This weekend I tackled the dome and interior lighting inside the bus. These had worked previously but I had never hooked them back up after I got it back from paint.
- Lights are always able to be switched on regardless of key in the ignition
- Driver, Passenger and Slider will turn lights on upon open.
- Manual switch to turn lights on from drivers seat.
- Support each dome light being able to be turned off and on.
- Add under dash lights.
- Run off of auxiliary battery
I looked around and couldn’t find a diagram of the Bus Dome lights. I created this diagram:
I bought door switches (306-169) and rubber surrounds from Mid America Motorworks. I installed them on the Driver, Passenger and Slider door. They ground out when the door is opened, hence turning the light on.
I had purchased the Dome Lights a while back. MAM has those too (383-877)
Basically this was all pretty easy. I guess the “A-Ha” moment was when I figured out in order to do multiple switches, you were switching the Ground and not the power. Once I figured out that, it became a matter of running wires through the channel. I got lucky a couple times and wire veered through the hole.
After I got the dome lights in place, I decided I wanted to put lights under the dash. I had some 12v small LEDs that I got from SuperBrightLEDs.com and hooked those up. There are two support braces that go from the front wall to the dash. They support the Emergency Brake Lever. I placed two of these LEDs on either bar. One points down and one points to the respective side. Wired them up and went from there.
The light is AWESOME. So happy with this. When I get in the car I can see the floor. It’s awesome. Also, I’m planning on getting some under dash trays. This will help significantly when finding things at night.
Another thing I added was a little Pull switch on the dash next to the headlight switch.
My dad informed me that VW put pre-cut holes in the metal for additional switches. I found one, used a razor to cut out the fabric and wha-la! Basically this makes it so you can turn on the lights when you’re in and the doors are closed. The only thing I may do is put in an override switch for the lights under the dash. The overhead dome lights have a toggle to turn them off manually (say if the door is open and you’re sleeping). Right now, I think a good addition would be a way that turned them on manually. Like if you’re driving at night and needed to see a tray.
For my Dome lights, I just ordered one of these each from SuperBrightLEDs.com
I don’t know why I’m all about the LEDs. I think because I’m trying to conserve Electricity and these are so efficient, they don’t burn out AND they’re not really affected by vibration.
That’s about it. I have to get some more pics up here to finish out this post. I’ll take them tonight on my way home.