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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 12, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Courtesy light question

I am attempting to install LED lights under the dash of my 68. I read many of the post but must be missing something. My door jam switch on the driver side is a two wire. I fabricated brackets and installed sockets, planning for the bracket to ground to the dash and the hot to energize when the door opened. I am not getting anything. I have been unable to find the plug in mentioned in some of the post.

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Re: Courtesy light question

The door switches complete the circuit when the door is opened.
Power goes to the dome light, orange wire, through the bulb filament, and then exits out on the white wire to drvr door switch. DRVR door will have two white wires, one from the light socket and the other white wire to the pass door.
Switch open (door closed), no current flows, no light.

So, you would need to wire the new LED's the same way. Insulate the socket, maybe install it on a plastic bracket, or fasten the bracket made with a plstic/nylon screw with a plastic sheet/insulator between the bracket and dashboard, then wire the center contact to the orange wire and wire the socket case to the white wire.

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Re: Courtesy light question

Gene - take a look at Erics post. Search the same time period and find the post about the glove box needing to be reversed polarity, then look for the courtesy light bulb numbers and which ones didn't need reverse polarity then the socket had.

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=204459

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...highlight=LED*

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...highlight=LED*

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...highlight=LED*

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Re: Courtesy light question

Thank you very much for the response.I will get on that in the AM.
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Re: Courtesy light question

Just make sure the LED does not touch court. light bracket or your lights won't go out when you close your door. Like Everett said it has to be insulated from ground.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 12, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Courtesy light question

Good advise, works great. Now I have no instrument panel lights, everything but the four that illimunate the panel works. Back to the drawing board.
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Re: Courtesy light question

Follow the gray wire for dash lights. Ground on cluster in place?

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Re: Courtesy light question

Bingo, followed suggestions from sight and all is good now. I am 68 years old and was away from cars for over 40 years so I get a lot of good info from this sight. I am getting ready to post some 700R4 questions and comments, anyone reading this that is up to speed on that tranny, please look at my post.
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