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I just noticed that the map reading lights in the overhead console don't illuminate when you open the front door(s). My Prius had a switch there that allowed them to come on when the door(s) opened. I kind of miss it now that it's dark most of the day.
 

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Yes, there is a setting. One of the switches on the overhead console. It's explainerated in the manual.

I've got that switch on the main dome lamp which is basically (ON / SWITCHED by DOORS / OFF). But there is no switch on my front overhead console for that function. Again, I have a 13 LE and maybe on a different trim level, that switch is present.
 

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I've got that switch on the main dome lamp which is basically (ON / SWITCHED by DOORS / OFF). But there is no switch on my front overhead console for that function. Again, I have a 13 LE and maybe on a different trim level, that switch is present.
Not on the 12 LE either. Since replaced the dome bulb with LED panel, I don't need it. Footwell lighting rounded that out .

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I have a 2016 Camry,i miss this feature,i had it on my 2010 Camry,If you find out how to wire it up so it works in conjunction with the dome light i will owe you lunch !
The wiring wouldn't be that tough. But I think you'd have to put a zener in so the overhead wouldn't go on when you turn on map lights.

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In my Prius, there was a wire (light blue, if I recall) in the side kick panel that you could T-tap into for power when the individual front door was opened. It powered the puddle lamp in the door. I'm thinking if I find a similar wire in the Camry, I can T-tap into it and send that wire up and inside the A pillar to the headliner and fish it to the individual map lights. Yes, only one side will illuminate at a time but it's better than no front overhead lighting.


If and when I do the project, I will post some pictures.
Just pop the puddlight out to get the colors. Different on both sides for something reason.

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You are correct about the leads being different colors on the L/R puddle lamps. I just popped each out with a plastic trim removal tool and noticed that the driver’s side (L) has a green and blue lead to the bulb where the blue one is positive or “hot”. On the passenger’s side (R), the leads are colored aqua and gray where the aqua lead is “hot”. Hopefully inside the corresponding kick panels, those leads have the same colors. If I do this project, I will post pictures. I might even add courtesy or “footwell” lamps too, if I can find some. Autozone shows a generic set that could work. Then both the corresponding map reading light and courtesy light would come on depending on which door is opened.
Footwell is easier/cheaper as DIY custom thing.

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I see that the Camry with sun/moon roof ... the front and rear overhead lights turns on. The one with the dome light in the center. The dome only turns on.
 

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I think it’s a trim level issue and the LE’s don’t have the front illumination for doors being opened. Maybe the SE’s and XLE’s do. I just purchased enough 20 gauge blue wire to tap into the corresponding wires in each side kick panel that run the puddle lamps. I will fish those wires up to the corresponding map reading lights so when a door is opened, that map reading light will come on.


When I get to it, I’ll start another thread showing pictures and how to go about it, if any of you want to do the same.
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...Once that’s done, I can run a wire from the side kick connector to that wire and it should work. I also plan on adding courtesy lights in the foot wells too. I had to order them from AutoZone and will include a link here.
Careful. Don't tap too much from that (those) wire. If you're not replacing the puddle and map lights with LEDs, then add footwell, you may peak out.

Link to AutoZone for courtesy lights (way too expensive IMO):
The $45 each? or those little ones for $25? In either case you can build your own for less and get more light.
Just an alternative.
 

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I just noticed that the map reading lights in the overhead console don't illuminate when you open the front door(s). My Prius had a switch there that allowed them to come on when the door(s) opened. I kind of miss it now that it's dark most of the day.


I guess I'll do a project to add a wire from the puddle light in each door to the corresponding map light so they will illuminate when that door is opened. I'm surprised the 2013 Camry doesn't have this feature.


Is there a setting somewhere else that I missed?
Toyota left that feature for XLE and I think XSE trims. My LE had just 2 front map light, but XLE has a "door" switch and lights can be used for illumination.
 
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