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How to: Explorer LED Interior swap + Puddle Lamps DIY

MM07

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An update: I went out in the dark to investigate. The second row and both domes are LED. I popped one out and could see that they were in fact LED. Does not look changeable in my opinion.

As I popped the cover off, I can confirm that the map lights (or interior or overhead?) are blue coated W5W lights. Since I was in there I replaced them to the LEDs I had. I like it much better.

Over the weekend I added these to my license plate lights. They are nice and bright. I feel it is better light than LED bulbs.

Now maybe some exterior LEDs....
 
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An update: I went out in the dark to investigate. The second row and both domes are LED. I popped one out and could see that they were in fact LED. Does not look changeable in my opinion.

As I popped the cover off, I can confirm that the map lights (or interior or overhead?) are blue coated W5W lights. Since I was in there I replaced them to the LEDs I had. I like it much better.

Over the weekend I added these to my license plate lights. They are nice and bright. I feel it is better light than LED bulbs.

Now maybe some exterior LEDs....
will these license plate lights fit an explorer?
 

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I have put these in the map, glove box, and second row locations.
I put this one in the lower luggage compartment area.
I used these to replace my puddle lights.
These are the lights I used for tag lights.
The over head light by third row, I "borrowed" from a friends PIU. His was a 6000K LED factory, mine was a 5000K LED.

All lights are now a true 6000K, and I couldn't be happier. No Frankenstein, chopped up, or dremel parts, all plug N play.
 
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I have put these in the map, glove box, and second row locations.
I put this one in the lower luggage compartment area.
I used these to replace my puddle lights.
These are the lights I used for tag lights.
The over head light by third row, I "borrowed" from a friends PIU. His was a 6000K LED factory, mine was a 5000K LED.

All lights are now a true 6000K, and I couldn't be happier. No Frankenstein, chopped up, or dremel parts, all plug N play.
I've done most of that also, but, I haven't been able to do the glove box. It's not for lack of trying either. I just cannot pull out the existing bulb. It's like it's glued in or something!
 

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I've done most of that also, but, I haven't been able to do the glove box. It's not for lack of trying either. I just cannot pull out the existing bulb. It's like it's glued in or something!
I followed these instructions in this thread. Glove Box If the link doesn't work, its on page 3 post 56.
 

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I've done most of that also, but, I haven't been able to do the glove box. It's not for lack of trying either. I just cannot pull out the existing bulb. It's like it's glued in or something!
Funny. I just tried this now and i just couldn't pull the bulb out. Don't really want to taker anything apart. Might try again in a few.

Edit - went out with a pair of needle nose and gingerly pulled it out. New LED in there now.
 
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They fit perfectly in my 18 Exp.
I changed the factory bulbs to led & they are nice & bright, but the right hand side lights up more of the vehicle instead of the license plate due to the way it is designed
may try these
 

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I felt that the other LEDs i used just did not disperse the light like I wanted. The ones I used are much better.
 

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Hey everybody, the other day I removed the puddle light bulb housing underneath the side view mirrors and noticed that the bulb is not removable. There are just a hot and ground wire connected to the outside of the housing. Is there aftermarket housings with led bulbs installed available? Thanks in advance
 

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Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
Your thread was merged with this one.
There are several existing threads/posts on the LED puddle light conversion. These were found using the Forum's 'Search' feature.
Plasti Dip Wheels + Puddle LED Install.

Peter
 
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