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Semple
28th August 2007, 23:27
Well ive had an idea to add a strip neon under my door. i was going to wire it up to the door switch, so when the doors open the lights came on.

ok basically after taking the switch out theres one live permanent feed, which thn connects to the switch, the switch is then connected to the body of the car to earth it, which completes the circuit. Ive tried connect the plus wire of the light to the live power lead and the negative to the earth wire on the body.

But... when the doors open the interior light goes on but the light under the door goes off, and when the door closes the interior light switches off but the light under the door comes on. To me it looks like the current switches when the door is closed. As far as im aware there is a diode further up the switch which could be preventing the current to travel to the earth wire.

Ive also tried to connect a wire to the middle interior light, which has 3 switches (1 permanently on, 1 permanently off and the other when the doors are open) the permanent switch, allows the light to turn on when the doors open, but when closed the lights go off. When connecting the wire to the "on when doors open" it takes the current from the interior light to the door light.

Very confusing i know spent 6 hours on it today trying to figure why it wouldnt work. If anyone has tried this before or knows how the switch works and idea would be greatly appreciated.

thanks,

SAM33R
28th August 2007, 23:31
i would create a seperate cicuit for the neons and use the switch in the door as an on and off....

Semple
28th August 2007, 23:32
i would create a seperate cicuit for the neons and use the switch in the door as an on and off....

that was my next plan if i couldnt join it to the door switch, just means ill have to drill a few holes into the body work tho

SAM33R
28th August 2007, 23:35
yes mate it would save you alot of hassle.... just ad anotther small switch... im sure you can run your neons with the original switch

Semple
28th August 2007, 23:36
the only downside to creating another swith, would mean tht i cant use the interior light to have the lights "permanently on", "permanently off" or "on when doors are open" which was the idea in the first place.

SAM33R
28th August 2007, 23:39
IM CONFUSED lol

from what i think.... you want the neons to light up when the door opens right???? and shut off when door is shut??? the interior light will work with the exsisting old switches

Semple
28th August 2007, 23:42
IM CONFUSED lol

from what i think.... you want the neons to light up when the door opens right???? and shut off when door is shut??? the interior light will work with the exsisting old switches

yes but even when the door is open, i still want to be able to turn thm on permanently or to turn thm off, exactly the same way the interior light works.

SAM33R
28th August 2007, 23:49
OIC!

mate your best bet is to get a wiring diagram... take a look at the wiring in the interior light...

first thing is.... have completly seperate wiring and switches for your neons...

make a new circuit, so that you can make your neons:
1 permanently be on
2 permanently off
3 on and off with door

i'll try make a cicuit diagram,,,,

SNewham
28th August 2007, 23:50
just wire them up in parellel to the interior light. You don't need to connect it to the body as well.

SAM33R
28th August 2007, 23:52
just wire them up in parellel to the interior light. You don't need to connect it to the body as well.

i wish i thought of that..... lol only prob is that you cant have your neons permanently on as you will have to have the interior light on too if its in parallel and its not easy driving with an interior light on at night lol

SNewham
28th August 2007, 23:55
i wish i thought of that..... lol only prob is that you cant have your neons permanently on as you will have to have the interior light on too if its in parallel and its not easy driving with an interior light on at night lol

why would you want them on whilst driving? they could reflect off of your window and cause lack of visibility..

SAM33R
29th August 2007, 00:01
right i got you a diagram...

its a crappy one in paint....but hope it makes sense...

sam

SAM33R
29th August 2007, 00:02
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/3888/diagramjn4.th.jpg (http://img207.imageshack.us/my.php?image=diagramjn4.jpg)

Semple
29th August 2007, 00:10
just wire them up in parellel to the interior light. You don't need to connect it to the body as well.

i tired tht, but when using the permanent feed, it took the power from the light to the door so only the door could be on not the interior light.


also something thts on my mind, ive had a look at the wiring diagram in my haynes manual, and its got 1 diode on the drivers door side but not on the passenger side, what ive tried so far may have worked on the left side but thn it wont work on both doors. i was also thinking of putting a wire from the left door to the right door as it could use the reverse wiring for the door.

Semple
29th August 2007, 00:10
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/3888/diagramjn4.th.jpg (http://img207.imageshack.us/my.php?image=diagramjn4.jpg)

and cheers for the diagram