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Footwell lights ??


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Having read all the threads regarding the conversion of a footwell light switch to other uses, I assumed there would be such a switch in my 2000 Cab when I picked it up. In fact, the Owners Manual shows the switch (left side of the console) and details the automatic and manual operation of the footwell lights.

My problem is that I have no such switch, and no lights that illuminate my footwells, automatically or otherwise. On the right console are door locks, Cab top, and rear defroster. All left console switches are blanks. My questions for those in the know:

1. is the footwell light switch an option, or is mine just missing?

2. are the lights on my lower door panels, near the rear edge, the footwell lights, or should there be lights within the actual footwells? I can find none when crawling under the dash.

Thanks for any light (footwell or otherwise) anyone can shed.

Kim

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The door panel lights are not the footwell lights - see picture.

Factory installed they do come with a switch and cost $700+.

DIY takes some work, but cost about $20.

DIY does not need a switch - you can hook them directly into your dome light wiring, so the footwell lights dim with the dome light and need no seperate switch (the dome light is the switch).

I used the 10W trunk-lights. I replaced the 10W with a 5W bulb (takes some soldering) for a much nicer effect. They are mounted a bit lower than stock, just to make it an easier fitment.

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footwell_right.jpg

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The door panel lights are not the footwell lights - see picture.

Factory installed they do come with a switch and cost $700+.

DIY takes some work, but cost about $20.

DIY does not need a switch - you can hook them directly into your dome light wiring, so the footwell lights dim with the dome light and need no seperate switch (the dome light is the switch).

I used the 10W trunk-lights. I replaced the 10W with a 5W bulb (takes some soldering) for a much nicer effect. They are mounted a bit lower than stock, just to make it an easier fitment.

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Thanks, Henry.

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You might want to be a little more careful about adding more loading to the auto/off/dimming dome/map lights. I put in an emitter follower power transister with heatsink so the original power transistor wouldn't possibly overheat and fail.

And instead of footwell lighting I used a Ford Explorer overhead dome/map light mounted on the roof just between and behind the front seat headrests. Just behind the sunroof opening.

I rewired them so all lights come on, OEM if selected, with the doors open but only the appropriate Ford map light when a front map light is switched on. Now my wife can use the map light at night without it interfering with my forward vision and the Ford map lights come on with the door open giving very good lighting coverage in the footwell.

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