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After that I have retrofitted the door lamps to my 280SE I had the idea to put some "light" in the car, something that in the modern cars are called Light Packages.

This was the surce of inspiration :


Maybe mine will be not so bright blue and I`m positive that I will not have LED on the car Headlights...I will work only in the interior of the car.

Things to do:

-lights under the dash on the driver`s and front pasanger`s side
-lights in the trunk left and right side
-lights under the front seats
-retrofit of reading lamps on the rear left and right side
-retrofit of wanity mirror with lights
-retrofit of rear door lamps

After all of that finished I will change ol the bulbs to LEDs for less power consumption.


Step 1: Light under the dash on the driver`s side:

I have used 2 new interior lamps ( one for each side) from an other type of car.
I have cut the plastic piece that is under the dash. In my car there was someday a kind of speaker (I do not know the use of it - it was retrofitted anyway).
The power supply was made using the wires that are powering the driver`s side door lamp. This way the light under the dash will go on when the doors are opened. The best thing is that those lamp have a switch and I can turn the light on or off depending if I need those light or not. With this solution I can save the battery if the doors are open for a long time.
When the bulbs will be changed to LED then the consumption will be down to the minimun and I will not have to be afraid of "burning" the battery to empty. :thumbsup:

The pics:











I have to mention that nothing that I am doing is ireversible and everything is hiden. You can only see that something was changed on the car when the lights are on! :) Nothing of the W126 apearence was altered! :thumbsup:


When I will have more time I will make the other operations too...

To be continued...
 

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I would like to do a modern lighting and sound system upgrade within the interior as well. Nothing too extreme though. I'll have to search around for some more ideas. Keep us posted on your progress! Later.
 

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... Keep us posted on your progress! Later.
When I will have time I will do the next point(s) from my list... But the hardest work is still to come. It is harder as it seams and time consuming (time that I do not have now...only in weekends). There are so many things to take apart just to get 2 wires going under the dash...Not to mention when it will be the time to put those lights under the seats...:eek:
 

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There are power distribution blocks located under the dash and mostly on the driver side footwell. There is also a junction block behind the drivers kick panel. They are fused and thats how I am going to get the main power for my clarion headunit and the extra power outlets that I am going to install on the passenger side lower dash panel. There is one distribution block behind the instrument cluster that is switched with the ignition. 88 and 89 ford ranger single cabs have the best set up for interior light bases, they are single bulb and are easy to mount flush under the dash on the lower dash panels. also, while I was at pick-n-pull I found a few newer model ford explorers that had the dual accessory outlets so I snagged 6 of those from variouse vehichles along with as much of the wire I could trace and cut out with them. As for the interior "convenience lighting" as I call it. I have decided to go with a lamp control relay. The one I am going to use and the most familiar with is the one I snagged from an older toyota cressida. The W126 has this feature now but I dont want to incorporate these two systems together. I am not exactly sure where everything will be placed at this time. If you have the dash out then access to the fuse box is easier like in my case. I choose to go this route so that I dont have to cut ant factory wires.
 

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Step 2 :Light on the front pasanger side:







A few pics with the partial results of my work...















 

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There are power distribution blocks located under the dash and mostly on the driver side footwell. There is also a junction block behind the drivers kick panel. They are fused and thats how I am going to get the main power for my clarion headunit and the extra power outlets that I am going to install on the passenger side lower dash panel. There is one distribution block behind the instrument cluster that is switched with the ignition. 88 and 89 ford ranger single cabs have the best set up for interior light bases, they are single bulb and are easy to mount flush under the dash on the lower dash panels. also, while I was at pick-n-pull I found a few newer model ford explorers that had the dual accessory outlets so I snagged 6 of those from variouse vehichles along with as much of the wire I could trace and cut out with them. As for the interior "convenience lighting" as I call it. I have decided to go with a lamp control relay. The one I am going to use and the most familiar with is the one I snagged from an older toyota cressida. The W126 has this feature now but I dont want to incorporate these two systems together. I am not exactly sure where everything will be placed at this time. If you have the dash out then access to the fuse box is easier like in my case. I choose to go this route so that I dont have to cut ant factory wires.
Yes, I did a full writeup on the main power dist panel behind the DMP. There are connectors you can buy from MB and connect to your wiring that will give you all the power you need with a simple plugin.

The four connections on the X30 block are: +12 Unswitched +12 Switched +12 lighting Ground

I forget which is which, I did a write up on it before. Brown is ground and you can see it's the middle row. They go Vertically. The one on the right bank #5 row is switched +12 I think because of the red wire there I tied in.

Do a search on the X30 block and you will find where I showed what column is what.

Nice Mod BTW!
 

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Here is the breakdown of the X30 Accessory Block:

From left to right 1-5:

Pin 1 is from Fuse 15 - 8 AMP and is Hot at all times
Pin 2 is from Fuse 8 - 16 AMP and is Hot in Run or Start
Pin 3 is Ground
Pin 4 is from the Illumination and should not have a large load on it. Only to draw for low current lamps
Pin 5 is from Fuse 19 - 16 AMP and is Hot in Accy, Run or Start

The P/N for the 5 pin accessory block connector: 013 545 32 28 - 4MM Pin Bushings: 002 545 30 26
 

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Does anyone know if that "empty" connector from the fron ceiling lamp is there to connect the illuminated vanity mirrors from the sun visors?




I want to install some of those sun visors and I`ll be happy if this is the right place to connect the wires! ;)
 

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And if someone want to install OEM W126 lamps under the dash here is the example that it can be done:
 

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Very nice work. I like the extra light.
 

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Pics look great. I might have to copy you..
 

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Very nice work. I like the extra light.
Pics look great. I might have to copy you..
Still more to come! One member from the Romanian forum has in his 560SEL two (door or glowbox) lamps in the trunk and two lamps under the bonnet. I`ll post some pictures of those too...:cool:

And if someone want to have the full package the door lamps retrofit is a must, like I have posted in this thread:


http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w126-s-se-sec-sel-sd/1548414-w126-door-lamp-2.html


Looking nice!
 

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One good ideea (I have this in my mind from a long time too), lights in the door handle area:
 

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I love that light in the door handle idea. Many times when people are looking for the door knob they always can't find it until I point it out to them.
 

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I love that too. I went in a W220 the other day and it had that feature, plus other discreet lighting. Cool.
 

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...Many times when people are looking for the door knob they always can't find it until I point it out to them.

I (and also a colleague of mine from the Romanian forum) had some problems in the past, when specially in the dark, people whom do not know which is the handle for opening the door they pull the button from the electric seats and almost broke them down! I`m now always try to point them the right place before they are begin to exit from the car!
 

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Lighter interior due to the new grey colour floor mats:
 

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Guys, why not to use LED? they small and easy to mount, and you can pick color...??? I was thinking about string of LED in trunk area.
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Why not coloured LEDs? Because they are not looking good in a W126... IMO.

OK... clear white LEDs are good but I will never put coloured ones...



 

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Hi Dan, I think the empty slot on the front dome light goes to the sun visors. My car has all connectors connected and it has sun visor with lights!
How does your rear dome light up before you do the mod? I notice mine light up whenever a door is opened.
I'm planning to do my exit light but prefer them to light up individually according to the door opened. The wiring diagram in the repair manual doesn't seem to act this way, guess I might need extra wiring.
 
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