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Old 08-23-2008, 03:41 PM   #1
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Lightbulb How-To: Replace Map and Dome lights with LED's - Performed in an 08 SCab

Took this morning to replace my map lights and dome light with white Superflux LED's from Oznium.com. I highly suggest if you are the least bit interested in aftermarket lighting check out Oznium. They have the absolute BEST customer service I have ever seen and the products are outstanding.

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First I had use my multimeter to find the positive and negative on the overhead console board, simple enough.

Then I had to decide how to mount the LED's. After seeing how the bulbs were attached to the panel, I thought that coming through the small hole seen in the bottom of the bulb holder would be great.
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But it turns out the holes were just a little too small. SO I drilled them out just enough for the wires to fit snugly through.
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So then to get the LED's mounted I had to snip them off before the resistor, slip the wires through and then rewire them.
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The next step was to wrap each wire around the corresponding prong.
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Then mount the bulb holder back onto the panel!
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Here is a shot I took of the LED size compared to the bulb size
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And finished! Night shots to come in the future...
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Next up, was the Dome Light

For the dome light I took a piece of ABS, drilled holes for six superflux LED's and had to figure out how to attach it to the prongs for the festoon bulb used in the dome light...

I then decided to just pull the filament out of my festoon and attach the non-working bulb to the ABS, so then it was a direct replacement part. TO pull the filament out, I pulled one of the end caps off of the glass and snipped the connection. I couldn't get the whole filament to come out which wasn't a big deal.

Also, you will see what seems to be TON of extra wire here, mainly because of the size of the resistor. A superflux LED is FOUR LED's in one, and I bought mine prewired.

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Wired up. You can see one lead attached to each end of the festoon. I used these to attach to my LED's.
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Next step was to snap it back into place and give it juice!
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:09 PM   #3
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good write up....get some night shots to see how well it helps
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I will grab some more pictures tonight. I did this mainly for looks because I hate "yellow" lights, but I think increased brightness will be a side effect

The superflux LED's are insanely bright, here are the same ones used as license plate lights on my BMW.
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that is a mod id like to do, a bright white license plate light like the bmw's have...its realy a little thing to make a big difference
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This might be the hardest project of a simple task I've seen. Why didn't you just replace the bulbs? They do make bulbs that replace the stock bulbs.
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I have never seen an led bulb this bright and you can get a prewired superflux for two bucks (I have bags laying around from previous projects so I didn't have to order anything to do this).

A superflux led is just four leds focused into one point, that is where you get your brightness.

It took about 45 minutes to do everything, I have a ton of experience with this stuff though.

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honestly thats daylight as far as im concerned...thats great man, i think that is just a perfect solution to dim lights like the center light is on my truck
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wow those lights make a huge difference, nice work. I was thinking of doing something like that as mine barely lights up my single cab. It's a little old... yeah i need to do something about that, thanks for the write up.
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