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      DIY BMW Style Ambient lighting/Lounge Lighting

      I came across the Ambient lighting technology in modern cars today while googling for some information (BMW, Audi,Merc etc.) Loved the concept and always wated to do something on my car as well as a DIY


      Anyways this is what the Internet has to say about Ambient Lighting

      You probably don’t want another reason to spend time in your vehicle, but car manufacturers are offering them anyway. Because drivers spend more hours than ever on the road (more than 100 per year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau), companies want to make cars feel a bit more comfortable, like home. One feature used to get that homey feeling is ambient lighting, which is strategically placed soft lighting found around the cabin (in dashboards, roofs, consoles, cup holders and doors). Ambient lighting was a novel concept in 2007 in luxury vehicles, and since then has become popular in lower- and moderately-priced models as well.

      Nowadays companies are using a color that fits in with its brand–Mercedes uses a classic yellow, GMC and Kia have red, BMW has a sporty/safety-oriented orange and Saab uses fresh green. Buick, Lexus, Toyota and Chevrolet all use blue, which has been found to be the most calming to drivers and passengers.
      All Ford vehicles (excluding fleet cars) have ambient lighting; the 2012 Ford Focus has seven colors (that the driver can rotate between) to illuminate the cupholders, instrument panel and footwells. Most are muted tones, but the lights can be turned to a bright white if you’re looking for something that’s fallen, for instance. The lights may or may not evoke a change in mood. As Ford spokesperson Kristen Kinley explains, people’s responses to light vary. In general, “blue is expected to evoke a soothing response, while red evokes energy. Or yellow, representing sunshine, might evoke a happy response. It isn’t usually about the mood, but more about how the interior looks,” she says. The 2011 Scion tC also has seven colors available in the optional interior light kit for the footwell, which illuminates when you open the door and is meant to be a welcoming, personalized feature.

      But it’s not just about vanity and comfort; there’s also a safety element to these lights. A study conducted by BMW found that drivers find controls easier to use and that the car feels more spacious, warmer and safer with the soft glow from the lights. They also help illuminate door latches so passengers can exit easily. But the key to ambient lighting is keeping it low: studies found that bright lights distract drivers.

      The bottom line is, ambient lighting isn’t necessary in a car; but as automotive manufacturers continue to add features and create the next item to appeal to drivers, ambient lighting is a nice, modern touch of luxury. Now, what’s next…Tempurpedic-style foam in the seats that molds to your body for maximum comfort?

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      So it was time for some DIY, Im going to take this step by step, the ambient light will be in places given below

      Step 1 Door Pads, Map Pockets
      Step 2 Change ODO/Centre console light color
      Step 3 Dashboard
      Step 4 Gear Box console
      Step 5 Roof Light
      Step 6 Adding lights in Door opening latch


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      well..being a fan of ambient lighting myself, got some in my car too

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      I really like the concept of lights in the door pockets; not so much in the cabin depth though. Looks good Karan.
      Am guessing you got this done professionally, details?
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      Step 2 -

      Changing ODO to orange

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      Step 3 - Dashboard Ambient lighting

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      Quote Originally Posted by NFSpoet View Post
      Am guessing you got this done professionally, details?
      yea mate! LED's in the door pockets are normal dome LED's..something like this
      Universal 24 White Led Car Auto Doom/Door/Box Indoor Light | eBay
      LED's in cabin depth are LED tubes (made in italy)..purchased all of 'em from karol bagh and the installation was carried out at motor concept
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      did u use LED strip in the dash-board?
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      Quote Originally Posted by karan soni View Post
      did u use LED strip in the dash-board?
      Those are EL lights (Electro Luminocent lights) on the dashboard

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      Hmm, cool.
      So are these lights connected to the dome light of the car or independent switches?
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      Quote Originally Posted by NFSpoet View Post
      Hmm, cool.
      Thanks NFSPoet

      So are these lights connected to the dome light of the car or independent switches?
      Ive connected them to the parking lights, over and above that have a switch if at all im on highways and dont want too much light inside

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