My underhood light on my 2000 XJ was toast, completely rotted out.
I work two jobs, so if I'm going to mess with my XJ, there's a good chance it will be at night in my driveway. So I need some light under the hood.
I looked at factory replacement lights, they run close to $30, helllz no.
So I thought a bit, went on Ebay, and bought:
1. Some LED strip lights, $10.49 Free Shipping
2. A mercury tilt switch, $7.99 Free Shipping
And now when I work under the hood at night it looks like this:
I put the mercury switch in the original light location using the screw that held the original light in place.
I wired the negative wire for the light through the mercury switch, then ran the wires up the center of the hood in a heat shrink.
I then used 3m body molding tape to stick the LED strips to the underside of the hood.
I realize the heat under the hood may affect the life of the LED's, but honestly, after driving 20 miles last night, I immediately lifted the hood and felt the LED's, they didn't seem hot at all.
I know this isn't a major or breathtaking mod, but it's something I did so I figured I'd share it with the forum.