If you want to have the engine compartment illuminated, it is relatively easy to implement with engine compartment lighting. Engine compartment lighting can be retrofitted in almost any car, regardless of the model. However, there are also retrofit kits for certain models that are specially designed for the respective vehicle. Basically, there are various options for retrofitting the engine compartment lighting.
Possibilities of arrangement
Basically, when retrofitting, you can decide to what extent you want the engine compartment lighting. So there is the possibility of retrofitting the lighting on only one side, only above or below or on all sides. Depending on what you choose, you have to consider one thing, namely the length and number of cables. Depending on the arrangement, this may need to be extended. The lighting, which usually consists of a cable tube, can be arranged along the frame. Simple attachment is possible here, depending on the frame, either by inserting it or with cable ties and adhesive strips. Adhesive strips are only suitable where the engine compartment is clean and does not come into contact with water or dirt, so that the adhesive strips ultimately have a permanent hold. Regardless of the attachment, you should always ensure that the engine compartment lighting is securely held and that the electrical system is connected correctly.
The connection of the engine compartment lighting
Of course, engine compartment lighting also needs a contact as a trigger and a power supply. A separate wiring harness ensures the connection to the vehicle electrics. This consists of several contacts, namely ground contacts and a positive contact. The first contact is attached to the hood and the other contact is located on the cross member, for example. If the bonnet is then opened, the circuit closes and the engine compartment lighting starts to light up. Here are the connections and the implementation, depending on the manufacturer, but different. The positive cable is connected to the vehicle electrical system via the cable harness or directly to the Battery connected. So that there is no danger from the engine compartment lighting, it is important that a connection is made via the vehicle's fuses. There are other options for connecting to the vehicle electronics.
sometimes also installed ex works
If you want to tune the engine compartment lighting continuously, you need a different connection. Here, for example, you don't need a connection via a hood contact. In such a case, the earth and positive cables are connected directly to the vehicle electrical system. Again, protection via an internal or external fuse is necessary. When the engine starts, the engine compartment lighting also begins to light up. Some vehicles also have engine compartment lighting installed ex works. But this is only useful and should serve less as a colored highlight. If factory lighting is already installed, installation is often easier. After all, the cables and the corresponding contact are already available and can be used as a basis. Approval of the engine compartment lighting by the TÜV is not required. By the way: You can find out which penalties threaten in the event of incorrectly activated or not activated lighting in our large article onLights on the car: function, regulations, fines“Read.
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