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is it me or is it impossible to remove the footwell light bulbs? any tips? as waell as the overhead console, i can take twist the bulb as its casing out but cant take the bulb out! so frustrating. i want to replace with LED but cant! haha someone help. haha Ill get pics up here in a sec<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by gonefly at 3:20 PM 8-16-2009</i>
 

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Re: interior lighting now (gonefly)

i dont know about the install. but est has a whole kit for led interior lighting.
 

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someone did the footwells a while back and posted on here, IIRC you have to break the ones that are currently in there and scrape them out before putting the new ones in.
 

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It's totally possible <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> replaced mine with red LEDs... <p>you'll have to get comfortable and get in there somehow (probably on your back)... <p>you can pull out the whole housing with the cable, then unplug the cable, replace the w5w bulb with an LED (don't panic if the LED won't work the first time - just turn it around 180 degrees) and reconnect the cable. <p>the last step would be getting the housing back into the footwell, which can be a little tricky, but still is possible.<p>changing those 2 bulbs took me about one hour <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> so enjoy...hehe
 

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<A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=113796" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=113796</A> <p><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br>*Edit* Crossie, you got pics? Cause I think your lying! Just joking! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Red sounds HOT, just wanna see how hot. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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thanks. thats the one i was reading. however it doesnt say anything about the overhead console. the bulbs are in these little blue housings. you twist those off the console but then you cant get the bulb out.
 

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no pics atm, will take some tomorrow after work <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Blue console?<p>Overhead console light housing should just pop right out with some prying with a small flat head screw driver. The rear ones should pop out with some force, without any tools. Rear light bulbs can just be pulled straight out, front ones are festoon kind, just push one side away.
 

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Re: interior lighting now (gonefly)

Gonefly,<br>You didn't mention the year of your car but I recently replace a bulb in my front overhead console. My S40 is a 2007 and the front console bulbs are part of the plastic part you twist to remove the bulb. I had purchased w5w bulbs and of course they did not just plug in. I had to remove the old bulb by, carefully, wigging the bulb until the wires broke. The w5w bulb will plug in but you have to turn the wires on the new bulb out from the sides so the wires will bend and make contact on the two side plates. I have had my in for several months and the are working just fine. The rear console bulbs are w5w they pull out and plug in very easy. To remove the console, just pull down on the console and it will just pull out. I have been during some researching and <A HREF="http://www.autolumination.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autolumination.com</A> has some twist replacements with removable wedge style bulbs. I have been looking at those and replacing the bulbs with leds but you need to get around the twist connector, hence looking at the replacements twist connectors.<p>If you need pictures, let me know and I'll take some tomorrow.<p>Hope this helps
 

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Re: interior lighting now (Delhibeli)

just the problem i have. mine is a 2008. i did notice that most people here have the festoon bulbs on the overhead console. guess from 2007 up the must have changed. it would be alot simpler if the LED just came with the twist connector.
 

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Re: interior lighting now (gonefly)

LEDs ROCK! totally doing the foot well and the side mirrors when I get some cash flowing...<p><IMG SRC="http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a214/atrevido/IMAGE_032.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a214/atrevido/IMAGE_033.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a214/atrevido/IMAGE_034.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a214/atrevido/IMAGE_035.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a214/atrevido/IMAGE_036.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a214/atrevido/IMAGE_037.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: interior lighting now (heico2.4i)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>heico2.4i</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">LEDs ROCK! totally doing the foot well and the side mirrors when I get some cash flowing...<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>What size are the license plate bulbs?<br>I would like to have the Lexus look, too!
 

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Re: interior lighting now (zerocover)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zerocover</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>What size are the license plate bulbs?<br>I would like to have the Lexus look, too!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ditto!
 

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i did led's in my rear license plate spots. the drivers side bulb lights up, but the passenger side one doesnt. So i swapped the passenger side one for the stock one .. and it lights up! I tried switching bulbs and they both work. Any clues?<p>Also, where are you guys getting your led's from?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>emerica4601</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i did led's in my rear license plate spots. the drivers side bulb lights up, but the passenger side one doesnt. So i swapped the passenger side one for the stock one .. and it lights up! I tried switching bulbs and they both work. Any clues?<p>Also, where are you guys getting your led's from?</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Stock wires in parallel but you put the passenger side in reverse polarity the first time?
 

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red LEDs in footwell:<br><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/bbmqwcme13hg6c652.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/bbmqwr7hv5t6v9yxi.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>white LEDs in the trunk and passenger compartment:<br><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/bbmqx0fkkibwvwr2u.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>white LEDs front interior:<br><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/bbmqxssey6dbmsis6.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>and backlight from the center console when the ignition is turned on (key position I and II)<br><IMG SRC="http://666kb.com/i/bbmqyjp2nip9kbdau.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>chromecarz00</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">crossie how hard was the footwell and where did you wire the one behind the center console?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>footwell took me about one hour to change both sides... it's a little ****ty to do, but once you figure out how to get out the "old" bulb at one side, the other side is a piece of cake <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>and I wired the superbright LED (3 watts, running with 1 watt... so technically 3 times the lifespan of one running at 3W) to the cigarette lighter... so everytime the cig lighter gets power(key in position I and II), the LED is on. <p>edit: I'm interested in changing the license plate bulbs too... so what LEDs to buy?
 

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Interior lights <p><IMG SRC="http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii261/argoman10/DSC00483.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>And the not so bright License plate lighting<p><IMG SRC="http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii261/argoman10/DSC00485.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I just went to an auto store and took out all the bulbs I wanted to replace with a flathead screw driver and brought them in the store. Then just bought blue ones of the same type <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zerocover</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>What size are the license plate bulbs?<br>I would like to have the Lexus look, too!</TD></TR></TABLE><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>s40boy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Ditto!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Zero and Gary, thats where I got the idea from, and the reverse lights from cadillac... anyways i get my LED's from a local audio shop. In the back of the enclosure it says:W1-P0137W 3425 WHITE<p>and a website: <A HREF="http://www.himmel-usa.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.himmel-usa.com</A> EDIT since i see the website is down lol but still leaving the link for info purposes lol<p><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>emerica4601</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i did led's in my rear license plate spots. the drivers side bulb lights up, but the passenger side one doesnt. So i swapped the passenger side one for the stock one .. and it lights up! I tried switching bulbs and they both work. Any clues?<p>Also, where are you guys getting your led's from?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>defective LED probably? did you swap them?
 
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