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Interior Dome Light LED Conversion (PICs)

Discussion in 'Performance Lighting' started by MustangP51, October 5, 2008.

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  1. RickOTR

    RickOTR Active Member

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    Thanks!, I just got everthing back together and the difference in lighting is amazing. I used 6 LEDs on each map light which I think is just right... not to dim and not too bright. I bought 12 of them from Superbrightleds. com part number RL5-W8045 and they work great. Here are the specs...

    Super White LEDs:
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    470ohm resistors
     
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  3. MustangP51

    MustangP51 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome, glad to hear you got it working. Any pics?
     
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    Sorry, no pics:(... however, FYI... for those who have 95-97 Explorers the reflector is different than on Explorers 98 and newer. The holder connects to the plastic reflector and must be mounted together so leave at least 8 inches of wiring so you can connect everything. I found that out the hard way:mad:
    Hope this helps someone interested in doing this mod.
     
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    Im guessing no site.? :(
     
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    194LL Bulb : 25 lumens

    1,000mcd = 1 lumen.

    So a 55,000mcd LED is 55 lumens.
     
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    Thanks great helpful info! :thumbsup:

    Did you find that on a site or was it your pure knowledge?

    Also,what type and size solder do you use for led work?
     
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    Had to look up the 194s output, but mcd to lumans yes lol
     
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    Has anyone seen lights in red before?
     
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    Just in a "red light district".
     
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    I have separate red lights in my overhead console. I used 2 5mm LEDs to use at night while driving, because after I did the LED conversion the dome lights were way too bright to turn on while driving. Ill get some pics and details when it gets dark. I think if you were to do the dome light conversion in red it would look nice.
     
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    k, ty, fav colors red, so my cars gunna have quite a bit of red :D
     
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    Sick Mod P51, I have a red XLT so I plan on doing this Mod with Red LED's. Plus I want to preserve my night vision.


    It also makes it hard for the enemy to see you at night if you use red light instead of white light. That's key to everything.
     
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    These pics definitely made my decision to go for the blue LED's under my seats much easier. they look great dude.
     
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    Just a quick note to all the lazy people here (like myself)
    I brought these lights on ebay this week link here

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    They fit straight into the T10 light sockets already there.
    and unless you plan on blinding everyone in the car, the 4 bulbs are more then bright enough.

    my eyes still hurt from just doing it and looking into the lights -_-
    but yeah, this way theres no mess, no fuss, just pop em in. turn em on, and you're laughing.

    even better if you ever need to replace them, because you just pay another $3 on ebay, and its all good.
     
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    Nice little lights... I was looking for something like this to put in the two rear seat map lights, not the cargo light but the reading lights. I did the cargo lights like P51 but put an extra LED in the middle of the four LEDs. I did this with five angled toward the front and five angled toward the rear. Puts out a lot of light, but not enough to blind you.
     
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    hey mustang, when you wire the LEDs, do you just hook a resistor to the positive side, then solder all the wires together in one line and run power and ground to the same spot? or what?
     
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    I was wondering if you could post some pictures at night with this style as opposed to the LED board.
     
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    Correct
     
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    yeah, I'll take some and put them up tomorrow.
    thinking about putting a brighter (or just more led's) in the main center light.
    the 4LED bulbs are great for the reading lights on the driver and passanger side.
    but after a while just doesn't seem enough to light up the whole car.


    I also took the cargo light out.
    and put 3 big blue led's in there.
    lights up the back real nice with my sub and amp
    its more for looks and show then convenience.
    you probably couldnt find much with the lights.
    but damn they look good.
    and thats all that matters in my books ahaha
    I'll take some photos of that tomorrow as well.
     
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