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Old 03-04-2012, 04:16 PM
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I have a 2012 express crew cab. I know I can spend the cash and purchase the full overhead console but then that opens a whole can of worms. All I would like to have is two simple push on/off map lights. My wife's trail blazer has just two lights overhead, no console. Is this possible? I'm not overly concerned with having them come on with the dome and all that but the way I understand with the console conversion the wiring is already there. Thanks
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wiring is in the driver side pillar, you need a constant power wire as well so the map lights turn on when the door is closed and the switch is off. You need to get the 09-12 overhead console and bracket to do the job.
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I wonder if they make a light can to wire in similiar to house ceiling lights? It would be worth a search ...think I will look
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I found nothing online about any type of wire in kit for a canned light similar to a canned house ceiling light, but it brought back a memory for me...I remember when I was a young fella, cutting a couple holes in the headliner of my 80s chevy short bed and wiring in a light console I scavenged from my cousins wrecked blazer by making a piece of wood to screw to, (and there was glue and duct tape involved if I remember right) but it worked eventually. I ran wires everywhere before I got it right and had it on one of those old silver toggle switches in the dash where I drilled a hole....Man those were the days. LOL
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You might check with a trailer/RV supply for a light unit.
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just do it the correct way and find a console with the bracket, there is nothing to mount anything to, just styrofoam coated cardboard. That space is hollow and flimsy.
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Installing the factory console was my first mod and was very easy to do. Call the local scrapyards in your area and you can find them cheap, a fraction of the cost versus buying new. Don't forget to ask them to remove the bracket and the wire harness to make things easier for you.
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