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Date Registered: 06-2005
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Glove box light


My model Series 1, does not have a light in the glove box, which is not good, even my VS ute has one.

Does the Series 2, or other Nissan models have one that I could fit without difficulty?

If not, Does anyone know of any other way of fitting a cheap and easy auto-operating light?

Many thanks, and I could not find any other reference to this in search.

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Hi John,

As far as I know Series II doesn't have the glovebox light either.

Excellent mod project indeed and it is not hard to do at all.

All you need is a push-in type switch (normally on. Off when pushed) 2 LEDs, resistors and wires and you can get power from anywhere in the dash or the cigarette lighter nearby.

The switch can be located behind the glovebox so when you close the door, it will push that switch and turn the LEDs off.

LEDs will be a much better option in this case, as they consume much less power.

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Date Registered: 07-2005
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Re: Glove box light


my s2 dosnt have one either,

there are heaps of room to put one though.

i cant imagine it would be hard to put one in, just go to a wrecker and rip the light and switch out of anything and fit it to the exy

wiring it up would be easy enough, lazy way would be to wire it to anything with auxliary power ( that way it would come on when you open it with lights on or off) or wire it to the headlights so it only came on if youe lights are on



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Matt,

I also thought about the "lazy way" of doing this, but having the light constantly on at night in the glovebox would drive you mad after a while, cause the light will escape from the gaps and you will be able to see it.

The laziest way to operate the light would be to install The Clapper hahahahaha emoticon

Just sit there at night and clap away LOL

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John,

I tried doing this mod this morning, but failed!

Things to watch out for is the size of the switch. I went to Repco and about the Narva door switch which has a push in button covered in a rubber sleeve. It looked OK and I drilled a 10mm hole for it and also identified the position for the LED (upper plastic tray (removable in series I and being held in place by 2 screws)

The thing that made my mod a failure was that the door of the glovebox would not close properly even after the switch is pushed in all the way in.

Am gonna have to buy a different switch and try to locate behind the glovebox, so the compartment can push the switch in and still close properly.

As I said earlier, power can be obtained from the cigarette lighter and I have already tapped into it for my CB radio connection.

This is not a hard mod at all. It is only a matter of finding the right type of switch.

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jalalski wrote:

Matt,

I also thought about the "lazy way" of doing this, but having the light constantly on at night in the glovebox would drive you mad after a while, cause the light will escape from the gaps and you will be able to see it.



you could do it this way with a switch, (like the ones on the door ) so when you opened it it came on automaticly



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This is exactly what I have used this morning and failed. see my post above.

There isn't enough room between the door of the glovebox itself and straight behind it (where it closes) to mount a door switch type.

The switch needs to be pretty flat for the door to close properly.

I will look for a different type of switch next time.

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Looks like I started something!!

I guess I was hoping that someone would know of a switch & light from another Nissan vehicle that could be adapted.

I would also be surprised if a near-by wiring loom (I presume that there would be one) would not have a plug already there. I would think that wiring looms are also shared around between different vehicles.

In so far as a switch is concerned it would be possible to fit one to a bracket and screw it to the side of the box in an appropriate place, but that is a bit too agricultural for my liking.

Anyway, I will look with interest at what turns up from all your input.

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2007 Maxima in Bright Silver
2008 Piaggio MP3 400 in Black
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Looks like it's time to rip down to Jaycars!!

You could either use a micro switch or another option is to go to the wreckers and see what other cars use.

Whatever you use, it would need a short contact. Toyota use a pretty basic switch that would do the trick.
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Date Registered: 09-2005
Location: QLD
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What about one of those magnetic switches from Dickys or Jaycar. The magnet in the switch completes the circuit.

Other option might be a reed switch. These are the switches that activate when tilted. They are also very small.



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