: How To: Install LEDs in Dome Lights and the rest of the vehicle (Video of install)



Captain McFunk
02-28-12, 12:01 AM
Hey guys,

I've been noticing that there is basically no walkthroughs on this site, and they're normally pretty helpful on other forums, so i'm going to start putting them up for anything I do. This first video is how to install the LED bulbs into the dome lights. Everyone talks about how hard it is, and it's actually VERY easy, took about all of 10-15 minutes from start to finish. I'll put tips for all the other bulbs here as well, and add videos when i get the time to edit/upload. For now, here is the video for the dome light install:

Some Info:

The bulbs are from v-leds, they're size 194; 5-led bulbs. You need 13 of them. They're sold in pairs. They're not too expensive at all, about $35 for the whole car. I bought 2 sets so I would have plenty if any of them go out. I've bought v-led's before and never had any problems out of them.

http://www.v-leds.com/Exterior-LED-Bulbs/CornerSide-Marker-LED/White-LED/6K-WHITE-3-CHIP-5-LED-p9594388-1-2.html

Dome Light Install:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQE8MrHuLtk&feature=youtu.be

The rear dome light install is MUCH harder, but it's just because there is not near enough wire length to get your hands in to unclip/reclip them. The rears are the exact same as the front. The clips are tough to reach though, I did it with a flat-head screwdriver, I'll have a video up of this one shortly.

The under-dash bulbs are easy, just pull out and push in the new ones.

The under door lights are easy, just put a flat head screwdriver on one end and pry the lens off, then pull out the blub and replace.

The license plate bulbs are easy, just pry the lens out on the outside, then the inside will come out, the whole unit will come out, and twist the bulb to remove.

This is an AWESOME looking mod that adds a touch of class to your vehicle for a minimal amount of money. More pics of the lights finished to come.

Thanks!

Mikes2009V
02-28-12, 05:32 PM
Great how to video. I actually bought the bulbs for interior, trunk and rear license plate along with hid fog lights. Ordered them from sharphid two weeks ago and still waiting for them to show up. At least I know when they finally get here, I'll have a jump start on the install.

MSOsr
02-28-12, 09:31 PM
No modifications are needed at all for any of the bulbs?

Mike (Antsy)

Captain McFunk
02-28-12, 11:10 PM
No modifications are needed at all for any of the bulbs?

Mike (Antsy)

Nope as stated. They are all plug and play. Let me know if you have any questions.

MSOsr
02-29-12, 05:32 AM
,,,and all the lights you referenced use the same 194 bulb that comes from v-leds?


Mike (now intrigued)

Captain McFunk
02-29-12, 09:58 AM
,,,and all the lights you referenced use the same 194 bulb that comes from v-leds?


Mike (now intrigued)

Yes, they're all the same. The 194 bulbs.

69mets
03-01-12, 11:27 AM
I've already done the front dome lights from spare lights I had lying around. I've got an order from V-LEDs on the way to finish the rest of the interior including under the footwells and the vanity mirrors.

M5eater
03-01-12, 12:03 PM
in for the sub, I'll want to do the license plate bulbs at least. Not sure about the interior ones, They're not too bright to be distracting?

69mets
03-01-12, 03:28 PM
in for the sub, I'll want to do the license plate bulbs at least. Not sure about the interior ones, They're not too bright to be distracting?
Brighter, but not too bright, and since they only light up when the door is opened they are not distracting.

MSOsr
03-02-12, 08:21 PM
I started with my under dash lights...not as easy as I thought. The original bulbs didn't want to pull out with the socket in place, so I had to unscrew the panels that had the mounting hole in each location. After finally getting the old bulbs out, I plugged in the new LEDs and everything looks good. Tightened up the plastic panels and looks original now.

I think I might wait until tomorrow morning to try the map lights, however......

Mike

Captain McFunk
03-03-12, 12:10 AM
I started with my under dash lights...not as easy as I thought. The original bulbs didn't want to pull out with the socket in place, so I had to unscrew the panels that had the mounting hole in each location. After finally getting the old bulbs out, I plugged in the new LEDs and everything looks good. Tightened up the plastic panels and looks original now.

