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Old 01-23-2009, 03:02 PM   #41
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Thanks for the DIY! It helped me out a lot except, I couldn't figure out a couple of them..

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It just wouldn't work for me, it wouldn't open, so I just dremmeled the surrounding plastic to make it fit through..

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I could not make mine fit into the footwells, but I somehow managed to fit it into the glovebox. The bulbs were too long and I didn't want to break the metal piece.. I pushed it back too and it just wouldn't fit, so I kept my old ones in
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:10 PM   #42
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have you guys experienced license plate leds going out easily? I went thru so many license plate leds...they just would not last.
I wonder if interior lights will be the same.
that is a problem with the car itself and not the bulbs. i'm told that if you electrical tape a part of the metal contact, just whatever doesn't touch the metal prongs it would help solve the problem. but it's not confirmed yet. there's only been 2 or 3 people that i know that have done that and it worked
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:13 PM   #43
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i beleive there is actually 8000k LEDs for interior bulbs, you can find them...i think so. 8000k is blue isn;t it?

i just finished the led diy mod. the bulbs i used were the eurolite 194s, and for the middle on in the front when the door opens, i managed to fit a led 921 bulb in there. its a 5 led bulb, in different angles...one shooting down, and 4 different sides. the bulbs i have is not pure blue. but white-ish-blue. will definitely take some pictures tonight to show u guys!
no there isn't, it would have to be a specialty bulb. most LED bulbs are colored (red, green, blue, etc) or the 3 different shades of white (warm white [4500k], neutral white [5000k=5500k], cool white [6000k-7000k])

8000k is equal to aqua, not blue.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:24 PM   #44
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Thanks sillieidiot for the DIY, it made things a lot smoother!!


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were a PITA to get out (at least the first ones)
when I popped out the other side one of those copper prongs popped off and fell into the pillar wonder if they are in the trunk behind the liner??


anyhow, thanks for all the pictures and taking the time to help other members
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:38 PM   #45
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Thanks for the DIY! It helped me out a lot except, I couldn't figure out a couple of them..

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It just wouldn't work for me, it wouldn't open, so I just dremmeled the surrounding plastic to make it fit through..



I could not make mine fit into the footwells, but I somehow managed to fit it into the glovebox. The bulbs were too long and I didn't want to break the metal piece.. I pushed it back too and it just wouldn't fit, so I kept my old ones in
yea, on the rears, you need a really small screw driver, and then pull the clip up while pushing it out at that same time. you cannot take just one side out and go do the other. you need to push it enough so that it's off the clip and there is a gap, then go do the other side and pull both of them off at the same time. the first time i did that, took me forever to figure it out. i got the hang of it though.

as for the footwells, i had the same problem as well. mainly because i didn't think the bulbs were secure enough. but a lot of people have reported the bulbs going in fine so who knows. this could be a problem with facelifted coupe owners only. as you and i seem to be the only ones with a problem. i just bought a pair of license plate LEDs and stuck them in. matches with the rest of the kit very nicely. maybe you could ask mike to see if he can give you a discount on a pair of license plate bulbs.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:44 PM   #46
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Thanks sillieidiot for the DIY, it made things a lot smoother!!


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were a PITA to get out (at least the first ones)
when I popped out the other side one of those copper prongs popped off and fell into the pillar wonder if they are in the trunk behind the liner??


anyhow, thanks for all the pictures and taking the time to help other members
lol i know how that feels. first time i ever tried it installing interior xenons. don't worry about the copper prong. it sits just fine without it. at one time, i broke both of them and dropped it down. it's still fine. i'm just glad i didn't mess up on my car lol
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:13 PM   #47
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Where would one find LED's that are slightly more along the lines of 8000k?

Also, there is a light that shines down from where the map light is that illuminates where the shifter area is. Its normally orange, how do you change that one as well?
If you're looking for a blue color, we have Super Blue that are 10k color.

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have you guys experienced license plate leds going out easily? I went thru so many license plate leds...they just would not last.
I wonder if interior lights will be the same.
For LED license plate lights, they're sealed in a protective cover to prevent any type of corrosion like you see w/ the bare aluminum version. Also, these new High-Powered LEDs used are very reliable and and will not go out, just like the interior.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:22 PM   #48
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Just put mine in.. Great DIY!







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Old 01-23-2009, 10:20 PM   #49
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cool, looks good. get some license plate LEDs and put then in your footwells lol. it makes it so much brighter
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:26 PM   #50
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Also to note, there have been reported issues of the big 5 (the 3 lights that come on when you unlock, and 2 footwells) not working with some angel eyes set up. I believe it has something to do with the footwell tap. I also ran into this problem when I was installing the kit (for my sister's car). What I did was just replace one of the footwells (just one) with an incandescent bulb and they all work perfectly fine. Again this is not to say that all cars with angel eyes will have this problem. My car didn't have this problem. But having 13 LED bulbs and one xenon bulb should be fine.
Why does this happen? I have the same issue.

Would a load equalizer(resistor) solve this problem?

From everyone's pics the LEDS looks like the are actually brighter than incandescent bulbs. I can vouch and say the incandescent bulbs are brighter than the LEDS. Dunno - really considering going back to incandescent.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:01 AM   #51
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I got some already, but I don't wanna swap them and keep the stock bulbs for the plates.. Mike said he'll ship out the replacements for those with the V1 kits.. I'll wait lol
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:09 AM   #52
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HAHA I wish I wouldn't have used a drill to widen the hole in the light between the front reading lights. I now need to open it up and get all the metal shards out because it looks like poo poo right now.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:14 AM   #53
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We couldn't open that back housing again in Andrew's car either.. But it came out pretty good.. Followed this DIY once again...

This is F1 Autohaus's Hyper Blue setup he hooked us up with..


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Why does this happen? I have the same issue.

Would a load equalizer(resistor) solve this problem?

From everyone's pics the LEDS looks like the are actually brighter than incandescent bulbs. I can vouch and say the incandescent bulbs are brighter than the LEDS. Dunno - really considering going back to incandescent.
i think the resistor should do the trick. probably a small one at that. i just don't know how small you can go.

they are, but in a smaller area than the incandescents. the rest just tapers off. the incandescents are brighter still, but i think these LEDs are a good compromise. it's not like those crappy blue bulbs or other LEDs (the ones that are closer towards 6000k) in which they look bright, but have no real usable light. at least these have more usable white light. plus, it looks better because the light is whiter than the yellowish color you get from stock bulbs.

honestly, it's like having xenons and going from OEM 4100k to OEM 5000k. you get whiter light, with a little less light output. vs. going to 8000k, where you get a nice color, but can't see **** (i.e. interior xenon bulbs).
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:38 AM   #55
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thanks for the DIY =] was thinking about putting these on soon
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:32 PM   #57
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2 39mm x 10mm for the footwells
2 39mm x 10mm for the license plate
2 44mm x 10mm for the vanity mirror lights
2 44mm x 10mm for the trunk lights
3 194 bulbs for the center light/front maplights
4 194 bulbs for the rear/rear interior lights
1 39mm x 10mm for the glove box.

are these the sizes for a e46 pre-face sedan as well?
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yes, the sizes are for all e46
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I put a 50 watt, 40 ohm resistor across the passenger side footwell light epoxied to the metal cover plate on top of the light, and everything works fine. It does not get very hot, even when the lights are on for a while. It is possible that a higher resistance would work too, but I haven't tried other values.

Here's one:

http://search.digikey.com/scripts/Dk...ame=RHRD-40-ND

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^ thanks for the added info. i hate using taps though lol
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