Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

How to: Explorer LED Interior swap + Puddle Lamps DIY

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

  • Searches ExplorerForum.com
    1. deewan

      deewan Active Member

      Joined:
      January 11, 2012
      Messages:
      284
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      18
      City, State:
      Cedar Rapids, IA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012 Explorer Limited
      Yes, these are the exact LED's I ordered : http://www.carid.com/lumen/replacement-small-led-bulb-194-white-5-leds-mpn-sm194cw.html

      I was having no luck with any of the lights purchased on Amazon and had tried the resistor trick which did help with the LED's staying on, but not with them failing or starting to flicker. I've had the LED's for CarID installed since last August and no issues or signs of issues so far. I took a closer look at my Amazon order history and it seems the longest period between orders was 14 weeks. I guess I was a little to nice with my previous 3-6 month estimate for LED life.
       
    2. Support EF

      Join the Elite Explorers for $20

      Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


      to hide adverts.
    3. NewYorkistanSux

      NewYorkistanSux Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      May 18, 2015
      Messages:
      83
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      8
      City, State:
      Long Island, NY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 Explorer Sport
      Thanks, appreciate it! :thumbsup::thumbsup:

       
    4. mmartin028

      mmartin028 Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      March 5, 2016
      Messages:
      46
      Likes Received:
      5
      Trophy Points:
      8
      City, State:
      Nashville, TN
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2015 Explorer XLT
      Thanks for the instructions deewan. This is definitely one mod I'll be tackling soon.
       
    5. z3roz

      z3roz New Member

      Joined:
      September 4, 2015
      Messages:
      27
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      Melbourne, Florida
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012 Exp Limited AWD
      I used 7 watt LEDs for the rear and no hyperflash. I would assume that if 7 watt LEDs are used for the front, then same same, no hyper flash. They weren't cheap though. Cost me over $30 for the rears. Totally worth it though.
       
    6. z3roz

      z3roz New Member

      Joined:
      September 4, 2015
      Messages:
      27
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      Melbourne, Florida
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012 Exp Limited AWD
      I've just started having this problem with both puddle lights in my wife's Edge. They were $9/pr so it isn't worth it to warranty them since they want me to send them back before they replace them.

      My Exp has the same bulbs and they are working as they should.
       
    7. davlee88

      davlee88 Member

      Joined:
      March 22, 2012
      Messages:
      89
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      8
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Explorer Limited 2wd
      I have the same problem with JDMASTAR for my puddle lights. I have replaced it three times so far. POS

       
    8. RedDen

      RedDen Active Member

      Joined:
      March 14, 2012
      Messages:
      406
      Likes Received:
      8
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      Calgary
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012 Explorer Limited
      Resistivity is not properly wired on picture 4 post #385 , it has to be connected between + and - (like on the one of the last pictures), otherwise it serves no purpose...
       
    9. z3roz

      z3roz New Member

      Joined:
      September 4, 2015
      Messages:
      27
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      Melbourne, Florida
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012 Exp Limited AWD
      Here's a new one. I soldered a new LED to the 3rd cargo light board, and it lights up fine when the button is pressed, but doesn't light up when the doors are opened. Seriously wtf? No blown fuses, polarity correct, etc.
       
    10. juanyunis

      juanyunis New Member

      Joined:
      April 23, 2016
      Messages:
      22
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      3
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Ford Explorer Ltd.
      Let me know if you fixed this, because i bought a Ford Fusion 3rd row dome light, which is a white light, and it does the same thing. I was thinking that maybe the circuit of the fusion was different but reading that it happens to you using the stock circuit board, i guess the problem is wattage.
       
    11. z3roz

      z3roz New Member

      Joined:
      September 4, 2015
      Messages:
      27
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      Melbourne, Florida
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012 Exp Limited AWD
      No solution yet. The bulb has a resistor on each lead stock. Not sure why. I put an additional resistor on each 2nd row light and the 3rd row started acting like it did before the LED swap. I just have it off for now and turn it on when I am back there.
       
    12. MikeFreas

      MikeFreas Active Member

      Joined:
      June 23, 2011
      Messages:
      301
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      VA Beach VA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012
      Like many others, after I changed all the interior lights on my 12 limited (with sun roof), the third row cargo light quit working correctly. Yesterday, I modified the third row assembly adding a ultra bright LED and 1k load resistor. After plunging the light back in it seemed to work but then quit after several op checks with the doors/hatch. I've found that unplugging the light assembly does some form of reset and the light will work correctly for a few cycles but that number is random also. Sometimes it works for five door openings and sometimes only one.

