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Aftermarket Radio Illumination Wire for Dimming Display


Paul Fithian

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To enable an aftermarket radio to dim at night, I hooked up the radio's orange illumination wire through a SPST latching switch, powered from the 12 V outlet feed wire in the console. The switch fits perfectly in the Aux input hole in the console, which you don't need with an upgraded radio.

I have ~ 10 of these switches, PM me and I will send you one for a $2 PayPal.

Radio Illumination Wire Setup.jpg


Illumination Switch.jpg
 
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bdmaash

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Why not tie the wire into the HVAC control illumination right below the radio.

I do suppose this gives better control - like auto headlights on most cars that don't turn on tail lights, dimming only when remembered.
 




Paul Fithian

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It’s easy to tap into this circuit and gives you better control of dimming.
 




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