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    Interior Accent Lighting

    I just installed my interior accent lighting kit. At first I thought it was the wrong kit as it states it's for a 2010 M45 on the instructions and the wiring diagram seemed wrong...duh... after checking with the dealer they said it was the right kit so I took another look at it. The wiring diagram when I compared to my car diagram at first glance seemed wrong but after studying it a bit I noticed that it was a mirror image, they are looking at the back of the connector where as the car diagram is looking at the front. Also, it says there's an optional connector and after digging around under the dash I found the connector taped up to the cars harness (it was hidden pretty well). So everything is there and correct. The instructions provided are very thorough and complete. It's a pretty intimidating job as you need to remove a lot of trim, route wiring, tap into existing wiring. If you've worked on cars in the past and have done stereo installs this is a piece of cake, but if you're a novice you might want to consider having the dealer do it since you are messing with the computer to install some wires. They told me they charge 4 hours @ $120 and hour so it would be $480 to do at the dealership. It took me around 4-1/2 hours, I used 1-1/2 hours of that time just trying to figure out the wiring so I think it can be done in 3 hours.

    Here's the tools I used.
    a utility razor and handicut to cut trim pieces, 10mm socket and ratchet, drill with unibit(cone shaped thing it's used to cut clean holes in plastic), wire stripper and cutter, trim removal tools (blue plastic stuff) and #2 phillips screwdrivers (an extra long on is needed to remove the ECU).


    Templates are provided to mark areas to be drilled/cut on the trim pieces which makes things very easy. Heres the B pillar trim that had to be notched.

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    Heres the rear floor trim that had to be drilled.





    Here's the front floor trim that had to be drilled.






    Here's a typical shot of how the wires are run next to the existing harness.


    Here's the stock connector that took me so long to find. it's in the center of the pic covered in electrical tape. It was so hard to find. it's located on the left side of the drivers footwell right above the fuse box.


    Here's the connections to the wiring harness at the computer. It's the two red and one blue cylinder looking things. This is located right under the streering wheel.


    Here's the control module for the lighting kit. it's wraped in the white/gray foam in the center of the pic. it's located on the left side of the steering wheel.

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    It's interesting how it functions.

    If you open the drivers door the door sill lights up,the drivers floor light comes on bright and the footwell light comes on bright. If you close the door the floor light and footwell light dims but remains on. Same with the passenger door. But they function independently only the side with the door open will come on. The back remains off.

    If you open either back door both back floor lights comes on bright, if you close the door it dims. The fronts do not come on. It seems there are 3 independent channels front left, front right and back.

    Once the car starts or after a few seconds (i don't know how long the timer is, maybe 30 sec?) the lights will completly turn off.

    If you turn the parking/headlights on the floor lights and footwell lights will come on dim and remain on till the parking/headlights are turned off.

    The new trim pieces looks like brushed metal with a frosted lens at the bottom. What's strange is that the color of the light is an orange/coral-pinkish color and not white light.

    The illuminated sill plate is stainless steel I think, it has "INFINITI" in white letters glowing. This is only the front doors, the back door has a new matching sill plate but no lighting.




    This is the back floor light.




    Here you can compare the light intensity. The first pic is bright, the second pic is dim.



    Here's the front floor lights.





    The footwell lights are the same as the stock lights but are repurposed. They have a new wire connection that allows them to come on very dim while the parking lights/headlights are on. The stock black cover is removed/replaced to allow light to be seen. I don't know why they put a black lens on them in the first place.

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    VERY SWEET.
    When I installed my factory rear spoiler I wasn't ready for templets and measurements etc.
    Infiniti seem to know how to do DIY instructions.

    Nice write up...... I wondering about my 02Q......terrible (as in none) lighting below the dash
    Mark

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    Another fantastic DIY I'll link to in the sticky! :thumbup:

    I've got to hand it to you, you aren't afraid to tackle anything!

    I notice you have "M56" floor mats ... mine just have the Infiniti logo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_TX View Post
    Another fantastic DIY I'll link to in the sticky! :thumbup:

    I've got to hand it to you, you aren't afraid to tackle anything!

    I notice you have "M56" floor mats ... mine just have the Infiniti logo.

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    Mike,

    DH hand stitched those in his spare time!!! :thumbup:
    Mark

    2002 Q45 Sport:
    255k, IMPUL body kit, Parrot MKi9100, 05 headlamps blacked out w/ AAC Halos,Catz Zeta ballast boost on HIR high beams, Infiniti rear spoiler, rear upper window spoiler, 245/50/ZR18 tires, modded BMW 5 series hid fog projectors, burtman piano finish dash kit, X-pipe, removed rear muffler.Kenwood 150w powered sub.
    1999 XJ8 Jag VP 120k miles sold
    2007 Kia Sportage V6 LX

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    haha mcrewsQ...I'll have a write up shortly on stitching the floormats.

    you know I never even noticed that before...I guess it must be new for the 2012 models, I don't think it's the sport model cause it dosen't have the "S" on it. I wonder if the M37 now have their own floor mats too?

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    I'm SERIOUSLY jealous.

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    2011 Infiniti M56, 30% ceramic tint, hard-wired Escort 8500 X50, LED cabin and trunk lighting - traded!


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    Nice write up. Thanks. Looks great. where did you get the lighting kit? good price?

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    Another awesome job & I have to say, you seem to have more tools than a Snap-on dealer - LOL !

    I'd be far too chicken to try 1/2 the stuff you have done to your car in just a few short weeks !
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    thanks everyone.

