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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. Fer38

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      Hi all, this is my first post, I would like to appreciate all the information provided. I found everything I need here.

      I have a 2016 Explorer Limited and of course I swapped all my lights except for the "one button 3rd row dome light" which I am planning to get from www.drivebright.com, as I am not a good solder!

      Thank you!
       
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      Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
      Lots of good info in the Forum on several topics.
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      Me too, but American made, with warranty, vs Chinese...
       
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      Where do you think Dan is getting his parts from?
       
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      Still, it's someone here to contact, should they fail. He could be buying those very ones and selling them to us in fancy boxes, for all I know. What matters to me, in certain cases, like this, is that I have someone to reach out to for warranty. The last time I bought something Chinese that failed, and I attempted to contact the company for warranty replacement, I was completely SOL, as they had zero presence anywhere for customer support. For some things, it's worth it, at least for me.
       
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      I just ordered LED puddle lamp assemblies from Drivebright dot com. Informative website and some members of this site have purchased Drivebright products. The price included two license plate LED bulbs and I like that I don't have to disassemble the old puddle assemblies, insert an LED, then reseal the assembly.
       
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      You won't be disappointe. A tad expensive but they are really bright & I hear their customer service is really good. The 2 license plate bulbs are ok. I got others that are much brighter

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      Me too. I used all Sylvania LEDs for the small bulbs. I tried the Drive bright ones in the license plate, but found the Sylvanias did a better job of lighting the tag. There are plenty of other places they can be used though.
       
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      I was going to solder some leds in dome lights and before I scrape old led I decide to measure voltage , there is 4 metal points in each led that are sticking out and I was only getting 2.5v witch is too low to fire new led, So when I scrape old led to get to contacts will there be 12V?





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      Did you see this post on the 3rd row (cargo) light replacement?
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums...-puddle-lamps-diy.326988/page-11#post-3373988
      Not sure if it really helps since the circuit boards seem to be different. Hopefully someone will have a schematic for the 2017 since I don't recall anyone replacing the cargo light on the new model.

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      Hey Peter I look over again and the board looks same , I just don't want to get to point of no return when I shave old led to get to contacts , so far I did test it with led still on and its showing 2.5V , can anyone confirm after I shave led what is the voltage?

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      I scraped the yellow led off and installed 2 white 5050 leds in their place. You have to be sure of the polarity before soldering the new leds on the pads but they are definitely brighter than the yellow ones that are factory. As for the 3rd row dome light I think I'm going to use a sequence of leds or wire up a small multi-led like what is used in the puddle lights to create some more light back there since that's pretty much all the light you get for even the rear hatch area.... as of right now I just replaced it with one 5050 white led... does the trick for now u
       
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      Welcome to the Forum.:wave:

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      Hello. First post here. We've had our 17 Explorer XLT for 3 weeks or so. Traded a 15 Limited bought used. Only had that 2 years. Only mod I did was LED fog lights. The 17 has LED head & fog but I waned to change some of the other bulbs out. First I did the rear plate and backup lights. I used Phillips 194 LED for the plate. Backups became Sylvania 7440 LED's. Much brighter backup vision. I don't see a problem with the lights on the plate.

      I read all posts in this thread because I wasn't sure how to access the map lihis without damaging anything. Finally popped the clear lens out. I found it easier to completely remove the tin deflector rather than bend it out of the way. Popped out existing bulbs, inserted the LED's & made sure they worked before reinstalling the tin & the clear lens. I have no problem with lights staying on & these bulbs dim to off nicely. I also replaced the rear festooned bulb with a Sylvania 6418 LED. As for second & third row lights, well, short answer is I don't sit back there, but I may check out the Focus lights at dealership when I get a chance.

      Very pleased with the results. The Festoon bulb came from WallyWorld & the others I ordered from Amazon.

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      As a caution, pay attention to to the colour of Focus's dome lights, maybe Ford has changed something but mine are on a yellow side of spectrum and they wouldn't match white LEDs I installed into Explorer. so I went a route with load resistors and so far so good and same colour.
       
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      RedDen, thank you for that reply. The more I have thought about the rear lighting, the more I am going to stick with my original comment of "I don't sit back there". LOL. However, I have ordered the mirror LED Puddle lights from Dan at DaytimeBrightLights.com. I am anxiously awaiting their arrival.

      J{••}C
       
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      FWIW, I had the Drive Bright puddle lights (latest version) and just switched to the cheaper LED puddle lights found on eBay. The eBay lights are even brighter and the color temperature better matches the signature lighting.
       
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      I have those on mine also and they are by no type of standards considered "cheap"!
      I also switched out my rear license plate lights to a complete housing LED part also.

      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Fre...2783504043.html?spm=2114.40010308.4.14.1T5xmn
       
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      I wish there was someone who would solder in 5050 smd's here for members for the back 2 dome lights on the 2016/2017 Explorers. Thats the last 2 lights I want LED's in.
       
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      I apologize in advance if this was already answered but I did try to search through this thread and see if I could find the information, but couldn't so I will ask ...

      I have a 2015 Ford Explorer Limited and have already ordered and replaced the interior light bulbs with the LED replacement kit I got from Dan at DaytimeBrightLights.com but I am lacking the bulbs for the the Visor Vanity Mirrors and Glove Box Light ... Does anybody that has changed those as well remember what size bulb was used to convert those bulbs to LED's ??

      Thanks in advance ...

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      Did a search in this thread and found the following;
      For the visor bulbs, did you see this post? http://www.explorerforum.com/forums...p-puddle-lamps-diy.326988/page-4#post-2883567
      Glove box; http://www.explorerforum.com/forums...-puddle-lamps-diy.326988/page-13#post-3402264

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      Finally got around to shooting a couple videos of what the Evitek LED high beams look like. The videos turned out 'ok', but to be honest the difference is even more noticeable in person versus the video. Still, hopefully this will help someone make a more informed decision on the matter. Sorry, had I thought about it I would have shot a 'before and after' with the halogens it came with.


       
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