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Hello, I bought this 3 SMD blue led strip for cup holder. Where is the easiest connection spot for that. I planned to use cigarette lighter.
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Yes, either front or rear power socket is the best.

I hard-wired my drinks holder light to the rear power socket:



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or two (this is closer to how it appears):


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Nice. I have ordered blue led t5 for lighter too.
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Thanks
Let me know if you need WIS files on removal of the lower centre console and rear panel.

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I have done that earlier, I hope it will be easy
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I have done that earlier, I hope it will be easy
Yes, very straightforward - start with the chrome gear surround, just pry it up with your fingers, going around the circumference, then push up the rear end of the lower console, from each side, and then it's pretty obvious...

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DIY job is done. Total cost: 10 euro cents. It was easy. I’m not so tidy, but it is cool.
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Great! Very nice effect with a water bottle.

Now you need to start thinking of door handle lights and footwell lights. Blue, of course
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Personally I don’t like door handle light, but footwell is a good idea. Could you give me some advices about footwell light?? Where is connection spot, etc.
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Footwell lights weren't pre-wired in my car, but the cut-outs were there (not sure if this is universal across the range or Avantgarde thing), so I bought a pair of OEM footwell lights, fitted blue LEDs and wired them myself to be permanently on. That was I think three years ago and no problems so far (as in - I didn't have to replace the LEDs yet).

I considered a couple of different bulbs:




I had to make sure the "bulb" won't rotate (especially the one under the glove box), so made these clips from an old store plastic card:



Modified OEM footwell lights (only connector was modified):



This was taken three years ago, before the carbon fibre, steering wheel, instrument cluster and head unit upgrade:


In reality, the lights are much less prominent ...

As to the door handle lights - I like them
I used tiny 3mm diffused LEDs, and it is almost impossible to actually see the light source (unless one looks from about the steering wheel position facing back):



These are actuated on 58d signal, so only come on with the rest of instrument lights. The install is a bit more complicated, than the footwell lights though...

I think it works together well enough:


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