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About 20 years ago... wasn't there a kit to put a switch for the hood light??
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It would be elementary electronics to install a switch. Why would you need or want a switch? If you do not want it to light, unplug it.

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Easier for me to have an actual switch there as well (also inside trunk)... Generally it stays off. As hood can be up for significant amounts of time for maintenance,and/or car shows,etc,etc... If I need it,then it can be easily turned on,and works as previously..

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It would be elementary electronics to install a switch. Why would you need or want a switch? If you do not want it to light, unplug it.
The connector is 25 years old. I'm sure it will break if you unplug it repeatedly.

I remember someone made a kit, with factory connectors, with a switch. This was about Y2K...
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About 20 years ago... wasn't there a kit to put a switch for the hood light??
Found this but not sure this is what you're looking for or if there is such an animal available...

https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...ff-switch.html

...but as mentioned, this is pretty basic electrical stuff if you want to make something up for this purpose. You may also be able to use the "interior Light switch" used on the 9C1 cars for the interior Dome light on/off and fabricate a simple harness to control the hood light manually.

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BTW - While doing a little search for ya I stumbled across this old "Thread from Fred" of a mod I had completely forgot about. Some cars have a "retractable light" that could be a cool mod for some to consider. Wire this puppy up so that it only works when you want to turn it on. Maybe a switch on the light itself if there is not already one there?

https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...hting-mod.html

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The connector is 25 years old. I'm sure it will break if you unplug it repeatedly.

I remember someone made a kit, with factory connectors, with a switch. This was about Y2K...

I removed the power to the trunk and hood lamp fixture .. ya 23 yrs ago. no need for it . today we can purchase an LED lamp and set it up so you can move it around like a drop light .. then when done unplug it .. low power more light..


the OEM lamps are not all that good if its night time ..



My connector is not f'ed up.. still works but it may have been 15 yrs since I used it..


the other Item I disconnected is the power antenna.. antenna still works ..but it is up all the time unless I have to put a cover on it or bring into the body shop etc..
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The connector is 25 years old. I'm sure it will break if you unplug it repeatedly.

I remember someone made a kit, with factory connectors, with a switch. This was about Y2K...
I guess you are referring to the little Plastic Retaining clip of the connector itself? You're probably right as these thing do get brittle with age like the MAP sensor plug and just snap off. There is a replacement connector for the MAP and maybe 1 for the hood ight connector?

Another option/location for a simple on/off switch. You could just splice in a small switch of your choice and matches the current capacity of the light and mount it directly to the wire where it comes up at the Firewall. Then just mount the switch to the FW itself. Toggle it off/on as needed when the hood is open.

While on this subject and if you are going to modify the wiring anyway for a switch, look into the the Dual Light mod for under the hood. YOu can add a 2nd light to the Driver side of the hood for a more balanced look and better lighting. Swap in a couple of LED's and you have a Very Bright symmetrical look and low Power consumption.

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BTW - While doing a little search for ya I stumbled across this old "Thread from Fred" of a mod I had completely forgot about. Some cars have a "retractable light" that could be a cool mod for some to consider. Wire this puppy up so that it only works when you want to turn it on. Maybe a switch on the light itself if there is not already one there?

https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...hting-mod.html
There are two styles of that light. One mounts on the hood with a mercury switch, and one that mounts on the wheelhouse with a manual switch.

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Easier for me to have an actual switch there as well (also inside trunk)... Generally it stays off. As hood can be up for significant amounts of time for maintenance,and/or car shows,etc,etc... If I need it,then it can be easily turned on,and works as previously..
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I bought this on Amazon for 7.79, just haven't installed it, yet. I agree plugging and unplugging will probably end in tears. It hurt enough buying a replacement lens.

Good luck.
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