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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. Przybysz

    Przybysz Active Member

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    oyie... Okay. Test your regular lights again by just touching the wires to make sure that the actual wires arent bad. If your light doesnt light up then you must know its a wiring problem.

    Thats all I can think of to do with it... This one is a toughie.... Sorry bro
     
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  3. dannyces

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    ok so it looks like its a bad wire somewhere....:mad:
    im gonna try and get to the center dome light today and just give up on the front one. i never thought it would be such a pain in the ass not having a light come on when i get in the truck:rolleyes:
    thanks again for all the help:salute:
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  4. ribs2234

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    i just finished building them and dont have time to install them tonight so i will have to do it tomorow. they look great thow. this thread was a huge help so thanks alot. here are some pictures
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    looks good energie. Nice and bright :)

    And yeah, you do need a tripod :p
     
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    haha, the flash is too bright, and no flash means slow shutter speed. damn these cameras. you get the idea though, thanks.
     
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    I really like the setup and plan to do something similar in mine. I already converted my '95 camry dome light to LED. I bought a little plate of 20 LED's from autozone yesterday that replaced the festoon style bulb. It was basically another festoon bulb with wires coming out of the tube that attach to the plate of LED's. It took me all of about 20 minutes. I'm hoping the explorer will be a easy.

    My question is, how do you remove all the dome lights? I have looked at it very carefully and I don't want to break anything because I am unsure what to do. Thanks

    -Marc
     
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    looks good man get some night pics
     
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    in response to your questions
    the overhead console you open the garage door opener holder or the sunroof switch..whichever you have, wish i had a sunroof, anyway, unscrew the two screws there, and pull on the front of the console. theres two clips in the front which come out with some force but as long as you dont just ream on it, they shouldnt break, and then unclip it, and the dome light is pretty straight forward from there.
    the passenger one, remove the light cover, and theres 3 bolts and it just comes off.
    the cargo light i havent gotten around to yet so i cannot say.
     
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    not sure if you were talking to me but ill get some night shots today. finally bought a tripod lol
     
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    Thank you very much. I have to say I saw some of the screws, but they didn't seem like they would have done what I wanted to accomplish. I will also try the cargo light again, maybe similar information will apply.

    -Marc
     
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    Well, i went to the store yesterday after removing the dome lights. They didn't have any led replacements for the light bulbs and I don't want to be messing around with the wires so I bought a few sylvania Bright whire bulbs which will have almost the same effect as LEDs.

    I could only do them for the middle row dome light. The front had these plastic mounting brackets soldered on. I would need to get Ford or a friend who has a solder and knows how to use it to add some plastic brackets on them.

    And I still haven't figured out how to remove the cargo dome light. I'm betting that when I can, it will be able to take a small LED light.

    -Marc
     
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    well i probably did it wrong but if youre talking about the cargo light as in the rear hatch light, you just pull the casing out. the plug is on the passenger side, so just try to pull the drivers side out first and itll pop right out. no screws, nothing
     
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    Are you sure your talking about the light in the trunk? meaning what I call cargo light. What do you mean by plug on the passenger side and pulling out the driver's side? there's only one cargo light. Maybe I'm just interpreting this differently, but I don't know what your talking about. Sorry to bother you again.

    -Marc
     
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    Finally got some night time pic's. check them out

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    I made a complete set for CTSPEED's truck as well, so he should post some more pics of my handywork. I couldn't have done it without this excellent write-up thow good job!
     
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    Nice work, They are a hell of a lot brighter then the bulbs aren't they lol
     
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    these are sweet also =p
     
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    If you use too large of a resistor the LED's will be dimmer. typical size for 12V application for white or blue is 470 ohms I believe. Larger than that and you're LED's will be dimmer. Smaller than that and you LED's will be brighter, with the risk of them burning out prematurely
     

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