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This modification was created for style as well as function. This accessory allows you to see where you're placing your drink into the cup holders at night, as well as creates a pleasant glow which perfectly matches the rest of the Sonata's interior dash lighting. The AccentGlowLED LED Cup Holder Light mod for the 2011+up Hyundai Sonata turns on and off with your vehicle's headlights and the rest of the dash illumination. Hundreds of Hyundai-Forums members have installed this product, and the Sonata really is a simple beginner do-it-yourself project.



SONATA LED CUP HOLDER LIGHT KIT ON SALE NOW!!






We've made installation easy with printed instructions included in the kit (shown below) as well as a step-by-step video!


Read these instructions completely before beginning installation
AccentGlowLED,LLC. does not assume responsibility and disclaims liability for damage, loss, or expense arising from improper use, operation, or installation of this product.


You may need the following tools:
• Plastic panel popper tool (Harbor Freight.com #67021)
• Small Flathead Screwdriver
• 3/16” Drill Bit (or larger)
• Electrical Tape
• Razor Blade
• Wire Strippers (product similar to the Irwin 2078300 is used)
• Soldering Iron or another wire attachment technique (see end of instructions)

Disassembly:
-Begin by pulling off the silver-trimmed side panels on each side of the center console (highlighted in B ). Start near the end nearest to the back of the car (A) and use a plastic panel popper or your hands to carefully pry up (B1), then the panel will pull backwards towards the rear (B2).

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-Depress the parking brake and move the shift level to the “N” position (you can do this by turning on the key –not starting the vehicle, or by using the small flathead screwdriver to lift the shift lock cover and press the button inside to allow the shifter to move without the key on) (D). You must then pull up on the shifter handle, a force of 50lbs or more may be required, and the shifter and the leather boot will lift off (E).

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-The entire center piece from in front of the center console armrest pocket to the power outlets and aux jack is one single piece. (F) Open the center console armrest pocket and use your pry tool or your hands to begin lifting the center piece with the cup holders up (G). Once you get to the shifter that front piece including the power outlets and aux jack will pull forwards. Carefully lift up the piece and unplug the seat heaters (if available) (G) by depressing the tab on each side of the plug and then flip over and unplug the large white 26-pin plug attached to the power outlets and aux/USB jacks (I). Lift up and place the center console on a work bench.

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Installation:
-First thoroughly clean inside each cup holder with an alcohol pad or similar de-greaser. Drill a 3/16” hole from the top of the center console slightly off center in each cup holder (so we don’t have to bend the LED wire as much as if it were a centered hole) (J not shown). The actual holes drilled in the pictures are almost too close to the sides, use the indicated better hole placement (K).

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-Run the LED wire through each hole and remove the covering from the double-sided tape on the back of each cup holder disc. Route the wire through each hole and place the disc down into the cup holder but do not press down yet, carefully center each disc and then press down firmly to secure.

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-Flip the console upside down and dab some silicone into the hole that was drilled. This step is not necessary as next to no spills or condensation will make it down into the cup holder, but some people like the extra precaution. Next we are going to run the wires towards the front of the console to where the plugs for the power outlets and aux/USB jacks are. Use zip ties as needed keeping wires from hanging loose.

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-Now we are going to wire in the power and ground for the LEDs. We need to use the power outlet plug with the yellow and black wires, and the white 16-pin plug going to the aux/USB (12-pin on navigation models). Take your razor blade and carefully cut back the fuzzy black covering on the wires going to the white 16-pin plug (12-pin on navigation models) and the power outlet with the yellow and black wires, so we can reach the wires. We will be using the black wire from the 2-pin power outlet plug and the blue wire (pin 8 on end) from the 16-pin plug (blue wire on the navigation models as well, but pin 6 on 12-pin connector not pictured. Pin 6 is on different end than pictured) (O,P).

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-(Alternate wire attachment methods described at end of instructions) Now use wire strippers to side-strip both the black wire going to the power outlet plug and the blue wire in the 16-pin plug. Run both black wires to that black car wire and both red wires to the blue car wire. Strip back the LED wires, and then poke a hole through the center of both the black and blue car wires (Q). Take both black LED wires and twist them together and run them through the black car wire and wrap it around (R). Then solder them together (S). Tape up the connection and zip tie to secure (T). Do the same with the red LED wires attaching to the blue car wire (DISCLAIMER: A 1-3amp fuse is suggested in line with the red LED wires).

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-Make sure all of your wiring is secure and all exposed connections are covered and secured. Plug back in and replace the center console in the car (don’t forget the seat heaters) and turn on your headlights to test the LEDs. The remainder of the reinstall is the opposite of uninstall!

Alternate Wire Attachment Methods:
DISCLAIMER: Solder and tape is the most secure electrical connection, other methods described here are available for consumer convenience but will not be as secure of an electrical connection. Use at your own risk.
Option 1: Solder and Tape as described above
Option 2: Use the same technique without solder. Strip back wire with wire strippers and then just loop LED wires through car wire and tape, then secure with zip tie. This is sometimes called a “military splice” and is a perfectly acceptable way to install this particular wiring, if you tug on the wire the zip tie takes the pressure off of the actual connection, and the tape secures the connection itself.
Option 3: Scotch-Locks or “T-Taps”. These types of electrical connectors are very easy to use, and the amount of current going through them in this scenario is very small, but the problem arises with the electrical connection itself and whether or not the “T-Tap” successfully pierces the wire and then secures it. Problems can arise where the wire is broken by the “T-Tap” or the electrical connection becomes loose. This wire connection type is not recommended but can be used in a last resort by a consumer without access to wire strippers.


