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Old 03-22-2011, 09:16 PM   #31
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I bought the exact same bulbs for the license plate lights. I also bought the wedge-style for the map lights, but am a bit scared of breaking off the clear lens if I try to pry it off. Crossing my fingers that neither of them die/flicker quickly!
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:45 AM   #32
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I bought the exact same bulbs for the license plate lights. I also bought the wedge-style for the map lights, but am a bit scared of breaking off the clear lens if I try to pry it off. Crossing my fingers that neither of them die/flicker quickly!
The clear lens is no problem, Look close and you will see small notches, and find a small flat head screwdriver, shouldnt be an issue.
I dont have any problems with my interior bulbs, they are gorgeous still, I get lots of compliments on the look of them. When I can I am going to try a different bulb on the plates and see what happens.
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Alright, they're installed! I noticed a HUGE difference in how tight the stock license plate bulbs fit versus the SuperBrightLEDs. The stock bulbs were nice and snug, whereas the LEDs were very loose. I wouldn't be surprised if the problem you had with the right one was due to a poor connection. The LEDs could rotate in the socket with BARELY any force, but the stock bulbs were definitely a tight fit. We'll see how they last.

Now for the interior lights (with pictures). You don't REALLY need these pictures as a guide, but for the people that are really nervous about breaking something, these will help. Feel free to put these in the original post - I'm sure people will appreciate them.

I started with the rear dome light. I pried out the side closest to the trunk first, then the side closest to the engine:


The metal tab that holds the fixture in (on the engine-side) was the most secure:


Once the fixture was loose, you could get to the tabs holding the lens on:


As for the map lights, they were a little more difficult, but not hard by any imagination. I started by prying the translucent plastic:


Here is a picture of where all the tabs are on the translucent lens:


Once I got the lens off, I tried getting the bulbs out, but my fat fingers couldn't manage. From there I removed the metal reflector. It has 4 connection points that grip the fixture. Pry gently - the metal is very thin and pliable:


From there, just replace the bulbs! Now similar to others, my LEDs seem to stay "on" all the time, even when "off". There's still a slight amount of light coming out of them...





I highly doubt they draw enough electricity to drain the battery, especially since the perimeter alarm light flashes ALL THE TIME and is much brighter. Anyways, I hope these pictures clear things up for some people!

I'll keep everyone posted if anything goes wrong. In the meantime, my car just got a little sexier!
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Yea, sorry, I didnt get pics of me doing it.

On the license plate fixtures, I bent them a little inward to hold the bulb securely before inserting the bulb in. And its only that side, I have the original LED bulb in the left with 0 problems, and they are both secure. You could be right, but I did make sure they were in constant contact with each end.

The bulb I got for my trunk and rear dome I ended up swapping each of them, also on the rear dome, I took the whole fixture out, and lined the inside of the fixture with aluminum foil for an extra reflector because it just wasn't bright enough for my liking. It really helps, just have to make sure its smooth.(reef keeping background made me think of it!) And on the front I think I ended up taking the whole fixture out there too :/ Because I remember it all in my hands, but I did them both with no damage or scratches so I am happy and they are back together as normal LOL

I just saw the bulbs you got for the maps, I got different ones: 194- 6 leds
I go by the light output directions, so the maps pretty much do NOT utilize the reflectors up front, because all 6 LEDs are concentrated downward. 30 degrees outwards, i think the ones you got said 220 degrees, since the leds are on the side too.

I would like to see some lighted night pictures of yours, also, what color temps did you get?
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I'll take some pics tonight. I got the "natural white" bulbs.
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So here are the license plate lights:




The map lights:


The dome light was actually really dim compared to the lights in the parking lot I was in, so they didn't come out very well. I'll try again sometime soon to see if I can get a better picture.
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Those license plate bulbs won't last very long. The only company I know of that makes 14.4v festoon bulbs is 42draftdesigns... everyone else makes 12v bulbs that end up flickering within a few months and dying. I've had the superbrightled bulbs in mine and they barely lasted 3 weeks. I've been running the 42draftdesigns bulbs now for a couple years.
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Those license plate bulbs won't last very long. The only company I know of that makes 14.4v festoon bulbs is 42draftdesigns... everyone else makes 12v bulbs that end up flickering within a few months and dying. I've had the superbrightled bulbs in mine and they barely lasted 3 weeks. I've been running the 42draftdesigns bulbs now for a couple years.
So that must be why then, why do they run 14.4v I wonder back there? I wonder if superbrightLEDs can build one special 14.4v?
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I wish I knew... it only seems to be an issue on Fords and VWs, but possibly others as well. 42DD makes great products so you might as well just get them from there instead of waiting for superbright to redesign something.
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Their 14.5v bulbs only have one color, and from the picture, it looks like it's tinted blue. Can you confirm/deny whether it's pure white (what I want) versus cool white?
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