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"News as of 3/1/2020 - Existing FLAMEBALL orders will be temporarily delayed a few additional weeks as I deal with a temporary health issue. In addition, no new orders will be accepted for a few months. I apologize for the delay, but fully intend to be back to normal production in a few months." - Gene Zapsky

About Light System

Most of the gearshift knobs offered by Central Manufacturing Company, Inc. light up at night with the use of either the 14-volt light bulb (which is provided free with the purchase of each knob) or the upgraded LED lighting system. The light bulb and LED are very small - each about the size of a piece of rice. Simply slide the light bulb (or LED) into the shift knob, connect the "hot" wire to a power supply, connect the "ground" wire to the chassis, and your ready to go!


Wiring the System

The light bulb (or LED) is threaded into the center of the shifter by use of a "wormhole" constructed through the shifter (see right and below), the "hot" wire is connected to the vehicles power supply or other DC power source, and the "ground" wire is connected to the vehicle chassis (see detailed instructions). Our optional LED system has a connector at the base of the knob to ease the process.

Knob Wiring


How the Light System Works

With the use of our light-up system, the light passes through the shifter's translucent colors and creates the unique effect of a glowing shifter. At night the shifter will glow the same color as the shifter. For some shifters such as our pewter series, we cast tiny mirrors (see right) at the bottom of the shifter which provides indirect light to the pewter figurines.

Knob Mirrors


LED Upgrades

Our new Ultrabright LEDs produce almost twice as much light as our light bulb system with a fraction of the power. The pure white light also gives a true representation of the colors at night, unlike the light bulb which produces a "yellow" light that distorts the colors (especially the blues and purples). This durable LED system is power surge protected and comes with an optional cigarette lighter plug which is also fuse protected with an LED indicator. See the accessories section for more information on our LED upgrade options.

LED Bulb


Make Installation a Snap!

We offer three different wiring harnesses to ease the installation process. For more information on each of these harnesses, please see the accessories section.

Wire Harness