      Vice having to fight with the thing I'm thinking of just bypassing the entire circuitboard and installing a relay using the stock housing. I haven't checked to see which wires do what yet. I just want the light to come on and go off when the doors open and close.

      If someone has some other insight I'm all ears.
       
    13. juanyunis

      juanyunis New Member

      Joined:
      April 23, 2016
      Messages:
      22
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      3
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Ford Explorer Ltd.
      I ended buying it from Dan (http://drivebright.com/home/shop/explorer-led-dome-light-upgrade-single-button-cargo-area/).
       
    14. MikeFreas

      MikeFreas Active Member

      Joined:
      June 23, 2011
      Messages:
      301
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      VA Beach VA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012
    15. juanyunis

      juanyunis New Member

      Joined:
      April 23, 2016
      Messages:
      22
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      3
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Ford Explorer Ltd.
      Yes, I received it today, and it worked perfect, It's very very bright, I asked him to use a 6000k color instead of the 5500k. For $45 I think is definitely a great deal, you get a perfect working dome and warranty, and he offers great support.
       
    16. MikeFreas

      MikeFreas Active Member

      Joined:
      June 23, 2011
      Messages:
      301
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      VA Beach VA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012
      Just wanted to update the forums on what, I hope, is the solution to my problem with the third row light.

      I contacted Dan at Drive Bright who asked for a picture of my circuit board assembly, which I sent him. Seems the early 2011 third row lights can't be modified.

      If I could find out how to post a pic I'd post the differences.
       
    17. juanyunis

      juanyunis New Member

      Joined:
      April 23, 2016
      Messages:
      22
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      3
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Ford Explorer Ltd.
      Maybe i need to read this again, but did you just say that yours are not possible to upgrade because they are a 2011 dome?
       
    18. peterk9

      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      December 28, 2010
      Messages:
      21,007
      Likes Received:
      612
      Trophy Points:
      143
      City, State:
      Ottawa, Ontario area
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer Platinum
      Callsign:
      VE3
      I don't know if you see the same options as I do as an Elite member but at the bottom of the "Write your reply" box I have 3 options. "Post Reply", "Upload a File" and "More Options". Selecting "More Options" brings up another page that has options to "Reply to Thread", "Upload a File" and "Preview".

      Peter
       
    19. MikeFreas

      MikeFreas Active Member

      Joined:
      June 23, 2011
      Messages:
      301
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      VA Beach VA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012
      That is correct. My truck is a 2012 but the light assembly was manufactured in 2011. I bought one from Dan and he's modifying it for me. Total cost, 122.00. It's expensive but I want a light that works.
       
    20. MikeFreas

      MikeFreas Active Member

      Joined:
      June 23, 2011
      Messages:
      301
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      VA Beach VA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012
      Thanks, but I don't have the option to upload a picture under the more options tab.
       
    21. juanyunis

      juanyunis New Member

      Joined:
      April 23, 2016
      Messages:
      22
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      3
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Ford Explorer Ltd.
      Yeah, I bought the whole thing too. $122 is good, I tried to do the mod with my 2016 and it screwed it up haha so i needed a new one and i got it from Dan.
       
    22. MikeFreas

      MikeFreas Active Member

      Joined:
      June 23, 2011
      Messages:
      301
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      VA Beach VA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012
      Got my light assembly in from Dan today. Works like a champ, just like the factory light but much brighter.
       
    23. juanyunis

      juanyunis New Member

      Joined:
      April 23, 2016
      Messages:
      22
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      3
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Ford Explorer Ltd.
      Nice. I'm glad that you were able to fix it like I did.
       
    24. eddieusmc03

      eddieusmc03 New Member

      Joined:
      July 20, 2016
      Messages:
      3
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      Glendale CA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Ford Explorer
      Hello, new to this and just bought a new 2016 Explorer XLT. Had a question about replacing the map dome light to LED cannot find how to take off the cover. Dont want to mess it up already so wanted to find out before trying anything. Anyone knows how to take off the cover and replace the bulbs on the dome lights and cargo lights in the back? and since im asking already just to be sure the map lights in the front too?
       
    25. Lhymes

      Lhymes Active Member

      Joined:
      November 14, 2011
      Messages:
      142
      Likes Received:
      6
      Trophy Points:
      18
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Explorer Platinum
      Lots of details in this thread: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums...o-led-interior-swap-diy-2011-explorer.326988/
       
    26. eddieusmc03

      eddieusmc03 New Member

      Joined:
      July 20, 2016
      Messages:
      3
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      Glendale CA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Ford Explorer
      Thank you for your reply but this info is not for throughly covers on the 2016 explorer they are very different
       

    Share This Page







    We Support Our Troops!