Disable Dome Lights

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A couple of times this summer I am going to sleep in the back of my FJ60, its really nice if I can roll the windows down and flip the tailgate open, the only problem is it kills my battery. How can I wire up a switch that will let me disable the rear dome light? Is it possible to get a unit like on the front dome light that will let me go on/door/off.
 
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The rear dome light on my 86 has three positions like the front. Verify that yours doesn't also, but if not you could swap in a later one. Or pull the bulb.
 
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Cruisergreg said:
The rear dome light on my 86 has three positions like the front. Verify that yours doesn't also, but if not you could swap in a later one. Or pull the bulb.

Doesn't :( Just has a light. I'd also like to rig this light up so that when the doors are opened, the back light turns on, makes the whole car brighter.
 
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I'll second changing it to different dome if yours doesn't have the 3 way switch. Cruiserparts.net would probably have a used one.

My '85 has the 3-way switch and it's nice for camping. Not sure how to rig it so that it goes on when the side doors are opened, but with a buddy, a free afternoon, a roll of wire, and some head scratching , I'm sure it's doable.
 
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For a general swap, too, I have swapped out the bulbs for George's LEDs in both my 62's domes -- they're perfect, and seem brighter than in my 80s --

-- maybe my 62 just isn't used to such high-technology -- :D

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gulp3000 said:
Not sure how to rig it so that it goes on when the side doors are opened, but with a buddy, a free afternoon, a roll of wire, and some head scratching , I'm sure it's doable.
No doubt. Add a diode, and you can probably even set it up so the hatch triggers only the rear light, and the doors trigger both lights.

Oh, and my 11/83 FJ60 has a switch on the rear dome, Andrew. Yours is an oddball, or a PO modification. Either way, cruiserparts.net has rear dome lights in stock for $15.
 
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