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Disable Interior Lights

Post by MrAl » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:13 am

Hello there,

Any way to disable the interior lights that come on when the door is opened?
I dont need them and with modern flashlights i can see much better with a high powered LED light.
I dont want to permanently disable them however, so i don want to take the bulbs out for example.
On the old Hyundai i had, the only ceiling lamp had a three way switch where you could select one of:
1. On (always on, never shuts off)
2. Automatic (when the door is opened it comes on, when the door is closed it shuts off)
3. Off (never turns on unless you flip the switch manually again to 1 or 2 above).


Alternately, how hard is it to change one of the bulbs in one of the overhead interior lights?
I might be able to swap it out for a high powered white LED Luxeon or Cree Star which would easily provide MUCH better interior lighting when it is actually needed.

Thank you.
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Re: Disable Interior Lights

Post by kippster41493 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:09 am

Does you dome light look like this? If so the switch is in the center, the center position will turn them off completely.
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Re: Disable Interior Lights

Post by bmdubya1198 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:49 pm

In my V70, I believe pushing the left side of the rocker switch disables the interior lights completely. Mind you, the footwell lights will always come on with the doors, regardless of whether the dome light switch is off.
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Re: Disable Interior Lights

Post by erikv11 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:58 pm

All of the interior bulbs are easy to get to, especially the overhead ones. Many people have switched over interior lighting to LEDs, e.g. http://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forums ... =1&t=35000. LED availability has really improved since that thread was started (e.g. https://www.superbrightleds.com/) so you don't need to solder any more to do it, be sure to read some of the more recent posts. There are a lot of threads like that one if you try the search function.
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Re: Disable Interior Lights

Post by MrAl » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:36 am

Hi,

Thanks much, i'll look into those LED lights and the switch. Didnt think this one had a switch but if it is there i'll find it :-)
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Re: Disable Interior Lights

Post by bmdubya1198 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:13 am

MrAl wrote:Hi,

Thanks much, i'll look into those LED lights and the switch. Didnt think this one had a switch but if it is there i'll find it :-)
Now that you mention it, I think some models didn't have the switch. Seems stupid, but I think I've seen it before.
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1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
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Re: Disable Interior Lights

Post by BEJinFbk » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:27 am

The switch is a standard feature. All trim lines have it.

The page you want:
http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/199 ... 9.htm#pg51

The whole OM:
http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/199 ... 70_000.htm
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Re: Disable Interior Lights

Post by MrAl » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:31 pm

Hi,

Oh ok thanks for that link. I guess it is in the owners manual then.
I'll check next time i go out to the car. The switches are probably there i just didnt notice them yet because they are overhead.
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Re: Disable Interior Lights

Post by bmdubya1198 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:30 pm

The switches must be there.
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2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 113k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 171k
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1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
2006 BMW 330i
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Sold-
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1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
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Re: Disable Interior Lights

Post by erikv11 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:36 pm

Yes, the switches are definitely there.
'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 145k
'98 S70 NA, 220k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 286k
'06 S60 R, 167k
'99 Camry V6 :shock: 125k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k

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