So I have a 2013 crv exl no NAV. When I have the cargo cover pulled over the back the small cargo light (on the ceiling) of that back area doesn’t reach the floor of the cargo area.
I tried a stick on led with a motion sensor but no good. Fell right off and became a nuisance with things in the back moving around at times. I found some decent led lights that are courtesy lights, three diodes, all encased meant for a boat or RV but would work perfectly for this.
I know by using a multimeter, that small trunk/cargo light fixture has two small metal prongs on the bottom side, that are accessible with the plastic diffuser off the light. I checked and it is positive toward the front of the car and negative on the backmost prong. The prongs are setup in their housing and arranged perpendicular to the car, so one is forward (the positive prong) and the second one closest to the back of the car is the negative prong. I figured I could just solder two wires and run them up through the light fixture, down along the headliner on each side, and then I’d be perfectly set to just drill the one hole for each light and then they have two screws on each side from the back plate to mount.
Because the lights are led, and I’d be tapping into the trunk/cargo fixture, do I need to add a higher amperage fuse to the “interior light” fuse? Plus all my other interior lights are all led chips already. I was planning to mount two of these lights. One right side and one left. I want this setup like so because I want these to turn on with the hatch opening and turn off when closed. The switch itself for the Honda is setup as On-Door-Off. And when I tested everything with my multimeter, I was getting about 12V with on and door, and it was zero when switched to off, and this was just by touching those two prongs.
Any thoughts, tips, feedback? I want to make sure I’m set about things. It makes a huge difference to have the light in that lower area of the cargo part of the car, but the dinky little ceiling mounted lights don’t do much. Even after I swapped them all for led’s. Any suggestions are welcomed!