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Old 03-27-2010, 10:16 PM   #141
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Thanks for posting about how to get those lights out. Its about 4 hours too late for me though. I mangled mine getting them out. TIS really doesnt show what needs to be done. Its opposite I think, or at least how I read it. Anyway... new housings on the way.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:17 PM   #142
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I personally think it's ten times easier to just remove the C-pillar liner with the light still attached to it. There are just two snaps near the top of it, so if you grab up near the top and pull it'll come right off.
Here's a post of the back of the trim so you know where the snaps are.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:46 PM   #143
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yea you can do it that way too i guess. iono it wasn't so bad my first time. just take it easy, and if nothing is happening add a little more force and keep going until you got something.
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:52 AM   #144
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Hi there ... kinda new here and new to the BMW family ... my little problem is that as many of u guys i did replace all my interior lights with LED lights ... everything works fine beside the "bulb check light" which is on for both reverse lights ... i've read about that 40 Ohm resistor but that one was for the footwork lights ... any idea how can i solve the problem ? i got a '99 320 CI
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:32 PM   #145
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Hey guys I ran into the common problem where a few of my rear LEDs wont turn on. I went ahead and purchased a resister that was suggested on this thread, but my problem now is Im not sure where to put the resiter or how to install it. If anyone can give me feedback on how to fix this it would be greatly apreciated!
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:49 PM   #146
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Hey guys I ran into the common problem where a few of my rear LEDs wont turn on. I went ahead and purchased a resister that was suggested on this thread, but my problem now is Im not sure where to put the resiter or how to install it. If anyone can give me feedback on how to fix this it would be greatly apreciated!
Did you try reversing the bulb positions? Most LEDs I have come across have polarity.

I am running all "low powered" LEDs all around and they work fine--still have yet to find license plate LEDs that are the closest in color and brightness with the latest E92's. Then, all I need is sidemarkers and front corners with LEDs and I'll be fully converted to LEDs (except the fogs and DRLs/high beams).

I have not had the need for any resistors at all, except whatever came with the eagle eyes for the rears, but for all internal LEDs, I have no resistors and it all works fine
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:23 AM   #147
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Yes I have tried switching bulb positions and its no help.
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:35 AM   #148
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^ You need more resistance on the interior circuit
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:55 AM   #149
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Yes and thats done through a resistor correct? I just need to know how to install this thing, considering my electrical skills are probably not up to par ha.
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:23 AM   #150
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Hi there ... kinda new here and new to the BMW family ... my little problem is that as many of u guys i did replace all my interior lights with LED lights ... everything works fine beside the "bulb check light" which is on for both reverse lights ... i've read about that 40 Ohm resistor but that one was for the footwork lights ... any idea how can i solve the problem ? i got a '99 320 CI
you shouldn't have a bulb out warning for the reverse lights at all. are you sure it's even that?
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:25 AM   #151
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Hey guys I ran into the common problem where a few of my rear LEDs wont turn on. I went ahead and purchased a resister that was suggested on this thread, but my problem now is Im not sure where to put the resiter or how to install it. If anyone can give me feedback on how to fix this it would be greatly apreciated!
which ones don't turn on? usually the ones that's comes on with the center dome light will be out. if the center dome light is still on, it could be the polarity of your bulbs. if not, then i would just use one incandescent bulb and go around and stick it in each spot until you can find one where they all light up with that bulb in place. then that is where you want to put the resistor.

most people have this problem in the driver's side footwell so you might want to try there first.
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:27 AM   #152
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Did you try reversing the bulb positions? Most LEDs I have come across have polarity.

I am running all "low powered" LEDs all around and they work fine--still have yet to find license plate LEDs that are the closest in color and brightness with the latest E92's. Then, all I need is sidemarkers and front corners with LEDs and I'll be fully converted to LEDs (except the fogs and DRLs/high beams).

I have not had the need for any resistors at all, except whatever came with the eagle eyes for the rears, but for all internal LEDs, I have no resistors and it all works fine
most of the LEDs sold won't come close because they are using neutral white LEDs. and most vendors use cool white. the OEM LEDs are not that bright tbh. you just see more of the plate because it has more usable white/yellow light
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:23 PM   #153
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Hey guys, I installed this kit the kit from khoalty on my 330i and everything works fine except the two license plate lights. They work fine but they cause a bulb failure light on my mfa. Any help?
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:39 PM   #154
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hide somewhere normal bulbs and wire them parallely to LEDs
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:46 AM   #155
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first time doing a DIY to my car... and im a little confused.

exactly how would i install a resistor.

Also, I have the 5 light problem (dome, 2 rears, both footwalls). At first, the dome and left side light where working but when i switched over to the right one it would turn on. Eventually, it lead to the dome and left light now working. Also, the two footwells worked once i got them in but suddenly shut off. I tried putting one of the stock bulbs in them and nothing happened.
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:01 PM   #156
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Hey guys, this is my first post, I just joined. I really want to do this swap. I found 37mm Festoon LED bulbs on amazon for $8 each. I was wondering if the 2mm is really going to make a difference? I figure I can just bend the contacts inward to hold it in place.

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Old 10-27-2010, 01:52 PM   #157
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no it won't make a difference if the bulb is smaller. if it's bigger than, it's harder to make work.
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:21 PM   #158
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no it won't make a difference if the bulb is smaller. if it's bigger than, it's harder to make work.
Awesome! Thanks for the write up too...
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:22 PM   #159
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no problem. i also have a vid of me taking out the rear if you have trouble with that. it's hidden somewhere in this thread. i wasn't able to edit it in my original post
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:44 PM   #160
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This is so frusterating. Installed all led lights. Now the interior lights won't work at all. None turn on when door is opened. I'm guessing I blew a fuse or need more resistance
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