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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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      Drivebright and Dan are great to do business with.
       
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      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I believe that there were a couple of members who removed the LED from the overhead (map) light fixture because the light was too bright.
      Remember, the brighter the light, the longer it takes your eyes to adjust and see properly in the dark. That is the only negative part that I can see (no pun intended).

      Peter
       
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      They should. 194 is what you want.
       
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      http://www.daytimebrightlites.com/LED_Dome_Lights.html
       
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      Kudos to DriveBright and Dan along with this thread for assistance. So far I have swapped out to LED on the puddle lamps, license plate and now, interior. I am sending my rear dome light to Dan @ DriveBright for them to do the conversion, and I will be all set. I could not be happier with the interior LED's - they give you a new look at this fine vehicle's interior that you never get to see at night. The rear cargo light actually serves a purpose now. Mostly, I like that the mod still looks "stock", almost how the car should have came, matching the LED head/tail/running lights.

      Note: Some have stated that the LED map lights have been too bright for them. While they are MUCH brighter than your conventional map lights, the cool light of the LED makes it comfortable and will be very easy to get used to.

      I will post pics once the dome light is complete. Dan said they usually turn it around in a day.
       
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      I've done with interior LED swap, looks great and much nicer than before. I would say totally different look. I installed canbus error free LED's everywhere just to avoid potential problems of awkward light behavior. They are not so much more expensive anyway.
      I have panoramic moon roof so had to deal with third row dome light only.
       
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      Anyone have a link to the puddle light replacement write up? where the cutting is required? I tried scouring the thread but didnt find it.
       
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      Not sure there is one. There is one on replacing the mirror itself.

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      So I have the opposite problem. I have kids who want to use the lights while driving at night. Has anyone swapped the 2nd row lights for a different color? We put blue lights in our F-150 and it helped a bunch. I Also have an infant on the 40 seat of the 40/60 bench, and would love to turn her side of the light off so when the doors open she isn't blinded and woken up every time. Any suggestions? Right now the only thing I can think of is to essentially tape off half of the 2nd row pod light so the light on her side doesn't shine on her.
       
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      Members have changed bulbs to LED but I don't recall anyone changing bulb colours. As for the interior lights coming on with the opening of the door, this has been an issue since day 1 of the 5th gen Explorer. Every other vehicle I've had gave the option to turn the light off under any condition. The Explorer, for some unknown reason, does not.
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=317684&highlight=interior+lights

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      I've replaced my 2nd row lights for powerful white LEDs and had the same problem - my daughter always fall asleep in her baby seat. Every time anyone opened a door, she woke up from the light hitting her in the face. So I bought a LED dimmer for these two lights and reduced the brightness to a minimum (you can adjust the brightness as you like and have different settings on either side). But only when opening the doors, when light button is pushed its full LED glory :)

      Bought mine from Diode Dynamics, but there should be similar products all over Internet.
       
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      This is precisely the type of solution I was hoping someone had come up with, and that I was stumped on. Thank you!
       
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      Look on page 13, post 256. I consolidated all the write-ups into one post including the puddle lights. Its super easy!
       
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      There is a "dark car" feature than can be enabled by the dealer that will keep all the lights from coming on at all when the door is opened.
       
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      I'm sorry. I "fired" in the wrong topic within the forum.
       
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      Anyone have any experience with the Sylvania "ZEVO" LED bulbs? I think they make the 194/168 which should fit. QC should be a million times better then these little things we buy from various sites. Only downside is I think they are rather pricey.

      Anyone use them here?
       
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      Just a quick FYI. A 'Search' in this thread shows your post as the only one with the word "ZEVO" in it. That doesn't mean someone hasn't used them, they just haven't posted. Curious to find out myself for future reference.

      EDIT: Expanded my search and found this thread; http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=404754&highlight=ZEVO
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      Thanks for the search, I always forget you can search inside each thread. Hopefully some people chime in with reviews.
       

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