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Mission: light the cargo area

Hi everybody,

I looked again yesterday at stuff in the cargo area of the Venza and I convinced myself that it is insane. The little light on the left side is A) not enough B) wrongly placed. What would be nice (like in other older car I own) is a light in the ceiling of the cargo area.

I see 2 obstacles to do that:

1) I'd need a light that will look nice in the ceiling.
2) I would like to route the wire behind the ceiling and down to the left-side switch so the ceiling light operates like the side light (auto-turn off, activated by the front switch, isn't it?) How can I dismantle the fiber ceiling without breaking everything?

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Hi everybody,

I looked again yesterday at stuff in the cargo area of the Venza and I convinced myself that it is insane. The little light on the left side is A) not enough B) wrongly placed. What would be nice (like in other older car I own) is a light in the ceiling of the cargo area.

I see 2 obstacles to do that:

1) I'd need a light that will look nice in the ceiling.
2) I would like to route the wire behind the ceiling and down to the left-side switch so the ceiling light operates like the side light (auto-turn off, activated by the front switch, isn't it?) How can I dismantle the fiber ceiling without breaking everything?

Thanks,
jf
I agree that the light on the left side is a Very weird place to put a light unless they also had it on the right side too.

If you open your trunk and gently pull off the blackseal on top of the car where it meets the top part of the car and the ceiling. that should give you room to snake and pull the wires through w/out pulling off the roof.
If you have a snake you can run the snake torward the left side of the car and pick it up if you pull off the panel where Venza gives you to change the brake lights in the back you should easily be able to run many wires through.

Please keep me updated on any progress and any questions you have.
If you would want ill pull mine off and show pics of what it would look like w/the blackseal off.

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Please keep me updated on any progress and any questions you have.
If you would want ill pull mine off and show pics of what it would look like w/the blackseal off.

Thanks,

I just did pull it off and found out about the 3 plastic disk on the ceiling. Those are the pins holding the ceiling in place. I guess that I can remove them by inserting a long-nose pliers in the crack openned by removing the blackseal.

Next step will be to build a mock-up of led to verify how many leds (and how much current) I have to use to get reasonable lighting.

Thanks, I'll keep you posted of my result (in a few weeks...)

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I wouldn't start to pull off the ceiling. cause you never know if there are any other places that the ceiling is connected too.
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If you are willing to do a little wiring you could attach a simple LED light strip to the underside of the cargo cover, install a simple quick disconnect, power it from the 12 volt lighter socket with a switch of your choice mounted wherever you like (next to the 12 volt socket, nearer to the tailgate, whatever) so that when you open the hatch you simply flick the switch and light up the cargo area whether the cargo cover is open or closed. You could do the same with smaller LED lights available at Radio Shack and install them flush on either side of the cargo area or above it. An alternative would be power the LEDs from the rear map lights and snake the wire under the roof liner with a hanger (no need to drop the liner) and install them flush at the very back of the roof liner so that thy come on with the interior lights.
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If you are willing to do a little wiring you could attach a simple LED light strip to the underside of the cargo cover, install a simple quick disconnect, power it from the 12 volt lighter socket with a switch of your choice mounted wherever you like (next to the 12 volt socket, nearer to the tailgate, whatever) so that when you open the hatch you simply flick the switch and light up the cargo area whether the cargo cover is open or closed. You could do the same with smaller LED lights available at Radio Shack and install them flush on either side of the cargo area or above it. An alternative would be power the LEDs from the rear map lights and snake the wire under the roof liner with a hanger (no need to drop the liner) and install them flush at the very back of the roof liner so that thy come on with the interior lights.

I think, that when i will add lights to the cargo area. I might put 2 LED strips on the right and left side of the window by the window sill.
So, you wont have to be bothered by the light being on while your driving you can run the wire down the left side to connect it to the Cargo light that automatically goes on when the door is opened.

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Hi,

here is the result of the added light. First, here is before the light (well, it's turned off...)


The camera enhanced the image: in reality it is darker than it seems on the picture. Now with the cargo light added:


Much better! As you can see, the picture exposure was much shorted, leading to a sharper picture, indicating much more light.

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Hi,

here is the result of the added light. First, here is before the light (well, it's turned off...)


The camera enhanced the image: in reality it is darker than it seems on the picture. Now with the cargo light added:


Much better! As you can see, the picture exposure was much shorted, leading to a sharper picture, indicating much more light.

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You have that MUCH stuffs in the trunk?

Really, the over light makes much more sense. Maybe the Toyota engineers never look for anything in the trunk
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Great. Next: clean up the mess
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Works for me on the rare occasion I need a bit more light.

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jf,

what did you find for a light assy?
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what did you find for a light assy?
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/car-whi...t-dc-12v-45905

8$ shipped from Hong-Kong. It is 42 white leds. It is cheap, in both senses of the term.

Regarding junk, I'd like to point out that A) it is my wife's car, B) we were coming back from Grandma's house so we had the children's luguage C) we USE our Venza. There is no point in having a large trunk if you don't fill it up once in a while...

I admit I could (should) have take the picture in my garage while it was empty, but my camera is broken, so I had to borrow Grandma's...

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http://www.dealextreme.com/p/car-whi...t-dc-12v-45905

8$ shipped from Hong-Kong. It is 42 white leds. It is cheap, in both senses of the term.

Regarding junk, I'd like to point out that A) it is my wife's car, B) we were coming back from Grandma's house so we had the children's luguage C) we USE our Venza. There is no point in having a large trunk if you don't fill it up once in a while...

I admit I could (should) have take the picture in my garage while it was empty, but my camera is broken, so I had to borrow Grandma's...

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We're just joking about your stuffs in the trunk. We really do appreciate you sharing the light option with us.
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http://www.dealextreme.com/p/car-whi...t-dc-12v-45905

8$ shipped from Hong-Kong. It is 42 white leds. It is cheap, in both senses of the term.

Regarding junk, I'd like to point out that A) it is my wife's car, B) we were coming back from Grandma's house so we had the children's luguage C) we USE our Venza. There is no point in having a large trunk if you don't fill it up once in a while...

I admit I could (should) have take the picture in my garage while it was empty, but my camera is broken, so I had to borrow Grandma's...

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Great job jf. Could you explain exactly what you did to install the light?

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