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well thanks for the help guys!!! i am just not going to use them damn things and if I ever get to a meet or something maybe someone will be able to walk me through getting these fuckers wired in.
 

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I am no wiring expert or anything, but them damn mirrors are giving me an ulser trying to get them to work. I am going to have the door screws wore out by the time I figure it out.
 

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Bump this thread to see if you ever got the puddle lamp to work. I got a set on the way to me and my truck does not have the lamps now, so there is no wire in the harness for the lamps. There is a ground already so I think I should just connect the lamp wire to the light in the door and they should work right?
If anyone has wired up the puddle lamps post it up in here.
 

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Do the wires in your existing mirror harness match that of the above diagram?

If so, then you only should need to wire into white and black on the harness.

What year is the mirror from?
I know that your post is old. But, I am trying to hook up the puddle lights on a 2000 Sierra and it plugs into a harness. My mirror has 8 slots and 6 pins. Which wires should I hook into? Thanks any help would be great. By the way, from one NYer to another even if you don't answer, I want you to know I like your style.
 

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I know that your post is old. But, I am trying to hook up the puddle lights on a 2000 Sierra and it plugs into a harness. My mirror has 8 slots and 6 pins. Which wires should I hook into? Thanks any help would be great. By the way, from one NYer to another even if you don't answer, I want you to know I like your style.
To be honest I have not looked at them, Like a village idiot, I hooked them up and didn't think about it. I will admit that wasn't smart
 

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old post for sure, anyone figure this out? im having this exact same problem and its pissing me off too!
Old post but I’m here to hopefully help bring it to a resolution. I probably need to start a new thread. I just don’t like leaving one unfinished.

I’m working on this project now. The simple way should be to cut the two wires that go to the puddle light, on the little short mirror harness sticking out of the mirror, before the connector. I believe they’re the black and orange wires (I’m color blind).

Then run those two wires down the door and tap both of them into the light on the bottom end of the door. Orange to orange and black to the white wire.

That’s pretty much what the guys in the older posts where trying to say.
Everything should work that way and they’ll turn off and on with your done light.

Now, I’m hoping to go the more difficult route of wiring them up like factory. The reason that they don’t work by just plugging them in is because those wires aren’t present once you follow them to the body harness at the kick panel. I’ll lijely be adding those wires to the body harness. This should also give me the defrost and dimmer feature.

I was on here searching for pinouts and diagrams.
 

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Your on the right track. The mirror manufacturer probably has mirror motor, defrost, light all sharing same ground signal. So adding puddle light ground to door panel light white wire was giving courtesy light circuit a constant ground switch on.
The solution is to separate the puddle lamp ground from anything else and then run it’s positive and negative wires to the door panel light. The only thing gained by running puddle lamp supply wires from a central control circuit is if the factory original had outside lighting separated from inside courtesy lamps. I had a car once that keyless remote turned on all outside lights but not the interior until the door opened. Something like that would be the only reason to run wires further than simply splicing mirror puddle lamp to door panel courtesy lamp.
 

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Old post but I’m here to hopefully help bring it to a resolution. I probably need to start a new thread. I just don’t like leaving one unfinished.

I’m working on this project now. The simple way should be to cut the two wires that go to the puddle light, on the little short mirror harness sticking out of the mirror, before the connector. I believe they’re the black and orange wires (I’m color blind).

Then run those two wires down the door and tap both of them into the light on the bottom end of the door. Orange to orange and black to the white wire.

That’s pretty much what the guys in the older posts where trying to say.
Everything should work that way and they’ll turn off and on with your done light.

Now, I’m hoping to go the more difficult route of wiring them up like factory. The reason that they don’t work by just plugging them in is because those wires aren’t present once you follow them to the body harness at the kick panel. I’ll lijely be adding those wires to the body harness. This should also give me the defrost and dimmer feature.

I was on here searching for pinouts and diagrams.
mom struggling here… I’m doing puddle lights for mirrors as well as under glow lighting.

(Amber at night, works with turn signals)

however the courtesy power problem has literally stumped me for 6 months now. What…!!!!!

my theory is that orange is constant power, and the black power (ground) is only workingthrough a relay?? Idk..

all I know is that orange in thefoot lighting is constant 12v and when I hook my lights up to it, they are on all the time..

now the entire lighting”harness” is run off of one ground (my light strip) so I can’t have separate grounds for all 4 functions. What can I do?

the ILLUM fuse in the interior is for the headlight switch unfortunately. And the CRTSY LP fuse under the hood is constant 12v what do I do? I guess I could run without the feature but it’s driving me INSANE.

(I only came back to this problem after getting a dash camera installed hardwired into my truck w/ constant power)

please give me a text if you have anything….
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You are doing something much more complicated than everyone else. My suggestion, although rudimentary and very annoying) is hook up your puddle lights to your turn signals. They will function normally like puddle lights but will flash when turn signal comes on. Downside to this is that they will be always on at night. If I understand you properly that is what I would do.

If you just can't figure out the puddle lights turning on then I don't know how to help. Literally connect light power to your door lamp power which is orange and then light ground to door lamp ground which is black
 

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You are doing something much more complicated than everyone else. My suggestion, although rudimentary and very annoying) is hook up your puddle lights to your turn signals. They will function normally like puddle lights but will flash when turn signal comes on. Downside to this is that they will be always on at night. If I understand you properly that is what I would do.

If you just can't figure out the puddle lights turning on then I don't know how to help. Literally connect light power to your door lamp power which is orange and then light ground to door lamp ground which is black
I can do that for my mirrors.. but doing that for my running lights is another issue because it shares the ground with the other functions. If I tie in the underlighting to the door lamp ground like you suggest, then everything will be “on” since there is a constant 12v running through the circuit.
However does work with the mirrors, so you’re onto somewhere there!

I really don’t think there is any feesible way to get courtesy lights in the fashion they are manufactured, so what I might do is just cut back that wire for the courtesy lights and then run a new set of lights dedicated to courtesy lights. Anything you’d recommend for that?
 

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Oh yeah I guess I should have been more clear. You need to cut the power wire in the harness mirror side and then run a new wire. The ground I can't remember how I did it. I think I attached it to the same ground as the harness.

You can pull the housing out and run two new wires to the door courtesy light.
 

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I can do that for my mirrors.. but doing that for my running lights is another issue because it shares the ground with the other functions. If I tie in the underlighting to the door lamp ground like you suggest, then everything will be “on” since there is a constant 12v running through the circuit.
However does work with the mirrors, so you’re onto somewhere there!

I really don’t think there is any feesible way to get courtesy lights in the fashion they are manufactured, so what I might do is just cut back that wire for the courtesy lights and then run a new set of lights dedicated to courtesy lights. Anything you’d recommend for that?
The ground isn’t constant. Just wire them to the foot well lights on 99-02s. They will say on for 30 seconds and do there job.03+ are plug and play.
 
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