How might one fit this into one's car?

30 replies
Found 17th Dec 2010
Lights on the inside of the car only work on about 1 day out of every 100 for some reason! Bought a couple of these:

amazon.co.uk/Rol…8-1

to fix inside the car. They work really well, but would be interested in some ideas of how to fix them up on the inside of the car. Preferably the ceiling. I assume screws are a no-no as they'll just go through the roof?!? How about no more nails, stick a load on and prop it up 'til it dries? Would it make the felt stuff hand down on the inside of the car due to the weight?

Failing this I guess I could fit them to the head rests or something but they're very bright so I don't want them at a height I'll be looking straight at them!!!

Thanks for any tips!!!!

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Why not just fix the actual car lights?

Original Poster

TUSSFC

Why not just fix the actual car lights?



Well, they're not very bright, and 2 of these cost around £13. I would assume that the lights would cost more than that to fix?

website says they are magnetic, not sure, but wouldn't they stick to the roof anyway via magnets?
However, personally I would get the proper lights fixed, having these in your car would become a hazard should you ever hit something at speed (they'd fly around a bit and cause more injuries that way)
and.. they take 4 AA batteries each so those would need changed, ruling out the 'permanent' fixing option?

What car and which lights are not working ?


Edited by: "RickT" 17th Dec 2010

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Benjimoron

Well, they're not very bright, and 2 of these cost around £13. I would … Well, they're not very bright, and 2 of these cost around £13. I would assume that the lights would cost more than that to fix?


probably just a loose connection or bulb has gone but sometimes makes a connection hence it working rarely.

consumabulbs.com/fil…php

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BurntEffigy

website says they are magnetic, not sure, but wouldn't they stick to the … website says they are magnetic, not sure, but wouldn't they stick to the roof anyway via magnets?However, personally I would get the proper lights fixed, having these in your car would become a hazard should you ever hit something at speed (they'd fly around a bit and cause more injuries that way)and.. they take 4 AA batteries each so those would need changed, ruling out the 'permanent' fixing option?



Good points, hadn't thought about what would happen if they came off, maybe I'll strap them to the head rests so I can see in the back and then I can take them off easily if I need to see in the front and change batteries. Probably a few old shoelaces should do the trick!

DUCT TAPE. End thread.
Edited by: "Adam2050" 17th Dec 2010

Velcro strips maybe? If the roof felt is 'fluffy' you would just need the hook-side of the velcro on the lights. Still though, the falling off in a crash hazard is perhaps too great.

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csiman

probably just a loose connection or bulb has gone but sometimes makes a … probably just a loose connection or bulb has gone but sometimes makes a connection hence it working rarely.http://www.consumabulbs.com/files/bct.php



Yeah probably, but fixing it is gonna cost surely? More than £13?

my interior light only works half the time, I've got a rolson round led in there tucked under an elastic strap on the passenger sun visor.

Original Poster

RickT

What car and which lights are not working ?



Ford Focus 1.8 TDDI x reg.

All interior lights apart from 1 in the boot I think, they do work sometimes, just 1/100 days!

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fix the actual car lights, putting these inside your car will look absolutely ridiculous

If they work intermittently then its not all lost as it signifies a simple loose connection somewhere, best bet is a multimeter with continuity tester, if they never worked at all its harder as its a total failure in the system.


Why not just get a torch and keep it in the door pockets? You can get some wicked LED torches for a quid, add a magnet from a old hard drive and you are sorted, we use one to keep a torch on the frame by the back door, slam the door and it still stays put.

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Benjimoron

Good points, hadn't thought about what would happen if they came off, … Good points, hadn't thought about what would happen if they came off, maybe I'll strap them to the head rests so I can see in the back and then I can take them off easily if I need to see in the front and change batteries. Probably a few old shoelaces should do the trick!


that will look nice

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Benjimoron

Yeah probably, but fixing it is gonna cost surely? More than £13?


bulbs are about £4.50 for 2 delivered. Pull cover off and replace bulb - 1 minutes work!) oO

Check all bulb holders for signs of water ingress BTW its a big cause of faulty lights, usual signs are minor rust/corrosion, if its all lights then start nearest the fuse box and work backwards.

Adam2050

DUCT TAPE. End thread.



Great stuff is duct tape I always have a roll on the go.

csiman

[bulbs are about £4.50 for 2 delivered. Pull cover off and replace bulb - … [bulbs are about £4.50 for 2 delivered. Pull cover off and replace bulb - 1 minutes work!) oO



The bulbs are around £0.42 - £0.70p more like if you know where to go.

As above, get a multi meter on it, it will be just a bad earth.

I bet it could be fixed within an hour or so if you know what your doing

First off, check if theres power at the fuse box for the cabin lights, if so, check the bulb holder and take it from there.

My interior lights had not been working for a few weeks. Even after checking the fuse and bulb.
Strangely, after cleaning out the car (and having opened and closed all of the doors) it started working again and has been for about a month now.
Could it be one of your door pressure buttons is sticking/faulty? (I really don't know how my interior light started working again, but that's the only explanation I have for it)

BurntEffigy

Could it be one of your door pressure buttons is sticking/faulty? (I … Could it be one of your door pressure buttons is sticking/faulty? (I really don't know how my interior light started working again, but that's the only explanation I have for it)



Very likely, they could be suffering from the cold weather, give them a spray of WD40.

Then flick them a few times with your finger.

I had the same problem so I fitted this into my car:

http://jonathansutton.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/flood-light1.jpg

The light comes on when I open the door and everything. Just keep movement when driving down to a minimum.

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Thanks for all comments, have upgraded from shoelaces, found a couple of spare straps from the dvd player, seems to still play dvd's without a couple of the straps!! Strapped the lights onto the back of the headrests, going to see how they perform in the dark now.

Don't care what it looks like, it's my car, we have a seperate family car which is in better condition!!!

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Inactive

Very likely, they could be suffering from the cold weather, give them a … Very likely, they could be suffering from the cold weather, give them a spray of WD40.Then flick them a few times with your finger.



Don't think it's this as they don't work on any setting, not just the door open one.

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csiman

bulbs are about £4.50 for 2 delivered. Pull cover off and replace bulb - … bulbs are about £4.50 for 2 delivered. Pull cover off and replace bulb - 1 minutes work!) oO



I would assume that if the bulbs were faulty they wouldn't work at all? Which means it's prob a lose wire, which I have no chance of finding/fixing! I'm sure a mechanic would charge me more than £13 to find and fix the problem.

It should work, I had my garden light go out so I replaced it with this:
http://www.cfb4.com/images/tank_light_photos/VSS3_07_23_05_As.jpg

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A lightsabre?

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Benjimoron

I would assume that if the bulbs were faulty they wouldn't work at all? … I would assume that if the bulbs were faulty they wouldn't work at all? Which means it's prob a lose wire, which I have no chance of finding/fixing! I'm sure a mechanic would charge me more than £13 to find and fix the problem.


at the very least, pull off the light cover and check the connection there and also re-seat the fuse.

Benjimoron

Don't think it's this as they don't work on any setting, not just the … Don't think it's this as they don't work on any setting, not just the door open one.


Give it a try though, my interior light didn't work on any setting either.
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