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So, I spent an hour or so replacing all the interior incandescent lights with LEDs. I think they turned out great. No more ugly yellowish lights.

The rear dome light is a different color temperature, so not the pure white in the front seats. I put the same LED (dome light) in the cargo area. It's much brighter than the stock lights.

I also replaced the backup light with an LED. During this install, I dropped one of the stock bulbs in the jack area and had to do this to retrieve the bulb. This spent the most amount of time...
The license plate bulb is also an LED. It looks so euro, now, with all the LEDs.

Next up, replacing the turn signals and rear marker lights. The turn signals in all 4 corners are expensive, though, since the bulbs have a hyper-flash resistor built in.

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If you have any questions, let me know!
 

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I did the same about a week ago but mine are not that bright (that's the way i wanted it), yours are a bit too bright for me. Anyways i think you did i great job, it's a big improvement from the regular bulbs. I tried putting led for the turn/park lights but those bulbs blew a fuse, i think they did not have that built in flasher resistor thing you were talking about. Are the bulbs for the reverse also special (built in flasher resistor thing) or are the just regular led?

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Yeah, I wanted my interior lights a bit brighter. Maybe they only appear brighter because they're white colored.

The reverse lights, which I wanted the brightest, since they're actually used in some sort of traffic/driving function, are just regular wedge-based LEDs, the same wedge size in the map lights and license plate, but a different bulb. The backup lights are more white, just the camera/lens introduce the purple fringing.
 

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Hi, Gbcue and Veliksam

Would both of you please share the part number(s) of the interior and backup lights they purchased and from where?

Also, for us ol'geezers, I am presuming this is a relatively easy change to make?? Pull out stock bulb, push in LED replacement?

While I would probably not want the entire interior as bright at Gbcue's, I would be interested in having my map/reading light be that bright.

Thank you!
 

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For my lights, the vanity lights are really bright, brighter than the map lights, only because they're so directional. Don't get any bulbs that aren't SMD/Cree. "5050" bulbs are the best since they have the most surface area. "5050" is the size, 50mm x 50mm. The old-looking LEDs are not bright at all. I bought the biggest bulbs I thought could fit in the housings.

Anyway, here is my parts list:

Vanity/mirror lights: https://store.ijdmtoy.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=6SMD-T10-SKU297
Front map lights (would actually like this brighter, as said above, vanity is actually brighter): https://store.ijdmtoy.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=LED_HP_T10_SKU300
2nd row dome light & luggage light (had to jam/force it in since it's longer than the spec of 29mm: https://store.ijdmtoy.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=LED_6SMD_D31_SKU21
Reverse/backup lights: https://store.ijdmtoy.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=T15_SKU326
License plate: 5-SMD T10 168 194 LED Bulbs, Car Interior Lights, License Plate Lights

As you can see, I chose all either Cree or 5050 LEDs to provide the most light.
 

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How much did it cost to change out the bulbs? Where can we get these items?
They're not that cheap, but they are cooler looking and brighter. See post above.
 

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Hi, Gbcue. Thanks for posting the information. Very intriguing.

Did you do a power analysis? Is your overall power draw down or about the same since you opted to go brighter (more lumens = more power)?

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No, I didn't do a power analysis. The brightest bulb is a 7.5W bulb for the reverse lights, and that's half of what the incandescent lights draw (~15-16W). The other LEDs probably draw way less than the old bulbs.
 

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I'm curious . . . Does LED light intensity fades gradually like the OEM incandescence bulbs for the map reading lamps? Or do they just go on/off once the key in the ignition is turned or inserted?
 

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Mine fade as well. I bought my bulbs from eBay from USA sellers, all the bulbs in total cost me around $12, and they are much brighter than the stock bulbs. I suggest buying from eBay because they are the same quality as the expensive ones in the links provided in the above post, just no crazy mark up ;-)

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I did the same thing with my interior lights yesterday! The festoon type LED for the cargo light is much brighter, but it was longer than the stock bulb so I had to bend the contact with a pair of needle nose pliers to get it to fit. The other lamps were plug and play, but they are polarity sensitive so if they don't light, reverse them in the socket. I'll try to post some pictures tonight.

Ordered 4 of these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290738132072

And 2 each of these festoon types:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150848698412

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150847181219
 

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JB, i can't see your photos? Btw, are you happy with the results? I know i am.

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JB, i can't see your photos? Btw, are you happy with the results? I know i am.
Well, I haven't taken the photos yet! Figured I'd wait until it gets dark outside!
 

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Well, I haven't taken the photos yet! Figured I'd wait until it gets dark outside!
Oh, i thought those photos above the links were photos of your car but they weren't showing. Anyways I'm thinking of maybe also getting some bright white leds for the reverse/backup lights, what do you think? Will you also get some for yours? I'll have to find some on eBay.

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Edit: from my phone i am seeing blank photo squares, from my computer i'm not. Very strange, maybe it's the autoguide app?
 
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Oh, i thought those photos above the links were photos of your car but they weren't showing. Anyways I'm thinking of maybe also getting some bright white leds for the reverse/backup lights, what do you think? Will you also get some for yours? I'll have to find some on eBay.
Yes, I am probably going with these for the backup lights:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/180777909487


OK, this is the best I can do with my iPhone. I'll try again tomorrow with my "real" camera. Note: the dome light above the 2nd row is turned off--I haven't upgraded it to LED yet:





 

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Yes, I am probably going with these for the backup lights:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/180777909487


OK, this is the best I can do with my iPhone. I'll try again tomorrow with my "real" camera. Note: the dome light above the 2nd row is turned off--I haven't upgraded it to LED yet:





Very nice! I'm going to go with the same type bulb the op used for the reverse lights but i found the same ones on eBay for $7.95 shipped. Do you know what i need to do to be able to use the dual filament led for the front park/turn signal, last time i tried it worked for like 2 minutes and then my fuse burnt out. Do i need to buy resistors or what?

Edit: nvm, i did some digging and i bought an led flasher.

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Footwell Lights

Gbcue and JuneBug - did you upgrade your "footwell" lights (the two lights on the lower dash area)?

If so what bulb and how does one access these?

Thanks.
 
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