|Pros:||Better Visibility, Neat Fade In/Fade Out|
|Cons:||Requires cutting interior, Warranty|
The picture at the end of this article is of a typical BMW M roadster interior, except in this M roadster a set of footwell lights has been installed. The picture to the left shows a close up of the footwell lights installed flush in cut-out sections from the underside of the dash. The lights fade in and out just like the overhead light. There is one light in the passenger side footwell and another light in the drivers side footwell. They make a nice addition to the interior, the inside of the car lights up and makes it very easy to see anything down on the floor.
I don’t have the specific part numbers for the lights, but I know they are BMW parts. I believe they are lights from a 5 series but I can not confirm that. At one time a kit was being sold online but the person that was selling it stopped so a certain amount of information on how to do this was lost. The instructions below are from that now extinct kit, hopefully it is enough for you to figure it out yourself.
These are instructions ONLY.
Installation is at your own risk.
This is in no way related to BMW
Remove lower dash panel. Remove clips (1) from panel by turning 90 degrees with screwdriver. Do this to driver and passenger side. These panels are where you will install the footlights
Next open glove box and remove screw caps with small screwdriver or pick. Remove screws where (1) pointing to.
Remove glove box by taking screws out located by (1). Lower right side of glove box first. This part is a little tricky but work glove box around center console. Watch out for the metal clips. They will scratch the center console.
Next you should see something like this. On connector (1) it is black. There should be a brown wire with a black stripe in pin FOUR. This is the wire that you will splice in to for power. Use the blue crimp connector and splice the yellow wire to the BROWN/BLACK WIRE.
Here is a photo after this splice was done.
(Editors Note: Remember these instructions were part of a kit, obviously the yellow wire and blue crimp device were part of that kit).
Next run the wire over the drivers side.
(Editors Note: This wire will be used to power the light on the drivers side).
Next remove the passenger speaker cover. Turn the screw head 90 degrees (Black arrow). Pull speaker cover towards you like the White arrows shown. You will see a body ground behind cover. This is where you install the ground wire.
(Editors Note: Here is a photo of the ground wire referred to in the previous step).
You will need to cut 2 ¾” by 1 ¼” holes in the lower dash panel for the footlights.
(Editors Note: Refer to the very first image in this article for a photo of the lights installed in these cutouts.)
Missing from the instructions is the step of actually hooking the wires to the lights, but you get the idea. The key here is the identification of the wire that should be used as the source. I would also like to add one final word of caution, notice in the very last picture in the instruction that the lights used in the kit had a thin metal heat shield like thing behind them. The shield is important because once you put all this back up under your dash you don’t want to harm any wires that may come in contact with the back side of the light. Now these lights typically are not going to on for any extended period of time but I would still recommend being a little extra picky about what lights you use.