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Old 01-07-2020, 03:14 PM #1
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Ambient Lighting Ideas

Winter rolls around and I start looking for projects. I've got the exterior lighting package put together for the 3rd Gen and am going the LED route on all that.

Now I'm looking at interior accent/ambient light ideas. I've searched quite a bit and the threads I found are old and most of the pictures and links are broken.

I'm good with electronics and wiring/soldering so I could build my own setup but curious if anyone has used any kits out there that aren't junk. I found some strip kits on Amazon that got great reviews, change colors, are dimmable (important), and come with the control box and a remote and they're about the same price as me getting nice aluminum bolt LEDs, wiring, resistors, etc but I'm not sure how I feel about strip lights (chincy?).

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12V Single LED (I'm pretty sure this has proper lumens for ambient)
https://amzn.to/2SZJu6k

I'm still thinking over how I want it all to work. My Hellcat has two LEDs in the footwells. One that lights up when the doors open (bright) and another that glows just enough you can barely see your feet that stays on all the time. That would be a nice setup and as an added bonus have the brighter LED come on with the dome light as well. I think the dome light/door lights are reverse wired though so I'd have to think through that.

Anyone done something like this in a 3rd Gen?

I did the cup holders years ago and they've been great.




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The only lighting I did in my 4runner was some LEDs in the cargo area. But for ambient interior lighting you would want red.

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I plan to do "cool" white. That's what the Hellcat has and it works well.
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This isnt answering your question at all, but I like your idea of ambient lighting. I'd almost want to take an OEM-like approach at this, as in "if toyota were to do this":

My ideas-
-Footwell (floorboard) lighting, activated when the door is open. But also on a switch
-> Would be cool to set this up for the rear floorboards as well. Would actually be functional for a guy like me who hauls kids around and they throw Goldfish everywhere

- Cupholder is brilliant as youve done it
- Center console LED activated when the lid is opened
- Door panel Map pocket LEDs for the cool white ambient effect- not too "ricer-ish", but a matching touch to the cupholders


Beyond that, I am not sure where lighting would make sense?
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When I get in to this it will certainly be like factory. I'm OCD about that kinda thing.

Putting them on a switch is an option, but you may have to have more then one LED for all that to work since the console lights that come on with the doors use a ground to activate instead of power on the switches I believe.

The door panels would also be pretty easy (in my case at least) since my window switches are illuminated when the parking lights (I think).

I'm mainly going to focus on the footwell lights for starters and will include the back seats.

I'm not gonna try to do it cheap and build LEDs for pennies. I'm looking at some nice ones in aluminum threaded housings like posted. $6-$9 each but you'll only need 4 or so so not overly expensive.
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Hey @Speedy ,

First, loved your garage series and can't wait to see more on that I watch your channel every week and was hoping you'd add some projects in for the 4Runner this year. I think the only thing I saw last year was the fix to the meth injection system.

Anyway, if you're interested in one way to do DIY path, I did a write-up (maybe you've seen this) on adding some foot well lights in the front and back as well as the cup holder. I went over how to tie it into the dimmer as well as adding a diode to the key light that stays on for a few seconds after closing the door. See below for wiring diagrams etc.

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Hey @Speedy ,

First, loved your garage series and can't wait to see more on that I watch your channel every week and was hoping you'd add some projects in for the 4Runner this year. I think the only thing I saw last year was the fix to the meth injection system.

Anyway, if you're interested in one way to do DIY path, I did a write-up (maybe you've seen this) on adding some foot well lights in the front and back as well as the cup holder. I went over how to tie it into the dimmer as well as adding a diode to the key light that stays on for a few seconds after closing the door. See below for wiring diagrams etc.

Foot Lighting Wiring
Thanks for following a long. More on the shop coming soon.

I rotate projects around usually with the seasons LOL. I drag race a lot when it's warm out so I fool with the Hellcat then. When winter comes around I get a bit stir crazy so I need something else to do and the 4Runner still has some stuff I'd like to get done, although the list is getting pretty short.

Thanks for the link to the thread, that gives me some good ideas.
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Love the cupholder. I've been thinking about where I'd like to add some LEDs and that's now the top of my list.

I was thinking maybe some short Amber strips under the seats to light up the floor slightly but it would have to be dimmed quiet a bit. I use a lot of the strip light for various things and it can get seriously bright. (main use is for worklights in A/V equipment racks).


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