DIY For BMW Cup Holder & Console LED Lights (Pictures)
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12-08-2008, 07:46 PM
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Connect your wires. For the first Cup Holder connect all the RED wiring and Heat Shrink them to a 12 inch strip of RED wire from your 20 Gauge spool. Then do this for all the BLACK wiring as well. Test at the 12V Battery to make sure everything works. Then repeat for the second Cup Holder. When you are done you should have two sets of RED and BLACK wires that power the two Cup Holders. Test everything on your 12 V Battery. Now do the Storage Partition. I only had one bulb with a RED and BLACK wire from the Storage Partition. I extended these two wires with a 12 inch 20 Gauge RED and BLACK wiring via a Heat Shrink. Test with a 12V battery.
Now you should have three sets of RED and BLACK wiring; the Cup Holder 1 set, Cup Holder 2 set and the Storage Partition set. Splice all the 3 BLACK wires together and Heat Shrink it onto a BLACK 6 inch wire from your 20 Gauge Spool. Do the same for the RED set. When done you will have only one RED and one BLACK wire that powers both Cup Holders and the Storage Partition. Test them on your 12 V battery to see that everything works.
Splice All the RED wiring and BLACK wiring together onto one branch that will connect to the POWER and GROUND wires under your console. This part is pretty straight forward If you just picture the branches of a tree coming together at the trunk. I found heat shrinks to be very easy to use and quick for this DIY. Be sure to keep testing at the 12 V Battery to be sure everything is working each step of the way. LEDs are pretty durable and long lasting but you never know and you don't want to finish a project and flipping the switch to see only half your bulbs light up. When done you can test everything again at the Console Bulb's power wires found under the console. Just insert the tips of your RED and BLACK wire into the tiny holes of the bulb's harness socket. One wire will be red/grey for power and one will be brown for ground.
Glue time! This was really the hardest part; deciding the best glue to use. I didn’t want to Glue Gun the whole thing because that looked very messy in the other DIY that used that technique and also I’m not sure how easy it would be to change the bulbs or reverse the project after you spackle the whole thing with huge gobs of plastic glue. I decided Crazy Glue was the cleanest and quickest way to get the bulbs to stay where they should. Also it would be easy to pluck out the bulbs when and if the time came since I only used a tiny drop of glue for each bulb. Start with the Storage Partition since it is a square, flat object and easier to see what you are doing. Put only a drop on the bulbs brim (close to the base right before the wires) and wedge it in. Use the tape to hold the bulb in place. Then do the same with the Cup Holders. With these the tape is necessary since the web of wiring will all pull and tug every time you move to another bulb on the same harness. Give yourself time to make sure the bulbs are well secured. Allow 20-30 minutes for the glue to properly dry.
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