I think I might wait until tomorrow morning to try the map lights, however......

Mike

An easy way to do it: wrap black electrical tape around the bulb twice, leave some extra hanging down, yank on the tape, pops right out :)

MSOsr
03-03-12, 09:12 AM
You da man!

Due to the lack of my mechanical skill, if I get into the map lights and have trouble getting the lens to fit over the LED and decide to just go with the shorter LED, which LED from V-Leds is the one I should order?

Thanks for all your assistance. My V is little by little looking sharper and sharper!

Mike

Captain McFunk
03-03-12, 09:33 AM
You da man!

Due to the lack of my mechanical skill, if I get into the map lights and have trouble getting the lens to fit over the LED and decide to just go with the shorter LED, which LED from V-Leds is the one I should order?

Thanks for all your assistance. My V is little by little looking sharper and sharper!

Mike


I promise, they'll fit, lol. It will look funny at first, but when you install it, it will fit/sit fine. Do it and let me know if you have any questions. I promise it's easy. Hit me up for help. 501.339.88 seven 1

MSOsr
03-03-12, 11:07 AM
Kudos and thanks to the Captain! I ran into a snag doing my map lights and he talked me through the problem. I now have LED map lights, under dash lights and door lights! They look great.

One clarification: after you unscrew the module on the map lights, you lift up and pull back on the tab to unplug the module. I broke a thumbnail and index finger nail trying to get the thing unplugged. Even after I figured out you had to lift up on the tab a little (and got the left one unplugged), I still couldn't get the right (passenger) side unplugged. You can actually remove the lens and the original bulb and plug in the new one (as the Captain instructed) without unplugging the module.

Anyway, both sides are done and they look terrific. Thanks to the Captain, I have Plasti-dipped front grills and LED interior lights...what's next, Captain?

Mike

MSOsr
03-03-12, 02:58 PM
Just added the LED to my glove box...but have decided the rear dome lights aren't worth the effort. Only had someone back there 10 minutes during the life of my car and only an umbrella lives there...

Mike

SecretWeapon
03-04-12, 10:04 AM
Thanks for posting.

Captain McFunk
03-04-12, 12:46 PM
Kudos and thanks to the Captain! I ran into a snag doing my map lights and he talked me through the problem. I now have LED map lights, under dash lights and door lights! They look great.

One clarification: after you unscrew the module on the map lights, you lift up and pull back on the tab to unplug the module. I broke a thumbnail and index finger nail trying to get the thing unplugged. Even after I figured out you had to lift up on the tab a little (and got the left one unplugged), I still couldn't get the right (passenger) side unplugged. You can actually remove the lens and the original bulb and plug in the new one (as the Captain instructed) without unplugging the module.

Anyway, both sides are done and they look terrific. Thanks to the Captain, I have Plasti-dipped front grills and LED interior lights...what's next, Captain?

Mike

Lol, I think next is wiring up an LED strip in the trunk to get more light, the stock bulb is WEAK.... I'll have a walkthrough shortly :)

69mets
03-07-12, 06:18 PM
These flank style bulbs work great in the under door puddle light position, glove box, and license plate. V-LEDs Part number 194_6F_W_6K

87848



I used these direct bulbs in the map lights (front and back) and under the dash in the footwells. V-LEDs Part number 194_HP_W_6K

87849

I've used this particular bulb for three plus years on my previous car without any failures.

MSOsr
03-07-12, 09:51 PM
Lol, I think next is wiring up an LED strip in the trunk to get more light, the stock bulb is WEAK.... I'll have a walkthrough shortly :)

The weekend is fast approaching....will I be able to do the trunk then?

Mike

Captain McFunk
03-07-12, 10:22 PM
The weekend is fast approaching....will I be able to do the trunk then?

Mike

Yup, the trunk is easy. Do you already have LED strips?

