Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Boolarra, doh! :-/
Re: Floor mats and lighting?
In my old XE I used the following apparatus:
* Fluro lights x 2 (around $20 each, probably cheaper now), suited for attaching to battery terminals and looking under the bonnet. They were covered like conventional office lights though, and about 1-11/2' long.
* Contact paper! 2x blue, 1x purple. 3 layers (blue, purple, blue) lining the inside of the fluro light cover \__/ gives off a UV colour. Obviously you can make just about any color you desire.
* Extra wire (same thickness as fluro wires), + fuse.
I hooked up the required length of extra wiring to the headlight box. I know XE headlight boxes are very different to E-series, but the same principal may apply here. I can't remember exactly how I did it now, but I set it up so that whenever the headlights were on, the fluros were on.
The wires from the headlight box ran under the plastic doorsill fitting to the B-pillar, and then snuck under the driver's seat where prepared fluro light #1 was hiding (sitting on floor, facing up). Wire ends connected. Fluro light #2 under passenger seat had its wires sent under the centre console and spliced onto the extension/fluro 1 connection, and then (well) insulated.
The fluro lights were out of sight and could not be kicked, and they didn't move around in the car while driving. The lighting effect was a soft even glow covering all the floor, in the front and rear. My mates could never pick where the source was either. Also, if driving during daytime with the headlights on, the fluros couldn't be seen, unless you stuck your head under the seats. Heat wasn't really an issue, as my backside heated the seat surface more than the lights could manage.
Hope this helps
PS no pix (unforunately) of XE at nite
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