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Old 03-19-2016, 10:08 AM   #1
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(PLEASE HELP) Diy Underglow

Hey everyone, I'm really new to this thread & quite frankly I'm pretty new to bmw's in general. I have an 02' 325i and I really want to put some Underglow in the interior under the dash. Does anyone know how I would go about doing this where I can connect the lights through the instrument lighting. I want the Underglow to turn on at night when the speedometer & control lights turn on?

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Old 03-19-2016, 11:23 AM   #2
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What type of lighting are you going to use? LED would be easiest to add in and not worry about current draw.
You could either tap into the illum wire on the aircon, or there is an easy two wire connection you could tap into for the amber led that illuminates the ashtray.
Unless you add in tons of LED lighting it will not add enough draw to worry about overloading anything on those circuits.
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:33 AM   #3
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Hey thanks for the reply, I'm planning on using "Sylvania Zevo Interior Strip Kit" which are LED's. I'm just not sure if they have the right connections & I'm really no electrician
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Old 03-24-2016, 03:46 PM   #5
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:41 AM   #7
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^^^^^^^^^^^

It could be done tastefully. As in not pink, green, yellow, orange, purple etc.
Even a decent red would probably look ok with the original lighting.

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The connector will probably need cut off, and the wires soldered to an existing connection.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:32 AM   #8
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You could wire it to the light control module and use the parking lights output to have the LED strip on only when you turn on parking lights.

So during the day and parking lights off, LED underglow is off but at night when parking lights/headlights are on, LED is on.
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I'll follow this, sounds like it should be pretty simple. I like the idea of tapping into the parking light. I think the finished product would look good and somewhat update the interior.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:04 AM   #10
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thanks @mdriskell412 I've ordered the stuff & just waiting for arrival so me & my buddy can set it up. In the mean time I've got my e46 stickers so the pictures afterwards will be sweet
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i dont approve of this mod.

but there are lights under the dash you can tap into.
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ahah well thanks, not everyone likes certain mods but in the end it's how you feel about it
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Old 04-03-2016, 05:37 PM   #13
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