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Quote ChrisInCo Replybullet Posted: 20 Apr 2009 at 8:13pm
Trying to get the cubbies back together, we don't understand the cigarette lighter trick......what do we need to do?
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Quote beercrazy Replybullet Posted: 20 Apr 2009 at 9:34pm
first off let me say sorry I wasnt able to attend, my daughter was leaving for a year tour of duty to Fort Knox and I really wanted to spend some time with her before she left. Ok now to buisness at hand, as far as the cig. lighter trick its really simple, theres 2 wires on the cig. lighter, use the orange wire to power the lights and where the orange wire came off of the lighter make a wire from that point the ground for the lights, then when the lighter is pushed in the lights come on and go off when the lighter is removed. the lighter will not heat up as this is the ground side of the curcuit, I normally leave mine plugged in unless Im on a long drive then I unplug it to kill the glare from the cubby lights...Ken
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Quote chadstr Replybullet Posted: 20 Apr 2009 at 10:16pm
WHAT? Do you take the orange wire off of the lighter and take it to the lights? Does your lighter still work. I may just be tired, I dont get it. I have been asked a couple of times how you do it, maybe next time I will have an answer for them.
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Quote beercrazy Replybullet Posted: 20 Apr 2009 at 10:19pm
call me chad k..if its not too late for ya k..I have my cell
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Quote ChrisInCo Replybullet Posted: 21 Apr 2009 at 8:35am
Ken, can you somehow get me your phone number so when hubby and I are attempting it again tonight, we can call you?
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Quote beercrazy Replybullet Posted: 21 Apr 2009 at 11:08am
sure Chris...440-5732 call me when your ready k....
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Quote ChrisInCo Replybullet Posted: 21 Apr 2009 at 7:54pm
Tried to call you...........call us please:

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Quote TCR1 Replybullet Posted: 22 Apr 2009 at 9:42am
Originally posted by beercrazy

first off let me say sorry I wasnt able to attend, my daughter was leaving for a year tour of duty to Fort Knox and I really wanted to spend some time with her before she left. Ok now to buisness at hand, as far as the cig. lighter trick its really simple, theres 2 wires on the cig. lighter, use the orange wire to power the lights and where the orange wire came off of the lighter make a wire from that point the ground for the lights, then when the lighter is pushed in the lights come on and go off when the lighter is removed. the lighter will not heat up as this is the ground side of the curcuit, I normally leave mine plugged in unless Im on a long drive then I unplug it to kill the glare from the cubby lights...Ken
 
Ken,
as I read what you say, does this make sense for process:
 
1: identify locations of LEDs in cubby's and cup holders
2: drill holes for LEDs in cubby's and cup holder
3: Remove Orange wire from Cigarette Lighter assembly
4: attach new wire to where orange wire was attached to cigarette lighter and run to ground (any suggestions on where to ground at and what size wire?)
5: Connect LEDs to orange wire.  How are these best connected?  I have never soldered before and don't have the tools.  Also, I was planning to run about 8 LEDs (cup holder, under cup holder, the cubby's and down low in the center console where the retaining clip is).
 
The cigarette lighter then acts as a push switch correct? 
 
I am thinking it might be nice to leave lighter function in place (I don't smoke, but like to leave functionality where possible).  So I could splice into the orange wire and run to a push button switch, from the switch you would run to the LEDs and also to ground.
 
Does this amke electrical sense.  This is one thing that is so far out of my realm of understanding that it is not even funnyCry
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Quote ColoAvZ71 Replybullet Posted: 22 Apr 2009 at 3:50pm
Was nice to meet everyone just wish I didn't have to leave so soon would have liked to have seen all your projects finished.
 
I got some good news this week finally got a job not in the field I went to school for, but it will pay the bills and I have past experience in the same field.  So hopefully I can get a few things done to my truck at some point.


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Quote chadstr Replybullet Posted: 22 Apr 2009 at 8:53pm
Originally posted by TCR1
 
Ken,
as I read what you say, does this make sense for process:
 
1: identify locations of LEDs in cubby's and cup holders
2: drill holes for LEDs in cubby's and cup holder
3: Remove Orange wire from Cigarette Lighter assembly
4: attach new wire to where orange wire was attached to cigarette lighter and run to ground (any suggestions on where to ground at and what size wire?)
 
DONT TAKE IT TO GROUND, YOU MAKE THAT WIRE YOUR GROUND WIRE FOR YOU LED'S. THERE IS ALREADY A GROUND ON YOUR CIG LIGHTER, WHEN YOU PUSH IN THE CIG LIGHTER, IT SHORTS, OR CONNECTS THE TWO, GIVING YOUR LED'S THE GROUND THEY NEED.
 
5: Connect LEDs to orange wire.  How are these best connected?  I have never soldered before and don't have the tools.  Also, I was planning to run about 8 LEDs (cup holder, under cup holder, the cubby's and down low in the center console where the retaining clip is).
 
THE LED LEADS ARE SMALL ENOUGH TO STRIP LONG AND PUT THEM IN A BUTT SPLICE...CAN BE PICKED UP AT LOWES, HOME DEPOT, RADIO SHACK AS WELL AS THE CRIMP TOOLS. I SUGGEST THE RATCHETING CRIMP TOOLS, THEY ENSURE YOU SQUEEZED TIGHT ENOUGH. SOLDERING ISNT HARD EITHER, THERE IS ALWAYS A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING.
 
The cigarette lighter then acts as a push switch correct? YES
 
I am thinking it might be nice to leave lighter function in place (I don't smoke, but like to leave functionality where possible).  So I could splice into the orange wire and run to a push button switch, from the switch you would run to the LEDs and also to ground. YES
 
Does this amke electrical sense.  This is one thing that is so far out of my realm of understanding that it is not even funnyCry
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Edited by chadstr - 22 Apr 2009 at 8:56pm
Yea, My modifications on my truck are worth more than my truck.
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