MSOsr
03-07-12, 10:47 PM
I'm obviously a total Klutz if I injured myself following your video on the map lights! I need to see how to do it before I can even THINK about trying it myself.

Mike (just pulled a muscle typing)

MSOsr
03-08-12, 10:24 PM
Can you describe to me/show me how to do the trunk and recommend where to get the LEDs?

Mike (will wear a cup while doing modifications)

Captain McFunk
03-09-12, 10:11 AM
Can you describe to me/show me how to do the trunk and recommend where to get the LEDs?

Mike (will wear a cup while doing modifications)

Something like this:
http://www.v-leds.com/Strip-Lights-LED/6K-White-Strip-Lights/6K-WHITE-3-CHIP-STRIP-p9747088.html

Any length you want. I"m going to use 12", you just pull out the stock light housing in the trunk, and there is a red and black wire. You strip the red and black wire back, and wrap the red and black from the LED strip around the red and black strip from the factory harness. Pretty easy. Or you can get T-taps, and just press them onto the corresponding factory wiring. If you don't want to cut your factory wiring (no one will EVERRR see this), you can buy a light specifically for the socket that converts to an LED strip, but i'm going to have to do some searching to see what size festoon bulb the trunk is.

MSOsr
03-09-12, 05:29 PM
Looking forward to the further information and some pics/videos!

Mike (will try this one also)

Captain McFunk
03-10-12, 02:11 PM
Looking forward to the further information and some pics/videos!

Mike (will try this one also)

Alright, looks like my previous method isn't going to work. For some reason, these bulbs hold a charge at all times. The incandescent bulb doesn't light up, but the LED's flicker when the trunk light is "off"......this might work, but i'm not willing to test it. I'm going to buy the correct bulb for the factory socket: http://www.v-leds.com/Interior-LED-Bulbs/Camper-RV-LED/White-LED/6K-WHITE-45W-9-LED-HIGH-p9768526-1-2.html

And just plug it in. Should work.

rromain
04-21-13, 01:34 AM
I am going to attempt the 13 bulb mod tomorrow Captain.....do you know of anyone that has done the in-dash accent lighting at all? The newer CTSs (10-12) have white ambient lights that run along the dash and doors, along with an illuminated kick plate in the doors.......

Thanks in advance-
Rob

RapidRob
04-21-13, 07:06 PM
- ^^^ - Note that the posts from Captain are over a year old now, and I don't remember seeing him post at all on this forum recently. He may have moved to the, "other", forum ... ?

Rob

Captain McFunk
04-21-13, 07:15 PM
I am going to attempt the 13 bulb mod tomorrow Captain.....do you know of anyone that has done the in-dash accent lighting at all? The newer CTSs (10-12) have white ambient lights that run along the dash and doors, along with an illuminated kick plate in the doors.......

Thanks in advance-
Rob

Hey Rob,I haven't seen anyone do the other lights. Sorry I can't be of more help.


- ^^^ - Note that the posts from Captain are over a year old now, and I don't remember seeing him post at all on this forum recently. He may have moved to the, "other", forum ... ?

Rob

You're right.I can't get past alllllll the ads everywhere on here.it kills me!

oneman42
05-05-13, 04:09 PM
I did the footwell ones yesterday. I had to take off the driver side panel, the bulb would not come out (three screws). The passenger side came out easy.
Will continue the other ones next week - probably license plate is next.
George

mpouls1
05-07-13, 03:04 PM
Forgive me. I have been searching this VLED's website and I can't seem to find V-LEDs Part number 194_6F_W_6K. I have searched everywhere :(

I would like to change out my license plate bulb. Any help would be appreciated. TIA

austinspartan
08-11-13, 11:44 AM
Quick question for those of you that have made this mod. I picked up 13 of the 194s from SuperBirghtLEDs, but notice that when the interior lights are fading, they get to about dark and then flicker one last time before shutting off. Has anyone else noticed this issue in their install?

FSTCDY
08-11-13, 03:32 PM
Mine have not had that issue. Got them from Vleds.com though. They fade out and turn off with out a hitch!