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OK. I went to my local Ford dealer and purchesed a new 1996 under the hood light for my 1997 Thunderbird. Which way is up? Does the bulb go up or down. I am assuming the two wires would be positive and negative or ground.:2huh:
 

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Damn boy, you don't knwo how to hook up a simple litle light bulb??:rolleyes: Do a little thinking, if you put the bulb down instead of putting the other way, what will happen at night when you open the hood?? is there going to be more light the 1st way or the other way?? Second, can 2 ground cables give light to a light bulb?
 

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Bulb goes down. You would rather have the light go that way than up towards the sky.
 

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Really? in my car the light/bulb points up. It still lights the engine bay up clearly. It was on the junkyard car i pulled it from the same way.
 

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure... (mine is the first one)











If you look at how the hoodliner is cut it is made to point downwards:


I've never personally seen one that points upwards.
 

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I'm guessing the people that owned the junkyard car, just put it on upside down. I saw it on that way and assumed thats how it was done.

*Runs outside to flip my light over :D
 

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lol. Not that it really helps no matter which direction it's facing.
 

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My concern wasn't so much, which way the light would "shine" , rather what triggers the light? I assumed there must be some type of a switching decice in the unit, as there is a slight rattling sound. I thought with a mecury switch vertical direction wouldn't matter. However with a mechanical switch, ie. the rattle, there would be a difference in vertical direction. Hence the question, which way is up?:confused:
 

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Thank you for all the pictures, the Light house was funny.

How about something showing the wire routing?

How is the light activated? Is it a mercury switch or is it mechanical?:)
 

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Bigiron383 said:
How about something showing the wire routing?
Um.. first pic, follow the blue tubing from the light to the engine bay. It plugs in right by the brake fluid resevoir.
 

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OK. Bulb goes down. One wire positive, one wire negative (ground).

What switches the bulb on? Does it have an enternal switch? Does it have a mercury switch? Does it have an external "doorpost" type switch?:2huh:
 
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