I used some of the SMD LED strip I mentioned in a previous post here too. The result is more of a white light versus yellow, and a LOT brighter. These are the non-waterproof version.
Here’s the dome light. I took it out of the car and removed the light bulb holder from it.
A piece of cardboard of the right size was taped into it so the LEDs have a solid surface to stick to.
Here they are with leads soldered to them. You can see how I attached it, a really long wire soldered to each strip with negative going down one side and positive on the other. It turned out blurry too. Maybe I need to clean my camera lens.
Not that there’s anything to compare it to, but here’s what the car looks like in the dark with the new dome light.
Here’s something else I did – custom lights to light up the floorboards:
One has leads on it for power, the other is fed off of the first. Power one strip, both light up.
Those just stick in the floorboard area somewhere out of the way.
This is the wire to tap into for dome lights in a Crown Victoria, by the way:
It’s in the passenger floorboard behind the kick panel. That’s what I wired the lights in the floorboard to.