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Unread 10-13-2009, 04:19 PM   #1
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LED Lights-Where is the Dimmer switch?

Hi guys/gals...I'm in the process of putting a few led lights on my dash and I'm looking for a place i can tap in for power that will allow me to dim the led with the dimmer switch. Any suggestions? If so, can you please provide location. I have no clue and I've searched this forum with no luck on location. Thank you...


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Unread 10-13-2009, 04:32 PM   #2
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are you talking about the switch that dims the radio, speedometer, and such? if so its located right next to your headlights on the same stick thing for your blinkers. if thats not what you were talking about then i apologize.

I'm also a huge gators fan. that was a good game against lsu
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Unread 10-13-2009, 04:55 PM   #3
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are you talking about the switch that dims the radio, speedometer, and such? if so its located right next to your headlights on the same stick thing for your blinkers. if thats not what you were talking about then i apologize.

I'm also a huge gators fan. that was a good game against lsu
Yes, great game I would have never expected Florida to be in a defensive type of game. Unfortunately, I'm trying to tap into the dimmer switch for my led lights so when I dim my console lights etc..it will dim the LED lights
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Unread 10-13-2009, 06:59 PM   #4
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oh, i think i gotcha now. cant help you there. sorry.
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Unread 10-13-2009, 07:10 PM   #5
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Accessing the dimmer switch may not do you any good because it does not drive the lights directly. There is a pulse width modulated panel lamp driver in the instrument cluster that drives all dash illumination LEDs. I do not know if it has the capacity to drive extra LEDs or not.
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Unread 10-13-2009, 07:39 PM   #6
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Accessing the dimmer switch may not do you any good because it does not drive the lights directly. There is a pulse code modulated panel lamp driver in the instrument cluster that drives all dash illumination LEDs. I do not know if it has the capacity to drive extra LEDs or not.
That's correct. When you turn the dimmer, you are only telling the computer you want the lights to be more or less bright. The computer does the rest.

The old days of tapping into the cluster lights are gone.
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Bump. I'm trying to figure out where to tap into the headlight switch wires so my LEDS will come on when I turn the headlights on. Anybody......
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I'm in the same boat mate!! i have some switches I am installing and need a dimmer feed for them.............I have looked everywhere of a feed and no luck. I am sure someone has figured it out right??
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I'm in the same boat mate!! i have some switches I am installing and need a dimmer feed for them.............I have looked everywhere of a feed and no luck. I am sure someone has figured it out right??
I haven't done it (yet) but folks are hooking in footwell-lighting to the dome light wire. I believe it is a yellow wire with a white stripe in the bundle of wires found by the passenger kick panel (right side).


maybe this'll help:
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Unread 07-21-2010, 08:36 PM   #10
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Thanks to another forum here it is! just tested and it works like a charm!!
Orange with Gray stripe wire

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