo rings which will likely lite the cup holders much better. To me its a minor safety issue to not be able to locate the cup holder quickly, but maybe I shouldn't be drinking coffee and driving........ BTW I don't take a drink in traffic, but on the country roads I most frequently drive I still need to watch for deer, skunks, etc..

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Are you just pulling on the 2 sections you are removing or are there specific points where pressure needs to be applied to release clips? Thanks!

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Here are a couple of nighttime photos.

Rebmo, both sections are just friction fit. Pull straight up on each section. I've attached a photo of the underside of the cupholder section. The yellow pins are the points where they attach.
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Thanks, VERY nice. Thanks for the tips and all the pics. I will be doing this mod for certain. That lighting will be a huge improvement over not being able to find the cupholders in the dark and having to rattle around my coffee thermos to find the holder.

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Great mod. Thanks for sharing!
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Is the LED 12v? If so, can it take 12V battery amperage to test anode/cathode orientation.

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I don't know what the voltage of the LED is. It is likely less than 12v (most LEDs are, I believe) because the lamp assembly came with a resistor built in. I tested +/- using a 9v battery
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All the parts arrived last week. Followed the instructions provided in this thread (invaluable, saved a lot of time and experimenting) and installed the lights/rings within an hour taking my time. I had checked the positive and soldered up the LEDs in parallel at work Nice glow around the cupholders now with an OEM look and parts. It will save me a lot of banging around the coffee thermos cup in the morning drives in the dark.

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Guys need some help please can anyone do like a tutorial ? Like a video or something that would really help i did install a backup cam on my XLE with the help of a youtube video and i'm looking forward to do this also

Also where did you guys bought the parts from ? Over the internet or a local shop ?

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