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If you're not a purist, use aftermarket parts (archive)

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Posted by Shawn D. on January 11, 2001 at 07:11:41:

In Reply to: speaking of interior lighting.... posted by Randy on January 10, 2001 at 13:44:23:

There's a little two-wire unit that I have on my '57 Chevy that works great. It cost me about $5 (well, that was 12 years ago) and simply connects to any of the grounding wires (i.e. at ground when the door is open) and ground. It's about 1x2x.5". One caveat: I don't know if the E28 door switches create a ground to complete the light circuit or if they simply close a loop in the circuit. If the latter is the case, this wouldn't work.

I had the opportunity to drive a 2000 323i wagon while having my valves adjusted at the dealer (Sandia BMW in NM - GREAT service). The one thing that I thought was kinda nifty about the interior lights was that they stay on for a few seconds after you get in the car and then fade off. This is just like the overhead warning light panel on my car and I was wondering if one could wired that delay mechanism into the interior light switch on an e28. Also, could one simply wire in small lights in the front footwells? Lastly, how about a map light panel with some red bulbs to softly illuminate the shifter from above? The wagon also had this and it was cool as s**t. Any ideas? Chip B?

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