bpd1151 Posted December 18, 2011 Report Share Posted December 18, 2011 Below are the steps I took to convert over my entire interior from the standard, factory installed incandescent type bulbs, over to LED's. Now I opted to order up LED replacements as they last 10 times longer than the standard/stock/OEM bulbs, draw signifigantly less power, and operate at cooler temperatures. Needless to say, I am very happy with the overall outcome! It goes without saying that the LED's are much brighter than the halogens, but the specific LED's I ordered have a wide angle dispersing effect so I noticed the light coverage overall was more 'complete'. Particularly in the inside of the car / interior cabin area(s). Below are some pics of tools you will need. Steps to take. What you can expect before and after. This was a relatively easy swap, so I'm sure any of you can do it. Total time took me approximately 45min. Any questions or w/e, just ask or pm me. Some basic tools you will need are as follows: 1. Small & Medium sized Philips Screwdrivers 2. Putty knife (or other similiar flat edged prying tool) 3. Pair of needle nosed pliers (slightly bent on the end) 4. Couple of cold beers on standby for when you finish the job. Here's a couple of pics of the yellowish looking, standard/stock/OEM bulbs. These were/are located in the front map/courtesy area where the switches are at for the sunroof. Here's what they look like after the LED's are installed: ...... it was pretty easy swapping out these bulbs. Essentially, using your putty knife, work all along the edges of the clear plastic, GENTLY prying the tabs downward. The entire clear plastic piece will eventually dislodge, allowing you access to the bulbs themselves. I next used the needle nose pliers to aid in removing the bulbs as I couldn't get my fat lil fingers in the hole enough to grasp them and remove them using my own bare hands. Simply replace the bulb with the L.E.D. & wallah! Moving along to the three overhead lights (one is stationary, the outer two are mounted in swivel pods for aiming/directional use). You will once again need the putty knife to remove the clear plastic piece. Repeat as above by gently prying the tabs downward 'til the piece comes off. Next, you will have to remove the pods by aiming the light all the way to one side, then use your putty knife to pry the pod itself out from the hole it swivels within. After removing the swivel pods, there are two tiny arse screws that hold the outer plastic shell and reflector lens to the "basket" where the bulb itself is located in. I can't tell you how many times I dropped those stupid lil things onto the carpeting. I suppose if you had a magnetized screwdriver, that might even be better. But regardless, after a few attempts, I finally was able to get 'em back together. Here's some pics: Here's a pic (re-post) of those swivel pods apart---- notice the reflector housing. It actually sits inside of the plastic outer shell and is held together by these PITA lil screws: A couple of post install pics of the interior illuminated in all LED: Rear License Plate Light(s): Interior Visor Vanity Light(s): Here's a pic of what the standard/stock/OEM bulb looks like side-by-side in comparison to the LED: I hope that this "how-to" thread has been of some use to those of you who may be considering performing this mod. For those that are familiar with the process already, I hope at least you enjoyed the pics :thumb: As far as part numbers of bulbs, etc. each mfg'er will use their own charts and part #'s..... Autolumination will cue you in to what you need to buy, but below is a general, overall list of bulbs from Sylvania. Some of these bulbs will cross list / reference with LED's, but the crappy thing is that that some LED bulbs don't fit at the base, are too long, etc. If you don't buy from a reputable seller, there can be SIGNIFICANT variations in color of EACH bulb. I have consistently ordered from here when buying LED's: http://www.autolumination.com Here is that general list of bulbs, sizes, etc: High & low beam headlamp HID-D3S Parking light 3457A LED Front turn signal 3457A Rear turn signal 992 (7440A) Tail light 3057 916 Stop light 3057 High mount stop light LED License plate 168 Back up light 7440 Front sidemarker 168 Rear sidemarker 916 Map light 2825 Dome light 2825 64111 As always, comments are both welcome and appreciated. Happy modding y'all :thumb: ----------------------------------------Mike Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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