An Overview on How to install Neon

04 Sep

How to install Neon

So you've got your LED or Neon interior car lights, but you're now a bit confusedas to where all the car interior neon lights and wires go?" Well fear not, we'llshow all the "in's & out's" of this type of installation and the easiest way ofdoing it.

It's a good idea to disconnect the battery before installing any car lightaccessories. You can do this by disconnecting the negative battery cable andplacing it to one side of the battery where it won't touch any part of the vehiclesbody. It's also wise to have your vehicles service manual handy for informationabout the specifics of the electrical system on your vehicle.
For interior car lights, the best places to mount the LED or neon tubes are underthe dash on both sides just above where your feet go, but high enough so as notto kick the tubes or damage them. There are also many other places you can fitthem and their location is only limited by your imagination.

To operate the lights manually, your going to need a switch located near you,so you'll need to buy a simple "2way toggle" switch (or use the switch thatmay have came with your neon/led tube kit) from your nearest custom caraccessories store. This switch will be inserted into (in-line with) the mainpower wire that supplies the kit with 12Volt power.

Choose if you want your interior car lights to turn on automatically when theheadlights are turned on, or if you want to control the lights separately with a "toggle" switch.

If you want the neon or LED tubes to light up automatically when the headlightsare turned on, then you will need to find a wire under the dash near thesteering column. This wire you are looking for is normally Red or Yellow, and it'ssupplying the "headlight control switch" with 12V power - you're going to haveto "tap" into this wire to light-up your neon lights when the headlights areturned on.

If you want to be able to control the interior car lights separately from theheadlights, (best option) then there's two ways you can do this…

1) The power wire can be connected directly to the Positive side of the carbattery, or…

2) It can be connected to any 12V power wire from under the dashboard.

If you choose to tap into a power wire from behind the dash to power your interior car lights you'll also need tobuy a "Circuit Tester" from your nearest custom car accessory store - they onlycost about $10 dollars.

To use this tester is simple, it looks like a pen with anearth wire hanging out the top of it and a clamp attached to the end of thewire, and it has a globe inside the middle of the pen, or on its end, which lightsup when you have found power somewhere.
To complete the interior car lighting circuit - you'll now just need toattach the earth wire coming out from the from your led or neon tubes to thechassis of the vehicle.

You can do this in the same way as described above forthe earth wire on the tester - anywhere where there is bare steel under thedash is always a good earth connection for your interior car lights, even if youfind a screw under the dash that is screwed into bare steel and it is holdinganother wire in place as an earth, you can use this too as an earth location.

The control panel earth wire will need to be securely screwed to the chassis of the vehicleor to any "Earth wire" to complete the power circuit.

After your "power" & "earth" connections are complete, your car interior neonlights should now work. If they appear dull and not real bright, then be sure tocheck that you have made GOOD earth and POWER connections.

That's it, you're all done - now all you have to do is put any plastic panels backinto place that you may have removed, pack your tools up, and then head off toshow your friends what a great look you've just created on your car - Enjoy!

Please see our "More-In-depth" and step-by-step picture illustrated instructionson How to install LED or Neon interior car lights onto your vehicle.

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