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Tap dome wire for footwell LEDs

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Old 12-08-2014, 01:13 AM
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Hi,

I have a 2005 Accord coupe. I want to install LED lights inside my car. It should work exactly like the dome light - Switch ON when doors are unlocked; door is open; and switch OFF as soon as the doors are closed (in a dimmer fashion); car is started. I hope you understood what I am talking about.

Please tell me which is the best place to tap the wire? I want the wiring to be really neat. I have heard of these two options.

1. Tap dome lights: Issue is, its hard to run the wire neatly.
2. Tap keysense terminal of ignition.

Both of them are -ve terminals and I have no idea whats the color of the wire that I should tap. Please correct me if I am wrong.

I tried to search for some DIYs but none of them were for 2003-2007 Accords.

I am not an expert so please help me in detail.
 
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:58 PM
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The dome light is negative trigger from the door switches, each door switch wire run to the Multiplex Integrated Control Unit (MICU) located in the under-dash fuse/relay box. If you connect the ground source wire from your LEDs to the wire from the MICU, it will trigger the your LEDs to come on when a door is open and shut off with the doors closed after a brief period.

There is a 5-pin Lt Grn harness connector that plugs into the upper back of the under-dash fuse/relay box. It is the Grn/Red wire (which is a wire with green colored insulation and a red stripe running through it) that supplies the ground to the ceiling light. You may have to remove the kick panel to find it.

The 5-pin Lt Green connector terminal pins are: No. 1 - Wht/Blu; No. 2 - EX, EX-L: RED/BLK; No. 3 - Empty; No. 4 Grn/Red; No. 5 - Except DX - Blk

You may want to post some clear pictures of the under-dash fuse/relay box and wire connectors.
 
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Old 12-08-2014, 03:54 PM
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I have few pics already taken of the driver side under-dash fuse box. Please let me know if u want clear pics of a particular place.

Just a silly question. Will it light up when I unlock the car?
 
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:01 PM
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The 5-P Lt Grn connector harness is behind the upper right corner of the fuse box. Your photos don't show it.

You may have to loosen the 2 mounting bolts for the fuse box to access the connector from the back, once you find it.

As long as you have a power source that is always hot going the LEDs, when any door is open to provide the ground source from the MICU, it will turn on with the door open.
 

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Old 12-09-2014, 06:03 PM
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Thanks a lot Redbull. U r the man...

I will let u know the results.
 
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Old 12-14-2014, 02:35 PM
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Hi Redbull. Today i tried to connect as per ur instructions but it looks like i m doing something wrong. I couldnt find a green/red wire on the lt green connector, instead it was on a white connector (top right side). So I connected a multimeter from a hot point to the green/red wire on white connector. The reading was always high, doesnt matter the state of the dome lights. Also, when I tried to connect a bulb between the hot point to the green/red wire, i could hear a relay getting active but the bulb didnt glow.

I took some pics. Please help to find the correct wire.

Note: Pic 3889.jpg is inverted.
 
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Old 12-14-2014, 02:57 PM
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The 5-P Lt. Grn connector is plugged into the back of the fuse box. It is attached behind the fuse box, where the black turn signal/hazard relay is. It is the upper most connector in that corner.

As I previously stated, you may have to loosen the 2 mounting bolts for the fuse box to access the connector from the back.
 
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:10 PM
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Thanks a lot. I knew I was doing something wrong. I am just a beginner. Can u please tell me where r the mounting bolts located? Is it hard to get access to it? Also, can i tap (i have T taps) the wire from any harness which is easily accessible?
 
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:16 PM
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The two mounting bolts for the fuse box is shown in this service bulletin.

Honda TSB 03-029

The ground wire for the LEDs should be spliced or tapped into the Grn/Red wire (which is a wire with green colored insulation and a red stripe running through it)at that 5-P Lt. Grn connector.

Power for the LEDs can come from any source that is always hot.
 

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Old 12-14-2014, 09:18 PM
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Thanks a lot. At last I was able to connect it.
I didnt remove the fuse box. I saw the wires going behind the fuse box and tapped the green/red wire. Now it works.
 

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