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Old 06-09-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Map Light LED Mod - 2007 Hatchback

I wanted to change my Dome and Map lights to LED Blue Dome and White Map lights. At superbrightleds.com you can get the bulbs needed, but the Map lights needed a bit of work to make work.

Here are the bulbs I purchased:
http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...edge-base/206/

To Remove the fixture, simply

1 - Use a small screw driver and pop the fixture open, and then maneuver it until it comes free.

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2 - Pop the clips open and pull the fixture in half.

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To replace the bulb with an LED Bulb:

3 - Slide the brass positive connection to their side of the bulb and remove the bulb.

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4 - unwrap the wires from the LED and clip off the last half of the wedge base (this is so the wedge base isn't too long)

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5 - Identify the positive and negative wires (positive has a resistor connected inside the bulb)

6 - put the bulb in the socket and feed the negative wire through a little hole

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7 - Hot glue the wedge of the bulb to the socket (DO NOT LET THE HOT GLUE TOUCH WIRES this creates a potential for it to melt)

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8 - Pull the Brass Positive connection over the LED base and wrap the positive end of the LED around the little wing. I didn't solder it in in case I want to replace the bulb.

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9 - Clip the fixture back in and make sure the housing that goes around the bulbs goes in how it was initially pulled out.

How you guys enjoy!


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Old 06-09-2013, 09:25 PM   #2
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Well done!

Excellent choice on the hot glue. I was advised to use it to put my grille back together (instead of epoxy) after the previous owner decided not to learn how to take it off properly and broke 3 of the 6 tabs on it.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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I bought the wedges a few weeks ago, and didn't notice they wouldn't fit (w/o modding) til it was too late. Way to go for figuring out! Really wish there was a simpler replacement tho.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:18 PM   #4
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That's one way of doing it!

I used to have proper replacement bayonet LED bulbs that actually worked. They were from Vleds and I guess they had bridge rectifiers (dual polarity), it's been three years now, so I'm not sure if they still make them like that anymore.

I bought an EDM light that uses different bulbs, I sold the old bulbs another member and they worked for him too.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:22 AM   #5
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I bought some leds that were plug and play for my maps lights. I will have to see if i can track the part number down or where i ordered them from...
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FYI the hot glue will not melt. You need 250-380*F to melt the glue. If that dome light got to 250-380* or the wires, you'd have a much bigger problem.

The glue will never melt, I've used it hundreds of times on circuits.
Neither will plastidip, FYI. You're ALL fine using any of it to seal the wires.
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Shoulda just got these, they are plug and play

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...-wide-angle/3/

These are more expensive, but are also plug and play and it's what I am using for map lights

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...9-led-tower/9/
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Shoulda just got these, they are plug and play

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...-wide-angle/3/

These are more expensive, but are also plug and play and it's what I am using for map lights

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...9-led-tower/9/
yep, thats the style i have! id only be going through the trouble of gluing modding if it created a bright or better output for the map lights
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FYI the hot glue will not melt. You need 250-380*F to melt the glue. If that dome light got to 250-380* or the wires, you'd have a much bigger problem.

The glue will never melt, I've used it hundreds of times on circuits.
Neither will plastidip, FYI. You're ALL fine using any of it to seal the wires.
I was about to say, I've been using hot glue for years on stuff like this.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:48 PM   #10
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Should have gone with these

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Originally Posted by pyroinsa View Post
Shoulda just got these, they are plug and play

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...-wide-angle/3/

These are more expensive, but are also plug and play and it's what I am using for map lights

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...9-led-tower/9/
This is what everyone should have gone with. I guess thats what I get for getting the bulb the manual told me to get without ever popping the Map lights open to see whats inside.

Irregadless, it was a good education about learning how to hook up LED's, do mods, etc. I wouldn't recommend the single bulb LED's for map lights, as they are super dim and don't really do you any good.
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