How to fit Puddle Lights on the Front and Rear doors

auzzam_crd

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I saw a few people were struggling with the back lights - so decided to make an easy video on it.

I've posted this as a separate thread, as this topic will no doubt be searched for in the coming years.

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Harny86

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Good video mate. My s3 come with the 2 spare bulbs in the glove box but the rear door cards have the cut outs blanked in mine.what would I do there mate?

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auzzam_crd

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Good video mate. My s3 come with the 2 spare bulbs in the glove box but the rear door cards have the cut outs blanked in mine.what would I do there mate?

Thanks

Thanks buddy, so according to Audis website buried deep within their configurator the rear puddle lights are only available with the ambient lighting pack.

I'm guessing you did not opt for this? Seems to be another gotcha! From the way they've chosen to build the standard car specs
 

Ludus

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Another great video! I managed to get a set of these projectors for free from a mate - haven't some people been getting the projectors with their A3's without selecting them? Obviously you get the standard white lights under the doors as standard with the extended ambient lighting pack but the image projectors are an extra £120. Are people who are getting the projectors free getting them in both the front and rear or just the front?
 

Harny86

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Thanks buddy, so according to Audis website buried deep within their configurator the rear puddle lights are only available with the ambient lighting pack.

I'm guessing you did not opt for this? Seems to be another gotcha! From the way they've chosen to build the standard car specs
No I didn't mate.Aufi are having our lives here.
 
Another great video! I managed to get a set of these projectors for free from a mate - haven't some people been getting the projectors with their A3's without selecting them? Obviously you get the standard white lights under the doors as standard with the extended ambient lighting pack but the image projectors are an extra £120. Are people who are getting the projectors free getting them in both the front and rear or just the front?

Edition 1, and S3 get Audi Beam (4 Rings as Standard) Vorsprung gets Vorsprung spelt out - They are in the Glovebox and should be fitted at PDI - I thought the rears had the normal lights as standard - The 8V did so poor if you have to have the Ambient Pack - I have the Ambient and ordered S puddle lights for the front and put the 4 Rings at the rear.

The standard puddle lights wouldn't light up a puddle if they tried - Absolutely awful - The projector ones are really bright so don't know why they don't fit better white lights
 

auzzam_crd

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Edition 1, and S3 get Audi Beam (4 Rings as Standard) Vorsprung gets Vorsprung spelt out - They are in the Glovebox and should be fitted at PDI - I thought the rears had the normal lights as standard - The 8V did so poor if you have to have the Ambient Pack - I have the Ambient and ordered S puddle lights for the front and put the 4 Rings at the rear.

The standard puddle lights wouldn't light up a puddle if they tried - Absolutely awful - The projector ones are really bright so don't know why they don't fit better white lights
so true! for weeks I thought I had no lights on the rear until I physically got underneath to look and found the standard light. :)
 

Bayl

2017 8V S3 Tech Pack Advanced, Pano, Mag Ride,B&O
My S3 8V came with the rings on the front but plain on the back so I bought genuine Quattro logo for the rear, just got my S3 8Y last Saturday, it has the extended ambient pack but only plain front and back, glad I took both sets out the 8V


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My S3 8V came with the rings on the front but plain on the back so I bought genuine Quattro logo for the rear, just got my S3 8Y last Saturday, it has the extended ambient pack but only plain front and back, glad I took both sets out the 8V


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You should have the 4 Rings on the front as standard - They should have been put in the glovebox and swapped out at PDI - I'd get onto the dealer and they should post you out a new set.
 

auzzam_crd

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You should have the 4 Rings on the front as standard - They should have been put in the glovebox and swapped out at PDI - I'd get onto the dealer and they should post you out a new set.
My S3 8V came with the rings on the front but plain on the back so I bought genuine Quattro logo for the rear, just got my S3 8Y last Saturday, it has the extended ambient pack but only plain front and back, glad I took both sets out the 8V


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Yep as @Sparks43 said they should have been standard on your front doors, it's listed in the configurator.

I'd get a replacement and flog them lol

Hope the way to fit the backdoor lights helps when you get around to it.
 

Bayl

2017 8V S3 Tech Pack Advanced, Pano, Mag Ride,B&O
Will do, I just pulled the cable out a bit (not recommended)


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Harny86

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With my rear door card been blanked off if I cut the hole out would the cable be there?if so I could do it myself and but the lights.
 
With my rear door card been blanked off if I cut the hole out would the cable be there?if so I could do it myself and but the lights.

I would suspect not, knowing how Audi are these days and everything is weight driven for emissions, so I doubt they would add anything that's not being used.

If you take the screw out under the door handle, you might be able with some plastic trim removal tools be get the bottom of the door card away enough to see if there is a wire.

