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Native Oregonian
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Alright, so I just completed a 4 dollar modification to light up the cup holders. I took a few minutes and wrote it out, I know its been done before, but I don't see it stickied in the DIY's. Hopefully this can help others out, not looking to discredit those who first came up with this mod though. I've been wanting to do this for awhile, since there is absolutely no lighting around the center console. I hate trying to find the cupholders at night. I only did two for the time being, because the local Radio Shack only had two of the LED's I needed. The LED's I used are cheap, pre-wired for 12V application, and are not overpowering like some versions of this modification I've seen. I didn't want them so be so bright that it gets annoying. These LED's are nearly perfect for the job and they match the interior lighting fairly well. They are built with a washer and nut on the backside to attach through a drilled hole. Heres the writeup:


Parts needed:

(2) 12V Orange LED's from Radio Shack
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062570

Some spare wire. You will only need about 20 inches. I used 18 guage since it was easy to come by at my work.

4 crimp splices
(although any sort of splice could be used) Be sure to choose the right size to match your wire guage.

4 pieces of heat shrink (to cover and insulate the splices)

Tools Needed:

A drill and drill index

Crimping tool

Wire strippers

A heat gun, OR a lighter will do for heat shrink

Wire cutters (Dykes)


How to install:

The center cupholders are very easily popped out. I just gripped it with my fingers and it popped right out. Now take your cupholders (clean them if you had to, I certainly did!) to your workbench and drill two holes in the aft side. I put mine just outward of the ridges for the center divider. By doing this, you assure the light is indirect, and not distracting your driving. Be sure to choose your drill bit size carefully, start with one thats surely smaller than the LEDs. I say this because I don't remember what size I used. I think it was 5/32 though.

Next up, insert your LED's through the holes you drilled. Pretty simple.

WHEN CRIMPING YOUR SPLICES, BE SURE NOT TO FORGET TO PUT YOUR HEAT SHRINK ON THE WIRES BEFORE YOU CRIMP
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Now splice the two red leads (one from each LED) together with your lead wire that you bought for this mod. You will need about a foot of lead wire, there might be extra when you're done, but you can always cut to fit.

Next, do the same splicing for your two black leads. Now you should essentially have only two wires coming from your LED's. You have sucessfully wired them in parallel.

Okay, so here comes the fun part. You may be hesitant to start pulling apart your center console, but believe me, it was REALLY easy. Unscrew your shift knob and set it aside. Your shift console is elevated from the rest of the console. You can remove it by pushing back from the front, this will free the front tabs and you can lift it up. The dust cover will probably come with it.

You'll see the rest of the beast underneath now. You can remove the lighted cover (where your P N D 3 2 1 is) by lifting each of the 4 tabs on its side. It will expose the little light that helps you see the letters. This is what we will tap our power for the LEDs from.

Take that little orange light bulb out by twisting it 90 degrees clockwise. This allows you a little room to work with the wires. Pick a spot along that wire and dyke it, making sure you leave yourself room to work and splice into it.

Heres where the tricky part is. You will need your multimeter. Strip the wires you just cut to expose the conductor. You're going to test to see which side is ground and which side is 12V. Make sure your exposed wires are not touching each other, or any metal objects. Now turn your ignition on. Using the VDC setting on your meter, test each wire going to a ground point. Find the 12V side and mark it with a sharpie marker. Turn your key off.

Now, get the rest of your splices, and splice the 12V lead, one wire from the light bulb (either one), and your RED wire from your LEDs all together. The RED WIRE MUST GO TO 12V or the LED's will not work.

Do the same with the rest of the wires, splicing the black wire from the LED's in with the other two wires from the light bulb.

Be sure to tuck your wires away from any of the shift linkages, I tucked them away under the cupholder itself. Turn your key back on and test them out. If all went well you should see them light up!

Assuming everything went well... reassemble everything you took apart in reverse order, it should be very easy to do.

Sit back, find your favorite bottle of water, put it in the cupholders and smile. You just created a bit of luxury that Toyota never cared to give us!









 

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Where are the pictures of the finished product?? Nice work.


Edit, nice job, makes me wish I could work with electricity, I have a few projects I could have done already, that I need help with.
 

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Native Oregonian
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Griff
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been there.... done that. haha, just playing man.

your set up seems pretty good. i did mine awhile ago. if you have any questions about it... feel free to ask. i'll help you out if you need anything. mine matches the stock lighting PERFECTLY. here's a pic of it:

front and rear cupholders:
 

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Where are the pictures of the finished product?? Nice work.


