Simple, Quick and Easy LED strip boot/trunk installation for an MR2 Mk2
- Waterproof LED Strip [JIAWEN Waterproof 36W 300-SMD 3528 LED Light Strip White 6500K 2900lm – White DC 12V / 5M]
- Self Stripping Cable Connectors [Halfords]
- Heat Shrink
- 8 Amp Red [Halfords]
- 8 Amp Black [Halfords]
- Soldering Iron
- Wire Stripper
Check the polarity of the courtesy light with the multimeter and make a note of it. Explanation [Here]
Cut a length of the LED strip along the cutting points to your desired length.
Check the length of wire you will need to get from the LED strip to the wires of the courtesy light. You will only need to strip one end of the wires as the other end goes into the self stripping cable connectors
Solder the two wires to the LED strip and heat shrink them. In my case I soldered to the pre-existing wires.
Place the LED Strip in the boot and run the positive and negative wire through to the courtesy light wires where the self stripping cable connectors will be used. With the wires roughly laid out peel off the back of the LED strip exposing the sticky back and stick it where you want it.
Put both wires into the self stripping connector and use the pliers to clamp the metal plate down on the wires. Clip the securing arm down.
Reconnect the battery and admire your work
If you are paranoid (like me) and want to make sure the lights go out when the boot is closed, the light switch is part of the latch mechanism. You can use long nosed pliers to push the clip down as though the boot is closed and all the lights should turn off, if you clip the leaver down you will need to release it again by using the key or driver side leaver.