The second screw is behind the speaker trim - The one in the middle of the door and is really difficult to get out - This is if you were thinking of taking the whole door card off.
 

Harny86

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I would suspect not, knowing how Audi are these days and everything is weight driven for emissions, so I doubt they would add anything that's not being used.

If you take the screw out under the door handle, you might be able with some plastic trim removal tools be get the bottom of the door card away enough to see if there is a wire.

The second screw is behind the speaker trim - The one in the middle of the door and is really difficult to get out - This is if you were thinking of taking the whole door card off.
Ok I will look thank you for this
 

Ludus

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With my rear door card been blanked off if I cut the hole out would the cable be there?if so I could do it myself and but the lights.
I believe all 8V's had the connectors in the door cards regardless of trim level - it was just a case of taking off the blank plate and then you could fit the lights. I assume it would be the same depends if you're willing to chance it.
 

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I can confirm that there will be no wiring there.

If you have red warning lights on the end of the doors that light up when you open the door then its quite straight forward to add puddle lights - I can supply a piggy-back harness and light kit - you can add this kit without taking the door card off.

If the red warning light is just a blank plastic and doesn't light up then you will require a full lighting kit which consists of the harnesses, puddle light and red warning light - again something that we offer.

https://rocketwires.co.uk/online-shop/ols/products/door-lighting
 

Ludus

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I can confirm that there will be no wiring there.

If you have red warning lights on the end of the doors that light up when you open the door then its quite straight forward to add puddle lights - I can supply a piggy-back harness and light kit - you can add this kit without taking the door card off.

If the red warning light is just a blank plastic and doesn't light up then you will require a full lighting kit which consists of the harnesses, puddle light and red warning light - again something that we offer.

https://rocketwires.co.uk/online-shop/ols/products/door-lighting

I don't believe any of the 8Y's have the light up warning light anymore?
 

RobinA3

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I believe all 8V's had the connectors in the door cards regardless of trim level - it was just a case of taking off the blank plate and then you could fit the lights. I assume it would be the same depends if you're willing to chance it.

8V's didn't have the wring fitted from factory unless it was added as an option.
 

Bayl

2017 8V S3 Tech Pack Advanced, Pano, Mag Ride,B&O
Judging by the stuff they have taken off the 8Y compared to the 8V there is no way that wiring will be in there if it wasn’t specced


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Moots

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Missed this thread first time round, suggests further up that s3’s should have the Audi logo fitted as standard is that right? Mine doesn’t they’re just standard lights and there’s nothing in the glove box either...
 
Missed this thread first time round, suggests further up that s3’s should have the Audi logo fitted as standard is that right? Mine doesn’t they’re just standard lights and there’s nothing in the glove box either...
That's correct - Standard fit on the S3 - Should be in the glovebox and fitted at PDI
 
No judgement from me, but that is one error I'd be happy to see personally. Much prefer non-logo puddle lights - they do a better job and are a little less...ostentatious.
 
No judgement from me, but that is one error I'd be happy to see personally. Much prefer non-logo puddle lights - they do a better job and are a little less...ostentatious.
A per The Real Big Vern, the standard puddle lights couldn't light up a puddle if they tried - Complete waste of time

The four rings do a good job and S Puddle Lights really light up the floor well
 

S3 TRS

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Judging by the stuff they have taken off the 8Y compared to the 8V there is no way that wiring will be in there if it wasn’t specced


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If the wiring for puddle lights on the bottom of the doors is present then you can take the feed from them to add power for red leds on the backward facing part of the door. That’s what I did in my Golf GTI. I did have to take the outer door skin off but can’t remember if it was to get access to that wiring or not. Was a few years ago now.


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A per The Real Big Vern, the standard puddle lights couldn't light up a puddle if they tried - Complete waste of time

The four rings do a good job and S Puddle Lights really light up the floor well
Ah, fair enough. Not seem them in action as yet. You'd assume (as often the case) that they'd be brighter without making off a load of the light to create the rings but sounds like it's a completely different light.
 

SargaroS

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I would suspect not, knowing how Audi are these days and everything is weight driven for emissions, so I doubt they would add anything that's not being used.

If you take the screw out under the door handle, you might be able with some plastic trim removal tools be get the bottom of the door card away enough to see if there is a wire.

The second screw is behind the speaker trim - The one in the middle of the door and is really difficult to get out - This is if you were thinking of taking the whole door card off.
Can you suggest how to take this grill off ?
Did you start from the end of it ?
Trying to get mine off but I’m not really sure where should I start with it very tight fit.
 
Can you suggest how to take this grill off ?
Did you start from the end of it ?
Trying to get mine off but I’m not really sure where should I start with it very tight fit.
Not really it’s very tight wand could
break I’m afraid - top edges are where the clips are I think - trim removal tool best option

Sorry
 
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