    I got it from my local dealer, paid $740 which is list price. I've seen it online for $696, but by the time you factor in shipping to me (Hawaii) it comes out about the same (sucks being on an island 2500 miles from closest land). For the price I don't really think it's worth it to be honest. but then again is this car really worth $65k?lol
    I would definitely get the illuminated sill lights as that is a nice touch and about half the cost. But what you do get that I don't think would be easy to replicate is the control module for this thing and how the lights comes on, dims and what not. it's high quality stuff and integrates nicely into the car but the cost is so damn much. It does make riding in it at night more of an experience as the soft glow of the floor lights gives some ambiance. The floor lighting is also nice when you get into the car.

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    ^ Agree with your last statement. After coming from an LS460, the M seems full of dark nooks and crannies at night. The Lexus lit up everything nicely, and it was easy to get used to.

    But that's a steep price for lighting!

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    2011 Infiniti M56, 30% ceramic tint, hard-wired Escort 8500 X50, LED cabin and trunk lighting - traded!


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    Well, I liked the look of the accent lights. However, had the lighted sills already installed so thought I wouldn't do it at $740. But, saw the kit at less than $500 from dealer (and hoping I can sell the new sills), so I went ahead and did it.

    Oh boy, was a lot of work, but now that it's done, very happy with it!

    Comments on install:

    - Getting the connectors disconnected from existing sill lights was real pain. They had extremely sticky black foam that was a real nuisance. At least I had the accessory connector identified, but it was a pain to undo because of foam.

    - Getting the BCM taps on place took forever. Right hand still recovering from stroke so getting down there to make tie-ins took forever.

    - Discovered how the rear finishers (with rear accent lights) interlocked with the large center garnish so that adjustments were needed from the template.

    - Why is Infiniti loath to use photos in there manuals and accessory instructions? DHCrock's photos proved to be helpful compared with the inaccurate drawing Infiniti provided.

    - The existing connectors to the floor lights don't get used and need to be taped off and covered with foam to eliminate rattles.

    - Still can't believe the kit did not include the 2 clear lens for the floor lights and that you had to order separately.

    - Missed the connector to the in-cabin temp sensor on the reassembly stage and had uncontrollable (i.e. full heat) HVAC until I got it connected.

    - Would have been nice have detailed step by step reassembly checklist.

    Bottom line is that I like the install, but it took much longer than I anticipated.

    Gary

    2011 M37x with Prem / Deluxe / Tech / Malbec Black and Java / Aero / Ceramic Tint / Sport Pedals / Accent Lighting / Phillips LED DRLs / LED Interior Lights
    [2008 M45x with Tech and Adv Tech - gone][2004 FX45 - gone][2003 G35 - gone]

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    Congratulations - it's apparently a bear to install!

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    If someone blows up a school with a bomb they go after the bomber ... if someone shoots up a school they go after the gun.

    A privilege is just a right that has been taken away by government.

    Political correctness is cowardice wrapped in a lie.
    ________________________________

    2013 Acura RDX Tech, 30% tints, hardwired Escort 8500 X50

    2011 Infiniti M56, 30% ceramic tint, hard-wired Escort 8500 X50, LED cabin and trunk lighting - traded!


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    Quote Originally Posted by grmensz View Post
    Well, I liked the look of the accent lights. However, had the lighted sills already installed so thought I wouldn't do it at $740. But, saw the kit at less than $500 from dealer (and hoping I can sell the new sills), so I went ahead and did it.

    Oh boy, was a lot of work, but now that it's done, very happy with it!

    Comments on install:

    - Getting the connectors disconnected from existing sill lights was real pain. They had extremely sticky black foam that was a real nuisance. At least I had the accessory connector identified, but it was a pain to undo because of foam.

    - Getting the BCM taps on place took forever. Right hand still recovering from stroke so getting down there to make tie-ins took forever.

    - Discovered how the rear finishers (with rear accent lights) interlocked with the large center garnish so that adjustments were needed from the template.

    - Why is Infiniti loath to use photos in there manuals and accessory instructions? DHCrock's photos proved to be helpful compared with the inaccurate drawing Infiniti provided.

    - The existing connectors to the floor lights don't get used and need to be taped off and covered with foam to eliminate rattles.

    - Still can't believe the kit did not include the 2 clear lens for the floor lights and that you had to order separately.

    - Missed the connector to the in-cabin temp sensor on the reassembly stage and had uncontrollable (i.e. full heat) HVAC until I got it connected.

    - Would have been nice have detailed step by step reassembly checklist.

    Bottom line is that I like the install, but it took much longer than I anticipated.

    Gary
    And if you saw the "factory" recommended time to charge for installation you would laugh and tell them to shove it where it doesn't shine. Accessory installs really pay crap when it comes down to the bottom line.

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    Where did you see the kit for less than 500? I hate when this thread comes up. The upgrade looks great but I did not want to spend that much for the upgrade.

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    Did this install tonight. What a bear, but glad its done.
    Thank you so much for this writeup. The factory install directions were good, except for the location to mount the controller and the connector above the fuse box.
    Overall - really like the setup.
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    another happy customer!
    Mark

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    1999 XJ8 Jag VP 120k miles sold
    2007 Kia Sportage V6 LX

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    glad you're satisfied. I like it too. And the thought of saving the dealers install price makes it just that much more satisfying.

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    I ended up putting the front footwell lights back on the stock connectors and not using the ambient light connectors. I switched these bulbs out to some really bright LED lights and although they did dim properly, they were WAY too bright for me at night when going down the road. No issues with just hooking them back up to original connectors. The new ambient strip lights put off just enough light for me anyway when driving the car.
    2011 Infiniti M56x Platinum Graphite w/ Stone Interior
    Purchased 2/2012 w/6000 miles, first titled owner
    Deluxe Touring & Technology options
    LED Cabin, Trunk, and Fog Lights
    Interior Ambient Lighting
    Hardwired Valentine One

    2004 Mercury Marauder (gone after 265k miles)
    1997 Crown Vic (gone after 275k miles)

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