FAQ:

• The LEDs used are waterproof so no concern with spills or condensation. Some customers also use a small dab of silicone to seal the holes drilled.

• The LEDs are rated for over 50,000 hours!

• Items are shipped USPS First Class Mail and require one full business day or less to process (shipping is quick!). Shipping within the United States is FREE!

• All of our LED Cup Holder Light Kits are Made in the USA!

• Are these bright? We feel that the light output on this product is perfect for night driving and your vehicle. The lighting is not too bright as to distract, annoy, or look tacky but is bright enough to accent and illuminate the inside cup holder.

Hyundai Sonata 2011+up LED Cup Holder Light Kit

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IMO - This is a great mod on your Sonata and the instructions are very detailed. Its hard to go wrong. Enhances the interior at night and provides a useful function. I feel its a great 1st mod. You and others will be impressed.

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IMO - This is a great mod on your Sonata and the instructions are very detailed. Its hard to go wrong. Enhances the interior at night and provides a useful function. I feel its a great 1st mod. You and others will be impressed.

No, I'm not related to the seller and he doesn't give me kickbacks!
I agree - this is an inexpensive way to really make your sonata look great! Even I did it, so you know the instructions were helpful. Now I'm doing it for others I know, I recommend it to everyone!
 

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Thanks! We used to have a thread in this forum stickied at the top with over 70 pages and 80,000 views. As a small business we appreciate the feedback! If you get a chance, leave feedback on our product page as well for other owners. You guys rock!
 

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This wouldn't fit on other Hyundai models? Seems like the elantras center console, cup holders specifically, are the same.
We have a kit specifically for the 2011+up Elantra (with step-by-step instructions) and yes the size is slightly different. We also have a few other Hyundai models (and are always adding more) as well as a "Custom Kit" which can be sized for any vehicle, but without vehicle specific instructions.
 

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I absolutely love my LED Cup Holders. They add that special look way beyond OEM. I have purchased another Sonata and I miss my LED Cup Holders. You can bet I will be purchasing a new set for the new Sonata. They are a great modification!
 

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We have a kit specifically for the 2011+up Elantra (with step-by-step instructions) and yes the size is slightly different. We also have a few other Hyundai models (and are always adding more) as well as a "Custom Kit" which can be sized for any vehicle, but without vehicle specific instructions.
Thanks for the link, I didn't order one for the Sonata but will for sure order it for the Geni.
 

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Thanks for the link, I didn't order one for the Sonata but will for sure order it for the Geni.[/QUOTEAnd thus, the modding begins, skull! Engine hasn't even had a chance to warm up the tires, yet, and there you go! ;)
 

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Thanks for the link, I didn't order one for the Sonata but will for sure order it for the Geni.[/QUOTEAnd thus, the modding begins, skull! Engine hasn't even had a chance to warm up the tires, yet, and there you go! ;)
It ain't that bad yet. I have only started a link folder, and have been saving the links for what I have planned to order. I really won't start for a month or two. :D
 

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Dumb question probably, but are these straight on/off and single brightness, or do they dim with the dash light setting?
 

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To the best of my knowledge, they are a straight on/off as shown in the video and pics. They do not dim as installed per the instructions. But, according to all accounts that I have read from members installing these, the lighting is recessed deeply enough inside the cup holders that it isn't a distraction to the driver or passenger at night.

If you DID want them controlled, the power would have to be run thru a rocker style or panel switch. Either mounted on the dash, alongside or on top of the console between the seats, somewhere that could be reached, safely. Just about anything is possible. You can get the "official" possibilities by sending an email request to the manufacturer. Great people, btw, and a great forum sponsor.

And that's NOT a dumb question. Not at all. If you thought of it, others have, as well. You were the one brave enough to step forward and ask. :)
 

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Precisely. I debated about going there. But, you're spot-on. Not sure I care to get that involved with it. Keeping it simple works for me.
 

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Actually you can wire these to the dimmer switch already in the Sonata. I have these cup holders in the console as well as in all of the doors. However, I chose not to use the dimming function because they are not so bright as to be distracting. If you would like to dim them, then you will need to run the wires to the dimmer switch - you will tap into the grey and blue wires. I don't remember off hand which one is the positive one but you can easily test it out before completing the wiring.
 

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i love my set. not to much but just right
 

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Took advantage of the sale from last week and picked up a set. Because I believe in measuring 15 times and cutting once, it took me about an hour from start to finish. Not counting the time I spent cleaning the center console since I could finally get all those little nooks and crannies.

Can't wait for the first time I drive in the dark.
 

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Once you pull the shifter leather cover with a force how would you go back installing it, and is there any chance while forcing upward to remove will it tear
 

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Once you pull the shifter leather cover with a force how would you go back installing it, and is there any chance while forcing upward to remove will it tear
Lever pull right up with the boot attach.
Boot snap back in after reinstalling the lever.
 
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