Edit, nice job, makes me wish I could work with electricity, I have a few projects I could have done already, that I need help with.
12V electricity is very easy to work with. Its nothing more than two wires. One provides power, one provides ground. Stick a light between the two and you complete the circuit.

i don't see the finished product either...
Try refreshing. All the pictures are hosted on the same site, so if you see the first one, you should see them all.
 

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been there.... done that. haha, just playing man.

your set up seems pretty good. i did mine awhile ago. if you have any questions about it... feel free to ask. i'll help you out if you need anything. mine matches the stock lighting PERFECTLY. here's a pic of it:

front and rear cupholders:
Your pictures aren't working for me.. LoL either way, I see them on your cardomain page. Yours looks great. I would have done the 4 LED version but they were out. When they get some more in, I'll stock up on them. The color looks fine in person, I can't really tell the difference. I just don't want too much light, you know? Thats why I bought the cheap radio shack ones.
 

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12V electricity is very easy to work with. Its nothing more than two wires. One provides power, one provides ground. Stick a light between the two and you complete the circuit.



Try refreshing. All the pictures are hosted on the same site, so if you see the first one, you should see them all.
alright, i see it now. not sure what the problem was.

very subtle mod. looks good

ya, my cardomain has more info on it. i used flat-top LEDs that spread out light (yours are spot lights) and i found the exact light output color. i did a lot of research though. you don't want yours as noticeable, so that's cool.
 

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thats tight man, i used those same lights for almost this same mod! only i put them in the storage space in front of the cup holders. I guess I'm not really afraid of loosing the drink in the dark haha.

ohh and i put some in the door handle wells so that i ( and mainly every one else, since they are not familiar with my car) can find the door handles at night.....it's been very helpfull!!
 

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thats tight man, i used those same lights for almost this same mod! only i put them in the storage space in front of the cup holders. I guess I'm not really afraid of loosing the drink in the dark haha.

ohh and i put some in the door handle wells so that i ( and mainly every one else, since they are not familiar with my car) can find the door handles at night.....it's been very helpfull!!
You should upload a picture of your door handles. I haven't seen that before.
 

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alright, i see it now. not sure what the problem was.

very subtle mod. looks good

ya, my cardomain has more info on it. i used flat-top LEDs that spread out light (yours are spot lights) and i found the exact light output color. i did a lot of research though. you don't want yours as noticeable, so that's cool.
Yeah, I wasn't expecting them to be spots like that. The pictures make it look worse than it is. Because the lights are so subtle, it spreads out pretty well from a casual glance. My camera just can't show it correctly. Like I said though, I may consider a second set in there to spread out the light.

Its easy enough to get in there, maybe somewhere down the road I'll look into yours. What ones specifically did you purchase?
 

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thats tight man, i used those same lights for almost this same mod! only i put them in the storage space in front of the cup holders. I guess I'm not really afraid of loosing the drink in the dark haha.

ohh and i put some in the door handle wells so that i ( and mainly every one else, since they are not familiar with my car) can find the door handles at night.....it's been very helpfull!!
damn you! i was gonna do that pretty soon. you beat me to it. i've just been busy with other mods.
 

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Yeah, I wasn't expecting them to be spots like that. The pictures make it look worse than it is. Because the lights are so subtle, it spreads out pretty well from a casual glance. My camera just can't show it correctly. Like I said though, I may consider a second set in there to spread out the light.

Its easy enough to get in there, maybe somewhere down the road I'll look into yours. What ones specifically did you purchase?
i get mine off ebay...

here's the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/30x-5mm-Orange-...|66:4|65:12|39:1|240:1318|301:1|293:1|294:200

they're really cheap and come with free resistors (they're not prewired, but i'm pretty good at soldering). this company has been pretty good to me and ships extremely fast, considering they're half way across the world. they've combined shipping and gave me good discounts when i've bought multiple sets of things.
 

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i get mine off ebay...

here's the link:
http://cgi.ebay.com/30x-5mm-Orange-Wide-angle-Flat-Top-LED-Free-Resistors_W0QQitemZ290307722532QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290307722532&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A4%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A200

they're really cheap and come with free resistors (they're not prewired, but i'm pretty good at soldering). this company has been pretty good to me and ships extremely fast, considering they're half way across the world. they've combined shipping and gave me good discounts when i've bought multiple sets of things.
Damn, 30 for 5 bucks? I'm buying now :)
 

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if anyones going to bid, don't bid on those specific ones please :) Let's all get a good deal!
 

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funny thing... my LED's finally arrived two days ago, that was damn near a month :p GO HK!
 
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