New luxury vehicles like the 2017 BMW 5 Series come with ambient interior lights that set the mood of your drive. Granted the price of a new 5 series is about double that of our car, we still wanted to incorporate this luxury feature in our 86.
For the lights we chose to go with the GCS RGB Interior Footwell LED kit with Bluetooth connectivity so we can easily change the colors on the fly from our phone. Everything can be controlled through the Happy Lighting app that’s available for both iOS and Android. There is an almost endless amount of colors, pulses, and gradual color changes to choose from, and it will even pulse the lights to the beat of your music.
The kit comes with 4 LED light strips so we’ve got every seat covered, and we only need to connect two wires to power the entire system, which makes installation very quick. The hardest part about the install is running the LED wire through the center console from the driver’s footwell to the passenger side. But if you enlist a friend to sit at the other side, the process becomes much easier.
This aesthetic mod gives our 86 a greater sense of occasion when you’re behind the wheel. But if the bright LEDs that fill the footwells full of color are a bit too much, you can always tone down the brightness to suit your tastes.