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Old 07-21-2019, 04:19 PM   #1
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LED Sill Plates

Folks, I'm on the last phase of my lighting upgrades.
As follows:
LED DRL Projector Headlights -- Done in 2017.
LED Smoke Depo Taillights and third brake light -- Done in 2018.
Porsche Logo puddle lights -- early 2019.
Some interior accent EL wire lights -- finished last week (Will post some pics of the install and instructions soon. Very easy, and looks fantastic, IMO--Why should my wife's new Audi be the only one, right?)
Porsche Logo LED sill plates -- working.
This is where I could use a little help.
I know the interior courtesy lights have a constant hot (through fuse C3), and are activated with a switched ground. What I don't know is where is a good place to tap into that switched circuit so the sill plates come on and go off along with all the other courtesy lights?
I can just splice them each directly into the wires going to the puddle lights, but that seems a little messy to me, since I don't know where to tap into those inside the cabin, only inside the door, and I don't particularly care to run another set of wires out into the doors for that purpose if I don't have to.

Can anybody tell me where I can tap into the switched circuit for the courtesy lights, somewhere under the dash or in the footwell?

By the way, here's a link to where I purchased them. They arrived the other day and look to be very good quality, and came with everything needed, including a circuit tester! I got them with white lights.
https://aoonuauto.com/products/led-car-door-sill-entry-guard-porsche-sedan-series?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz7jw36DH4wIVip-zCh0-EAbGEAQYASABEgKiAvD_BwE

Here's a couple of pics of the EL wire installed. It's amazing how my phone brightens things up. It looks like daylight in these pictures, but it was almost dark outside when I took them.
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:30 AM   #2
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Right up my ally...SUPERCAR style.

IMO I would only keep the dash & shifter lights (if they don't distract at night).
BTW I used the dome light cables to tab into --> for my door courtesy lights.
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:54 AM   #3
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You can tap into the door courtesy lights at the wiring harnesses in the foot wells.

I’ll see if I can find some pictures and wire color codes for you.
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Disregard this reply. haha

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Old 08-20-2019, 11:47 AM   #5
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You can tap into the door courtesy lights at the wiring harnesses in the foot wells.

Iíll see if I can find some pictures and wire color codes for you.
That's just what I did for the sill plates. I ran their wires into the doors and spliced directly into the two wires to the entry courtesy lights. Works like a champ!
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As promised, here are some pics from the EL wire install.

This first one shows what the EL wires looked like when they arrived. Just cut the cigarette lighter adapter off, but make sure you don't cut off the little black box!

Here's a link to those: (The ones I got were 1M in length, and they were just exactly enough, but with no room for error.)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-Car-Interior-Light-LED-Glowing-Electroluminescent-EL-Wire-Automotive-Decor/254043718269?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=553390336246&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

This one shows the dimmer I got from ebay.


Here's link to that on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-In-Line-Dimmer-Brightness-controller-for-El-Wire-Panels-Tapes/153443318984?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

I tapped into fuse A5 (instrument illumination) for power, and there's a screw just above and to the left of the fuse block for a good ground. You'll find it once you remove the trim around the fuse block.

Here's the wires running to the door.


With the door panel off, run the wires behind everything and pull the EL wire through the small opening at the rear of the armrest storage lid.


After the wire is pulled through that little hole, re-attach the door panel. The way the wires are designed, all you have to do is wedge the flat/tape part in between the panels. It will stay just fine.


Around the door pull handle, there's nothing to wedge the tape into. For this section, a small amount of trim adhesive will work, or you can use double-sided trim mounting tape too. I used the 3M 1/4 inch wide tape in this area. You also want to be sure you're mounting the EL wire where it will be visible. It will tend to want to hide behind the handle a bit here.


Once you have the tape in all the way around the handle, you're going to cut off the excess. (You can cut this stuff to any length and it still works.)


If you leave a little extra of the tape part (not the actual glowing wire part), you can fold it over to have a thick enough piece that it will stay put. If you don't do this, you'll have to use some kind of adhesive or it won't stay flush at the end (It will stick up exactly like it is in the picture above.).


That's it! I think they look awesome. If you do this, you'll definitely want to get the dimmer.


Sorry I didn't think to take pictures when I was installing the one around the instruments. For that one, take out the instrument cluster (but you don't have to unhook anything) and feed the EL wire up from underneath so that it comes out at the base of the binnacle on the passenger side. Wedge it in just like on the door handle. When you get to the bottom on the left side, locate where the end of the strip that you want to be able to see lit up is, then cover a few inches after that point with some black electrical tape if you don't want to have a glow from behind/under the instruments. (I didn't think of that, but it turns out I actually like the glow.) Then feed the EL wire down to the center console (where the stereo and other controls are) and down to where it will come out on the driver's side at the base of the shifter trim. I had to drill a hole in the plastic structure behind the A/C controls and storage shelf to feed the wire through (I covered a little of it with black tape there too, or it would have been visible between the sections of the dash face). If I had a longer EL wire, like the 2M length, drilling wouldn't have been necessary.
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Old 08-20-2019, 12:35 PM   #7
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Finally, here's what the sill plates look like installed. They install with pre-mounted double-sided 3M tape.

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Right up my ally...SUPERCAR style.

IMO I would only keep the dash & shifter lights (if they don't distract at night).
BTW I used the dome light cables to tab into --> for my door courtesy lights.
Actually, the one around the instrument cluster is the only one that has the potential to cause any distraction. That's because it reflects in the windshield. The reflection isn't actually in the driver's direct line of vision, so not really a problem, and I've installed a dimmer now that makes it even less of one.
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Just a couple more pics now that I can dim the EL wires.






Here's the dimmer in action (Pretty exciting stuff. Better make sure you're sitting down ):

https://youtu.be/CvnYEVfo55g
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Here's what the sill plates actually look like in action. I would actually rather they just were on steady, but this is what I received and I still very much like them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS1hwuMXHDw
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The sill plates look nice!

I would definitely want them on steady and dim, though. Is there an external controller that regulates the light pattern, or is it internal?

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Nice I also have some ambient light in my boxster. Love how it looks at night.

Can you show pics or video of the Porsche Logo puddle lights. Where did you get them also? I have been wanting to do this for awhile. I have a 00.



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