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How to: Explorer LED Interior swap + Puddle Lamps DIY

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by CDN_Explorer, August 29, 2011.

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    1. peterk9

      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      First, welcome to the Forum.:wave:
      Your thread has been merged with this one on swapping to LED.
      Although the answer to the cover removal is not shown, I suggest that you send a message to Capt343 who posted the following thread on the 2016.
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/index.php?threads/2016-explorer-led-swap.447502/
      I'm guessing that he has done the cover removal. I don't recall any other posts about the cover.

      Peter
       
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      I also have a 2016 explorer. I am also interested if anyone has converted the 2nd and 3rd row overhead lights to led.
       
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      Anyone convert their 2016 2nd and 3rd row overhead lights to led?
       
    5. peterk9

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      Do you know if they are different compared to previous models? I'm guessing that the procedure would be much the same.

      Peter
       
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      My 2016 Ford Explorer has the 2nd and 3rd row overhead lights on the center region of the headliner "over your head" not towards the side above the windows.
       
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      Is drive brite the only company modifying the stock 3rd row light assembly? Swapped out all my others with LEDs and would like to complete the interior swap. What's everyone running for led puddle lights? I did a set for my f1 a while that didn't turn out bad, but would rather buy a decent set.
       
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      I just purchases all my interior and exterior bulbs (including the LED puddle lights) from drivebright.com. The puddle lights are a complete plug and play part. Took all of 3 minutes to put them in and boy are they bright! You can get them here: http://drivebright.com/home/shop/v4-extreme-led-puddle-light-pack-brightest/

      I would highly recommend purchasing the puddle lights from there rather than trying to hack up your assembly.
       
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      Possible solution for the 3rd row.

      I own a 2015 focus st and the interior lights look just like the 3rd row explorer one. These use standard bulbs. It may be possible to swap it out. I plan to give this a try in the near future.

      I'll update once I have results.
       
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      Not all the Focuses uses standard bulbs mine are LED for example and it is still on yellowish side of color spectrum (though it is not pure yellow like in Explorer). I thought about it and I actually swapped them and they work, but it might be about 100 bucks or maybe from wreck...
       
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      My focus st uses standard bulbs. Already swapped them out
       
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      Yes. The LED from DriveBright includes map, 2nd row and 3rd row cargo (by power fold buttons).
      I got the Kit, 3rd row dome, puddle and license plate lights from DriveBright. Pretty happy with them. Only exception was the license plate bulbs were a little yellow so I had to go and get another pair.
       
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      Hi, i was replacing all my interior lights with leds. The rear dome light has a weird looking circle button light attached to a circuit board. Is there any way to replace that to an led?
       
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      Welcome to the forum! Did a quick search and found this thread that might be of some use. Go to step 3 in the post #378 to read how someone else tackled this problem. But for a quick overview:

      http://www.explorerforum.com/xenfor...interior-swap-diy.326988/page-16#post-3515516
       
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      Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
      As mentioned, your thread has been merged with this one found using the Forum's handy 'Search' feature.
      You may want to check out post 155 as well. There were many other pictures but when you use a 3rd party posting site the pics aren't saved to our servers and tend to disappear. Good luck.

      Peter
       
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      Thank you.
       
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      Are instructions included?
       
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      He has a DIY video on his website. All you need is a flathead screwdriver to depress the clip then it just pops out.
       
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      so this kit allows you to just use a screwdriver to remove the clear plastic & gain access to the bulb.........not cutting, caulking or anything?
       
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      Just watched the video........very simple to replace
       
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      Where is this video? i cant seem to find it.
       
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      Click on the link in the quote of post 444 and then scroll down to the "Installation Videos"

      Peter
       
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      Thank you for putting this together. I went the Sylvania route, as you listed, with a couple of differences, in that I have already put LED headlights and foglights in.

      I found it odd that I only needed one resistor on the right to eliminate hyper flash, and on the left, with only one, it would not hyper flash unless the headlights were on. I haven't finished yet, because I've decided to go get amber LEDs for the front turn signals, instead of the clear ones I bought. I'm going to do the front resistors at the same time.

      I did the Drive Bright puddle lamps as well. I'm glad I did, because the OEM lamp on the driver's side literally fell apart when I was trying to take it out.
       

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