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Old 08/17/2008, 07:06 AM   #1
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Overhead Console Dome Light?

I have an overhead console which I am planning to install in my non-console car. Can someone tell me how the wiring work? Will the map lights operate as a dome light when the door is opened? How about when the headlight switch is turned counterclockwise?
I was reading July 2004 Mustang Monthly, and it looks pretty easy, any additional tips?

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Old 08/17/2008, 07:57 AM   #2
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Overhead console lights are operated by buttons you need to push to turn on and off. One for each light.
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Old 08/17/2008, 08:31 AM   #3
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If you use the dome light wiring, they will operate like a dome light if they are turned on - if they are not turned on then you will only have floor lighting. They will not turn on once the door is closed unless you turn the headlight switch to interior lights on position which also turns on the floor lighting. If you think about how the dome light works, then you will understand why wiring to that circuit will have these effects. (That is my situation). Casey

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Old 08/18/2008, 04:57 AM   #4
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Casey,
Thanks for the info. Is this the way the lights worked with the overhead console from the factory?

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Old 08/18/2008, 06:00 AM   #5
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Casey,
Thanks for the info. Is this the way the lights worked with the overhead console from the factory?

Rob
Not mine - they work independently If you want the console to work like the factory I think that they make a wire loom for that purpose. My console only lights up when I push the light button.

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Old 08/18/2008, 01:49 PM   #6
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Agree with Doug. From the factory, the console works as he describes.

I was just sharing with you what happens when you install an overhead console to a car that didnt have one - the easy way is to hook to the overhead light wiring, but it will work the way I described. Casey

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Old 08/18/2008, 05:33 PM   #7
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If the map lights only work when the switches are pressed then what do you have for interior lights when the door is opened at night?

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Old 08/18/2008, 06:13 PM   #8
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I am unable to see my car at the moment as I am out of town. But I have under the dash and rear floor console lights that operate when the door is open. I also have deluxe interior with lights in the door panel.
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