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Old 01-26-2013, 10:08 AM
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Keep in mind LED lights do not dim very easy.

LED light bulbs can be dimmable, but they don't dim as smoothly as incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs can be dimmed until they emit almost no light, but LED bulbs can only be dimmed within a certain range. After the electricity is lowered beyond 1.5 bolts, LED bulbs will go completely dark
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Thanks buzzvoodoo, but i am wanting the floor light to dim with the dash light not just burn. I usually keep my dash light slightly dim because i drive at night alot. I have a car that has these type lights and function.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:05 PM
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buzzvoodoo. I actually have a few small 12v sockets laying around i'm using. That's what kinda gave me the idea. How funny is it when you clean out storage bins in your garage and have a part in your hand that's been there for years and all of a sudden, Hey i can use that! That's why i have to go through things once in a while to make room for more things i don't really need.
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Thanks buzzvoodoo, but i am wanting the floor light to dim with the dash light not just burn. I usually keep my dash light slightly dim because i drive at night alot. I have a car that has these type lights and function.
You dont understand. If you set it up the way I described you WILL be able to DIM the floor lights when you turn the DASH Gauge lights down low.

Your gauges and lights for those guages get power from that fuse box. Find the fuse for the gauges, pull it, shove the wire in there and put the fuse back in. Your FLOOR LIGHTS NOW get power from the exact same location as your gauge cluster. hints you turn the dimmer switch down your gauge lights go down and the floor lights go down with it because they are a carbon copy now of your instrument lights.
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The fuse is BEFORE the dimmer knob. The fuse feeds the headlight/dimmer assy, the headlight/dimmer assy feeds the panel. The dimmer knob(rheostat) delivers the selected amount of voltage to the panel. In your case the fuse must be between your dimmer knob and the panel. Did you try this on your truck?
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What the heck is Funeral mode? I tried all the settings and the only thing different i have ever noticed is Cargo light only, dome only, instrument lights normal with BRIGHT odometer/overhead instrument panel, instrument panel normal with dim odometer/overhead instrument panel, then the panel lights start dimming.

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I believe the wire coming off pin 3 of the headlamp switch is what you're looking for to power the lights.

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I would pull from the dimmer switch itself. Pull it out, find the wire that varies in voltage as u roll the dimmer up and down. Tie in, run ur wires to ur new lights and there u go.
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Just FYI...they make all kinds of nifty (and cheap) wire connections for splicing into fuse panels and wires so that u don't have jam, stuff and cram wires into ur fuse panel like mentioned above. These work on the same principle as jamming wires into the panel but create a more secure (and definitely more professional looking) connection so that ur electronic add-on AND the functions that fuse controls don't quit on u down the road when the fuse falls out or the wire is snagged or pulled a little. Adding things into the front of the panel often stretches out the fuse connection in the panel and when u are no longer using the added wire, fuses don't like to stay in that spot.

Just a little info. I have been doing this stuff for years and have learned a ton from my mistakes and shortcuts over the years. Good luck!
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Namccanna, I did just that. RamTech was spot on with the wire and tap location, Followed the wire beyond the switch, tapped into it using the wire spice connector, and it works great. Still wanna know what the FUNERAL position is for on the switch diagram. haha.
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Still wanna know what the FUNERAL position is for on the switch diagram. haha.
Good question. I would say call ur local dealer and ask them the procedure for enabling this feature! Tell them that u want to experience the full capabilities of ur truck!
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