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I did something along the same lines as BLK GXP using 4 small led pods. I put one on each side of the visors. Also disconeccted the mirror lamps from the gray wire. Put a switch in by the drivers visor inside edge to operate the now red interior lighting. I have some pix, but not on my laptop, so I will post sometime when I get home.
 

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I used the same kind of LED strips that I put under the dash. I stuck them to the part of the windshield that is blacked out. I took the gray wire out of the mirror harness and connected it to the - negative wire on the LED strips. I connected the + positive on the LED strips to the blue wire in the mirror harness, but left it connected to the mirror as well. Now I have soft red glow on the top of the dash as well as below. If I need more light, I just have to push the buttons on the mirror. Maybe later I'll add a switch to turn them on as well.

Here's some pics. The first two are with the trim removed. With it back in place you can not see the strips at all from a normal seated position. They are slightly noticeable from outside the front of the car when lit.

Right side:


Left side:


Soft red glow:
 

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I'm home now, so here are my pix:

The LED pods, there are 4 across the trim atop the windshield. Red on/off switch by drivers inside pod.


At night through drivers door, top up.


Another, lower angle shows center pods.
 

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Quandry! Thanks guys for all your help. I wired up blue led strips in the footwells - looks freakin awesome. HOWEVER! Everything seemed fine - they dimmed and turned off along with the mirror lights as expected. I then came out to my car like 10 minutes later, and the buggers were on again - not my mirror lights, just the footwell lights! Opened the door, they flickered quickly once, closed the door, after 20 seconds they dimmed with the mirror lights as expected and went off. 10 or so minutes later - they mysteriously came on again - I waited to see if they would og off, but an hour later they were still on. I disconencted them in the mean time hoping to not run down the battery. They are wired as described above. Any ideas?
 

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There is probably not enough load to turn them completely off. The gray wire is controlled by the BCM, and the circuit never truly opens completely. You can either add a resistor in series with the LEDs or wire in a relay to isolate the LEDs from the BCM circuit. LEDs alone draw very little current. Some that you buy have resistors already wired to them. I noticed at Advanced Auto Parts they sell the resistors to help with these kinds of issues.
 

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My pods never completely shut off either, but they are very very dim in the off mode. I don't notice them when night driving anymore. There not noticeable at night with the top up, unless you bend down and look through the window. The draw is minimal, I have let the car sit for four days with no problem starting. I imagine the draw is still there with the mirror lights, just so little draw they didn't glow at all like the LEDs do.
 

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Mine do shutoff completely - the problem is that they turn fully back on 10 minutes after I leave the car and stay that way! I do not know what kind of timer is in the system to turn them on and not the mirror lights. You would think the mirror lights would turn on too after 10 minutes. Any info on resisters - size, type, how to wire in etc?
 

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How about the trning back on fully after 10 mins without the mirror lights turning on - anyone have this action? That just doesn't make sense to me...
 

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Update: I rewired the footwell LEDs this past weekend. No more problems! Woohoo! They dim and turn fully off with the mirror lights and now do not magically turn back on after 10 minutes. Still don't know why this was happening, but now its not, so I am very happy!
 

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Update: I rewired the footwell LEDs this past weekend. No more problems! Woohoo! They dim and turn fully off with the mirror lights and now do not magically turn back on after 10 minutes. Still don't know why this was happening, but now its not, so I am very happy!

How did you fix it? Did you add a resistor?
 

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No resister - just rewired the whole thing - don't know anythnig bout resisters - maybe I had a short or something. Replaced the fuse link and installed 2 new 5 amp breakers in it. Now that I think about it, I was also replacing the throttle body at the time with a big bore throttle body from Saturn Motorsports and reset the computer by disconnecting the battery for 1/2 hour so the computer would relearn the throttle position and clear my pesky CEL. Soooo - maybe the computer reset contributed to fixing things. I know - crappy troubleshooting methodology, but it works now!
 

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So... how did you get the C3 block apart so you could see and trace the wires... I did a "tug test", but figure there must be a trick to popping it open...

