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Cadillac ATS Technical Discussion Forum Discussion, LED license plate and reverse lights in Cadillac ATS Discussion Forums; Originally Posted by ben.gators Thanks you, sir! Ordered the parts! Can you get before and after pics with the back ...
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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by ben.gators View Post
    Thanks you, sir! Ordered the parts!
    Can you get before and after pics with the back up cam at night Ben??

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Sure!

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

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    Just ordered the interior and reverse LED lights yesterday. Should be here by the weekend along with my HID's. Took only 7 days of having the car before I start tearing it apart haha
    What type of LED bulbs did you use for the interior and how many?

    Also, are the OEM front amber turn signals halogen or LED?

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    There are 4 total interior lights, 2 front - 2 rear, which are a T10 LED wedge style. There are 2 license plate bulbs which are T10 wedge as well. The reserve light bulbs look like it would take 2 which is a 921 LED. The front turn signals look to be a regular incandescent bulb, but I haven't taken a close look yet.

    My HID's and LED lights should be in by Friday. I'll take plenty of pictures and possibly even an instructional video

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by thebucky84 View Post
    There are 4 total interior lights, 2 front - 2 rear, which are a T10 LED wedge style.
    There are actually a lot more than that (about 14 in total). I replaced the following;
    2 - front footwells
    2 - map lights (front console)
    2 - front doors (which illuminate the ground when door is open)
    4 - visor mirrors
    1 - glove box
    2 - rear reading lamps
    1 - trunk

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    If you're going to go that far then yes lol. I was just listing the typical overhead lighting.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    At least for me, I think the camera is a little more washed out at night with the LED reverse lamp. I am not a fan of the quality of the camera to begin with (a 10 year old Lexus LS honestly has a higher quality camera). I did it purely for aesthetic reasons though, wasn't looking for huge gains in functionality.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Kalibr,
    What replacement LEDs did you buy for all those bulbs, and where did you get them from?

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Majority of those bulbs are the T10 wedge style. eBay has packs of 10+ for reasonable prices, been using them on multiple vehicles for years without any issues.

    I'll be installing mine today after work and will include detailed pictures.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by Trailblazer View Post
    Kalibr,
    What replacement LEDs did you buy for all those bulbs, and where did you get them from?
    I purchased a variety of different bulb configurations (i.e., 2 - 6 SMDs) to test the light output since some areas don't need as much light as others. All of the lamps (with the exception of the visor mirrors) take the T10 wedge type LED bulbs. I prefer to use CANBUS type LED bulbs. SMD refers to the number of light diodes on the bulb.

    2 - front footwells >> 2 SMDs
    2 - map lights (front console) >> 6 SMDs
    2 - front doors (which illuminate the ground when door is open) >> 6 SMDs
    1 - glove box >> 2 SMDs
    2 - rear reading lamps >> 4 SMDs
    1 - trunk >> 6 SMDs

    The visor mirrors take 29mm fuse style bulbs. I used a 3 SMD configuration. I purchased all the bulbs from various eBay vendors. They ranged from $2-3 a bulb.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Just replaced all of the lights with LED's today, definitely looks a lot cleaner and crisp. Install was extremely easy to include the reverse lights.
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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalibr View Post
    For the backup lamp, I used this T10 13 SMD 5050 Canbus white LED light bulbs from eBay.
    Attachment 150657

    For the license plate lamp, I used this T10 4 SMD 5050 Canbus white LED light bulbs, also from eBay.
    Attachment 150665

    There was no need for resistors. I did all of the interior as well - looks great!
    How many of each type bulb do you need, 2 each? and why did you use the 2 diffrent bulbs?

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    GJB,

    Im assuming that if it is the same bulb he used different bulbs because I believe 13SMD is 13 light diodes and 4 is only 4 hence much more light output assuming they are the exact same...
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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by GJB View Post
    How many of each type bulb do you need, 2 each? and why did you use the 2 diffrent bulbs?
    Two for the backup lamps and two for the license plate lamps. I used different bulbs because they give different light output. The 13 SMD LED bulbs has 13 light diodes and therefore gives off much more light than the 4 SMD LED bulb. For the interior, I also used different SMD configurations depending on the area I want to illuminate (see my previous post).
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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    These are all T10?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalibr View Post
    I purchased a variety of different bulb configurations (i.e., 2 - 6 SMDs) to test the light output since some areas don't need as much light as others. All of the lamps (with the exception of the visor mirrors) take the T10 wedge type LED bulbs. I prefer to use CANBUS type LED bulbs. SMD refers to the number of light diodes on the bulb.

    2 - front footwells >> 2 SMDs
    2 - map lights (front console) >> 6 SMDs
    2 - front doors (which illuminate the ground when door is open) >> 6 SMDs
    1 - glove box >> 2 SMDs
    2 - rear reading lamps >> 4 SMDs
    1 - trunk >> 6 SMDs

    The visor mirrors take 29mm fuse style bulbs. I used a 3 SMD configuration. I purchased all the bulbs from various eBay vendors. They ranged from $2-3 a bulb.

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