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    Hello all, I'm thinking of adding interior lights to my '74 TR6 , I would like them to come on when the door is opened or when the interior light switch is turned on, suggestions on which color wire to "tap" into for this? Thanks in advance! John Mack

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    I replaced the interior lighting with LEDs, and it sure makes a difference. I also added LED dash lights, which makes the gauges readable at night and allows me to see the directional signal light.
    1973 TR6

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    • #3
      On my 74, there was a cabin light in a small bracket just under the bottom lip of the dash on either side. Power comes from a purple wire, and a purple/white wire goes to the switches for ground.

      Ed
      For just a little more, you can do it yourself!

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      • JohnMack
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        Thanks Ed, So if I tap into the P/w for power (red from my lights) and P for ground (black from my lights) and they should come on with door open and or/interior light switch and off with door closed, interior switch off ? Thanks, John

      • ed_h
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        Other way round, John. P is power, P/W is ground (through the switches). Hooking your new light across the P & P/W puts it in parallel with the existing lights. One caveat, though--If your new light has one of its terminals connected to a mounting bracket, and that bracket is attached to a metal part of the car, it will get its ground that way, and will bypass the switches.

      • JohnMack
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        Hi Ed, thanks for the heads up, my lights were grounded via wire not a screw plate so I hooked up as you suggested and they are working fine with both doors and interior light switch. Thanks again. John Mack

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      My install sounds similar to Ed's.

      Pretty sure that I tapped 12v off of one of the terminals of the center console switch to power the two 4" or 5" led strips I stuck up on either side of the bottom dash footwells.

      Warm white was the color I used.

      I think I tied them together in parallel, with the + tied to (the correct) one of the center console switch terminals, and the - at any convenient ground point.
      Last edited by tr6harris; 05-19-2019, 05:19 PM.
      '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
      Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
      Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
      Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
      Redlines always.
      My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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      • #5
        Wow. That's really nice, Harris. That has me thinking.
        1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

        1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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        • #6
          Those LED strips with the adhesive back are the way to go for adding additional lighting....oppositelocksmith's car had an abundance of LED lighting last time I was in it.
          Driving a 1973 TR6
          Doing ZS carb repairs
          email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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          • #7
            I have the same type lights as TR6Harris' post. They get the job done nicely. Stay away from the cheap eBay types. I had to replace both of them within a year or two.

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            • #8
              When I made new kick panels a few years ago, I added a simple round LED light to each footwell...... made a huge difference http://tr6.danielsonfamily.org/KickPanels.htm
              1975 Mimosa with a few upgrades/mods:
              Patton TBI
              HVDA Toyota 5 speed
              Goodparts Nissan Diff
              Goodparts CVJs
              AAW Wire Harness
              Miata Seats
              Boyd Welding Custom 15 gallon aluminum gas tank

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              • #9
                Pretty sure I used these in warm white.

                https://www.oznium.com/flexible-led-strips/led-ribbon
                '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
                Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
                Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
                Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
                Redlines always.
                My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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