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Just finished phase I of mine. Here's some pics, and a video when it gets through processing on youtube. Thanks to everyone for the great info.





 

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So... how did you get the C3 block apart so you could see and trace the wires... I did a "tug test", but figure there must be a trick to popping it open...

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The little (8 mm, 10mm?) bolt in the center must be unscrewed, then the whole "plug" unit can be pulled. Then the cover can be removed from that and the wires exposed.
 

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Love this mod and after previous help from BLK GXP and this awesome forum thread here I think I can do the wiring without sending my car up in smoke.

I want to do RED LED lighting to go with the dash. Since these lights are only going to come on when the door is opened and closed they can be as bright as they make them.

Here are my questions:

Which LEDS are the best and brightest to use? Who makes them and what size do I want for the foot wells?

Is everyone using the adhesive backing that just stick on to mount the LEDs in place ~ or ~ is there a better method for mounting the LEDs?

Related question... Has anyone had trouble with the adhesive weakening and the led bars drop down after awhile?

I see some have actually replaced the actual dome mirror lights with RED LEDS... How is that done and again which LED mfg do I want to order? (an actual part number would be extremely helpful so that I dont order the wrong thing) FYI - I have a 2008 GXP with the Onstar controls - I know that makes a difference.

Final question... I have the wiring down (I think)... Based on the fact that I have absolutely nothing electrical parts wise here... Does someone have a complete shopping list put together including all the electrical pieces, connectors, wires, relays, taps, and wiring I need to complete this project? - (again actual part/model numbers would be great and very much appreciated)

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide to a complete novice like myself.
 

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Love this mod and after previous help from BLK GXP and this awesome forum thread here I think I can do the wiring without sending my car up in smoke.

I want to do RED LED lighting to go with the dash. Since these lights are only going to come on when the door is opened and closed they can be as bright as they make them.

Here are my questions:

Which LEDS are the best and brightest to use? Who makes them and what size do I want for the foot wells?

Is everyone using the adhesive backing that just stick on to mount the LEDs in place ~ or ~ is there a better method for mounting the LEDs?

Related question... Has anyone had trouble with the adhesive weakening and the led bars drop down after awhile?

I see some have actually replaced the actual dome mirror lights with RED LEDS... How is that done and again which LED mfg do I want to order? (an actual part number would be extremely helpful so that I dont order the wrong thing) FYI - I have a 2008 GXP with the Onstar controls - I know that makes a difference.

Final question... I have the wiring down (I think)... Based on the fact that I have absolutely nothing electrical parts wise here... Does someone have a complete shopping list put together including all the electrical pieces, connectors, wires, relays, taps, and wiring I need to complete this project? - (again actual part/model numbers would be great and very much appreciated)

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide to a complete novice like myself.
Here is a god website where I bought my LED's I used in my car.

LEDs - underbody kits, cathodes, flexible LED strips, dome lights I used the flexible LED strips and they come with adhesive backing.
 

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Thanks for the link... Lots of lights here to chose from...Which did you get? I should mention I dont want to solder anything. Did you have to solder anything?
 

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This is a great mod GM should incorporate into future Solstice models and offer it as an accessory kit to current owners for purchase. Great post and info.... Just wish someone one list a comprehensive/complete parts list (with model numbers) needed to complete the installation of this awesome mod.
 

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Brazen Orange : This is a great mod GM should incorporate into future Solstice models and offer it as an accessory kit to current owners for purchase. Great post and info.... Just wish someone one list a comprehensive/complete parts list (with model numbers) needed to complete the installation of this awesome mod.
What future models ?

Kappasphere, et al, are the more likely source for a kit. This type of thing is way too niche-market for an OEM.
 

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No soldering needed, just some wire ends and wire and a pair of crimps Get a fuse holder from Autozone Part #BP/HHA (don't forget the fuses to fit it I used 3 amp) I might add that the fuses are hard to insert into the holder so don't be afraid to apply a little muscle. A 8 or 9 inch led strip will work fine, can also be gotten at AutoZone and follow the install instructions from this post and you are in business.
 
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