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Old 11-01-2013, 02:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for door courtesy light switch ideas

Can anyone recommend a small switch that could be used for turning on a door courtesy light when the door opens, completing the circuit?
Something small that could easily be mounted (I can make a small aluminum bracket to mount it). I was thinking it would be a pin/plunger type, that could be mounted so that it is activated directly by the door hinge.

Any suggestions or examples would be greatly appreciated.
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Go on ebay motors and search " door pin switch" There are many to choose from. I used the adjustable alarm pins. Worked great. Any auto alarm shop will have them. Most auto supply stores also have them for older classic cars.

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This might work

GM Self-adjusting OEM Door Switch

They probably have others listed on the site too.
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BWD S227 - Door Jamb Switch | O'Reilly Auto Parts

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Old 11-01-2013, 05:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's easier to wire the courtesy lamps to the headlight switch and just as functional. If you're parked somewhere really dark just reach in and give the knob a twist. I think I've used mine twice in nine years. Just saying.

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Just used some push button switches that supply ground in the open position and fabbed a little bracket.
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Here is what I did. Includes footwell lighting

Where's the handle?
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Thanks TW, your original post was actually the one that inspired me to add a courtesy light to the door. I plan to copy your idea (with your permission). Great idea, really like it.

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Sure please do.

As for the door jamb switch, I get a lot of things here.

Sherco Auto Supply

Look about 3/4 the way down.
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