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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-11-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Interior/exterior welcome lighting

New to the forums, have been lurking around for awhile when I was thinking about buying a m3, and what do you know, I did! love it

The next model up would have had the welcome lighting, and I thought that was really cool but didn't want to drop the extra coin for that plus whatever other options that would have also been available.

Is what I would like to do is see if I can wire up some blue LEDs in the driver and passenger footwells and also discreetly tuck some up under the body of the car. Ideally I think it would be cool to have the welcome lighting inside and outside as underglow as well. And then it would all slowly dim out after a few seconds like it normally does.

Anybody on here know anybody who has attempted anything like this?
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There are many great write ups on this forum!
I followed krystm's guide, but I hooked them up to the map lights and ran the wires along the passenger's A pillar.

For the outside you would need some sort of weather resistant LED strips and connectors, also you will need to figure out how to get the wires into the cabin (I personally have no idea about this one...). Whatever you do, don't run the outside LEDs while driving; it's illegal, distracting other drivers oh and super rice...

Just as an FYI, I bought a 5 meter long led strip of eBay for about 9$cad, I did have to solder my own connections tho, but that wasn't hard. Look for "5M LED strip", many different colors to choose from too!

Hope that helped a little!
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^^ Granted krystm's JDM footwell install walkthrough is for the first gen, however I believe the wiring for it would be the same. Basically you just need to hook your lights up to a 12v constant and then wire into the vehicle's variable ground for the interior lights.

This is the same way I have the puddle lights in my mirrors wired up. They come on when:
-I unlock the car via the remote
-open a door
-turn the ignition off
..... basically the same time the interior lights turn on (except of course for actually pushing the maplight buttons or flipping the dome to ON)


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I was thinking that the best way to wire it would be up the frame to the map lights.

OR I'm sure I could research which part of the fuse box those wires go to and just wire from there without having to get into the frame and deal with the air bag and everything.

I'm sure there are wiring diagrams on here..I'll post a link when I find it.
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I'm pretty sure the wiring stayed the same between 1st and 2nd gen. To test it out just try hooking up a test light or something to 12v constant and the wire on the PJB noted in krystm's walkthrough and do something to trigger the entry lighting.

Yes you can just wire to the maplights, but it really is a hassle to run the extra wire, remove the extra panels and have to cut back all the covering on the wires to the maplight plugs.... there's not a lot of room up there. I'd say just confirm the appropriate wire down at the dash and do it that way. As to the airbags you don't actually have to deal with them. The A-post cover is just that, a cover. The airbag is behind it and while you'll see it you won't be interacting with it at all.


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